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Staverton Community Market

If you’re free on Saturday morning remember to visit your monthly market.
It offers food and crafts as well as refreshments.
It’s a good place to meet your neighbours and fellow villagers.
The market needs your support
Saturday 17 March between 10 a.m. and Noon
Staverton Court Room
We look forward to seeing you there

New Parish Clerk needed

From Staverton Parish Council

Our Parish Clerk is, sadly, moving on to a full-time post. We need an organised, independent and adaptable individual to work from home and attend monthly Wednesday evening meetings as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council.

Staverton Parish Council is a pro-active and friendly Council covering Staverton and Landscove villages and the surrounding area. The role is busy, but varied and interesting. Good IT skills are important and minute taking is essential.

Other skills such as writing funding bids, knowledge of the planning system and experience in dealing with correspondence would be a great advantage, although there will be training courses available to help with any skills gaps for the right applicant. The applicant should be prepared to study for the industry qualification, the CiLCA or already hold this qualification.

The post is for ten hours per week. Salary is paid at NALC SLCC rate and will depend on qualifications and experience, with an additional allowance to cover home working costs. IT equipment such as a new laptop and printer will be provided.

For additional information about the Parish Council please visit  Or for more information, including a job description, please contact the outgoing Clerk via or 01752 873446.

Interested applicants should send a CV and personal statement showing how they meet the requirements of the post to the outgoing Clerk by Tuesday 3 April. The provisional date for interview is the 9 or 10 April 2018.

Scam Alert – Fraudulent HMRC Callers

Book Club Update from John Forte

January’s book club was a cosy affair in the Sea Trout as we discussed Ali Smith’s much lauded post-Brexit novel Autumn and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Autumn divided our readers with some confusion over timelines and the fact it was not written in chronological order yet other readers loved this aspect of the novel and the touching relationship between the old man and his younger female friend which built over many years. Most of us did not have time to get very far into the first of Ferrante’s bestsellers but what we had read spurred us all on to read more. Indeed there are two sequels which I imagine might become choices in future book club events.

Meanwhile February’s choice is the blockbuster Conclave by Robert Harris and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Feel free to read one or both or just come and enjoy a convivial chat in the warm, friendly surroundings of our lovely pub.