A popular parish clerk is to step down from her role after six years with Wadsworth Parish Council.
Linda Dean is leaving the position to devote more time to travelling and animal charity work, meaning there is a vacancy for an “enthusiastic parish council clerk and finance officer”.
Linda said: “During my time with the parish council I have met lots of wonderful people and have supported the parish council in bringing about positive changes in the area.
“We have nine councillors - all volunteers - who work extremely hard and are committed to representing their parishioners and resolving any issues brought to them.
“The parish council also liaises closely with Old Town Primary School, Wadsworth Community Centre and the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags because a large section of the Crags lies within Wadsworth Parish.
“Anyone with administration skills and a knowledge of basic finance procedures would be suited to the role.
“They will find it rewarding and interesting, working closely with people in the locality and helping to improve facilities.
“It isn’t necessary to have a knowledge of local council matters because training and support will be provided.
“ There is also the opportunity to be involved in the Tour de France event which will come through the Wadsworth parish in July 2014.”
During Linda’s time as clerk, the parish council has made major changes to its local allotments and has given away a great deal of money in the form of grants to local good causes.
The Chairman of Wadsworth Parish Council, Coun Mavis Ring, said: “Unanimously, the councillors are very sad that we are losing the best clerk that we have ever had.
“We respect Linda’s choice, but we will miss her greatly.
“We need a new clerk by Christmas.
“Linda has given us her three months’ notice and said she will stay on for another three months to help the new person settle into the role.”
Coun Ring said that the loss would be made greater because Linda also acted as finance officer, dealing with the budget and applying for grants from Calderdale Council.
Linda said “I have enjoyed my time with the parish council and it has been a privilege to work with pro-active councillors and liaising directly with local people.
“Anyone wishing to apply for the role of parish clerk and finance officer can look forward to an interesting and varied time with the council.”
Wadsworth has nine councillors who represent different parts of the parish,
For further details about the parish council, go to www.wadsworthcommunity.co.uk/index.php/local-organisations/parish-council.
l For more information about the vacancy and how to apply, see our Classifieds section.