Vacancy for Town Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

Salary:  LC3 33-36 (£35,934 – £38,813 from April 2019)

Hours:  37 per week, to include some evening meetings

Much Wenlock, a stunningly beautiful medieval town in Shropshire, has an exciting vacancy at its historic Town Council.  Applications are invited for the post of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for a permanent position based at the Council’s office in Much Wenlock.

The successful candidate will have excellent organisational, leadership and administrative skills. The Clerk reports to the Town Council as a corporate body and is the lead member of staff responsible for managing the Council’s employees, its buildings and cemetery. The successful candidate will be expected to work full-time from the Town Council’s office in the centre of Much Wenlock, including some evening meetings.

Candidates should have previous experience working as a Parish or Town Clerk and/or have experience of local government.  Candidates should be fully qualified, with the Certificate in Local Council Administration, and be prepared to undertake continued development throughout their period of employment.

The Clerk ensures correct procedures are followed and advises the Town Council to ensure that it acts within its powers. The ability to communicate well at all levels is essential for this role as are Project Management skills.

The role includes preparing agendas and taking minutes at meetings of Much Wenlock Town Council as well as dealing with correspondence. It involves keeping the Town Council accounts, preparation of the annual budget, and providing regular financial information to Councillors. 

The salary will be calculated according to the National Joint Council rates dependent upon qualifications and/or experience but will be within the range LC3 33-36 (from April 2019).

For further details and an application form please contact Much Wenlock Town Council:


Telephone: 01952 727509

Closing date for applications: Monday, 25th February 2019 (midday)

Precept agreed for 2019-2020

Town Councillors have agreed the precept for 2019/20.  Being mindful of the need to set a fair and balanced budget, Councillors agreed a precept figure of £194,698.  This represents an increase of 3.78% over the previous year’s precept of £187,605.  However, taking into account the increase in the number of households paying Council tax, the actual increase to a Band D property will be 2.01% or £3.19.

Winners of the poster competition in commemoration of the ending of WW1

The Mayor, Cllr. Graham Edgcumbe Venning and Cllr. Mary Hill were delighted to attend Much Wenlock Primary  School and present prizes to year 6 pupils in recognition of the posters they had prepared in commemoration of the ending of the Great War. Winners received a specially minted coin from the Royal Mint in commemoration of the war’s ending 100 years ago and runners up were presented with poetry books. The Mayor and Cllr. Mary Hill said that it had been a very difficult competition to judge as all entries had been of a very high standard. All pupils should be highly commended and congratulated for their efforts and that it was encouraging that all these youngsters had taken such a keen interest.