Support for Councils and Clerks

Norfolk ALC currently runs one conference per year. This allows us to meet in person, network and learn new skills. A programme of interesting talks is provided and exhibitors also attend to promote their services. 

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Norfolk Lieutenancy Joins Us For An Honours System Webinar

Wednesday 17th April 2024 – 19:00

Join representatives of the Norfolk Lieutenancy for a webinar about the Honours system. The process is more straightforward than many people realise. This free to attend webinar will help explain the system, who should be nominated and how the process works. Help make sure those exceptional people who contribute more than could be expected to their communities in Norfolk are properly recognised by the national honours system.

Representatives include Clare Whelan OBE DL, Michael Gurney DL (Chair of the Lieutenancy Honours Committee) and Matthew Hutton DL.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this webinar has been cancelled and will be re-arranged at a later date. Please keep an eye on our email newsletter and website for further information in future.

Norfolk County Council Budget Consultation

Find out how you can get involved in Norfolk County Council's Budget Consultation plus join our webinar to learn more.

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Autumn Conference and AGM

We are thrilled to share the success of our Autumn Conference and AGM, which took place on October 4, 2023, at The Nest in Norwich. Despite some microphone and sound issues, for which we apologise, it was a day filled with insights, networking, and recognition, and we’re excited to give you a glimpse of the highlights.

With 10 expert speakers covering a range of topics, the event was nothing short of enlightening. Keynote speaker Bruno Peek, CVO OBE OPR Pageantmaster set the tone for the day, offering a captivating perspective on the history of D-Day and its significance and plans to celebrate D-Day 80.


Other notable speakers, such as David Chetwyn, Rik Martin, and Steve Parkinson, shared valuable insights on Neighbourhood Plans, the work of Community Action Norfolk, and the Financial Regulations consultation.

Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of National ALC, along with Cllr R James of Fransham Parish Council, enlightened the audience on the Quality Awards Scheme. Healthy debate with delegates followed about standards of governance and behaviour in the sector and the limited powers available to address these problems.

Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant and Norfolk ALC patron addressed the conference and reviewed the events of the past year including local councils response to the cost of living crisis, triggered by sky high energy prices, and increasing inflation; then reviewed some of the responses to climate change being put in place in Norfolk both now and in the future. Please read the full address for more details. Norfolk ALC are most grateful to Lady Dannatt for her ongoing patronage and support.

Holly Morris gave a very well received presentation on Public Loans Board Applications and John Fagan, CEO of Scribe Accounting, unveiled the transformative potential of AI. Katherine Brown from Blachere Illumination UK spoke on ECO Responsible Lighting, and Susan Falch-Lovesey provided a comprehensive update on the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extensions.

In addition to the enlightening speakers, attendees had the opportunity to explore more than 16 trade stands – with some last minute additions, representing leading organisations from our sector. These exhibitors showcased the latest innovations and solutions.

The day featured a special moment, the presentation of the Sarah Thorpe Award for Clerk of the Year by Sarah’s daughter. This was won by Ben Bethell from Hoveton Parish Council who unfortunately could not attend due to a family emergency but a Hoveton Councillor accepted the award on his behalf.

The event was a tremendous success, bringing together councillors, clerks, and stakeholders for a day of growth, knowledge sharing, and camaraderie. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors, and attendees who made it possible. With special thanks to our compere Prof Tim O’Riordan.

We look forward to seeing you all at future Norfolk ALC events.

Announcing Our Autumn Conference and AGM

4 October 2023 – The Nest, Norwich

You are all invited to our Autumn Conference and AGM. A packed day full of useful information for both Clerks and Councillors, members and non members.

10 speakers

  • D Day – 80 (Bruno Peek CVO OBE OPR – Pageant Master)
  • Neighbourhood Plans & Planning System ( David Chetwyn MA MRTPI, IHBC, FInstLM, FRSA Director Urban Vision Enterprise CIC)
  • The Work of Community Action Norfolk (Rik Martin CEO Community Action Norfolk)
  • Keeping Financial Regulations Relevant (Steve Parkinson Parkinson Assoicates)
  • Quality Awards Scheme (Charlotte Eisenhart Member Services NALC joined by Cllr R James Fransham Parish Council)
  • Public Loans Board Applications (Holly Morris Policiy Officer Dept of Levelling Up Housing and Communities)
  • HM Lieutenancy in Norfolk (Lady Dannatt MBE)
  • Unveiling the Power of AI (John Fagan CEO Scribe Accounting)
  • ECO Responsible Lighting (Katherine Brown Blachere Illumination UK)
  • Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extensions Update (Susan Falch-Lovesey Stakeholder Manager at Equinor ASA)

16 Trade Stands

  • Gallagher
  • Westcotec
  • Blachere Illuminations UK
  • Breakthrough Communications
  • CCLA
  • Cloudy IT
  • geViews
  • HAGS
  • KBS Depot
  • Norfolk Fire Solutions
  • Parish Asset Management
  • Parish Online
  • Pear Technology
  • Scribe
  • Sovereign Play


  • Norfolk ALC AGM
  • Presentation of the Sarah Thorpe Award for Clerk of the Year by Sarah’s daughter

Norfolk ALC is the recognised National Body for this Sector in Norfolk. We believe that all Councillors and Clerks require training to undertake their positions for the good of this sector, and as such there are no additional charges for non-members, we just want everyone to be able to participate.

£25 a head including lunch

AND Join the Signature Scavenger Hunt and win!

Explore 10 trade stands, collect their signatures then enter the prize draw

1st Prize – Amazon Fire Tablet
2nd Prize – Free Online Training With Norfolk ALC (Up to £40 in value)
3rd Prize – The Good Councillors Guide to Employment 2023

Book Your Place Now

Further information on the speakers and trade stands and more can be found in the Conference Programme:

Council Of The Year & Sarah Thorpe Council Employee Awards

Norfolk ALC Council of the Year Award

Over the last year Town and Parish councils have been playing their part delivering first class services for their residents. Now is the time to celebrate all the excellent projects local councils have undertaken and also give other councils the opportunity to learn from best practice.

The project should be making best use of the finances, raised via the precept, via a successful grant application or both. The council needs to take the lead with the project and can work in partnership with any other local organisation. The council should demonstrate how local residents have been consulted and involved with the project. Finally the success of the project needs to be evaluated to see if it has met its objectives.

Sarah Thorpe Council Employee of the Year

Staff are vital for making sure a council runs smoothly and services are delivered in a timely and professional manner. Some members of staff go above and beyond what is expected and they need to receive a special thanks.


Any councillor can nominate their own council or a member of staff for the award. This should be a single A4 sheet outlining why they should be considered for the award. A council of any size can be nominated and the nomination should be written so the council or staff member cannot be identified. The person making the nomination can highlight what they believe are the strengths of the nomination. Nomination must be submitted by Monday 31st July 2023.

Shortlisting and Voting

An Independent Panel will consider all the nominations and draw up a short list in both categories. Each council will have the opportunity to vote on the anonymous short-listed candidates. The short listed council will have the opportunity to make a presentation of their project at the Norfolk ALC AGM before the winners are announced.