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 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.

Agenda and Minutes Town and Parish Councils

Tuesday 23 October  2018, 10:00 – 13:00, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

The rules by which  Agenda and Minutes are prepared for Local Councils are different to those in the corporate and charity sector.  This course is aimed at Clerks, although Councillors are welcome. Our presenter, Mr Peter Cooper, will advise clerks on the statutory obligations and discuss best practice during this session.

Council and Committee meetings

Terms of Reference and Delegation

Preparing Agendas

Summons and Notices

Public and confidential business

Etiquette at meetings

Essential elements of Minutes

Registration will commence at 9:00am with the course starting promptly at 09:30am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy.

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.

Risk Management for  Town and Parish Councils

Tuesday 23 October  2018, 1330 – 16:00, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

Risk Management for Town and Parish Councils

Full details to follow and will include a range of Health and Safety aspects including basic Health & Safety; Manual Handling; Managing Stress; Working at height; and Undertaking Risk Assessments.

Registration will commence at 13:00pm with the course starting promptly at 13:30am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy.

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.

BMKALC – Annual General Meeting

Friday, 9 November 2018, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Green Park in Aston Clinton.

Each member council is entitled to send two councillors to attend, one of which will be the voting member.  The Agenda is currently being prepared.

The Meeting will be followed by a Finger Buffet.

Refreshments and registration will take place from 6:30pm.   

Parking is available at the centre but does fill up quickly.  Darke Hall is located in the Coach House which is immediately adjacent to the main gate, keep to the left as you drive in.  Please let me know if you require any assistance accessing the building.

Code of Conduct, Interests & Dispensations

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

As Holders of a Public Office, albeit unpaid, Councillors are held to a higher account of public scrutiny than those who are employed or appointed, elsewhere in both the public and the private sector.

Subject to a Code of Conduct and guidelines on Declaration of Interests and subsequent participation in debates and voting, councillors need to be fully aware of their responsibilities to both the letter and the spirit of the law.

Councillors will learn about the Nolan Principles, the Code of Conduct and will learn all about the different types of Interests, Dispensations and public conduct.

The tutor, Julie Openshaw is the District Solicitor and Monitoring Officer for Wycombe District Council.  Julie qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has worked within local government since 1990 for both District and Unitary authorities.  During her career Julie has ganied a great deal of experience of standards and ethics, codes of conduct and advising on member coduct complaints.

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.

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.

The General Data Protection Regulation

Friday, 23 November 2018, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park

This course will give an update following the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, looking at where we are now and how best practice is supporting local government.

Topics covered will include:

  • The General Data Protection Regulations 2018
  • The new six principles of data protection
  • How to recognise ‘sensitive’ personal data
  • Data security and the most common causes of breaches
  • Dealing with Subject Access Requests

The tutor is a solicitor and former 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 over six 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 at the centre but does fill up quickly.  Darke Hall is located in the Coach House which is immediately adjacent to the main gate, keep to the left as you drive in.  Please let me know if you require any assistance accessing the building.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 13:00pm.

Milton Keynes – Demystifying Planning

Tuesday 27 November 2018, Milton Keynes precise venue to be confirmed.

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 and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 15:30pm.

Managing Requests for Information and Tricky Questions

28 February 2019, Aston Clinton

Details to follow