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Be a councillor Test Valley

Passionate about your community? Sign up for Test Valley’s Be a Councillor events!

If supporting and shaping communities sounds swell and transforming the lives of local residents rocks your boat, then sign up to Test Valley Borough Council’s Be a Councillor sessions!

Anyone interested in standing for the borough elections in 2023 can pop along to Andover Guildhall on Thursday 7 July at 5.30pm or Crosfield Hall in Romsey on Tuesday 12 July at 5.30pm to find out more about what it’s like to be a councillor and the support and guidance available.

The informal sessions are perfect for anyone who is passionate about their local community, championing different voices and causes and improving residents’ quality of life. 

The events are open to everyone, whether they’re completely new to the process or have given it a go before.

To register for the Andover event visit

To register for the Romsey event visit

More information can be found at

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “These sessions are really great for anyone who wants to know about what being a councillor involves. And you don’t have to be a member of a political party to consider standing as a candidate. Councillors come from all backgrounds and it is this diversity of experience and knowledge that reflects the communities of Test Valley and contributes to the way issues are dealt with locally.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, Councillor Celia Dowden, said: “I’m really pleased that we are able to run these sessions and show people how interesting and varied the councillor role can be. 

“There are lots of different reasons you might want to become a councillor, including the opportunity to make a difference and help shape your community or addressing concerns about particular issues. Whatever it is that inspires you, do come along to the events and find out more.”

Anyone interested who would like an initial chat about the councillor role can also contact Emma Horbury, democratic services manager, at