Vacancy for a Finance Officer and Administrator

Finance Officer and Administrator


Salary and hours negotiable dependant on experience and qualifications.


Combe Martin Parish Council is seeking a self-motivated person with experience in Local Government to join a small dedicated team.


The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and team player, who is proficient in financial management and administration and has the ability to be flexible as the job demands (attendance at evening meetings is necessary).


To apply, please submit your CV with a covering letter about yourself to:


Kirsty Milliam

Combe Martin Parish Council


Cross Street

Combe Martin EX34 0DH



Tel: 01271 883403

Public Consultation on Potential Land Purchase

Combe Martin Parish Council (CMPC) has been offered a parcel of land within the village known as ‘Wollams Land’. This is bordered by the River Umber opposite the Blackmore Ham Pleasure Gardens play area and located between Park Lane and Water Lane.

CMPC is required to consult with Parishioners on the decision to purchase the land for community use.

CMPC is inviting suggestions from parishioners as to what community uses they would like to see for the land?

(Access and location, make social housing and car parking a very remote possibility)

Land use will affect what grants may be available. The price will be at market valuation yet to be established, estimated: £75,000,00

CMPC will need to obtain a Public Works Loan, (PWL) to purchase the land and the size of the loan will be dependant on what other grants are available

If you would like to respond to the consultation, please complete the below public consultation document and return it to the Parish Council by post to: Seacott, Cross Street, Combe Martin EX34 0DH or email at:

CMPC Public Consultation on Woolamsland

Map reproduced by kind permission of the Land Registry

Finance Officer Vacancy


Combe Martin Parish Council is looking to recruit a Finance Officer on the following terms:

Hours of Work : 16 hrs per week (working pattern negotiable, but dependant on the needs of the office)

NJC Pay scale: 10

Salary: £21,322 pro rata per annum.

Reporting to: Parish Clerk

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Interviews: Week commencing 17th May 2021

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Maintain all accounting ledgers using RBS accounting system to include processing and payment of all supplier invoices, issuing all customer invoices ensuring prompt payment and maintaining nominal ledger providing monthly balance sheet reconciliations.

Manage Councils bank accounts and cash position providing monthly bank reconciliations.

Prepare annual budgets, monthly income and expenditure reports, cash flow forecasts and quarterly management accounts and forecasts as required by Council.

Maintain Fixed Asset Register and Property Lease Schedule.

Have a good knowledge of Payroll to liaise with payroll provider.

Prepare and submit quarterly VAT returns.

Prepare Annual Governance and Accountability Return together with required supporting documentation and manage internal and external audit process.

Perform any other duties necessary to ensure proper management of the Councils financial affairs.

Perform additional support activities which may be requested by the Parish Clerk/Proper Officer.

Essential Key Criteria:

At least three years work experience in accountancy or bookkeeping is required. (A formal qualification or working towards one is desirable).

Minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) at C or above in English and Maths. (ICT GCSE is desirable).

Experience of using financial software packages – (Knowledge of RBS is desirable).

Be proficient in use of Microsoft Office Packages (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook).

Experience of working with social media and websites.

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. A friendly, helpful and professional telephone manner.

Ability to process large amounts of complex information and to write detailed reports and analysis.

Driving licence and own transport is desirable.

Experience in Public Sector Finance is desirable.

Applications for this position should be made using the Parish Council’s application form. An application pack is available to download on this website (see below) or can be requested via the office.  The application form should be sent together with a covering letter to the Clerk via post or email.

Finance Officer – Job Description & Person Specification

Finance Officer – Application Form

Combe Martin Parish Council, Seacott, Cross Street, Combe Martin, Devon EX34 0DH

E mail:                                   Tel: 01271 883403

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Due to COVID-19 there will not be a book of condolence placed at the Parish Council Office, however condolence messages can be sent directly to the National Book of Condolence via the Royal website.

In response to the Royal Family’s wishes for us all to express our condolences in the safest possible way, we will not be opening a formal tribute area for flowers. The Royal Family has suggested that people may wish to make a donation to a charity of their choice or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages in memory of His Royal Highness, instead of leaving floral tributes.

