The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

Rural Services Network supports national awards for parish and town councils

The Rural Services Network is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards this year to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the local (parish and town) councils sector.

The Star Council Awards are the only awards programme in England specifically designed to acknowledge the impact and contribution of local councils in their communities. The awards are open to all local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations across England.

This year, there are five award categories for which entrants can apply: Clerk of the Year, County Association of the Year, Young Councillor of the Year, Councillor of the Year, and Council of the Year. The award categories have been carefully selected to recognise excellence in different areas of local council operations and highlight the varied contributions made by councils across the country.

The nomination period for the awards will end on 28 July 2023. A panel of experts in the sector will evaluate the nominations. The winners will be announced and given their awards at a ceremony in the House of Lords on 29 November 2023.

Commenting on the announcement, Cllr Keith Stevens, NALC chair, said:

“We’re delighted to have the Rural Services Network support for the awards. It is a fantastic opportunity for local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations to showcase their achievements and their vital work for their communities. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support their communities.”

For more information on the Star Council Awards 2023 and how to submit your entry, visit:


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