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...but placed in a dismal country upon a wretched soil, in a starving village, with roads nearly impassable: (nothing but force could set me down in such a place).John Byng, Traveller and author of The Torrington Diaries, 1794 who described his first impressions of Meppershall
Meppershall Parish Council needs a new team member; if you think you would like to join the team contact the Clerk on 07930 813808 or email email@example.com
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Michael Shephard, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by 1 July, 2022 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 5 September, 2022.
Notice Dated 13 June 2022 -Brian Dunleavy | Deputy Returning Officer | Central Bedfordshire Council
What is a councillor?
Councillors represent an individual geographical ward or parish, in Meppershall it is the entire parish. They are generally elected by the public every four years, but there are 3 Co-option spaces available on the Parish Council at the moment.
What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work:
- Decision making – Through meetings with other members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
- Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
- Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include; going to meetings of local organisations such as the Beds Police Priority Setting Meetings, reviewing planning applications, participating in litter picks and taking up issues on behalf of members of the public.
How much time does it take up?
Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a, parish councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to village life, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
As a councillor representing the parish you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.
If after reading this notice you are interested in applying please review our Co-Option Policy and then complete and return to us a Co-option Application Form.
For an informal chat you can also contact the Clerk to the Council on 07930 813808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A vibrant village in Central Bedfordshire
Home to a dynamic community, beautiful countryside, and local businesses & amenities. First recorded as Malpertesselle in 1086, through to adopting the name of Meppershall in 1806, the historic village is home to a number of listed buildings.
The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of every month, and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) Unitary Authority administers the village within the Parliamentary constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire. The CBC offices are off the Ampthill Road at Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ; telephone: 0300 300 8301.
The Parish of St Mary's Meppershall comes under the Diocese of St Albans.
Meppershall Good Neighbours Group, is a voluntary group who call themselves GNOMES(Good Neighbours Offering Meppershall Excellent Services).
The Meppershall Messenger is a magazine produced by volunteers for the benefit of the whole village. It is delivered free to every household during the last week of each month except August and December. The advertising pages reflect a wide cross-section of local businesses and tradesmen.
Central Bedfordshire Council has more details of what can go into which bin. Black bins are emptied on alternate Wednesdays from the all-green & green-lid bin. Food waste is collected separately: each household has a small brown “caddy” for the kitchen, for which CBC provides biodegradable liners. Full liners can be decanted into the larger brown bin, which is emptied every week. All bins due for collection have to be put out before 7am on Wednesday mornings.
Several Tidy Tips are approximately equidistant from Meppershall: Biggleswade Tidy Tip, next to Sainsbury’s on the A1; Ampthill Tidy Tip on Abbey Lane off Oliver Street, and Letchworth Household Waste Recycling Centre, Blackhorse Road, Letchworth Garden City.
Meppershall Bottle Bank is in the car park outside the Village Hall, where residents can also find charity donation bins.
The village primary school is Meppershall Church of England Academy, which is part of the Poppy Hill Church of England Multi Academy Trust. Meppershall Academy currently accepts children up to Year 4; however, Central Bedfordshire schools will be converting to a 2-tier system in the coming year, and once this happens, Meppershall Academy will accept children up to Year 6.
Current local middle schools include: Henlow Church of England Academy (part of the Poppy Hill CofE Multi Academy Trust), Robert Bloomfield Academy, and Etonbury Academy (an extended secondary school). All these schools are currently middle schools, however as part of the change to the 2-tier system, Henlow Academy will convert to a secondary school.
The current upper school for years 9 – 11, plus Sixth Form, is Samuel Whitbread Academy.
For emergencies the nearest A&E units are at Bedford Hospital, the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, in Stevenage.
There is also Lower Stondon Surgery at The Hawthorns, 109, Station Road, Lower Stondon, that will provide services to Meppershall residents.
Shefford Dental Practice is located 34 High Street, Shefford.
- the CBC ROW website http://my.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/?ms=CentralBeds/AllMaps&layers=cbc_boundary_only,row_legal_network&starteasting=512647.49908447&startnorthing=238829.50027466&startzoom=1995
- Polehanger Farms website https://polehanger.co.uk/home/woodland
- Campton Plantation website https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/campton-plantation/
- CBC website https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/82/countryside/431/rights_of_way
There is a Women’s Institute in Gravenhurst & Shillington. The nearest Scout & Guide groups are in Shillington.
The Meppershall Players are located in Shefford, at the STMA.
Various sports are catered for in the area surrounding Meppershall:
- Meppershall Krusader Kickboxing
- Junior Football at Shefford Saints
- Professional Football at Hitchin and Stevenage
- Rugby at Bedford, Ampthill, Biggleswade
- Lawn Bowls can be played at Shefford, Langford and Henlow
- Short Mat Bowls Clubs at Shillington and Gravenhurst
- There is a Tennis club at Langford
- The nearest golf is at Mount Pleasant Golf Club at Lower Stondon
Meppershall Speedwatch look to increase awareness of the necessity to obey speed limits within our village, for the safety of pedestrians and other road users.
St Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic Church, located on the High Street in Shefford.
The nearest Methodist Chapel is located on the High Street in Gravenhurst.
Stondon and Shefford both have Baptist Churches.