More information is available on the Royal Website.


Notice of Election

North Devon

Election of  Two Parish Councillors for



  1. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG between 10am and 4pm on any working day from the date of publication of this notice (excluding bank holidays) but no later than 4pm on 8th April 2021.


  1. Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG during the times stated above. Please call 01271 388277 or email


  1. If any election is contested the poll will take place on 6th May 2021.


  1. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on 19th April 2021. Applications can be made online:


  1. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG by 5pm on 20th April 2021.


  1. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG by 5pm on 27th April 2021.


  1. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG by 5pm on 6th May 2021. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on 27th April 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on 27th April 2021.



Dated: 24th March 2021

Ken Miles

Returning Officer


Printed and published by the Returning Officer Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG


Devon County Council COVID-19 Fund

Devon County Council (DCC) has temporarily re-opened the COVID-19 Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of the second national lockdown.

Applications opened on 9 November 2020 and will close on 2 December 2020.

Applications will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how you have assessed the need for that amount. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances we may make offers of up to £1,000. We will require a report on how the money was spent and benefits to the community on completion of your project.

DCC buildings are currently closed and most staff are working from home so applications must be submitted online.

DCC aim to process applications as speedily as is possible and may need to contact you for further information. You will receive an email informing you whether your application has been successful or not, so please try to avoid contacting the team ahead of this.

What is the COVID-19 Fund?

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and local and national government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our voluntary and community sector organisations and local communities are also assisting those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Through the COVID-19 Fund, DCC will provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this further lockdown and in particular measures to support those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

These can include:

  • safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines
  • support for accessing online information and services
  • measures to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
  • transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak

Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together.

Please read part (a) of DCC’s guidance for more details.

How to apply

Please ensure that you have read and understood the guidance and what this funding can be used for.

Summaries of your project will suffice as there are word number limitations but do include the key information of how your project meets the purpose of this grant fund and how you have identified the size of the grant you require.

Apply now

Application terms and conditions

  • I am authorised to sign on behalf of the above-named organisation and that any funding will be used to benefit the community in line with the priorities of the COVID-19 Fund and will only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
  • This COVID-19 grant will be used before 31 March 2021 and any unspent/uncommitted monies will be returned to Devon County Council promptly; without proof of purchase or commitment.
  • That I/we will provide Devon County Council with a statement of how the funding has benefited the organisation/local community.
  • That I/we acknowledge and understand that approval of any grant relating to this application does not commit the County Council to ongoing funding.

Help and support

If you are uncertain about how to apply please contact and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.


(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf as sponsor/guarantor and as the recipient of the grant. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:

  • town or parish councils
  • local community and voluntary services organisation (CVS)
  • village hall
  • another constituted local voluntary group that qualifies

If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.

(b) If you are successful in getting funding for your idea/initiative, we will ask you for some feedback on how your project went within 3 months of the project being completed, and then again later if requested. We will require:

  • details of how many people benefited from the project
  • copies of invoices and receipts relating to the DCC grant provided
  • details of the amount of any other match funding you received towards the project

Terms and conditions

Full details of the specific DCC terms and conditions relating to these grant schemes form part of the application process and require projects to accept them before any funds are released. However, there are some generic conditions which apply to all the grant schemes, which your group/organisation project needs to be aware of.

