Understanding your council

'Understanding Your Council' is a series of essential training is aimed at Councillors and Clerks and will provide an overview on Parish/Town Council matters over several sessions.  It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.  Each session is stand alone and can be attended alone or in any order.

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Part 1)

Understanding Council Meetings and the Law

This is one of a two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers (you can attend them in any order)

This session concentrates on Parish/Town Councils and the law and how they operate through meetings.

Event date Sat 6 Jul 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 6 Jul 2019 13:00
Registered 15
Registration closes Wed 3 Jul 2019 9:00
Notes £30 to Member Councils
Speaker Bill Robinson
Location Nether Whitacre Village Hall
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Part 2)

Understanding Finance, Planning and Community

This is one of a two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers (you can attend the sessions in any order).

This session concentrates on Finance, Planning and Community.

Event date Sat 13 Jul 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 13 Jul 2019 13:00
Registered 10
Registration closes Tue 9 Jul 2019 8:00
Notes £30 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location Lapworth Village Hall
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Parts 1&2)

A two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers

Morning session: Understanding Finance, Planning and Community with Kim Bedford

Afternoon session:Understanding Council Meetings and the Law with Bill Robinson

Event date Sat 17 Aug 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 17 Aug 2019 16:30
Registered 15
Registration closes Mon 12 Aug 2019 8:00
Cancel Before Date Sat 17 Aug 2019 9:30
Notes £46 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford & Bill Robinson
Location Binley Woods Village Hall
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Parts 1&2)

A two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers

Morning session: Understanding Finance, Planning and Community with Kim Bedford

Afternoon session:Understanding Council Meetings and the Law with Bill Robinson

Event date Sat 28 Sep 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 28 Sep 2019 16:30
Registered 33
Available places 0
Registration closes Mon 23 Sep 2019 8:00
Notes £46 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford & Bill Robinson
Location Ettington Community Centre
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Part 1)

Understanding Council Meetings and the Law

This is one of a two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers (you can attend them in any order)

This session concentrates on Parish/Town Councils and the law and how they operate through meetings.

Event date Sat 19 Oct 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 19 Oct 2019 13:00
Registered 26
Registration closes Mon 14 Oct 2019 8:00
Notes £30 to Member Councils
Speaker Bill Robinson
Location The Grange Hall (Southam)
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council (Part 2)

Understanding Finance, Planning and Community

This is one of a two part essential training session for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers (you can attend the sessions in any order).

This session concentrates on Finance, Planning and Community.

Event date Sat 30 Nov 2019 9:30
Event Ends Sat 30 Nov 2019 13:00
Registered 19
Registration closes Mon 25 Nov 2019 8:00
Notes £30 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Number Hours 4
Location Corley Village Hall
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Finance & Governance

This essential training session aimed at new Councillors and Council Officers is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Council Finance and Governance and your role and responsibilities as a Councillor.

It will also benefit a seasoned Councillor as a refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Tue 23 Jun 2020 18:30
Event Ends Tue 23 Jun 2020 20:00
Registered 11
Registration closes Tue 23 Jun 2020 10:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Community Engagement

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Community Engagement and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as a refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Fri 3 Jul 2020 16:00
Event Ends Fri 3 Jul 2020 17:30
Registered 12
Registration closes Fri 3 Jul 2020 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.


 Due to the capacity for the event places are limited to 2 per council.

Event date Wed 8 Jul 2020 18:30
Event Ends Wed 8 Jul 2020 20:00
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Tue 7 Jul 2020 10:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.


This session is being re-run on 1st October

Event date Wed 5 Aug 2020 18:30
Event Ends Wed 5 Aug 2020 20:00
Registered 13
Available places 1
Registration closes Wed 5 Aug 2020 10:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Purpose, People & Powers

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your Purpose, the People involved and the Powers available to you and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.


 Due to the capacity for the event places are limited to 2 per council.

Event date Tue 1 Sep 2020 18:30
Event Ends Tue 1 Sep 2020 20:00
Registered 11
Available places 0
Registration closes Mon 31 Aug 2020 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Meetings & Risk

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Parish/Town Council Meetings and the Management of Risk and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.


 Due to the capacity for the event places are limited to 2 per council.

