Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester

  • 2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

    2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

  • Cllr Kevin Wilcox and his wife, Anita, at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

    Cllr Kevin Wilcox and his wife, Anita, at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

  • 2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

    2018 Buckingham Palace Garden party

  • Representation


    Promoting and developing the work of local councils at district, regional and national levels.

Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Gloucestershire, who form the grass roots tier (or first level) of local government in England.

GAPTC offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website, which helps to increase understanding and awareness about the sector.

Latest News

NALC update - Jonathon Owen (Chief Executive)

Star Council Awards

The wait is finally over! This week NALC have announced the Star Council Awards finalists. This year the Council of the Year award will be decided by you. Find out more about the nominations and cast your vote by 12 October 2018. Winners will be announced at the Annual Conference on 30 October. Check out the finalists list!

Beacon lighting safety guidance

Many local (parish and town) councils are busy preparing to mark 100 years since the end of World World War I by lighting a beacon at 7pm on the 11 November. If you are doing this please pay attention to the important and helpful beacon lighting safety guidelines from NALC's partner BHIB Councils Insurance. More »

Aviva Community Fund

Last week the Aviva Community Fund was launched and offers the chance to get funding for causes important to your community. The timescale for applying is quite tight as online entries close midday on 9 October. Voting for projects then runs from 23 October to 20 November and projects with the most votes will become finalists.

NALC staff Out and about

  • Jane Moore, head of legal and solicitor, was in York on 18 September meeting county associations from across the north – issues ranged from Ledbury, the general power of competence and General Data Protection Regulation, plus some discussions on guidance and support and how NALC communicate
  • Silvia Nicole, finance and administration officer and Jessica Lancod-Frost, policy and projects officer exhibited at Essex Association of Local Councils' Annual General Meeting and Annual Conference, the NALC stand proved to be very popular with many delegates signing The Tree Charter

Larger Councils Committee

The Larger Councils Committee met 18 September, and in advance of the minutes being available here are a few highlights:

  • Extensive group discussions on taking forward the committee's new terms of reference and developing a new work programme
  • The committee welcomed updates on the peer challenge project and roundtable meeting in Chippenham and want to see pilots take place
  • Feedback to the surveys on council tax support funding and service devolution had been incorporated in NALC's response to the 2019-20 local government finance settlement technical consultation
  • Voting is underway for directly elected councillor and clerk positions to the committee

Meeting with National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Part of NALC's strategic plan objectives is building links with the voluntary sector, this week, Cllr Sue Baxter and Jon Owen, meet Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, key points include:

  • We have much in common as membership organisations and as many of our councillors are often charity trustees
  • Discussion on the developing role of local councils post-Brexit and the need to bring communities back together
  • Agreement to work closer together and explore corporate membership of NCVO
  • Learning from their work with businesses to encourage staff to become charity trustees
  • The challenges of recruiting volunteers and increasing diversity, with research being published on this shortly

Examples of your work on dementia

A request for your help with the work with the Prime Minister's Rural Dementia Group. The group have been asked to give evidence to a House of Lords committee and NALC are keen to gather more examples of the work and projects by local councils to help tackle dementia – if you can help please contact NALC at, thank you.

And finally...

Well done Alton Town Council, Hampshire for their entry making the shortlist of the Great British High Street Awards, which hunts for the best high street in the UK. On 25 September judges will visit Alton to score the high street on four pillars of success; community, customer experience, environment and digital transformation. » Less

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:16 by Alison Robinson

Government publishes updated model byelaws

The Ministry of Communities and Local Government has undertaken an exercise to bring model byelaws up to date including accompanying guidance.

1. Pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces: model byelaw set 2

Updated 7 September 2018

2. Amusement premises: model byelaw set 3

Updated 7 September 2018

3. Pleasure fairs: model byelaw set 4

Updated 7 September 2018

4. Promenades: model byelaw set 5

Updated 7 September 2018 More »

5. The seashore: model byelaw set 6

Updated 7 September 2018

6. Good rule and government: model byelaw set 8

Updated 7 September 2018

7. Markets: model byelaw set 10

Updated 7 September 2018

8. Revocation model byelaw

Updated 23 October 2016 » Less

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:43 by Alison Robinson

Star Council Award 2018 - this year's finalists (Well done Coleford Town Council)

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards are the only awards in England to recognise the achievements of local council sector.

The awards celebrate the positive impact of local (parish and town) councils, county associations, councillors and clerks.

The judging panel met on 14 September 2018 to choose this year's finalists to make their decision on who will be crowned the local council sector's community champions of 2018. More »

The judges shared some positive words about the quality of this year's nominations, which you can watch on the Star Council Awards webpage.

This year, the Council of the Year award will be decided by a public vote. Find out more about the finalist and cast your vote

This year's finalists are:

Council of the Year:

  • Cogenhoe and Whiston Parish Council (Northamptonshire)
  • Northwich Town Council (Cheshire)
  • Watchet Town Council (Somerset)

Councillor of the Year:

  • Cllr Jon Hale (Odiham Parish Council, Hampshire)
  • Cllr Judy Westacott (Totnes Town Council, Devon)
  • Cllr Nick Penny (Coleford Town Council, Gloucestershire)

Young Councillor of the Year:

  • Cllr Gregah Roughead (Berwick upon Tweed Town Council, Northumberland)
  • Cllr Melissa Boyden (Asfordby Parish Council, Leicestershire)
  • Cllr Sam Kenward (Beccles Town Council, Suffolk)

County Association Project of the Year:

  • Essex Association of Local Councils
  • Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils
  • Sussex Associations of Local Councils

Clerk of the Year:

  • Dena Ludford (Thaxted Parish Council, Essex)
  • Jayne Cooper (Gnosall Parish Council, Staffordshire)
  • Rebecca Hill (Settle Town Council, Yorkshire)
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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:27 by Alison Robinson