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Hartford Parish Council

Serving the people of Hartford

Marshalls Arm

Clerk: Jo O'Donoghue
231 Hartford Road, Davenham
Northwich, Cheshire CW9 8JT

Tel: 01606 41862

Who we are & what we do

Hartford Parish Council is a civil local authority, being the first tier of local government. We are an elected corporate body whose Councillors are elected to serve for four years.

Parish Councils are non-political and not linked to any other organisation.

Hartford Parish Council has ten Councillors, all of whom are volunteers and do not receive any payment for their services.

The activities of Hartford Parish Council fall into three main categories:

  • Representing the local community;
  • Delivering services to meet local needs;
  • Improving quality of life and community well-being.

The Parish Council's responsibilities include parks and open spaces, sports facilities, public halls, and allotments.

Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the second Monday of every month (with the exception of August when there is no scheduled meeting) at Hartford Village Hall. The Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council are held at Hartford Village Hall in May.

The Council employees 2 part time employees, Jo O'Donoghue (Clerk to Council & Responsible Financial Officer) for 20 hours per week and Vikki Herbert (Village Hall Administrator) for 5 hours per week.


Committees and meetings

Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council's internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. They are not the same as the policies of a council but they may refer to them. A local council must have standing orders for the procurement of contracts.

Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.

Parish Clerk - Jo O'Donoghue

Parish Clerk - Jo O'Donoghue

01606 41862

Jo O'Donoghue (Clerk & RFO)

Hartford Parish Council appointed me as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer in June 2006. I qualified as Clerk with the Certificate in Local Council Administration in 2009 and have continued to keep up to date with the latest initiatives in government legislation affecting local councils which have been considerable. I have undergone further training in The General Power of Competence and I am a Member of the Institute of Local Council Management (MILCM) and the International Institution of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). I am currently undergoing a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
I am a member of the Society of Local Council Clerks and Cheshire Branch New Clerks Mentor. This involves supporting clerks in their first 12 months to find the best way of managing their role, responsibilities and working relationships.
I very much enjoy my job, which is always full of variety, from bus shelters to woodland, to dealing with the day to day management and fly tipping, to name just a few of the roles!
Meeting residents is always a pleasure and I consider it a privilege to be at the front line of local government, working with a dedicated group of elected and co-opted Councillors.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and drag racing.