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Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

Welcome to Corscombe, Halstock and District parish councils website

The parish consists of the villages of Corscombe, Halstock and East and West Chelborough and their surrounding districts.  The parish lies within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within Dorset.

Be a councillor – Elections 2nd May
Parish Council Election Time Line 2024

If you would like further details and an application pack please contact the Clerk, Tessa Safadi at chparishclerk@gmail.com or on 01935579783.

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Parish Council meeting 30th January 2024

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday the 30th of January 2024 at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held at Corscombe village Hall – all are welcome.

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Volunteering for the Great Big Dorset Hedge Project

If you would like to read more about the Great Big Dorset Hedge project and how to volunteer go to the Corscombe village website and click on the Green Living button or go to the Halstock Village  website. Do use the website as they have lots of current information , events and  road closures etc…. Click below for links Corscombe  Halstock

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Councillor Elections

Councillor elections will be taking place on the 2nd May 2024.   Full details will be published on this site nearer the time. If you would like to discuss becoming a councillor please contact the Clerk Tessa Safdi chparishclerk@gmail.com 01935579783

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A brief introduction to the role of a Parish Councillor

A brief introduction to the role of a Parish Councillor Qualifications To become a Parish Councillor, Section 79(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 requires councillors to be: be at least 18 years old on the day of nomination be a British citizen, or an eligible Commonwealth citizen meet at least one of the following four qualifications: They are, and will continue to be, registered…

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Parish Map
Welcome to the Parish Council

Welcome to Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council Below you will find a brief outline of your Parish Council’s democratic process.  By understanding what we do, and the limitations placed on us we hope you will better understand the role we play in the community. The parish consists of the villages of Corscombe, Halstock and East and West Chelborough and their surrounding districts and lies…

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Notice of conclusion of audit

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council Notice of conclusion of audit Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2023 Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)                         Notes  The audit of accounts for Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish…

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Clerk achieves CiLCA qualification
Your council Representatives 2023-2024

Parish Councils Chairman – Cllr. Richard James. Parish Council  Vice Chairman – Cllr. Henry Lovegrove Representative councillor(s) Role Jez Hodesdon Rural Transport Roger Hallett Playground Debbie Rix Facebook Jez Hodesdon HELO Grant Prior Police Liaison and Home watch David Hallett Richard James John White Hamilton Planning working group New for 2022/2023 Dave Clary (Halstock) Elizabeth Southern (Corscombe)   Village Hall Deborah Childs Rights of Way…

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New Meeting dates for 2023-2024

Date Venue Time July 31.7.23 Halstock 7.30 pm September 26.9.23 Corscombe 7.30 pm November 27.11.23 Halstock 7.30 pm January 30.1.24 Corscombe 7.30 pm March 25.3.24 Halstock 7.30 pm Please note the Annual Parish Council meeting and Parish Council meeting for  28th May 2024 will be held in Corscombe Village Hall at 7.00 pm

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN 22-23

Name of Smaller authority:   Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023 Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) NOTICE 1. Date of announcement   TUESDAY 2OTH JUNE 2023  (a) 2. Each year the smaller authority’s…

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Need to contact someone at Dorset Council ?

Need to contact someone at Dorset Council ? The Parish Council  are here to support the community in any way we can but did you know you can report a wide range of issues directly to Dorset Council using their self-service Portal. Fly tipping  – https://dorset-self.achieveservice.com/service/DWP-Report-fly-tipping-in-Dorset or ring 01305 221040. Report a problem on roads and pavements e.g. Pot holes, hedges etc.  Just follow the links – https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/roads-highways-maintenance/report-a-problem-on-the-road-or-pavement Dorset Verges…

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New defibrillators

The Parish Council has been involved with Friends of the First Responders to install three new defibrillators.  Making the total number of defibrillators in the Parish  5. There is now a second defibrillator in Corscombe in the old telephone box.  A second defibrillator at Halstock is now at the Village Hall.  The third defibrillator is now at West Chelborough. We would like to thank the…

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Fingerposts

Here in Dorset we have an abundance of fingerpost’s and this is certainly the case in our Parish of Corscombe, Halstock and East and West Chelborough, though the state of most of them certainly leaves a lot to be desired. We as a Parish Council are committed to the upkeep and preservation of these iconic landmarks wherever it is financially viable.  We have undertaken a…

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Salt spreading

The Parish Council is looking for any volunteer farmers in the Corscombe, Halstock and Chelborough parishes who would be willing to volunteer to take on salt/grit spreading on  icy roads in our area.  If you can help please contact the Parish Clerk at chparishclerk@gmail.com or 01935 579783 The Parish Council is willing to purchase a dumper bag of salt/grit to allow you to undertake salt spreading…

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Please Keep dogs on leads near Livestock

There have been numerous reports of livestock being killed or injured in the area. Livestock worrying is when a dog attacks or chases livestock on agricultural land or is at large in a field with sheep, which can result in significant injury or suffering and in the worst cases, death of the animals involved. This also has devastating consequences for livestock keepers, causing personal distress…

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New phone number for the Parish Clerk

You can now contact the Clerk on  01935 579783

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Parish Council award

Dear Member, Ref: DAPTC Star Awards 2021/22—Single Star Recognition! I write to congratulate council on continuing to support the development and training of both elected members and employees. Your commitment to training through DAPTC has propelled you into our ‘Single Star Award’ cate- gory and a select group of parish and town councils—well done! Last year DAPTC recorded a significant increase in the number of…

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Corscombe

A village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, in the Dorset Council administrative area. The parish includes the small settlements of Benville and Toller Whelme to the south.

Halstock

A village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated approximately five miles (8.0 km) south of Yeovil in Somerset. It lies on the route of the ancient Harrow Way.

West Chelborough

A village and civil parish 13 miles (21 km) north-west of Dorchester, in the Dorset district, in the county of Dorset, England.

East Chelborough

A small village and civil parish 7 miles (11 km) north-east of Beaminster in Dorset, England. On the top of the ridge at the nearby Castle Hill are the earthwork remains of a motte-and-bailey castle.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

The basic responsibility of the Parish Council is to represent the concerns and wishes of the whole community. The range of powers available to Parish Councils, defined by law, continues to increase. Proposals announced by the Government suggest that there will be changes ahead.

All councillors sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and undertake to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. Councillors also complete a Register of Interests, a copy of which is held by the Electoral Officer at Dorset  Council.

The work of the Parish Council is funded mainly by the Parish Precept. This is a small percentage of the Council Tax collected on each property by Dorset District Council and is passed onto the Parish. Accounts are prepared for each year, checked by the internal auditor and forwarded to be audited nationally.

Parish Council responsibilities include providing and maintaining recreational facilities such as the playground at Corscombe.

The Council comment on planning applications but the decisions are made by Dorset  Council.

Parish Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and Councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council does not have a permanent office nor any full-time staff. The Clerk works from home. Attendance is required at the bi-monthly Parish Council meetings and the annual Parish meeting, usually in April. Contractors are employed to undertake other works including grass cutting and hedge maintenance. Specifications are drawn up and quotations always sought.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council is a member of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC). Training and support is provided through the Association.

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