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IPSDEN PARISH COUNCIL Parish Clerk/RFO Vacancy

Ipsden Parish Council is looking for a motivated individual with an interest in the local community to become its next Clerk/RFO (Responsible Financial Officer) to the Council. This is a home-based position typically requiring approximately 4 hours per week at £15 per hour.

Duties include preparation of agendas and minutes of PC meetings, dealing with correspondence and acting on matters arising from meetings, preparation and maintenance of accounts and financial records.

Experience of local government or parish council work will be an advantage as will experience of project management, managing efficient administrative and financial practices, working as a team and dealing with the public. Good computer skills are essential.

The job will be based working from home over 4 hours per week and will also require attendance at 6 evening meetings per year. Occasional additional meetings with parish councillors for paperwork and signature purposes will also be required. Expenses and allowances will be paid for use of home office facilities eg computer, telephone, heating, broadband etc.

How to apply:
To receive a job specification and application form, email
ipsdenpc@gmail.com showing “Clerk/RFO application” in the subject line.

Applications close at end of working day on Monday 31 January 2022.

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Ipsden Village

Ipsden is a small village tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a corner of South Oxfordshire. The centre of Ipsden Village lies just 10 miles north of Reading and 16 miles south of Oxford. The charming riverside and bustling market towns of Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames are nearby.

Ipsden, together with its hamlets, comprises a population of just over 300 with an excellent community spirit. You will find in Ipsden:
- a lovely pub
- a well-stocked village store and post office
- a farm shop
- a nursery school
- a well-supported Church with a Vicar who lives in the village
- a village hall
- a drama society
- a children’s playground
- an active cricket club
- a residential college
- a number of thriving businesses

Ipsden is surrounded by beautiful countryside with some of the most stunning views and walks in this part of England. The Ridgeway and the Icknield Way both pass through Ipsden; those paths with their many branches winding through the surrounding fields and woods enable genuine relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, as does simply living here! While walking in the Ipsden area, you are likely to see a wide range of birds and wildlife.

Residents who commute enjoy a road network that gets them to Reading in under 20 minutes, Oxford in under 30 minutes, Wallingford in 5 minutes, or Goring & Streatley in 8 minutes. The M40 junction 6 is easily accessible, as is the M4 junction 8/9 (for travelling to London or Heathrow), or junction 12 (for travelling west). Similarly, very frequent rail travel to London is available at Reading (taking only 30 minutes from Reading to Paddington), or from Goring & Streatley taking 58 minutes.

The above rail services are currently being electrified as part of the Great Western main line upgrade program. Capacity, speed and frequency will increase even further when the electrification is complete. In addition, Reading Station has been massively upgraded to receive the new Crossrail service which will take commuters directly into the City of London. The GWR service to Paddington runs in parallel and will be even further enhanced by the electrification program.

School buses serve the excellent local county primary and secondary schools, and the Joint Abingdon Schools bus service stops less than a mile away in North Stoke serving:- Abingdon School, St Helen & St Katherine's, Our Lady's Convent and The Manor Prep School. The Oratory Prep School and The Oratory Senior School are both only a few minutes drive away in nearby Cray's Pond and Woodcote.

Ipsden is not only excellently positioned, the village also has excellent modern electronic communications. Residents, businesses and home workers enjoy excellent High Speed Broadband. Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) was installed by BT Openreach in July 2015, financed in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council. Residents who choose to connect via BT Infinity receive excellent download speeds of 50Mbps. Standard Broadband which has been available for many years is also available, as is Countryside Wireless Broadband. Mobile networks cover Ipsden well.

There are a number of farms in and around Ipsden, and excellent local produce is available from the thriving Farm Shop.

Deer are found in the woods and the famous Red Kites, which were reintroduced to the Chilterns in the mid 1980s, are often to be seen.

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