Methwold Parish Councillors
As designated by the Borough Council, Methwold Parish Council has 13 seats which is based on the size of the Parish, its population and the Precept.
All members are non paid volunteers and normally serve for a 4 year term.
A councillor can be elected or co-opted through a given procedure should a vacancy arise.
A meeting where all members are summoned to attend by The Clerk is known as a Full Parish Council meeting.
Current Parish Councillors - updated May 2023
Cllr Cornel Beukes
Cllr Martin French (Chair)
Cllr Tony Grassick
Cllr Beryl Horton
Cllr Simon Liddle (Vice Chair)
Cllr Jose O'Ware
Cllr Fiona Riches
Cllr Karolina Rodriguez
Cllr Jade Rodwell
Cllr Richard Scott
Cllr Denise Scott
Cllr Teresa Thomas
Cllr Donna Younge
Being a Parish Councillor
What does a Parish Council do?
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor for Methwold, although their personal, political views should not extend into their parish council work.
Becoming a parish councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:
Having a say about the things they care about
Putting forward ideas for better services
Responding to the needs and views of parishioners
Seeking the best outcome to local issues
Getting involved in decision making
Helping to make Methwold, Methwold Hythe & Brookville a better place to live!
Please note that all Methwold Parish Councillors automatically become part of the Sole Trustee for Methwold Hall Complex Charitable Trust when joining and automatically cease when they step down.
The parish council normally meet on the second Thursday of the month.
Meetings commence at 7.30 pm lasting around 2 hours, meetings are held in the 21 Room at Methwold Hall Complex.
Dates of 2023 Meetings
May 11th 2023
June 8th 2023
July 13th 2023
August 10th 2023
September 14th 2023
October 12th 2023
November 9th 2023
December 14th 2023
Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Methwold we are able to have 13 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings when the parish council feels it is appropriate, and they have a standing invitation to attend and report at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk