PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the parish of Much Wenlock following the resignation on 19 July 2017 of Councillor Robert Toft.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities)(England and Wales) Rules 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  The request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,**of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on 8 August 2017.

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Town Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:

Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,

Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015

This notice is dated:                                 19 July 2017

Issued by:                                                    Sharon Clayton BA (Hons) Fellow ILCM Town Clerk


*                There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such   words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill  the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website –  – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

**             In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

London Bridge terrorism attack

Like all members of the community of Much Wenlock councillors are horrified to hear of the terrible injuries and tragic loss of  lives following an unprovoked act of terrorism on London Bridge last Saturday evening. Our hearts go out to family and friends of those lost and injured by this awful incident.


Bug hotels at the cemetery

Bug hotels have been installed at Much Wenlock cemetery.  They have been made by the Newport Men in Sheds and installed by the Caring for God’s Acre Team and the Shropshire Volunteer Crew.  The Town Council is very grateful to the people who are working hard to make improvements to the cemetery.  Thank you everyone.

Jonathan Edwards CBE receives civic gift

Photo courtesy of the Wenlock Olympian Society (March 2017)

The Mayor of Much Wenlock, Cllr. Herbert Harper presented the President of the Olympian Society with a civic gift at an event  arranged by the Society for Jonathan’s visit to attend the 131st Wenlock Olympian Games Live Arts Festival that took place at The Edge, William Brookes School over the two weekends: 11/12th and 18/19th March 2017.

Civic gift presented to former Town Councillor


The Mayor of Much Wenlock, Cllr. Herbert Harper presents a civic gift to former town councillor, Eric Humphries, at the Annual Town Meeting held on 9 March 2017.  Eric was a member of Much Wenlock Town Council for over 30 years and was Mayor four times in 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2007.  He is still an active member of the Shropshire Association of Local Councils.  Mrs. Humphries was presented with flowers from the Mayor.


Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos.