Ash Parish Council


Quality Status Presentation - 10th March 2008

Ash Parish Council recently gained "Quality Parish Status", joining approximately 500 other Parish and Town councils who have already received Quality Status out of a total of 8,500 Parish and Town councils.

Following the Ash Parish Council Annual General Meeting on Monday 10th March 2008, the Earl of Lytton, President of the National Association of Local Councils, presented the Council Chairman, Councillor Nigel Manning and Clerk of Ash Parish Council, Mrs. Ann Delbridge with a Quality Status Certificate.


The Earl of Lytton, Ann Delbridge and Nigel Manning with the Quality Status Certificate


The Quality Parish and Town Council scheme was launched in June 2003, following publication of the Government's Rural White Paper in 2000. The scheme is designed to provide benchmark minimum standards for Parish and town Councils and to enable them to better represent the communities they serve. The scheme also aims to enhance relationships between local councils, principal authorities, community and voluntary sector organisations.

In order to achieve Quality Status, the Parish Council has reached the high standard required by passing several stringent tests including:

- Electoral Mandate

- Qualifications of the Clerk

- Council Meetings

- Annual Report

- Accounts

- Code of Conduct

The tests far exceed the statutory duties of a Parish Council and represent what an efficient and well run Parish Council should achieve.

The evening also marked the final appearance of Ann Delbridge as Clerk of Ash Parish Council, before starting a well earned retirement from the end of March. Ann was presented with three roses, Congratulations, Happy Retirement and Simply the Best by Ash Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Nigel Manning on behalf of all the Ash Parish Councillors.


Ann Delbridge and Nigel Manning