About the Council

Being A Parish Councillor

To understand what is involved in being a Parish Councillor you first need to know what a Parish Council is and what it can and can`t do.


What is a Parish Council?

A Parish Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and is the level of government closest to the community. Parish Councils are the first place that people go to with concerns or ideas and for this reason they are a vital part of any community.


Why become a Parish Councillor?

By becoming a Parish Councillor, you become somebody your community will look to for help, guidance and support, a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped to make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.


What decisions do Parish Councils make?

The most common areas that Parish Councils get involved in include crime prevention, planning issues and managing open spaces and village halls. It is fair to say that on their own Parish Councils have limited decision-making powers, but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those organisations that do make final decisions, such as District and County Councils, health authorities etc. These authorities know that a Parish Council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.


How much time will it take up?

Parish Councils typically meet once a month (often excluding August) for the council meeting to which the public are invited. Meetings might last 2-3 hours, depending on the length of the agenda of items to be discussed. Some councils also have committees to deal with specific matters such as planning and finance. In addition to regular meetings councillors should also be prepared to attend occasional ad hoc meetings, for example with architects or agents concerning planning issues.


How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?

Once elected Parish Councillors sit on the council for a maximum of 4 years at the end of which they can stand for re-election if they wish. The next elections will take place in May 2019.  The period of co-option will be until this time.



Why not talk to your local councillors and find out what they think about the job.  Alternatively contact the Parish Clerk on 490358



The applicant must be at least 18 years old

The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the ‘Voters List’ or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in or within three miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.

The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.


Clerk To The Parish Council


Clare Brettell, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer 
Blidworth Community Leisure Centre
Bell Vue Lane, Blidworth. NG21 0RD
Tel: 01623 490358

email: blidworthpc@btconnect.com




CHAIR: Councillor  B Bates (Junior)

North Ward

‘Vanessa’ House, Mansfield Road, Blidworth NG21 0LR, Tel: 07973488963


VICE CHAIR: Councillor J Cheesmond

South Ward

Cave Wood Lodge, Cross Lane, Blidworth, Tel: 01623 616124


Councillor K Arnold

North Ward

62 Aberconway St. Blidworth, Tel: 01623 439472


Councillor W Bates (Snr)

South Ward

“Vanessa”, Mansfield Rd, Blidworth, Tel: 01623 793922


Councillor M Atherton

North Ward

4 Oak Avenue, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0TN   Tel: 01623 601603


Councillor LJ Campbell

South Ward

49 Sherwood Avenue, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0SX  Tel. 07845 124132


Councillor C Dabbs

School House, Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth, Notts. NG21 0RD


Councillor  J Middleton

South Ward

29 The  Close, Rainworth. Tel: 01623 462 202


Councillor J Bradbury

South Ward

Cottage Farm, Cross Lane, Blidworth  Tel: 07449443614


Councillor S Mottishaw

North Ward

Ling Farm, Rickett Lane, Blidworth, Notts NG21 0NG    Tel. 07946086607


Councillor Y Woodhead

South Ward

3 Park Avenue, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0SW  Tel. 01623 796751