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Stapleford Cambridge job vacancies


The Council is seeking an Assistant Clerk to support the role of the Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer.

Stapleford is a thriving village, with a population of approximately 2000, situated about 5 miles south of the city of Cambridge. This is an exciting time for Stapleford as it develops and cements its relationships with the adjacent village of Great Shelford through the Neighbourhood Plan The Council has recently increased its number of Councillors and the Council has significant funds, which it intends to use for the benefit of its community.

The contract as Assistant Clerk will be for 6 hours per week.  There may be occasional additional hours for meetings and standing in for the Clerk.  In the future, as the village grows, the hours may increase.  The Assistant Clerk will be expected to work some hours each week at Cox’s Close office and arrangements will be negotiable with the Clerk. In addition, the post is allied to that of secretary to the Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This work is broadly 2 hours per week but may grow with the evolution and application of the plan.

The ideal candidate will be computer literate with good communication skills and will assist the Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer in taking responsibility for the administration of the business and finances of the Council.

The overall roles require the ability to use email and social media as key tools of communication.  The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate excellent administrative and communication skills as well as being able to plan and manage the workload in order of priority using their own initiative to meet deadlines. They will need to be proactive and motivated and able to demonstrate an ability to work constructively and accurately with a wide variety of stakeholders. An interest in local government is desirable. 

The salary for the Assistant Clerk will be pro rata £20751 – £23838 (LC1 10-17). The appointed salary will depend on knowledge and experience. Holiday entitlement and statutory pay requirements will be met. The Council supports attendance at training courses.

The successful applicant will report to the Clerk and be specifically responsible for pavilion management, recording and writing minutes, project work, dealing with planning applications, general office administration duties and liaising with outside organisations and the general public. However Council will negotiate roles in liaison with the Clerk.

If you are interested in this position please contact the Clerk, details shown below, for an application pack. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on                         Monday 01 July 2019.  Interviews will be held and a convenient date thereafter and the successful candidates will be expected to commence duties as soon as possible.


Clerk to Stapleford Parish Council and Responsible Financial Officer

Tel: 07840 668048

E-mail: staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com 


St Andrew’s Stapleford


We are looking for a part-time Parish Administrator to support our parish priest and the Christian mission and worship of our church, as well as all the activities of a Church of England parish church. If you are a well-organised and motivated self-starter, with good and varied administrative experience, we can offer a flexible role, in a friendly setting. More information about the post can be found on the Home page of our website: https://standrewstapleford.org


An application pack can be obtained from: admin@standrewstapleford.org

Closing date for applications: April 26

Interviews will be held on: May 10

Recruitment will be according to the Diocese of Ely Safer Recruitment procedure. References and a DBS check will be required. The post-holder will be required to complete appropriate safeguarding training after appointment.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity seeking community minded volunteers to run Arthur’s Shed

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is recruiting volunteers to maintain and develop Arthur’s Shed, to start as soon as possible.  The innovative community space is a vibrant hub within the Hospice and the wider community, offering a refreshing programme of volunteer-led activities.


Arthur’s Shed was funded through a generous gift left in a Will and opened its doors at the same time as the Hospice - within its landscaped gardens - in November 2016. Inspired by the Men’s Shed movement, the studio room was integrated within hospice’s design as a non-clinical space, where people connected to the Hospice and the wider community can come together to share skills, learn something new and socialise.


Project Coordinator Jan Wilderspin was recruited after a grant was secured from The Big Lottery Fund, to develop the initiative further.  Having been in post since August 2018, she has cultivated a diverse time-table of volunteer-led activities which are open to everyone, including the Hospice’s patients, their family members, staff, volunteers and the general public. She comments:

 “Arthur’s Shed has always been a popular space, but within the last 6 months it’s really come into its own, with people coming along each month to enjoy everything from carpentry in the Men’s Shed to tapestry, sugar craft to model railway, still-life drawing to health information sessions, watercolour painting to T’ai Chi.


“Our ‘Shedders’ have really enjoyed themselves: many have commented on how relaxing they have found the sessions; some have even found that their confidence has increased.  Arthur’s Shed has become a real hub of the Hospice.  We have met a wonderful cross section of the local community and it has added value to the lives of those who already knew of us, as well as introducing the Hospice to people who had never previously walked through our doors.”  


Between ten and twenty sessions are held every week, thanks to generous local support and grants, with Arthur’s Shed collectively welcoming 100 people each month.  As well as providing a safe, warm and friendly venue where volunteers share their time and talents, the community space has played an important part in helping the community see what Hospice is really like.  


Dr Lynn Morgan, CEO at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, adds:

“When we were designing the new hospice, we were determined that we should have these spaces which are open to the wider community, like Arthur’s Shed, our Bistro and our Education & Conference Centre. So many people have no idea of what a Hospice is really like and – inevitably – as soon as they step through our doors, their fears disappear as they realise what a warm and special place Arthur Rank Hospice is. Now we just need to find some fabulous volunteers who will champion Arthur’s Shed, support our Shedders and continue to progress its place in the Hospice and the community.”  


The Big Lottery funding of the Project Coordinator role will finish at the end of 12 months in July. Having established strong foundations, Jan’s final challenge is to recruit a team of volunteers who she will support to take over responsibility for Arthur’s Shed. Volunteers are invited to apply now and will be appointed as soon as possible, in order to ensure a smooth hand-over.


Arthur’s Shed Administration volunteers (offering 1-2 hours per week) will release the monthly calendars, liaise with activity sessions leaders and provide them with support, assist with marketing and help recruit attendees. Arthur’s Shed Buddies (offering 2 hours one morning or afternoon per week, fortnight or month) will be on hand during weekly sessions to meet and greet participants, support the running of sessions, provide hands-on support to activity session leaders and oversee health and safety.


These roles offer some exciting opportunities to develop and grow the community space further, raising its profile and supporting the Hospice as it integrates more fully with the local community.  Individuals will be encouraged to use their own experience, ideas and talents and collaborate with the entire Arthur’s Shed team, in order to shape how the project moves forward.  To find out more about either role, or to apply, please contact the Voluntary Services team on 01223 675872 or volunteer@arhc.orh.uk.

Those interested in attending ‘Shedder’ sessions, can download the activity timetable for the month at https://www.arhc.org.uk/arthurs-shed.asp. All sessions are open to anyone and everyone but need to be booked in advance. A small donation of £2 towards the activity would be appreciated which is collected on the day. For further information or to book a session, call the Hospice’s Reception on 01223 675777 or email arthursshed@arhc.org.uk