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Annual Parish Meetings

A parish meeting is a meeting made up of the local government electors in a particular parish and is held to discuss 'parish affairs' which have no statutory definition. 

Parish affairs can be any item or topic that relates or affects to the parish of Thurston. It is an ideal forum for the parish council to engage with local residents.  It is also the ideal forum for residents of Thurston to voice their views and concerns.

The public have a statutory right to attend the parish meeting but only the government electors at a parish meeting have the right to vote at the meeting.

There must be a meeting between 1 March and 1 June of each year and must not start before 6 o'clock in the evening or be held in premises licences for the sale of alcohol.

Public notice of the meeting must be given at least seven clear days beforehand and must specify the time and place of the intended meeting, specify the business to be transacted at the meeting; and be signed by the person or persons convening the meeting.

The Chairman of the parish council, if present, must preside at a parish meeting and if he is absent the Vice-Chairman must if present preside. If none of the above are present the parish meeting must appoint a person to take the chair of that meeting.

This year's Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 21st March 2018 commencing at 8.15pm in the Cavendish Hall, Church Road, Thurston. An agenda is available to download by clicking here

Copies of the minutes of past Annual Parish Meetings are available to view by clicking below.

For a copy of the Annual Report as submitted by the Chairman of the Parish Council please also click on the relevant folders below.