Our clerk has just resigned. Our annual town meeting is coming up and the current chair and vice chair will not be seeking re election. For personal reasons the most experienced of our councillors incuding the current chair and vice cannot take up these posts. We have a number of very new inexperienced councillors who will need training, and a few elderly ones who struggle with zoom. With no clerk in the short term, (obviously the town council will re hire and look for an interim) and the threat of no leadership, this seems a recipe for disaster. In short of the most experienced candidates none are willing to act as chair and may resign soon, and the council needs some stability and direction. I know the meeting can elect a chair if none is appointed, on a meeting by meeting basis, and that the principal authority can intervene if there are not enough councillors for the parish to act, but here we have a case where no one is particularly able or willing to. Can the principal authority still intervene? Or does everyone have to resign to effect this? Advice gratefully received.