Telephone:01202 892 249


Appointment of Town Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer

Salary: £39,782 - £43,662 (depending on experience)

Full time (37 hours per week)

Ferndown Town Council is one of the largest Town Council’s in Dorset with a population of 26,559. It is overseen by 17 councillors, including the Town Mayor, across 7 parish wards. The Council is also the sole trustee for the King George’s Field Charity, a 50 acre playing area of open space set aside in perpetuity for sport and recreation.

The Council is seeking to appoint a forward-thinking Town Clerk who can manage the Council’s statutory requirements as its Proper Officer, lead the staff team and promote the interests and development of the town. Strong leadership qualities are essential in order to help the Council develop strategically.

This is a particularly exciting time for the Town Council following its decision to take over the management of Ferndown’s community centre based in the town centre. We are therefore looking for an excellent team-builder to enthuse and motivate an expanding team.

As you would be the Responsible Financial Officer for the Town Council, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in financial management. Experience of payroll procedures, financial management and budget setting is a must.

The Town Clerk may also be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities commensurate with the post of Administrator to The King George V Charity.

The successful candidate will preferably be CiLCA qualified, but consideration will be given to a suitable candidate willing to obtain the qualification within 12 months of appointment. Local Government experience would also be an advantage.

Whilst most of your hours will be office-based during the week, you will need to be flexible to attend events outside of your normal working hours including occasional weekends. You will be required to work some evenings to accommodate Council & Committee meetings, which you will be responsible for clerking.

How to apply:

To apply for the position please submit the following documents:

1.    Ferndown_Town_Clerk_Application_Form.doc

2.    Application monitoring form

Both documents can be downloaded from

Please complete the application form with reference to the following documents:


Preferably completed documents should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, you may hand deliver or post the documents to:

Maria Follan, Ferndown Town Council, Barrington Centre, Pennys Walk, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9TH

Applications must be returned by: FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER 2019 (MIDDAY)

Interviews will be held on: 14/15 OCTOBER 2019

For an informal discussion please contact Maria Follan, Administration Manager on 01202 892249



6 hour and a 3 hour post per week, permanent contract Salary £8.83 per hour

Ferndown Town Council is looking for 2 enthusiastic team members to join the youth services team to support the Youth Worker in Charge to deliver and support the youth provision in Ferndown on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening. 

The hours of work for these posts are:

Wednesday 6.15pm – 9.15pm
Thursday 6.45pm – 9.45pm
Friday 6.15pm – 9.15pm

Place of work: Ferndown Youth Centre (Riffs), Mountbatten Drive, Ferndown, BH22 8FB.

We strive to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and experience to recognise and achieve their full potential whilst ensuring a suitable youth facility is available for young people within the town.

The successful applicants will work with young people in the 10-19 years age range. You will help with the delivery of youth activities and services. 

Closing Date – Thursday 3rd October 2019

Interview Date – Tuesday 8th October 2019

These posts are subject to satisfactory references and DBS Enhanced Disclosures.

Full details of the posts, application form and person specification can be downloaded from or if required a hard copy of the application form can be obtained, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



CV’s will NOT be accepted. All completed application forms must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you wish to discuss this post, please contact, Aaron Fellows - 01202 874448 or Maria Follan, Ferndown Town Council, The Barrington Centre, Pennys Walk, Ferndown. Tel: 01202 892249 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This year sees another fundraising challenge for Ferndown Deputy Mayor, Councillor Harry Worth by walking the Avon Valley Path hike on the 14th September raising funds for eight local Dementia Friends groups in Dorset. Harry will be leading a team of 20+ colleagues. The walk is estimated to take approximately 8-10 hours to cover the 24+ miles if he doesn’t get lost, fall in the river or chased by bulls.

Please help smash the target of £3,000 for the year. We aim to achieve this with several fund raisers of which this Avon Valley Path hike is one of them.

Here is the Dementia Friends Sponsorship Page

Please open to make that donation and see how far we are in reaching the target.

08 08 10 Typical terrain along the Avon Valley Beware of bull sign and Typical terrain along the Avon Valley

At the Ferndown King George V Playing Fields the Ferndown Bowling Club hosted the preliminary and quarter finals of the Bowls Dorset Cobern Trophy.

The singles competition consisted of 4 bowls 15 ends for lady officers in Dorset clubs. There were several close matches and the winners will take part in a semi-final and finals competitions in early September.

The day was a great success and congratulations go to all the ladies who took part. Ferndown Bowls Club was represented by Ladies Captain, Trish Kilminster and Club President, Sue Aplin, both doing extremely well.

Thanks goes to the club members who acted as Markers and to the Social Committee who must be congratulated on providing refreshments including, lunch and afternoon tea. Well done Ferndown Bowls Club!

Photos supplied courtesy of Anne Hutton

Competitors on the bowling green Competitors eyeing bowls Measuring distance Bowling Teams

Following it’s discussions with PramaCare Ferndown Town Council on Monday 22nd July voted to take over the management of the Barrington Centre from 31st August.
Recognising the legacy that Prama leaves the centre since they took over its running, the transfer to the Town Council now secures the future of the centre as a vital hub for the community of Ferndown.
In addition, the Dorset Councillors for Ferndown have been able to secure funding for energy improvements to the building from Dorset Council which will be completed over the forthcoming months ensuring the building is efficient with a reduced carbon footprint.
The Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Julie Robinson said ‘I am delighted that Town Council has decided to make this important step to work with the community for this vital asset in the heart of our town’