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Stone Parish Council receives digital award

PUBLISHED: 16:44 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:33 09 November 2015

From left to right, Paul Twivy, co-founder of the Big Lunch, Stone Parish Council Clerk Jennie Thomas, Keith Harrison from Aon Insurance, Councillor Ken Browse

From left to right, Paul Twivy, co-founder of the Big Lunch, Stone Parish Council Clerk Jennie Thomas, Keith Harrison from Aon Insurance, Councillor Ken Browse

Edward Shaw

The parish council received the award at an awards night hosted by the National Assocation of Local Councils

A parish council has received a national award for its digital communications.

Stone Parish Council picked up the award at the National Association of Local Councils award’s evening last month.

On October 27, councils from across the country competed for a range of awards including councillor of the year, young councillor of the year and digital communications of the year in the Star Councils Awards 2015.

Jennie Thomas, 39 from Stone Parish Council picked up the award at the ceremony in Birmingham.

She said: “We’ve always been one of the forerunners in our digital marketing, we have a presence on social media from quite early on.

“We want to make the website as accessible for people as possible, so they can obtain information on the local area with ease.

The council has begun to write up minutes from council meetings from the past 100 years.

Mrs Thomas explained it was to help people find out more about the local history.

She said “By publishing the minutes online, we hope it will provide people with a valuable resource into the history of the local area.”

The parish council was one of three finalists shortlisted for the award.

The parish clerk spoke of winning the award: “It was a great feeling and a testament to all the hard work we put in a Stone Parish Council.”

“Even though the parish only provides a relatively small audience, we also get people from other local councils, as well as local people looking at our website.”

Kent were in the shortlist in four of the nine awards.

NALC chairman Ken Browse said: “The judging panel on the day had to make some very tough and difficult decisions because the standard of entrees were so high.

“Indeed the judging panel remarked it was wonderful and amazing to see all this incredible community engagement going on in our sector. It was a day to make us proud of the sector.”

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