Two More Parish Councillors Sought

Ruddington Parish Council is again looking for community-minded villagers to come forward to fill two vacancies – after a couple of its newer councillors stepped down.

Empty seats have been left in Camelot Ward and Manor Ward – following the resignations of Yvonne Lishman and Sarah Godfrey respectively.

Their departures follow a relatively stable period for the Council after a raft of resignations during 2016 and 2017. Yvonne had been a Parish Councillor since June last year but Sarah only for the past six months.

Both have stated they are quitting due to work and family commitments. Yvonne is a busy professional photographer – and has previously been a Labour candidate in Rushcliffe Borough Council elections. Meantime Sarah explains: “I was approached to do a masters degree out of the blue after I became a Parish Councillor and I took it. I work and I have small children, too. I really didn’t want to leave but I’ve had to give and take. There are some amazing people on the Council and I would thoroughly encourage applying if you think you can make a difference.”

In order for a poll to be held to replace them, at least TEN electors from within each parish ward must put in a written request to Returning Officer, Allen Graham at Rushcliffe Arena, by letter or by emailing For Camelot Ward the deadline is Thursday 18th October and for Manor Ward it’s Tuesday 23rd October. Failing this, the RPC vacancies will be filled through co-option by existing members of the Parish Council.

So, if you’d like to see TRUE democracy in action, you know what you need to do!

Ruddington Parish Council has told us that no-one put their name forward to join the Parish Council by the above deadlines. So they we will now be advertising and looking to co-opt members if possible. If you’re interested in becoming a Councillor please contact them on 0115 914 6660 or via

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