Parish Chairman’s Notes – July 2021

Parish Chairman’s Notes July 2021

Following the Annual Parish Meeting on May 17th (the first face to face Parish Council meeting since March 2020!) Hugh Patterson was re-elected as chairman and Maggie Fenton as vice chairman. All councillors including the two new members, now have a parish council email address on which they can be contacted [see clerks report].

The Council meeting on June 1st approved Capel Parish Council’s submission to the Regulation 19 consultation on the Pre-submission Local Plan. This was drafted by the chairman in consultation with other councillors and members of the Neighbourhood Plan working group. It is available to read on the council website We now await news on the next steps from TWBC.

There is a workshop planned for members of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party (21st June) following which we will be engaging consultants to advise us on putting forward a Capel Neighbourhood Plan to be eventually approved by a vote of residents.

We have two important vacancies:


Many congratulations to our clerk Maddy Boyle who has been accepted on to a full time university course from September and will be training to be a teacher. Unfortunately, this means we will need a new Parish Manager and Clerk from August 1st. We aim to start the recruitment process as soon as possible. The post is part time 26 hours a week. Details will be on the website or available from the clerk, and applications will be via email.


Following the recent election, we still have a vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted on to the council. (There is no need to go through an election). If you are interested in serving the Capel community for a few hours a month and would like to contribute to parish life, please send your CV and a letter of application to the clerk. The Parish clerk’s new email address is If you have any questions about the role, please contact the clerk Tel: 07508 882810


We are planning a centenary commemoration for the Memorial Cottages on 15th August. These were erected in 1921 and given to the parish council to manage on behalf of residents. They are unique in combining a war memorial with accommodation that was originally intended for soldiers who had served in the Great War. At the time of writing, we do not know how many people will be able to attend because of Covid restrictions, but if you have a relative who is commemorated on the memorial, please contact the clerk if you would like to be involved.


Hugh Patterson