JULY 2023


Appleford-on-Thames Parish Council is seeking a Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer due to the impending retirement of the current Clerk.
Appleford is a small friendly village with an active community located four miles north of Didcot. The Parish Council has a precept of approximately £20k per year and serves a population of around 400 people.
This is a varied and interesting position with challenges to the village from infrastructure and other developments in the local area, and wider Science Vale. 
This is primarily a home-based position, typically requiring 8-10 hours per week (32-40 hours pcm.) but also requires attendance at Parish Council meetings (typically every other month).
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications (e.g., CiLCA) and experience and referenced to the scale LC2 SCP 21-25 (£15.02 per hour – £16.64 p/h).
The Council seeks an experienced Clerk and will provide training and support for any aspects of the role that an applicant may not be familiar with.
Key skills include excellent communication, a high standard of accuracy and numeracy, good administrative organisation, tact and diplomacy. A full range of IT skills including the use of Word, Excel, PAYE and online banking is also required.
Experience of local government or Parish Council work would be an advantage.
The key duties of the Clerk are:
▪ attending and supporting 5 Appleford-on-Thames Councillors at meetings normally held every two months at Appleford Village Hall (OX14 4PF).
▪ preparing meeting agendas and minutes and statutory returns
▪ following up and actioning Council resolutions
▪ dealing with incoming and outgoing correspondence
▪ administering bank account (on-line), including payments & receipts
▪ preparing budgets, annual accounts, and precept application
▪ maintaining records, key documentation and monitoring compliance.
For more information, please contact Victoria Shepherd (Vice Chair) by email at or by phone – 077 960 43 960
Application deadline: 21st July 2023.
Starting date: As soon as possible to facilitate handover from the retiring Clerk

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