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Slaugham Parish Annual Meeting


The Residents of the Parish are invited to attend the Annual meeting of the Parish. To receive an update from the Chairman of Slaugham Parish Council on the preceding year and what is planned in the future for Slaugham Parish.

Refreshments will be served from 7.45pm, the meeting will start at 8.15pm

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Slaugham Parish Council 

The Annual Parish Meeting is held each year between March 1st and June 1st: 

This is, in legal terms, a quite separate body from the Parish Council, but it is invariably the Parish Council that arranges it (simply because it is unlikely that anyone else will do so). Its decisions are not binding on the council, though a wise Parish Council will normally want to take heed of what is said at the meeting.

  • It may help to remember the difference between the two meetings as the Annual Parish Meeting is a legacy from the Middle Ages, when local Parish Councils did not exist, and all local decision making was carried out by meetings of the whole community, taking place in any available large building eg the church vestry. 
  • The Annual Parish Meeting is open to all electors of Slaugham Parish, who have the right not only to attend but also to speak on any matter of local interest.  This is in contrast to a Parish Council meeting, where electors who are not Councillors have no automatic right to speak (although Slaugham Council does have a set time before any Parish Council meeting when electors can raise matters of concern to them).
  • This meeting has its own minutes, which are kept separately from the Parish Council minutes, and these minutes can only be approved by the next Annual Parish Meeting.  
A speaker is usually invited to speak on a subject of current interest to the village.  Because this is a meeting of a body separate from the Parish Council (see above) the date is not affected by the Parish Council election cycle, though practical considerations may mean that it is arranged on a different date in an election year.