The Parish Council

About the Parish Council

The Council consists of seven councillors who are elected every four years, including a Chairman and Vice Chairman who are elected by the Councillor from their own number.

Meetings of the full Council are held on the third Thursday each month in the village hall at 7:30pm. There are also occasional meetings of subcommittees as and when required. The regular Council meetings are open to the public. The Agenda to the meetings is posted on the village hall notice board and the Minutes from the most recent meeting are also displayed there.

The council also employs a part time Clerk who can be contacted at clerk@church-fenton.net or by telephone on 07981 371937.

The clerk can be contacted in writing at the following address:
   Jeremy SherlockJeremy started as Town Clerk to the Council in March 2011. His background is mainly in Local Government, but has also worked in the Civil Service, and for a Development Trust.

Originally from Birkenhead, Merseyside (with a strong loyalty to Everton FC) he has moved round the country, most recently settling in Brayton near Selby. He is married with one grown up daughter.

He has a degree in Town and Country Planning, but for many years been involved in regeneration work, including working in neighbourhoods and with local communities to improve physical and social facilities.

Outside work he enjoys football and real ale, together with outdoor activities such as gardening, cycling, walking and bird watching.

   10 Old Farm Way,
   Brayton,
   Selby Y08 9SZ

Councillors are willing to be contacted at reasonable times by phone. If you wish to write, full addresses are available from the clerk.


Responsibilities of the Council

  • To advise on planning applications.
  • To set an annual budget which determines the Parish Rate.
  • To nominate representatives on school governing bodies and other village organisations.
  • to make note of and pass to the responsible authority for action any matter of general concern to the village (traffic issues, planning, initiatives concerning youth, public amenities, etc.).

Current Council Members

A photo of the current Council members. Below the photograph are contact phone number and information on the member (position the cursor over the dotted line).

Church Fenton Parish Council

Councillor Andrew MasonLived in Garforth and attended Garforth Comprehensive. Spent several years travelling and studied Economics and Politics at Warwick University.

Set up own business 10 years ago. Always been very interested in local politics and wanting to make a difference. I am a keen family man and enjoy running, music, reading and the movies.

Always looking out for the best for the village and use my excellent negotiating skills as much as I can to obtain this! Always keen to listen to everyone's views and opinions.
: Tel. 07973 135196

Councillor Jo MasonBrought up in Garforth, I studied Environmental Sciences at University before travelling, and then trained and worked as a primary school teacher until leaving to become a full-time mum.

I am married to Andrew and we have two children aged 14 and 16 and an expanding menagerie. We have enjoyed living in Church Fenton for 15 years.

My interests include horses, gardening, walking, reading, current affairs and our property development business.
: Tel. 01937 557353

Councillor Craig Blakey : Tel. 07860 786487

Councillor Sarah Chester (Chair) : Tel. 07834 097872

Councillor Stephen NewbouldOriginally from Harrogate, before moving to Manchester for 10 years to pursue my career.

On marrying Lianne and having our twins (Ruby & Jamie), we moved to Church Fenton 6 years ago in pursuit of 'village life' and hope to positively contribute to the local community.

What spare time I have is spent with family, friends and you'll often see cycling through the village.
(vice Chair) : Tel. 07740 706118

Councillor Rebecca Hunt : Tel. 07500 557665

Councillor Stuart Spensley : Tel. 07753 613223


Forthcoming Meetings

The Parish Council will be meeting on the following dates in the village hall. Meetings will commence at 7:30pm unless otherwise stated and are open to members of the public.

Date of Meeting  
21 September 2017
19 October 2017
23 November 2017 To be held at the Cricket Club, Busk Lane
11 January 2018
15 February 2018
15 March 2018
19 April 2018


Minutes of Previous Meetings

To view the minutes of previous meetings of the Church Fenton Parish Council click on the links below. These will open in a separate window, when you've finished reading them, just close it down by click on the X symbol in the top right corner and you will be brought back here.

The minutes are in PDF format, this means you will need Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you haven't got it, you can download it free from the Adobe web site.

June 2017
May 2017
May 2017 ... (Extraordinary Meeting)
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016

Additional Information

The following is additional information concerning the village that the Parish Council feels may be of interest to residents of Church Fenton. To view the information click on the links below. These will open in a separate window, when you've finished reading them, just close it down by click on the X symbol in the top right corner and you will be brought back here.

All documents are in PDF format, this means you will need Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you haven't got it, you can download it free from the Adobe web site.

Annual Report for 2016-17
Parish Council budget 2016-17
Asset Register
Annual Return for 2016-17
Annual Return for 2015-16
Annual Return for 2014-15
Financial Regulations (May 2016)
Parish Code of Conduct (July 2012)
Standing Orders (April 2014)

Grant Awarding Policy

The Council has developed a policy for consideration of requests for funding assistance for activity within Church Fenton. Funding support will only be given to projects which are focussed on and directly benefit residents in the Parish. Interested parties are recommended to contact the Clerk before preparing an application. A copy of the Policy and Application Form are available here.



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