Parish councils were formed for many different reasons, a general move toward greater democracy and a desire to break the power of the Church of England over the lives of nonconformists and non-believers. A Bill was promoted to create parish councils, and after a difficult passage through parliament with many amendments and setbacks the Bill became The Local Government Act 1894. Swillington Village Council came into being at the first opportunity - and we're lucky enough to hold the minutes for almost every meeting since - including the beautifully handwritten minutes from the very first meeting.
The Village Council meets on the First Tuesday of each month with exception of August, when there is no meeting.
Council meetings for 2021