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Get involved with your local Council!

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released a new video – see above! – starring our very own viral sensation, Jackie Weaver, to help get more people involved in local (parish and town) councils. The video, shot in rural Yorkshire, raises the importance of everyone having a stake in their community and getting involved in their local council.

Connecting Our Communities: Care Home Open Week 2022 -27th June to 3rd July

Care homes have essential relationships with their local councils at all levels and the wider community.

  • They act as a valuable community hubs, hosting local support groups and supporting their local councils to become Dementia Friendly.
  • They provide opportunities to young people with intergenerational activities and volunteering.
  • They offer employment opportunities that are accessible to all.
  • They create the opportunity for those who may be socially isolated to be part of a community again.

How can councils get involved in Care Home Open Week?
All you need to do is follow the link below and register your interest under 'Other' , noting which Council you belong to, to receive all the latest updates.
For more information visit:

Civility and Respect Project

NALC, county associations and One Voice Wales, as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the SLCC, as the professional body for clerks, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff.

ChALC has recently written to fourteen MP's whose constituencies fall within the area the Association covers, asking for their help in addressing concerns about the bullying, harassment and intimidation of local town and parish councillors and their staff, and requesting that they add their signatures to an Early Day Motion on the conduct of councillors towards town and parish council clerks, see EDM 691 for further information.

Star Council Awards 2022

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened nominations for the Star Council Awards 2022 as part of its work to recognise the achievements of the local (parish and town) council sector.

As the only awards in England recognising the contribution local councils make to their communities, the Star Council Awards are an opportunity for local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations to showcase how they are making a change in their communities.

The five award categories this year are:

  • Clerk of the Year
  • County Association Project of the Year
  • Young Councillor of the Year
  • Councillor of the Year
  • Council of the Year (public vote)

The winners will be announced at an online ceremony later this year. Entrants have until 27 May 2022 to submit their entries.

Find out more about how to submit your nomination


2nd June 2022

As of January 2022 – 17 beacons (14 public and 3 private) have been registered across the Cheshire areas.

Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, has written to ChALC with information about this very special event, which has been shared with councils across the Cheshire, Warrington, Halton and Trafford areas. The Guide To Taking Part in this event is available to view and download from The Guide is regularly updated on their website at the end of each month as more and more communities, individuals and organisations etc, join the event over the forthcoming months. Councils are asked to register their involvement before 30th May 2022.

The beacon lighting and associated activities will take place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and, for the first time, in each of the Capital Cities of all the Commonwealth Countries on 2nd June 2022.This could well be the last chain of beacons lit during The Queen's reign, so the Pageantmaster is keen to make it the largest and most dramatic the world has ever seen. Councils are therefore being encouraged to achieve this by taking part in lighting a beacon at 9.15pm on 2nd June 2022.

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