Event date Thu 10 Sep 2020 18:30
Event Ends Thu 10 Sep 2020 20:00
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Wed 9 Sep 2020 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

CANCELLED: Understanding: Finance & Governance

THIS COURSE WILL BE RUN ON 7th OCTOBER 2020

See Understanding: Finance & Governance

Event date Tue 22 Sep 2020 18:30
Event Ends Tue 22 Sep 2020 20:00
Registration closes Tue 22 Sep 2020 10:00
Notes Cancelled - see 7 Oct
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council
Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.


 Due to the capacity for the event places are limited to 2 per council.

Event date Thu 1 Oct 2020 18:30
Event Ends Thu 1 Oct 2020 20:00
Registered 13
Available places 0
Registration closes Wed 30 Sep 2020 10:00
Notes This course is full and will be rerun early 2021
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Finance & Governance
It’s been a tough time for Councils this year!  Now is the time to make sure you have the funds to support your community, whilst ensuring financial control and good governance.

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview onCouncil Finance and Governance and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Wed 7 Oct 2020 16:00
Event Ends Wed 7 Oct 2020 17:30
Registered 10
Available places 0
Registration closes Tue 6 Oct 2020 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Employment Responsibilities

This essential training session aimed at Councillors is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your employment responsibilities of a Councillor.

It will benefit new Councillors as an introduction, or seasoned Councillors as a refresher on up to date practices.

Due to the capacity for the event places are limited to 2 per council.

Event date Thu 3 Dec 2020 17:00
Event Ends Thu 3 Dec 2020 18:30
Registered 20
Available places 1
Registration closes Tue 1 Dec 2020 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Meetings & Risk

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Parish/Town Council Meetings and the Management of Risk and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Wed 13 Jan 2021 18:30
Event Ends Wed 13 Jan 2021 20:00
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Tue 12 Jan 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Mon 25 Jan 2021 16:30
Event Ends Mon 25 Jan 2021 18:00
Registered 15
Available places 0
Registration closes Fri 22 Jan 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Purpose, People & Powers

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your Purpose, the People involved and the Powers available to you and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Tue 2 Feb 2021 18:30
Event Ends Tue 2 Feb 2021 20:00
Registered 19
Available places 0
Registration closes Mon 1 Feb 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25.00
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Specialist Council Training, Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Mon 22 Feb 2021 17:00
Event Ends Mon 22 Feb 2021 18:30
Registered 19
Available places 0
Registration closes Fri 19 Feb 2021 8:00
Notes £25.00 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Community Engagement

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Community Engagement and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as a refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Tue 9 Mar 2021 18:30
Event Ends Tue 9 Mar 2021 20:00
Registered 8
Available places 6
Registration closes Mon 8 Mar 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Council Governance

This online workshop looks at the responsibilities required in law and regulation of the Council in its management of public money and its accountability to the community.

It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Thu 29 Apr 2021 16:30
Event Ends Thu 29 Apr 2021 18:00
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Wed 28 Apr 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Council Meetings

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Parish/Town Council Meetings and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Wed 5 May 2021 15:30
Event Ends Wed 5 May 2021 17:00
Registered 11
Available places 3
Registration closes Wed 5 May 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Finance for Councillors

This online workshop explores the basic requirements and core elements of Council Financial Management as required by regulation and good practice.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Tue 11 May 2021 16:30
Event Ends Tue 11 May 2021 18:00
Registered 10
Available places 4
Registration closes Tue 11 May 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Risk Management
“What could possibly go wrong?”

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on the Management of Risk and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Thu 27 May 2021 18:30
Event Ends Thu 27 May 2021 20:00
Registered 10
Available places 4
Registration closes Wed 26 May 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Employment Responsibilities

This essential training session aimed at Councillors is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your employment responsibilities of a Councillor.

It will benefit new Councillors as an introduction, or seasoned Councillors as a refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Wed 2 Jun 2021 18:00
Event Ends Wed 2 Jun 2021 19:30
Registered 10
Available places 6
Registration closes Wed 2 Jun 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Councillor Fundamentals (induction)

A brief introduction to the role of Town or Parish Councillor

A two hour on line training session using Zoom with Kim Bedford.

Suitable for new Councilors and those who have never attended any training, we also encourage new Clerks to register.

Event date Thu 24 Jun 2021 18:30
Event Ends Thu 24 Jun 2021 20:30
Registered 16
Available places 0
Registration closes Mon 21 Jun 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Understanding: Code of Conduct
With members’ standards being ever more under the spotlight, this training session provides an overview of the expectations placed upon councillors as holders of public office. 

