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Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council


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The Parish Council

Welcome to the Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council pages which are being produced for the benefit of the local community and will provide a full range of information. We hope you will find the content useful and beneficial and if you have any views or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.

"Parish" is an old English word that means a local territory or catchment area, and in ancient times played a very important role in the lives of people, from providing them with a sense of communal identity through to how they were governed.
A parish had two principal functions, firstly to act as a civil unit which was responsible for the collection of taxes and tithes, the dispensing of justice and the raising of armies. Secondly, it was an ecclesiastical institution served by a local church or chapel, with a priest or similar clergyman tending to the spiritual needs of local people.
By the late 1900's several Parliamentary Acts were passed dividing Ecclesiastical Parishes, merging and reforming them. Following the Local Government Act of 1894, the first Beckingham Parish meeting was held on 17th December 1894.

Beckingham and Saundby Parishes merged to become Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council holding their first Annual Parish Meeting on 13th May 1980. Today there are eleven members, including the Chair, nine representing Beckingham and two representing Saundby. A part-time professional clerk is employed to advise and manage the day-to-day business of the council.
Parish Councils are the most local elected body within the English system of local government. It is limited in its authority and powers, but will liaise with the District Council (Bassetlaw), and the County Council (Nottinghamshire), and other agencies as appropriate, on matters affecting the village and its community. Parish Councils are non-political existing to represent local people on local issues. Decisions made by the council are decided by a majority vote by Councillors at public meetings.

The Council meets on the second Monday of every month, except August, in the Recreation Room, The Green, Beckingham, at 7.30pm. The meetings are open to everyone, and members of the public may speak or ask questions for 10 minutes prior to the start of the official meeting. Feedback from, and contact with parishioners is of utmost importance and residents are encouraged and welcome to make their views known. Contact Parish Clerk. Telephone 01427 848707 email:send

The Parish Council can generally be described as covering such things as: - Allotments; arts and entertainment; burial grounds; bus shelters; bylaws; cemeteries; commons; community centres; footpaths and bridleways; lighting; litter; parking places; parks; playing fields and recreation grounds and planning.

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