Bury St Edmunds Town Council

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Vacancy for Town Clerk/Executive Officer

£30,785 – £33,437 (pro rata)

Bury St Edmunds Town Council has changed significantly over the past 2 years and seeks a Town Clerk/Executive Officer to take it forward for the next 5-10 years.  The Council is striving to be the best it can be and seeks an Officer who can provide the strategic leadership and vision the Council will need.  Working in partnership with other authorities, residents and town organisations, including the Destination Management Organisation, to actively seek out ways in which this Council can add value to the existing provision.  A significant part of the role will involve enabling the community to identify its existing assets and make best use of them, as well as to identify its current and future needs and how these can be addressed.

Applicants should be able to see the bigger picture and must have a real interest in the town.  They must also have excellent leadership, management, communication, administration and organisational skills and will ideally be educated to degree level or equivalent.  They will possess or be prepared to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

Attendance at evening meetings/events required.  Hours are under review: presently 30 hours per week but may increase in the future by agreement.

Closing date for applications:  Friday 31 March 2017.
Interviews:  Week commencing 24 April 2017

Full details including the application form are available in the left hand column of this page (you will need to scroll down) or from the Town Council Offices, 7 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1UZ info@burystedmunds-tc.gov.uk (01284) 725111.

Election of a Town Councillor

An election has been called for a councillor in Risbygate ward following the resignation of Rod Barrett; the Town Council thanks him on behalf of the residents of Bury St Edmunds for his hard work and wishes him well for the future.

The Notice of Election will be published on 23 March 2017.  More details about this election, about standing for election as a Parish or Town Councillor or about elections generally can be found on St Edmundsbury Borough Council's website at www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/council/voting_and_elections/current-elections-and-vacancies.cfm?aud=resident.

For further information contact the Clerk by phoned on 01284 757157 or by email info@burystedmunds-tc.gov.uk.

Citizens of the Year recognised at the St Edmund's Day Dinner

This year's joint 'Citzen of the Year' award recipients, Daniel Davis and Lynda Seldis, were recognised at the St Edmund's Day Dinner held in the Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds on Friday 18 November 2016.  Mr Davis and Ms Seldis are pictured below with John Pienaar, Deputy Political Editor for BBC News and Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds:

John Piennar, Jo Churchill MP, Daniel Davis and Lynda Seldis

(Photo courtesy of Mark Cordell)


Copies of the latest edition of the Official Bury St Edmunds Town Guide, containing useful information and a map are available from the Town Council's offices.  The map is also available separately (whilst stocks last).  Click here to view the online version of the guide.  

If you have any suggestions regarding improvements or additions or any other comments we would be very pleased to hear from you. 






The review of governance arrangements in Bury St Edmunds (as part of a wider review in the borough of St Edmundsbury) has been concluded.  Details of the outcomes can be found at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/cgr.


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Grant funding is available - click here to visit the grant funding page of this website.

In recent financial years grants have been awarded to:




My WiSH charity Costs of the Chinese New Year Celebration 2017 fundraising event £1500
Breathe Easy Costs of hiring Southgate Community Centre for monthly meetings £250
Abbeycroft Leisure/St Edmundsbury Borough Council Green gym for Moreton Hall to complement the recently opened 5k ‘Run/Walk Route’ £24,000
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Associate Artists Programme 2017 (£10,500) & Children's Festival 2017 (£15,500) £26,000
6th Bury St Edmunds (St Marys) Scouts Cost of roof repairs and provision of a perimeter fence for the area used by the group at Hardwick Heath £7,171
Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress To cover prizes in the minor section of the annual chess event in Bury St Edmunds £370
St Edmundsbury Borough Council/OurBuryStEdmunds Towards the costs of the St Edmund's Day celebratory dinner and to enable representatives from organisations who play a part in the wellbeing of Bury St Edmunds to be invited to attend £1,500
Bring Out Your Dead Productions Towards the production of an original piece of drama to be presented at Moyse's Hall Museum between 27th and 29th October 2016 £1,000
Destination Management Organisation (DMO) group Towards the cost of production of two videos to promote tourism in the Town £1,500
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service Towards running costs including replacement equipment and drugs for SARS Responders who cover the Bury St Edmunds area  £500
OurBuryStEdmunds Towards the provision of an ice rink in the Town for the Christmas period  £10,000
Bury St Edmunds Fairtrade Partnership Information leaflets to support re-accreditation of Fairtrade Town status with the Fairtrade Foundation  £230
St Edmundsbury Borough Council  Programme of children’s summer activities in Nowton Park  £10,000
Bury Town Football Club Purchase new perimeter fencing £3,729
Southgate Community Partnership Purchase of 150 chairs £2,520
Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets Purchase a sailing dinghy and road trailer £2,500
Spinning Wheel Theatre Summer School Project £1,000
Bury St Edmunds Deaf Association New rear entrance door to enable disabled access to the building £1,000
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Improve access to the Quire by installing hand rails £2,130

Temporary ice rink in Charter Square


Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Safety barriers and perimeter fencing

The Guildhall Project Heritage Centre project £10,000
Saxongate Community Association To install two new lighting columns and one feeder pillar along the section of footpath known as 'the Butts' between Rockingham Road and Cullum Road £950
Catch22, Suffolk Positive Futures To provide open access to sports sessions for young people of Bury St Edmunds £950
Southgate Area Association Towards 20mph stickers for wheelie bins in the 20mph zone £100
Not the Wenesday Group Towards a pamper day and meal for members £250
The Bury St Edmunds Society To erect a plaque to the Zeppelin attacks on Bury St Edmunds in 1915-1916


Suffolk West Citizens Advice Bureau Upgrade PCs to Windows 7, purchase licences and memory upgrades


St Edmundsbury Cathedral

LiberTeas event (part of the national celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta)


Priors Estate Action Group

Priors Estate playground refurbishment and improvement project


St Edmundsbury Borough Council/Abbeycroft Leisure

Events in connection with the Women’s Cycle Tour in Bury St Edmunds on 16 and 17 June 2015



St Edmund ‘Wolf Trail’


Multicultural Women's Group

Advertising costs, projector & portable screen, flip charts, filing cabinet, amplifier, memory sticks, costs for guest speakers


Phoenix Rising 2031

Two laptops


Bury St Edmunds Samaritans

Installing a lift in new premises


Smith’s Row

‘Flowerheads' public planting project in the Abbey Gardens for Summer 2015


Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 Committee

Magna Carta commemorative pyramid of reclaimed Abbey stone set upon a stone plinth with appropriate inscription for siting in the Abbey Gardens


Avenues Group

Fortnightly leisure club for disabled


Bury St Edmunds Women's Aid Centre

One year pilot project to provide individual therapy sessions for child victims


St Johns Ambulance

Adult Airway Management Torso


The Athenaeum Club

Towards the repair and cleaning of the telescope in the observatory at the Athenaeum and the possible installation of a camera to enable the images to be viewed in the lower rooms


Memorial Garden Fund

Create a garden area within Abbey Gardens as fitting venue for Holocaust Memorial Day service


British Red Cross

Bariatric wheelchair


Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 celebrations

A specific project or element, preferably education, or a permanent commemoration of the event in the name of the Town Council


Royal British Legion

Glen Morrison Pipe Band for Remembrance Day Parade


Bury In Bloom

Wolf sculpture guarding the crown of St Edmund on the Southgate Green roundabout


Bury In Bloom

Six basket trees in Abbeygate Street

£3,900 annually

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March 2017

Town Clerk/Executive Officer vacancy

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