Training & Events

Whether you are just starting out as a Clerk or Councillor or perhaps you have been in post for some time, having a commitment to lifelong learning should be at the top of your list.

Keeping up to date with new Legislation or best practice is never easy – we can help equip you to gain a head start or to tackle that skill that has been on your action list for some time.From Working with your Council to chairing meetings or from writing effective minutes to working with the media, get the skills you need to take you to the next level in your career and beyond.

We welcome enquiries from other areas and attendees from non-member councils.

Our Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.  A map to Aylesbury parking can be downloaded here https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/map-car-parks-aylesbury.

Clerking Essentials for Town and Parish Councils

16 January 2019, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

If you are a new Clerk and getting to know your Council, it’s role in the community and the roles within the council, you will find this course extremely helpful.  We will review the Clerks year, highlighting key points when actions have to take place.  Following this course you will

  • Understand the Local Government structure and how Local Councils fit in
  • Understand the Duties and Powers of Local Councils
  • Understand the roles within a Council and its role in the Community
  • Undersand how to plan your year and the key points within it.
  • Tips and best practice for planning your agenda and minutes

Plus there will be ample time for questions and positive interaction!

Registration and refreshments from 09:30 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 10:00.    Pay and Display arking is available in the car park adjacent to the building.  Please call if you need more detailed directions and we will send you a map.

Training for Town and Parish Councillors

24 January 2019, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

If you are a new member, getting to know your Council, it’s role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresher course or reminder cannot be underestimated.

This session should provide Councillors with the headstart they need and knowledge to begin the task of representing their communities or the refresher to re-energise existing councillors,

 You will:

– Hear about the roles and responsibilities of Parish Councillors

– Hear about the role of The Chairman 

– Hear about the role of the Clerk

– Understand the Local Government structure and how Local Councils fit in

Plus there will be ample time for questions and positive interaction!

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 18:30.    Parking is available in the car park adjacent to the building.  Please call if you need more detailed directions.

IT Systems for Town and Parish Councils

15 February 2019, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

Hold the date, further details to follow

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available but does fill up quite quickly.  Darke Hall is in the Coach House, adjacent to the Main Gate at Green Park, keep to the left as you drive in.

Chairmanship Skills for Town And Parish Councillors

26 February 2019, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

An informative session on the Chairmanship Skills required for effective chairing of Local Town and Parish Council meetings and their committees. 

Who should attend? Chairman, Chairman of Committees or aspiring Chairman.

The objectives are to 

  • Introduce the roles, responsibilities and duties of a chairman and the impact that a chairman has on the profile of a council
  • Consider a chairman’s contribution to effective meetings and council decision making and his/her partnership with the clerk

Registration and light refreshments will be available from 6 pm with the course starting promptly at 6.30 pm.  Feel free to bring a sandwich to eat during the registration time if you have been at work all day!

Parking is available at the North Waterside Pay and Display Car Park go to   https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/map-car-parks-aylesbury for a map showing the location.  The car park is adjacent to the Judges Lodging building at the top of the car park with the entrance to the building on the other side of the building up the main stairwell.

Managing Requests for Information and Tricky Questions

28 February 2019, Aston Clinton

This half day course will cover requests for information under all the legislation that is available to the public, that is:

  • the Data Protection Act 2018
  • the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
  • the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

It will also cover how to recognise and respond to vexatious requests.

There is a lot of jargon out there and a lot of misinformation. The High Court has defended parish councils hit by an onslaught of vexatious requests by acknowledging that parish councils are not departments of state and that governance is rarely improved by firing endless questions at volunteers.

Equally, the Information Commissioner expects public authorities to be transparent and open.

This course will cover:

  • Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Key changes from the old system and important updates to your policies
  • Handling requests under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Applying exemptions including the personal data exemption
  • The Public Interest Test
  • Handling requests under the Environmental Information Regulations and when it is important to know which legislation you are using.
  • Vexatious requests – how the law defines them and what you can do including a recent case law update.

The tutor is a solicitor and former Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer who has advised and trained on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the outset and has had responsibility for compliance with information legislation at both district and unitary councils. She has run her own practice for nearly eight years and advised many authorities on how to deal with vexatious requests.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available but does fill up quite quickly.  Darke Hall is in the Coach House, adjacent to the Main Gate at Green Park, keep to the left as you drive in.

Cemetery Compliance Training for Town And Parish Councils

27 March 2019, Large Dining Room, Judges Lodging, Aylesbury

BMKALC in association with the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management present this one day course on Cemetery Management and Compliance.

