Branch Conference


Wednesday 9th October 2019
9:00am to 4:30pm

Brio Leisure Centre, Northwich  

With two hugely successful events in the bag, the conference returns for a third year. Thinking about attending? Here are four  reasons you should:

  1. A great programme of training to help you in your role
  2. Opportunity to meet and network with fellow clerks
  3. Chance to meet exhibitors providing services to the sector

For a full day of learning (worth 2.5 CPD points) it is just £30 for members or £40 for non-members.


2019 Conference Sessions

Getting Public Rights of Way Registered

Jack Cornish, The Ramblers Association

From 2026 historic claims for public rights of way can’t be made, that means we have only just over 6 years to protect those in our community which aren’t registered. Find out how to get PROW registered, advice on research and the importance of the 2026 deadline.

Climate Change and Councils

Cllr Jane Smith – Alsager Town Council

Jane will take us through the bare facts of climate change and what local councils can do to make a difference and future proof our communities.

Developing Assertiveness and Dealing with Difficult People

Richard Masters MBE – Castle View Training

Richard will help you understand assertiveness, understand the behaviour of others and ourselves and explore the choices we have with difficult people.

Website Accessibility Regulations

Adam Keppel-Green PSLCC

New regulations required websites to be accessible. What does that mean, when must you comply and how do you do it? Adam will take you through it.

Youth Councils and Engagement

Holmes Chapel Youth Council

Hear from Holmes Chapel Parish Council and their youth council about how to engage the young members of your community.

Risk Assessments for Events

David Palmer – Came and Company

Community events are increasingly being delivered by councils, make sure you’re managing the risks that go along with this and find out how to create a risk assessment for your events.

What’s the SLCC doing?

Rob Smith, Chief Executive of the SLCC

The society’s CEO gives a run down of what the society is doing to support clerks and its work in the sector. Your opportunity to put questions straight to the top of the organisation.

Getting Press Releases Published

Emma Dalzell, Barebones Marketing

Emma offers a crash course in how to prepare and distribute a press release which will get attention and get published.

Going for Gold

Nicola Clarke PSLCC

When Nicola was clerk to Holmes Chapel PC she was responsible for it becoming the first Quality Gold council in Cheshire. Nicola will lead a session taking you through how to get accredited under the Local Council Award Scheme, what work is involved and some practical tips.

Not the Precept

Claire Jones, Cheshire Community Action
Nikki Hewitt, Cheshire Association of Local Councils

With councils doing more, precepts are going up. Claire and Nikki will take you through two alternatives. Claire will highlight a number of potential grant funding options for council projects and offer practical advice on how to get funding, whilst Nikki will guide you through the process of obtaining borrowing approval and a loan through the Public Works Loan Board.