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Cllr David Bowater was inaugurated as Town Mayor for 2019 – 2020 at the Annual meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council. Cllr Bowater was delighted to take up his post and the Mayoress, Mrs Jo Bowater was also in attendance.
The Chairman of the Town Council is also known as the Town Mayor. There are two aspects to the role. As Chairman of the Council, the Mayor will Chair full council meetings. The Chair has a deciding vote, but otherwise has no further powers beyond any of the other 20 Town Councillors and all Council decisions are made by majority vote.
Town Mayor’s chosen charities:
Addressing the Mayor
It is normal practice, when introducing the Mayor at a function to refer to him as either “Mr Mayor”, “Town Mayor of Leighton-Linslade” or “Councillor Bowater”.
There is a civic aspect to the role of Town Mayor. He will be required to attend a wide spectrum of events organised by local organisations, as well as representing the parish of Leighton-Linslade at functions outside of the town.
Taking on the role of Mayor is a significant voluntary undertaking as he/she may be required to attend events on a daily basis or sometimes several events in one day.
Through the Town Mayor’s office, he or she organises various charity fundraising events and projects each year. For example charity meals, quiz nights, family fun days and bucket collections and more.
Information on events held during the year and funds raised can be viewed below.
In light of current social distancing guidelines to address the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately events scheduled for April/May have had to be cancelled.
The deputy Mayor for 2019/20 is Councillor Farzana Kharawala.
Councillor Kharawala will attend events and chair meetings as required when the Town Mayor is unavailable.
At the time of writing, we are starting week 2 of the Government measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is incredible how much has changed in such a short period of time and how those changes affect every single one of us. For the Council, it means a cancellation of all meetings (until digital meetings are permitted) and a delay in our planned projects, as we focus instead on how we can support the local community at this time.
My thoughts are with all our residents at this unsettling time – those who are still working, some on the front line, those who are unable to work, those who are staying at home with families and those who are at home alone. My very best wishes to you all at this time. Please can I urge everyone to continue to follow the Government instructions – this is our best hope of beating the virus and getting back to normality.
I have been overwhelmed by the local response and the number of volunteers helping others, as well as the support from our local businesses. Thank you all for helping those in need. Thanks too to all those who are helping to save lives and for those who are helping to keep the country running. As the saying goes “we are all in it together” and the evidence is clear in the way people are helping each other and appreciating each other.
I know that like me, you will all be missing the everyday pleasures in life such as a drink in a pub or a meal in a café, being able to pop into a shop for something frivolous, and most importantly, missing that contact with our friends and families. By following the Government instructions, we can hope that the return to everyday normality will not take too long.
In the meantime, may I wish you all the very best and hope you stay safe.
Thank you for supporting Councillor Bowater during his Mayoral term. The money raised this year will be split between his chosen charities which are;
To find out more about these very worthy causes, please click on the links.