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News August 2015
CIVIC AWARDS UPDATE (details here)

Bishops Castle Town Council will be holding its first civic awards ceremony on Tuesday 13th October at The Town Hall, Bishop’s Castle.Awards will be presented to organisations and groups, businesses and individuals whose achievements have contributed to making Bishop’s Castle the place that we all enjoy living in, working in, shopping in and visiting..  The awards are designed to recognise not only the major players in shaping our town, but also those unsung heroes who go about their lives, helping others and don’t seek any form of recompense or acknowledgement. It is designed to acknowledge the work of community groups or individuals who have contributed to the social well-being of the town from major community projects to someone who looks out for his or her residents and does their shopping.

The closing date for completed nominations is Monday 7th September 2015.  Mayor of Bishop's Castle Karen Bavastock said "I am pleased to say that we have had a small number of nominations so far but I know there are many more people who deserve to be nominated and the deadline is looming fast.  If people do not have the form I am quite happy for a letter to be written explaining who you wish to nominate and why.  It needs to be clear who is making the nomination and who is being nominated and why.  Judging of the allotments has already taken place and I know the standard of the allotments was very high and it was a difficult job for the judges to chose outright winners in each category and I think we will have the same situation with the civic awards as there are so many people in town who deserve recognition for what they do"

Who can make nominations? Members of the public are encouraged to make nominations as well as officers and members of the Town Council. Who can be nominated? Individuals, groups, organisations, schools and businesses can be nominated but they must have a distinctive connection to Bishop’s Castle or be based or have a base within the area. Nominations are welcomed for paid employees of community organisations and charities operating within the town, but there must be evidence that their efforts add significant contribution to the social well-being of the town beyond the requirements within their job description. 

Successful nominations and their nominees will be informed by the end of  September, when both will be invited to the Presentation Evening. The nominees of unsuccessful nominations will be informed at this time, but please note the Town Council will not participate in any correspondence on the matter - the judges’ decision is final. Each nomination will be judged on its own merits and not against each other. 

How to make your nomination: Forms are available online:, by emailing: or by phoning 01588 638141 or there is a copy on the back of this leaflet which you may use. If you require any further information please contact the Clerk Mary Seldon or the mayor Karen Bavastock.

News May 2015
Public Meeting at the Public Hall 16th June 7pm >>more<<
Mayor's Sunday 7th June (Parade, service & picnic) >>more<<
Vacancy for Town Councillor

News April 2015
Vacancy for Town Councillor

NEWS 2014
Bishop’s Castle residents and anyone regularly using its facilities for work or leisure are being invited to bring forward their ideas for improving all aspects of life in the town.
The Town Council is beginning a community plan process with an invitation delivered to every household and to many local businesses and organisations. We need as many people as possible, of all ages and interests, to tell us what concerns they have for the future, what they value about the town now and their ideas for improvements or change.
Whilst the community led plan cannot contradict county planning strategy, it will give the town a chance to record its preferred vision of its future. Bishop’s Castle Town Council also wants the process to strengthen the community by opening communications and allowing local people to work together to create their own action plan.  
To access the short questionnaire please follow this link. 

The council consists of 12 councillors, all elected every 4 years. The mayor is a councillor elected annually by the members of the council. The mayor’s role is to steer the council, chair its meetings and wear the regalia of the office on formal occasions. The council meets every four weeks in the council chamber of the Town Hall (pictured below).

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