Programme
This one-day course covers the lists below and deals with common problems, issues and mistakes
and the costs that can be realised by burial authorities. The course will tell you how to avoid these
costs and create potential new income streams. The following subjects are not exhaustive
therefore any problems and issues raised by delegates will be explored.
9.30am – MORNING SESSION

  • Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977
  • General powers of management
  • Compliance
  • Registers and records
  • Granting and extending rights
  • New income streams
  • Consent
  • Avoiding disputes
  • Burials
  • Depth
  • Shallow graves
  • Administrative Processes
  • Getting it right
  • Certificates
  • Problems and solutions
  • Grave digging
  • Right grave / wrong grave !
  • Checking procedures
  • Preparations
  • Mourners backfilling
  • Mourners carrying coffins
  • Uncoffined burial
  • Memorials
  • Unstable memorials? How to avoid this and reduce costs
  • Responsibilities
  • BS8415 / BRAMM Blue Book / NAMM Code
  • Inspections

12.30pm – LUNCH
1.30pm – AFTERNOON SESSION

  • Creating Burial Space
  • Extending the viability of cemeteries
  • Reclamation and reuse of graves – Using the law – Statutory and Church
  • Exhumation
  • Law and practice
  • Registration
  • Transferring Burial Rights overview/refresher
  • Lawful process – getting it right
  • Avoiding disputes and errors
  • Legal documents

4.00pm – Close

Registration and refreshments from 09:30 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 10:00.    Pay and Display Parking is available in the car park adjacent to the building.  Please call if you need more detailed directions and we will send you a map.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.

Resillience Planning for Town And Parish Councils

2 April 2019, Darke Hall, Aston Clinton

Resilience Planning is something that all local councils, Parish and Town, should undertake and then review on a regular basis.

This course is presented by Jon Shaw from Buckinghamshire County Council, who will take councils through understanding what is meant by Resilience Planning, why we undertake it, the risks we face and how to plan for them.

Clerks, Councillors and possible non-councillors who form part of the resilience committee/working group will benefit from this course.  Non councillors who attend to represent a member council will be able to attend at the member rate.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival and a Business Lunch will be served.  Keep to the left as you drive into the Centre.  Coach House, adjacent to the Main Gate at Green Park, keep to the left as you drive in.

Demystifying Planning for Town And Parish Councils

11 April 2019, Darke Hall, Aston Clinton

Parish Councils have an important role to play in local planning decisions.

If you are a Chairman, a member of the Planning Committee or a member with an interest in the planning process, this training course should address those needs.

You will:

 – Learn about the changes in legislation and policy, both nationally and locally with the likely impact it may have

 – Understand what requires planning permission and what does not

 – How to make your comments count

 – Understand Enforcement – what can the District Council do and what it cannot do

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival and a Business Lunch will be served.  Keep to the left as you drive into the Centre.  Free Parking is available although it does fill up quickly.

Allotments Training for Town And Parish Councils

21 May 2019, Darke Hall, Aston Clinton

Local Councils are legally obliged to provide land for allotments, but what are the further obligations and consequences of this commitment?

The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK.  They work with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all. They will take us through the following headings.  The day will finish with a question and answer session, which will cover any additional thoughts as a result of the day’s training

Agenda Headings

  • Classification of sites
  • Facilities
  • Local and Neighbourhood Planning
  • Setting rents and taking deposits
  • Legal considerations
  • Break
  • Waiting lists
  • Management Options
  • Health and Safety and insurance
  • Tenancy agreements/policies and rules
  • Managing non-cultivation and terminations
  • National Allotment Society

 This course will meet your CPD requirements.  Refreshments and a business lunch are included in the cost of the course.

Councillor Training for Town And Parish Councils

23 May 2019, Dining Room, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

If you are a new member, getting to know your Council, it’s role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresher course or reminder cannot be underestimated.

This session should provide Councillors with the headstart they need and knowledge to begin the task of representing their communities or the refresher to re-energise existing councillors,

 You will:

– Hear about the roles and responsibilities of Parish Councillors

– Hear about the role of The Chairman 

– Hear about the role of the Clerk

– Understand the Local Government structure and how Local Councils fit in

Plus there will be ample time for questions and positive interaction!

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 18:30.    Parking is available in the car park adjacent to the building.  Please call if you need more detailed directions.

Chairmanship Skills for Town And Parish Councils

6 June 2019, Dining Room, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

An informative session on the Chairmanship Skills required for effective chairing of Local Town and Parish Council meetings and their committees. 

Who should attend? Chairman, Chairman of Committees or aspiring Chairman.

The objectives are to 

  • Introduce the roles, responsibilities and duties of a chairman and the impact that a chairman has on the profile of a council
  • Consider a chairman’s contribution to effective meetings and council decision making and his/her partnership with the clerk

Registration and light refreshments will be available from 6 pm with the course starting promptly at 6.30 pm.  Feel free to bring a sandwich to eat during the registration time if you have been at work all day!

Parking is available at the North Waterside Pay and Display Car Park go to   https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/map-car-parks-aylesbury for a map showing the location.  The car park is adjacent to the Judges Lodging building at the top of the car park with the entrance to the building on the other side of the building up the main stairwell.

BMKALC Conference – Hold the Date

14 June 2019, Darke Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

The date and venue are booked, now working on speakers and detail, full details to follow