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20th October 2020

New campaign starts Saturday 24th October - look out for posters in participating shop windows

14th October 2020

Wem Town Council has two vacancies arising from the resignation of Cllrs Murray & Dodd who represented the West Ward which can now be filled by co-option

Eligibility criteria to be a Councillor

To be eligible to stand as a councillor you must be qualified by virtue of being a British or Commonwealth Citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or European Union citizen, who has attained the age of 18 years and is: (a) registered as a local government elector for the parish; and/or who has (b) during the whole of the twelve months preceding the appointment occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish; and/or his/her (c) principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; and/or has (d) during those twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it;

and is not disqualified from holding office by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Applicants are asked to submit an application in writing, setting out why you wish to be considered as a councillor and any qualities or experience that you have that you think would benefit the Town Council. If you have any questions about the process please do not hesitate to contact the Town Clerk on 01939 232733

Please note that the due to the pandemic the Council is holding all meetings virtually so access to a computer would be an advantage although not essential.

Applications must be submitted to the Town Clerk at Wem Town Council, Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem SY4 5DB or via email to info@wem.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020.

Applications will be considered at the November Meeting of the Town Council meeting to be held on 26.11.20

22nd September 2020

Please note the following if you are attending Wem & Prees surgeries for a flu vaccination on Saturday 26 September and future flu clinics  

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS :NEW ONSET COUGH, FEVER, OR LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL. 

 PLEASE WEAR YOUR OWN FACE COVERING. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE THESE.​

 PLEASE ATTEND ON FOOT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE (WEM SURGERY) AS PARKING WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ALLOW SAFE ACCESS TO PATIENTS

 PLEASE ATTEND AT YOUR BOOKED TIME, NOT BEFORE OR AFTER

 YOUR TEMPERATURE WILL BE TAKEN WITH A REMOTE THERMOMETER AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SURGERY, PATIENTS WITH FEVER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER

 PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS AND KEEP A SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2M AT ALL TIMES 

 PLEASE WEAR CLOTHING THAT ALLOWS EASY ACCESS TO YOUR UPPER ARMS

 IF YOU HAVE SIGNIFICANT MOBILITY PROBLEMS WE CAN ADMINISTER THE FLU JAB IN YOUR CAR. PLEASE PARK IN THE DESIGNATED AREA IN THE CAR PARK, AND A CLINICIAN WILL ATTEND TO YOU.

 THE FLU TEAM WILL BE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING AND IN THE WAITING AREAS TO HELP AND GUIDE YOU

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING.

17th September 2020

The Town Council currently has 2 vacancies for Councillors

Being a Local Councillor

Town Councillors are community leaders who represent the aspirations of residents who live in their parish and endeavour to achieve them. Town Councillors also have close links with local community groups, schools and churches within the parish.

  • A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years, the next election will be May 2021

  • Is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer.

  • The main job of a Councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the Council.

  • He/she has no authority to make decisions about Council business on his/her own.

  • A Councillor’s financial and certain other interests in Council business must be transparent.

  • He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the council.

  • Wem Town Councillors do not receive any remuneration other than travel expenses although an allowance is made to the Mayor.

Who is eligible to stand for election?

The law specifies that you can become a Town Councillor if on the day of submitting your nomination form and on the day of election you are,

  • at least 18 years old

  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and

  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

    a) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

    b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.

    d) You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    For more information on eligibility please visit

    http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141798/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-P-and-C.pdf

10th September 2020

Lottery Funding for Wem Store Cupboard Group  

 

Wem Store Cupboard Group has been awarded £4000 from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Fund which will enable the group to develop the work it started to provide food support to local residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The group is comprised of several organisations and individuals from the town including Wem Eating Well Project, Food Bank Volunteers, Wem Youth Club, Wem Town Council and Incredible Edible

Since the start of the pandemic the group have worked together to provide food parcels to those most in need of help as well as in hot meals and ready meals. The grant will be used to enable the group to continue to provide this support over the winter period as well as helping the group to develop more food related projects including running a pilot meals on wheels project which will  be launched later in the year.

Chris Mellings, Wem’s County Councillor and a representative of the group expressed thanks to the National Lottery and said:

“It’s great news we have been awarded this grant from the National Lottery. The grant will enable us to make a real difference to support local people at such a difficult time. We know from our work over the past few months there are many people who need food support in our community and this is only going to be more difficult as we head into winter. Details of how people can access food support through this project will be published shortly.”

For more information of the project please contact Penny O’Hagan Town Clerk on 01939 232733