Saturday, 21 September 2013

Jane Smith's 25th anniversary at Stirchley & Brookside

I had the pleasure of celebrating our parish clerk's 25 years of service to Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council at the Sambrook Centre yesterday.

One thing I didn't realise was that Jane was the very first clerk to the parish council, taking the job when the parish council was first created.  This explains how she knows everything that's ever happened in Brookside and Stirchley!

The parish clerk is the most important person at a parish council.  Councillors come and go but clerks generally stick around and they know how everything works and who everyone is.  They run the council, they make sure things happen and make sure things are done the right way.  They advise councillors and tell them when they're doing something wrong.

Jane has done a fantastic job for the last 25 years and I'm sure she'll continue to do a fantastic job in the future.