On 7th May this year, alongside the General election, Parish Council elections took place with the election of 8 Councillors. However, we still need one additional Councillors. We strongly urge you to consider taking an active part in the way that your parish council makes its decisions and spends your money. The council has nine seats and at least three new members will be required. You are eligible to become a Parish Councillor as long as you live/ work in or near the parish and are over 18 years of age.

Training and support are provided and whilst there is no pay, out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. Parish meetings take a couple of hours one evening per month and beyond attending these you can offer as much (or as little) of your time as you wish.

If you wish to find out more, please contact the Parish Clerk Arnie Veerman, 48 Salehurst Road, Ipswich IP3 8SD, Tel: 07926 141859 newbourneclerk@gmail.com.

Otherwise detailed information on how to stand for election is available on the Suffolk Coastal District Council and the Electoral Commission websites. It is important to note that the current timetable proposes that nominations are to be returned to Suffolk Coastal District Council between 23rd March and 9th April. The nomination paper requires the name and signature of 2 electors from the parish area.

Please do keep an eye on the village notice boards (one at the bottom of Jackson Road and the other on the Village Hall) and refer to this website on a regular basis. There will be formal notices at each stage of the election process and we would be delighted to support applications to stand for election. A ballot will only be required if more candidates than are required stand for election.