Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth

Parish Council

Who Are We?

Your Parish Council team is made up of nine volunteers from the community. We all bring different skills and experience to the team and are a non-politicised group.

We all care passionately about our community and each do what we can to help maintain and develop such a wonderful place to live, work and raise families.

We are ably supported by our Parish Clerk Paul, our very experienced Parish Clerk.

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Expression of interest to Tender

The Horticulture and Environment Contract for the Council expires on 31st March 2020.
The Council are asking Companies or Organisations wishing to express an interest in tendering for this contract to contact the Council by 22nd January 2020 with full details of where Tender documents can be sent on 23rd January. Please contact the council via our email or

Parish Council Vacancy

We've had a vacancy on our Parish Council team since Julie Maude stepped down after a number of years doing a superb job representing people in the Parish and particularly those in Mainsforth. We are really keen for someone from Mainsforth to join our team of volunteers to help us better represent the needs of this important part of our Parish.

We are all volunteers and passionate about the community in which we live and if you feel the same, particularly if you live in Mainsforth, why not find out more about joining the team? It’s incredibly rewarding and the minimum time commitment is a monthly 2hr meeting, although there is lots more to get involved with dependent on what time you are able to offer.

If you would like to know more, please contact me via this page, give me a ring or pop along to our next meeting (2nd Wed of each month, 7pm at the Village Hall) to meet the team and get a flavour for how it all works.
Regards, Harvey Neve
Chair: Bishop Middleham and Mainsforth Parish Council. Tel 651790

What is a Parish Council?

Parish councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. They are the smallest areas of civil administration in England providing the statutory tier of local government closest to the people.

What we do:

The parish council has the power to raise a local tax known as the “precept” which gives our council an income of just under £50,000 per year which the team allocate to support our statutory duties, other responsibilities and community initiatives. The Precept for Bishop Middleham and Mainsforth is set at £117.28 this year (£2.26 per week per household).

How to get involved:

The council meets in the Village Hall at 7pm on the second Wed of each month except for July and August. Any items that you would like to formally add to the agenda need to be sent to the Clerk a full week before the meeting, but everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and can raise any issues, ideas or feedback that they would like to be brought to the council’s attention. Please do come along, you are welcome to come along to just see what we do and don’t have to stay for all of the meeting. If you have a particular interest in any agenda item please feel free to just come along for that bit.

Chairman’s Update

As I write this note, I’ve been reflecting on how the year has been for our community and its been another busy one for sure; Scarecrows, garage sale, coffee mornings and a heritage day up at the Church, the horticultural and craft show was a great success, the charity day at the post office raised record amounts, the return of the Parish Ceilidh, Memory Day II and a fabulous display of wedding memorabilia to celebrate the marriage of Harry and Meghan.

So how can we possibly improve? Simple things would definitely make a big difference: If you have a dog, please clear up after it! Your council is about to help fund a private company to target and fine those few selfish individuals who spoil our streets and even worse, our kids play areas...Get in touch...

Our Councillors

Meet the Team

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Harvey Neve Chair

I originally come from Norfolk and moved to Bishop Middleham in 1991 to work at the Castle Eden Brewery “for a couple of years”. I fell in love with this place and decided to stay.

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Nicola Dexter Vice Chair

I have lived in Bishop Middleham (on and off) for almost 35 years and have been a Parish Councillor since 2016. I have enjoyed setting up and supporting various committees and groups during this time and I am a keen advocate for community development and enjoy the challenge of special projects and events.

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Paul Gray Parish Clerk

I have worked for local government for more than 38 years. I started employment with Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Parish Council as the part-time Parish Clerk in 2012. I am also employed fulltime for another authority as the Town Clerk.

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Village Hall Activities

The Village Hall plays a very important part in the heart of our community. It is a charity run independently by a dedicated group of volunteers and is used by a range of groups and is regularly hired for parties, meetings, presentations, and a variety of classes.

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