Avon Local Councils' Association

ALCA Welcomes Barnaby Harding as the new Chief Officer




This month, ALCA warmly welcomed Barnaby Harding as the new Chief Officer, bringing with him experience and knowledge from the Local Government and Education sectors. Barnaby has previously supported local communities across the South Gloucestershire and BANES council areas through a number of sustainability, transport and employability projects.


Barnaby comes into the role to take over from Deborah White, who has supported our members for over 10 years and has worked hard during that time to make ALCA what it is today, offering members a kind ear, advice and guidance when needed. We wish Deborah every success in her new ventures, and we are delighted that she will be continuing to work with us as a Lead Trainer.

Councillor Training "At Your Place"

You can book the Essential Councillor and Planning in Plain English Trainers to come to your council at your own venue and at a time convenient to your council.

We will run the session for your all your own councillors or you can work with other councils (participant limit is 15 when working with other councils).

There is a set fee for the training of £250 plus trainer expenses.

Please contact the Chief Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and to make bookings.

Private visit to the Garden at Caisson House, Combe Hay

Monday, 24 July 2023 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We have arranged a private visit to the garden at Caisson House, Combe Hay, Bath, BA2 7EF. This is a wonderfully eclectic garden set in the most beautiful English countryside around a gorgeous Georgian house built in 1815. It is a mix of herbaceous borders, topiaries, ponds and rills, a walled garden with fruit trees, greenhouses, flower and vegetable beds. There are wildflower meadows surrounding the garden and the disused Somerset Coal Canal running through...

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Free UWE IT/Business consultancy - invitation for expressions of interest 23/24

UWE Bristol has been offering organisations in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors the opportunity to receive free consultancy on information management, business planning/strategy, training, IT, systems analysis, web sites, social media, or other ICT-related matters, in exchange for hosting a final year UG student project team from UWE Bristol. During the past years, our 100+ successful projects have provided clients with advice, strategies and artifacts. The projects begin around October and run until March/April.

D-DAY 80 - 6TH JUNE 2024

Please note page 3, carrying the message from the Prime Minister, encouraging communities to take part by lighting a Beacon at 9.15pm on 6th June 2024, representing the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of war, with the Introduction to D-Day 80

Pages 5 - 6, along with the International Tribute on page 18, is to be read out as their Beacon is being lit that evening.

Councils wishing to take part need to go to page 31 for details on how to register no later than 30th May 2024 please

Updated D-Day guide

Royal Garden Party 2023

Cllr Kathy Thomas of Peasedown St John Parish Council represented ALCA at the Royal Garden Party on 9th May, with her daughter.

Effective Community Engagement Research

What is effective community engagement and what can be learnt from for local practice?

Congratulations to Bradley Stoke Town Council!

They have been recoginsed as a Disability Confident Employer.  The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace. 

Infrastructure Levy Consultation

NALC policy consultation briefing to all member councils

Infrastructure Levy consultation NALC Briefing

Closing date 9th June 2023


Avon Gardens Trust events

The Ornamental Wilderness in the English Garden with Dr James Bartos  22nd April

Garden visits:

Wednesday, 28 June 2023 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm - Garden visit to High Glanau Manor and Wyndcliffe Court

Monday, 24 July 2023 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Garden Visit to Caisson House, Combe Hay, Bath, BA2 7EF


Please help with this dissertation research

Please help with this research

Diverse voices?  Are local councils in England and Wales attracting councillors with non-visible disabilities?”  This research aims to investigate whether the trend of under representation of disabled people in public and political life is reflected in the local council sector (town, parish and community councils in England and Wales)


Thank you.

Civility and Respect news March 2023

We are delighted that the number of councils signing up to
the civility pledge is over 1,000, a tremendous start, and we
encourage all councils to consider signing up to it.

Newsletter C&R newsletter 2023


Introducing a new guide to help local councils protect precious green spaces and paths, Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society(1), Britain’s oldest conservation body, says:

‘Often town, parish and community councils (local councils) are unaware of all the extensive powers they have to deal with problems on open spaces and paths.

‘These powers are scattered in different and sometimes obscure pieces of legislation.  This is why we have brought them together in one document, What local councils can do for public access to town and countryside.

ALCA Elections Information Pack 2023

The ALCA Elections Information Pack is now in the Members Area of this website under "Toolkits" - log in to access and enjoy!

Slow ways

Hopefully you have already heard of Slow Ways. We are co-creating the first point to point walking network in Great Britain and we need your help! Slow Ways has 8000 routes over 2500 towns and cities so there will be one near you. There are already thousands of citizens who have walked thousands of Slow Way routes but it isn't completed yet - can your team get involved?

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