Beauchamp Parish Council was formed in 1894, taking the place of Vestry meetings held in St Wilfrid's Church under
the authority of the rector.
The first Parish Council meetings were in the National School, now the Old School
Surgery in Station Street. Between 1901 and 1983, we met in the Village Hall or the Oddfellows
Hall in Paget Street, and then at the Kibworth School. Since 2013
our meetings have been in the Studio at Kibworth Grammar School Hall.
Councillors and staff
The Parish Council is a corporate body. Councillors debate and decide actions
but legal responsibility rests with the Council. A member cannot make decisions or take
responsibility for specific actions,
and all councillors must accept and respect the
decisions of the council.
The council employs a part-time Clerk and a part-time Street Orderly.
Councillors do not receive a salary or an allowance but out-of-pocket expenses are covered. Elections are held every four years when all councillors must be re-elected or stand down. Vacancies arising between elections can be filled by co-option.
Walter de Beauchamp was born in France in 990. He took his name from the place where he lived. Either
he or his son settled in England during the Norman invasion of 1066. Their descendant, also called Walter, was given our manor by Henry II in 1246 in return for services at his Coronation including being his dresser and
butler. The Beauchamp family then held the manor until 1369 when Guy de Beauchamp
died and it passed to Philippa, his wife.
died in 1384 and the manor passed to the Earls of Warwick who were her descendants by marriage. Ownership went back to the monarch several times when
various earls fell in or out of favour, and in 1687 the manor of Kibworth Beauchamp was sold to Sir
Thomas Halford of nearby Wistow.
In 1936 his descendant Sir Henry Halford bequeathed the manor in his will to his friend Thomas Freemantle of Wigston, later Lord Cottesloe. Over the following years, most of the land and property in the village was sold by him to various individuals.