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your role and responsibilities as a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Sat 26 Jun 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 26 Jun 2021 11:00
Registered 11
Available places 3
Registration closes Thu 24 Jun 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25.00
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Standing Orders
Standing Orders underpin the council’s procedures and support good governance

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your standing orders and your responsibilities as a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Wed 30 Jun 2021 15:30
Event Ends Wed 30 Jun 2021 17:00
Registered 15
Available places 0
Registration closes Tue 29 Jun 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25.00
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Councillor Fundamentals (induction)

A brief introduction to the role of Town or Parish Councillor

A two hour on line training session using Zoom with Kim Bedford.

Suitable for new Councilors and those who have never attended any training, we also encourage new Clerks to register.

Event date Sat 17 Jul 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 17 Jul 2021 11:30
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Thu 15 Jul 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Councillor Fundamentals  (induction)

A brief introduction to the role of Town or Parish Councillor

A short online training session using Zoom technology over two hours duration with Kim Bedford.

Suitable for new Councilors and those who have never attended any training, we also encourage new Clerks to register.

Event date Sat 25 Sep 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 25 Sep 2021 11:30
Registered 6
Available places 8
Registration closes Thu 23 Sep 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Sat 2 Oct 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 2 Oct 2021 11:00
Registered 9
Available places 5
Registration closes Thu 30 Sep 2021 8:00
Notes £25.00 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Council Meetings

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on Parish/Town Council Meetings and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Sat 16 Oct 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 16 Oct 2021 11:00
Registered 14
Available places 0
Registration closes Thu 14 Oct 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Event full.

Councillor Fundamentals  (induction)

A brief introduction to the role of Town or Parish Councillor

A short on line training session using Zoom technology over two hours duration with Kim Bedford.

Suitable for new Councilors and those who have never attended any training, we also encourage new Clerks to register.

Event date Wed 17 Nov 2021 18:30
Event Ends Wed 17 Nov 2021 20:30
Registered 14
Available places 1
Registration closes Wed 17 Nov 2021 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Employment Responsibilities

This essential training session aimed at Councillors is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your employment responsibilities of a Councillor.

It will benefit new Councillors as an introduction, or seasoned Councillors as a refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Sat 27 Nov 2021 9:30
Event Ends Sat 27 Nov 2021 11:00
Registered 10
Available places 6
Registration closes Fri 26 Nov 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council

Registration is now closed

Understanding: Standing Orders
Standing Orders underpin the council’s procedures and support good governance

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your standing orders and your responsibilities as a Councillor.

It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Thu 2 Dec 2021 16:30
Event Ends Thu 2 Dec 2021 18:00
Registered 1
Available places 13
Registration closes Wed 1 Dec 2021 12:00
Notes Members £25.00
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council
Understanding: Code of Conduct

With members’ standards being ever more under the spotlight, this training session provides an overview of the expectations placed upon councillors as holders of public office. 

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on your role and responsibilities as a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Thu 9 Dec 2021 19:00
Event Ends Thu 9 Dec 2021 20:30
Registered 2
Available places 12
Registration closes Wed 8 Dec 2021 8:00
Notes Members £25.00
Speaker Gill Lungley
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council
Understanding: The Planning System

This essential training session aimed at Councillors and Clerks is part of the 'Understanding Your Council' series, and will provide an overview on The Planning System and the role and responsibilities of a Councillor.

 It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Thu 27 Jan 2022 6:30
Event Ends Thu 27 Jan 2022 8:00
Registered 0
Available places 14
Registration closes Wed 26 Jan 2022 8:00
Notes £25.00 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council
Understanding: Council Governance

This online workshop looks at the responsibilities required in law and regulation of the Council in its management of public money and its accountability to the community.

It will benefit new and seasoned Councillors as an introduction, or refresher on up to date practices.

Event date Tue 8 Feb 2022 18:30
Event Ends Tue 8 Feb 2022 20:00
Registered 0
Available places 14
Registration closes Mon 7 Feb 2022 8:00
Notes Members £25
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council
Councillor Fundamentals (Induction)

A brief introduction to the role of Town or Parish Councillor

A short on line training session using Zoom technology over two hours duration with Kim Bedford.

Suitable for new Councilors and those who have never attended any training, we also encourage new Clerks to register.

Event date Wed 16 Feb 2022 18:30
Event Ends Wed 16 Feb 2022 20:30
Registered 4
Available places 10
Registration closes Tue 15 Feb 2022 8:00
Notes £25 to Member Councils
Speaker Kim Bedford
Location WALC Zoom Room
Event Categories Understanding your council