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.

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.

Councillor Skills for Town And Parish Councils

The Local Centre | Coffee Hall | Garraways | MK6 5EG Milton Keynes | United Kingdom
Thursday, 6 June 2019 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)

Whether you are a new member, getting to know your Council, it’s role, the Clerk and of course the relationships between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities it can seem a little confusing at first.  As legislation and local practices evolve, even experienced members will agree that a refresher course or reminder cannot be underestimated.

This session will provide Councillors with the headstart they need to contribute to the workings of the council and knowledge to begin the task of representing their communities.  For existing Councillors the opportunity to extend their knowledge base and refresh existing  skills  can help to re-energise and remotivate.

 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, their Powers and Duties

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

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!

BMKALC Agenda & Minutes for Town and Parish Councils

Shenley Brook End Village Hall | Church End Road | Shenley Brook End | MK5 7AA | United Kingdom

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 from 09:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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. The County Officer 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.  On site parking is limited.  

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  CiLCA Portfolio of evidence sessions.  

Dates: 28 June, 25 July, 26 September, 24 October and 28 November 2019.  Five single Day sessions.

Who should attend? 

Clerks, Assistant Clerks and other officials whose aim is to obtain their CiLCA qualification, leading potentially to your Council obtaining the General Power of Competence.

Registration from 0930 am. The course will start promptly at 10am.  Business lunch and refreshments included. Parking is available at the Pay and Display Carpark, Waterside North in Aylesbury which is adjacent to the Judges Lodgings Building.

Please note that this venue is not DDA compliant and the course is held on the third floor with no lift access.

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.

Media Training for Town and Parish Councillors.  

Dates: 17 July 2019, 10:00 to 13:00  in the Stafford Room, The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

PROGRAMME

Mosaic PR & Digital media awareness training gives delegates a solid understanding of the world of the media along with the opportunity to explore a proactive role in identifying good news stories, which will be of interest to the media, and the most effective way of achieving success.  With important projects in our area such as HS2, the Oxford – Cambridge Expressway and the evolving Unitary Authority Local councils are frequently being asked for their views and opinions.

DELEGATES WILL LEARN

  • Media activities and procedures in your organisation
  • The journalistic mindset and what makes a good story
  • How to develop a story idea and key messages
  • How to identify an opportunity for broadcast media
  • How to prepare for and deliver interviews for TV and radio

OUTCOMES

Delegates will leave the training with:

  • Insider knowledge about how the media machine works, and how better to use it to their own advantage
  • More confidence about engaging with the media in future
  • The ability to identify good news stories to offer the media

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Free Parking is available although it does fill up quickly.

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.