  1. You must confirm on the application that your project meets the respective eligibility criteria. The grant can only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
  2. Project applicants must confirm the project serves communities within the DCC administrative area of Devon, with at least 75% of the people benefiting from the project living in that area.
  3. There is no automatic right to a grant, DCC will consider all applications and decide on the applications it wishes to grant fund, seeking to distribute funding in an even-handed way across the entire area of Devon it administers. DCC reserves the right not to make a funding offer to a project.
  4. Grants will be awarded where they are deemed to be most needed and where they would have the greatest impact and outcomes.
  5. Grants will be awarded on a one-off basis. Any grant relating to an application does not commit the County Council to ongoing future funding.
  6. Applicants must accept in writing (an email or online application will suffice) the associated DCC terms and conditions before any grants can be released.
  7. We would expect funds to cover, and be used, during the period of the Coronavirus emergency. This funding is not for on-going or non-Coronavirus response related activities.
  8. An evaluation of how the funding has benefited the organisation/local community will be provided; in line with the relevant terms and conditions applying. This can include invoices and you may want to submit GDPR compliant photos or videos.
  9. Any DCC grant-funded projects will clearly acknowledge, in any related publicity materials the Fund Scheme as a DCC initiative.
  10. DCC grant-funded projects accept that DCC will issue publicity about projects and activities that it supports, so may use such projects within its publicity materials and as promotional case studies and may wish the project to evaluate further its project work and outcomes. Publicity may include digital images, video and other content you have provided if you have confirmed them to be GDPR compliant.
  11. Repayment of DCC grant funds may be required at the sole discretion of Devon County Council if a funded project supplies false information, fails to spend the money in any allotted time period, fails to return evaluation materials within the agreed time period, becomes insolvent and/or there are any other breaches of the conditions or eligibility criteria.
  12. DCC may request additional information and assurances; requiring additional terms and conditions to apply and will require you to confirm in writing your acceptance of any additional terms and conditions before agreeing to provide DCC grant funding. Acceptance can be in the form of an email from the charity/organisation’s contact email address provided on the application form.

North Devon Council provides financial help to children and families most in need

North Devon Council has provided a Local Hardship Fund in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with financial support from Devon County Council.

The purpose of the fund is to provide support to families who are suffering immediate financial hardship directly as a result of COVID-19. It can be used to provide support with basic essential needs, such as food, personal or household items, travel for essential hospital and doctor appointments, repairs and even gas and electricity costs. It is an emergency fund which has been accessed by many people over the past six months.

During the summer, this fund was used to provide financial assistance to schools in the area who then identified and provided direct help to families and pupils most at need. The council is hoping to set up a similar arrangement for the Christmas school holidays. The fund has also been used to provide direct support to North Devon Food Bank and to fund other groups working with and supporting our local communities.

To make an application, please contact North Devon Council on 01271 388280 or email  North Devon Council is presently operating with a reduced number of staff in its Customer Contact Centre due to COVID related absences and so if you are not able to get through immediately, please be patient and try again.

North Devon Council – Help and Support through Lockdown

With a national lockdown now in place, North Devon Council (NDC) wants to make sure that its most vulnerable customers know where to come for help.

The government and county council are writing to extremely clinically vulnerable residents giving guidance on what to do during lockdown and asking them to register on the government website so they can request support from their local council.

Working alongside local community support organisation One Northern Devon and town and parish councils, NDC is helping to co-ordinate a range of services for those most in need.  This includes:

  • helping people to register on the government website
  • help with grocery orders and deliveries
  • collection and delivery of medication
  • transport to medical and hospital appointments using local taxi form Driving Miss Daisy
  • financial support for those in serious hardship
  • friendly ear phonecalls to ease social isolation

Unlike last time, the government will not be sending out food parcels to the clinically vulnerable as the emphasis this time is on self-sufficiency.

To help people access these services, there is a dedicated phoneline and webform and the council is urging people to ensure that their vulnerable and elderly friends and relatives are aware how to contact the team. The number to call is 01271 388280 and the online form is on North Devon Council’s website.

Even if the council can’t help directly, it will do all it can to point people to the right agency or organisation. Before accessing this support though, residents are urged to turn to families and friends for this support in the first instance as the support relies heavily on a very over-stretched pool of volunteers.

The council is also urging people to ensure they don’t leave requests until the last minute and give them at least two working days’ notice because the service relies on volunteers and so cannot react any more quickly than that.

The support service is available Monday-Friday during normal working hours.

A government grant scheme to help local businesses that are affected the restrictions will also soon be available.

More information on the help and support available is at .