Welcome

This is the official site of the Hamilton Parish Council.


What is a Parish Council?

Background

Since very early times, vestries had been formed by the church to look after the needs of the poor.  In 1867 the Vestries Act formalized the role of the vestry to include assisting in the overall upkeep of the parish as well as the needs of the less fortunate and homeless.  By the mid 20th century, government was playing a much greater role in providing social services, and as such the demands placed upon the vestries had changed.  In 1971 a Parish Councils Act was passed which transferred the functions of the parish vestries to parish councils as well as to other authorities.

Today’s Parish Councils

The parish councils we see today are corporate bodies which enables them to hold and dispose property and enter into contracts for the benefit and welfare of those in the parish. The twelve member councils are appointed by government and they agree to volunteer their time to serve.  They must hold Bermuda status and reside within the parish concerned.  Parish councils are led by a Chairman who is appointed by government from amongst the council members.  The councils are obliged to have at least one general meeting every three months.  These meetings are not open to the public, but at least one public meeting must be convened annually. Today’s Parish Councils are also subject to the PATI Act 2010, and as such are required to disclose any and all information as directed by government. Please click here to view the latest PATI submission made by the Hamilton Parish Council.

What are the primary functions of the Parish Councils?

The primary functions of the Parish Councils include:

  • Advising government on matters affecting the general welfare of those living in the parish;
  • As needed, acquire, hold and dispose of property in the parish;
  • Listen and address the concerns raised by those in the community;
  • Assisting with the preservation and enhancement of the general amenities of the parish;

What else does a Parish Council do?

Parish Councils have other responsibilities which include:

  • Preparing financial statements in accordance with internationally recognized standards, and ensuring that on a timely basis these statements are placed before the Auditor General for examination.
  • Preparing an Annual Report to government discussing activities carried out during the year and plans for the following year.

How can I help?

The Hamilton Parish Council is looking for persons to support and help organize events and programs. Donation is an effective way to support existing events or create new ones.  Recently we launched a new scholarship program which will be in constant need of persons to help organize fund raising events and develop new scholarships. Contact us and we can arrange to meet and arrive at ways in which you can help improve Hamilton Parish.

If you have been asked to serve on the Hamilton Parish Council, you will first need to complete the following form.