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Bestwood Village Parish Council

Bestwood Village Parish Council owns and is responsible for the recreation space in The Square, the football pitch, children’s playground and exercise equipment. The council is also responsible for the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and BMX track at the side entrance to Bestwood Country Park. We maintain the flower troughs around the village and the displays around the signs at the entrance to the village.

Councillors are elected every 4 years by residents of the parish and anyone, (with certain exceptions) can stand for election. You can find out more about your current councillors here. The next elections will be in May 2023. Our clerk handles communication & record keeping for the council, so if you need more information or to contact us, email

The Parish Council meet on the second Tuesday of most months, currently in St Mark's church at 7pm. Residents are welcome to observe our meetings - Details can be found on the meeting page.

Our work is funded by the ‘precept’ you pay as part of your council tax and this is currently around £30 per year depending on your Council Tax band. This covers our overheads and grants for local activities. Apply for a Parish Council grant here 

Technically Ashfield DC and City Council addresses fall outside of our parish boundary. However, all village residents are considered and encouraged to enjoy the local facilities. 

NB Election information at the bottom of this page

One of the village flower troughs One of the village flower troughs

Parish Location

  • Bestwood Village

Apply for a Parish Council grant here 



Thinking of applying to be a councillor at the May election? Here are some useful documents for you.

  • FAQ’s from the Electoral Commission briefing – these are laid out by topic and give lots of advice on spending, nominations, donations etc.
  • Slides from the presentation given at the briefing
  • Register request form
  • Local election nomination papers
  • Parish election nomination papers
  • Election timetable
  • Code of conduct for campaigners

We would also like to draw your attention to the Electoral Commission guidance and have added links below for both local and parish elections:

Local election guidance - Local elections in England | Electoral Commission

Parish election guidance - Parish council elections in England | Electoral Commission

Please note that the following papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer or his deputies and cannot be dropped off at the Council Offices/Reception Desk or posted:

1a: Nomination paper

1b: Home address form (part 1 and part 2)

1c: Candidate’s consent to nomination (including the pages of legislation)

The following papers can be delivered by hand or by post:

2: Certificate of authorisation (party candidates only)

3: Request for a party emblem (party candidates only)

4: Notification of election agent (local elections only)

We recommend that you book an appointment to get your nominations papers checked and submitted so you are not waiting around.