Gorsley & Kilcot Annual Parish Meeting and Farewell to our Clerk

Monday 25th March 2019

7.30pm at Christ Church Gorsley

Come, meet your Parish Councillors in an informal atmosphere, and learn what has happened in the Parish in the last twelve months and have your say on what you would like the Parish Council to do for you.

We also be saying farewell to our Clerk for the last 17 years, Mrs Margaret Highton, who retires on 31st March 2019. Our new Clerk Ms Arin Spencer hopes to attend.

District Cllr. Craig Lawton, County Cllr. Will Windsor Clive, PC Dean Saunders and Sarah Davies Dementia Friendly Community Enabler have all been invited and asked to submit reports even if they are unable to attend

All reports (including Parish Council Accounts up to 28th February 2019) will be available on the website, from Christ Church in daylight hours or by email from the Clerk on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Wine, Soft Drinks and Light Refreshments will be available.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 25th February at 7.30pm

ADVANCE NOTICE: Annual Parish Meeting will be on Monday 25th March at 7.30pm. Details to follow


Gorsley Community Shop will open it's doors at 9am on Saturday 1st September with the formal opening at 11am.
The opening event will have Tea, Coffee and refreshments being served from 10.30am, with opportunities to have a look at the new shop, sample our produce, sign up for pre-ordered papers and fresh baked bread, or just get to know the staff and volunteers.  

Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate the community effort that has made this a reality.

Opening Times
              Monday - Friday                           8.30am - 5.30pm
              Saturday                                       9.00am - 12.30pm
Note: The Post Office will be open when the shop is open
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What will be on sale...
We have taken on board the feedback and suggestions collected over the past year and have sourced the necessary suppliers including a number of local producers.  Daily newspapers, freshly baked bread, groceries, vegetables, greeting cards and confectionery will all be available. If you want to receive a pre-ordered daily paper from the first day of opening then please contact us. 

Gorsley & Kilcot Parish Council's Clerk Mrs Margaret Highton has announced her retirement from 31st March 2019 after 17 years.

Therefore there will be a Vacancy for Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

Job Description:  The Clerk will be the Council’s Proper Officer and, as such, will carry out all the functions and serve all notifications required by law. In addition the Clerk will advise on, provide information for and assist in the formation of any policies to be followed in respect of the Parish Council’s activities. The Clerk will also be the Responsible Financial Officer and thus responsible for the records and administration of all the Council’s finances. Periodic updating of the Parish Council’s website www.gkpc.co.uk will also be required.

Salary Scale:        National Joint Council SCP15 – SCP 17 pro rata (open to negotiation)

Hours per month:         20

Place of work:     Work from home

Meetings:    A minimum of 6 evening meetings per year (bi-monthly) plus an Annual Parish Meeting

Experience:          Applicants should be computer literate with knowledge of Word and Excel. Good communication and organizational skills are essential. Specific professional training will be provided if necessary.

Applications to be made by sending your CV and letter of application to the current Clerk (address below).

Closing Date:       11th January 2019

For a full job description or further information contact:

The Parish Clerk, 29 West View Newent GL18 1TE

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In the past few weeks, significant milestones are now in place for Gorsley Community Shop to become a reality. We have now recruited our Part Time Manager, we have had our Post Office application accepted and we have a confirmed opening date.


   It is still unconfirmed if the Post Office Local will be open at the same time as this will be in the hands of the Post Office Ltd., but we will continue to have the Mobile Post Office visiting us until we do.

A lot of work now needs to be undertaken to renovate and fit out the premises ready for the opening as well as meeting and training the volunteers. This is all going to happen rather quickly in the next few weeks and months as we put in place the plans that have been worked on now for a while - keep an eye out for emails, adverts and 'goings on' so you don't miss anything.

                              SHOP MANAGER - JACKY BENTHAM

We are really excited that Jacky has become our Shop Manager. Jacky has lived in Gorsley since 2002 (but has been a local for longer) and comes with a wealth of experience that the shop will benefit from.

Her passion and vision for the shop is fantastic and she is already working hard alongside the steering team to have everything in place ready for opening. Jacky is now keen to make contact with volunteers and suppliers

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                              VOLUNTEER MEETING

                              Thank you to all those who have signed up to volunteer in the shop.

To date we now have over 40 people signed up which is fantastic. Over the coming weeks and months Jacky and the team will be arranging various times to meet with you (and others who may be interested) to identify the various areas people may be willing to help.

FIRST VOLUNTEER MEETING: WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE, 2-3PM Lighthouse, Gorsley Baptist Church (There will be other meetings arranged in July if you are unable to make



Thank you to everyone who has pledged a donation towards the necessary funds for the shop to open. With knowing we have the manager and the Post Office Local confirmed, we are now in a position to receive the funds. Please keep a look out for a seperate email with instructions on how to do this.

We are still £3,000 short of our £35,000 target so if you have yet to make a pledge and would like to financially support the set up of the shop please pledge a donation (all pledges will be kept confidential).



                              Gorsley Community Shop Ltd. is now formed. This company will be a separate entity in its own right, where all profits are fed back into the shop or used for community projects. It will be run by a maximum of

8 directors that will protect the long-term viability of the shop and will actively listen to the wishes of the community. We have yet to have all the Directors in place so if you feel you could serve the community by undertaking such a role (or want to know more) please contact


The Mobile Post Office continues to visit the Gorsley Baptist Church (upper) car park on:

Wednesday 2.30-3.30pm*

(*including refreshments)

Friday 2.15-3.15pm

To keep track of ongoing progress please continue to regularly check our website:

www.gorsleycommunityshop.co.uk [4]

Clerk to Parish Council

Margaret Highton
01531 820245
Mobile: 07581 312585
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Nigel Warwick
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