Published: 13 January 2021

About the Parish Council

Mission Statement: 'Committed to actively engage'

We are committed to actively engage with the people of Rendlesham to build a safe, vibrant and thriving community of which everyone can be proud.

We are a forward-looking, professional council who will always seek to provide a framework to support improved facilities, communications and well-being of the Parish whilst delivering value for money.

Rendlesham Parish Council is a tier of local government for the parish of Rendlesham and is committed to working together with the residents of Rendlesham for the benefit of the parish. It is a statutory body and has wide ranging powers and interests, one of which is to ensure that any development within the parish complies with the Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan, the current East Suffolk Council Local Development Framework and the County Council Structure Plan.

It acts a focus for action and lobbying on:

  • housing
  • roads
  • parish facilities
  • the environment
  • transport and
  • other issues that may arise

The Council has 11 elected councillors and 6 part-time employees:

Parish Clerk, Heather Heelis

Administration Officer, Sarah-Jane Quick

Events Co-ordinator, Leanda Hoyland-Linch

Village Handyman, Michael Bone

Park Keeper, Roger Messenger

Admin Assistant, Anthea Lloyd-Jarvis

Some of our current Projects and Events

Rendlesham Parish Councillors are committed to making Rendlesham a quality place to live. Some of the ongoing projects and events are:

Jubilee Park Master Plan

The results of the extensive Neighbourhood Plan and other Jubilee Park consultations have fed in to the Master Plan which comprises a series of outcomes to be delivered by the Parish Council over the short term, medium term and longer term. These include additional play area equipment, the outdoor gym, 5-a-side football pitch, skatepark, seating to name but a few.

Climate Emergency Action Plan

The development of the Action Plan will provide the blueprint for Parish Council to ensure that the climate and nature restoration goals are at the forefront of their decision making process.

Christmas Lights

The first Christmas Lights display was launched in December 2011 in the village square. Following on from its success it has become an annual event which launches the start of the festive season.

Rendlesham Show

Following on from the hugely successful Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in June 2012, the Parish Council now holds an annual summer show on the second weekend of June each year (Covid permitting). Due to Covid, our shows for 2020 and 2021 had to be cancelled, but watch this space in 2022, when the show will return on June 10th/11th.

Santa's Grand Tour

New for 2020, the Tour was a huge success which saw Santa visit every street in the main part of the village in his sleigh.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

New for 2020 the picnic took place on a lovely summer’s day and was another Covid safe event supported by the Rendlesham Community Radio to bring some sort of normality and enjoyment to residents during the Covid restrictions.

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Visit

New for 2020 as the first Covid lockdown was introduced, the Parish Council arranged a very successful Covid safe Easter Egg Hunt around the village, with participants each receiving a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday.

Rendlesham Community Radio Station

The Rendlesham Community Radio came about as a result of the first lockdown in March 2020 with the aim to ‘connect the community’. It has regular shows with more being added all the time and supports all the Parish Council events, broadcasting live as well as offering opportunities to budding DJs.

Safer Rendlesham Project

The Council support the setting up of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, and operate the Community Speedwatch Scheme. The Scheme has also been responsible for attracting the Police Mobile Speed Camera to the outskirts of the village in an attempt to slow down traffic along on the A1152. 2021 will see the installation of a Speed Indicator Device to raise awareness of speed and encourage safer driving.

Youth Group Charity

The Parish Council is the Charity Trustee of the Rendlesham Youth Group Charity. Junior sessions for the under 11s are held in the Community Centre every Tuesday during school term-time, and two senior sessions are held for the over 13s every Wednesday and Thursday term-time only. The sessions are constantly under review and change from time to time to suit the age groups using the youth services. Due to Covid the Youth Group sessions are currently suspended.

Have you thought about being a Parish Councillor?

Becoming a Parish Councillor is a great way to get involved with making a difference in the community. You can get involved with as much or as little as your other commitments allow and it is not a job for life! Councillors have a 4 year term of office. The next election year is 2023. This is a particularly exciting time for the Council with new events being added to work within current Covid restrictions as well as projects such as the 5-a-side football pitch and skatepark being designed, planned and delivered for everyone to enjoy.

To be eligible for the position of Councillor, you must (in summary):

1. Be over 18 and a British citizen, or an eligible Commonwealth citizen, and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

a.  You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish

b.  You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the last 12 months

c.  Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the parish

d.  You have lived in the parish, or within three miles of it, during the whole of the last 12 months

2. Not be disqualified. Disqualification means one or more of the following:

a.  You are employed by the parish council

b.  You are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.

c.  You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the last five years

d.  You have been disqualified from acting as a parish councillor – for certain offences to do with failure to disclose disclosable interests or corrupt or illegal electoral practices.


If you are interested in becoming a Councillor or would like more information, please contact the Parish Council on 01394 420207 or email: clerk@rendleshampc.org.uk