Helmsley Town Council

Serving the people of Helmsley and Carlton

Helmsley sign Thirsk road daffodils

Town Clerk: Ms Victoria Ellis
The Old Vicarage, Bondgate
Helmsley, Yorkshire YO62 5BP

Who we are & what we do

Helmsley Town Council has 7 Councillors. They are elected for four years and the last elections were held in May 2019.

The Town Council Office is at The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP. It is is the outbuilding in the carpark.

Council Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of every month in the North York Moors National Park Committee Room at The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley. Link to Meetings Calendar. For meeting documents please see the Council Meetings box on the home page.

For further information relating to the services offered by the Town Council please contact the Town Council Office. The clerk or assistant clerk will be happy to give advice and assistance.


Our councillors are elected or co-opted. If you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please contact the Town Council Office.

Chairman Councillor Jonathan Fairburn 01439 771600 (Staff WG)

Vice Chairman Councillor Tony Porter 01439 771555 (Helmsley Town Hall-HTC Trustee, Staff WG, Old Kiosk WG)

Councillor Val Arnold 01439 770904 (Voting rep YLCA meetings)

Councillor Jake Duncombe 01439 770213 (Staff WG)

Councillor George Hawkins 01439 771471 (Liaison with Helmsley Green Team)

Councillor Ian Saggers 01439 771076 (Trees WG)

Councillor Carol Swift 01439 771072 (Trees WG, Old Kiosk WG)

See the Councillors' Registers of Interests below.

Our Staff

Clerk to Helmsley Town Council Victoria Ellis
Assistant Clerk Mrs Lucy Pryor

Please note both staff are part-time, the clerk 22hrs Mon-Thurs and the Assistant Clerk Mon/Tues mornings.

Telephone 01439 772572 (routed to a mobile, please leave a message)
Email helmsleytc@gmail.com
Website www.helmsleytowncouncil.co.uk

Town Council Elections

The Town Council Elections were held on the 2 May 2019. The next whole council election were due in May 2023. Any vacancies before then may be filled by by-election or co-option. Update 17th January 2023 - information from Ryedale District Council

The changes that will be brought about by the North Yorkshire local government reorganisation will potentially have an impact of the dates for the Parish Council Elections. A Structural Change Order, which will confirm the North Yorkshire Council changes, has also proposed moving the Parish Council elections forward to the same date as the new unitary Council. That still needs Parliamentary approval but if it goes through then the Parish Council elections will be held in 2022, in line with the new unitary authority elections.

Councillors' Registers of Interest

All councillors are required to complete a Register of Interests. These are available on Ryedale District Council's website as councillors submit an online form to RDC and, unless the clerk has been informed by the councillor of the submission of an updated version, will be the most up-to-date version.

Helmsley Town Council Minutes, Agendas, Policies and general information

Minutes and Agendas and meeting documents can be seen on the calendar for the relevant meeting or found in Documents by tagging Agendas or Minutes.

Policies and procedures are in Documents, as are Standing Orders, Welcome to the Meeting and the Agenda Explained.

Your other local elected representatives

Ryedale District Council

Councillor S Arnold
Tel 01439 770904
Email cllr.stephen.arnold@ryedale.gov.uk

Councillor J Windress
01439 771605
Email cllr.john.windress@ryedale.gov.uk

North Yorkshire County Council

County Councillor V Arnold
Tel 01439 770904
Email cllr.val.arnold@northyorks.gov.uk

Member of Parliament

Ryedale Constituency Kevin Hollinrake MP

Constituency Office
9 Hanover House
Market Place
YO61 3AD

Tel 01347 66688
Email kevin.hollinrake.mp@parliament.uk