Cllr Kharawala In Chain

Cllr Farzana Kharawala

Town Mayor 2022-2023

At the Annual Council Meeting held on 16 May 2022, Cllr Farzana Kharawala was elected to continue as Town Mayor for the next municipal year (May 2022 – May 2023).

Cllr Kharawala was delighted to have been re-elected to this post and is looking forward to acting as the Chairman of the Council as well as performing civic duties and helping to fundraise for her chosen charities. For 2022-23, it is hoped that a full year of fundraising activity can take place without the difficulties and restrictions of the last two years due to the Covid pandemic.

Cllr Kharawala has been a Leighton Buzzard resident since 2004 and has always been involved in the community, including volunteering for various groups over the years, long before being elected as a town council member in 2015.

Cllr Kharawala stands as the 48th Mayor of Leighton-Linslade Town Council since its inception in 1974 and is the town’s 13th female Mayor.

It is normal practice, when introducing the Mayor at a function to refer to her as either “Madam Mayor”, “Town Mayor of Leighton-Linslade” or “Councillor Kharawala”.

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Deputy Town Mayor

On 16 May 2022, Council elected Councillor Sheona Hemmings to the post of Deputy Town Mayor for 2022-2023. Councillor Hemmings will support the Mayor in her fundraising activities and deputise at events which the Mayor is not able to attend.

Annual Civic Service

The annual Civic Service took place on Sunday 15th May 2022 at All Saints Church and was well attended by residents, local organisations, uniformed groups and dignitaries. The service included a presentation and blessing of centenary ribbons by Vice Lord Lieutenant, Chris Sharwood-Smith MBE, to the local Royal British Legion. Readings were done by the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Chris Sharwood-Smith MBE and the High Sheriff, Lady Jane Clifford.

Councillor Farzana Kharawala, presented cheques to her chosen charities, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire, CHUMS charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Freddie and Friends.

Councillor Kharawala said “It has been the greatest honour to serve as the Mayor and today is my opportunity to recognise, thank and celebrate all the many unsung heroes in our community and those who make such a positive contribution to our town. It has been truly humbling to meet these people and see their inspirational work”.

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Thank You

More information on plans for 2022-23 will follow soon.

Total raised this term: £8,700

Spring Fair: raised £406.95

Charity Quiz: raised £2,303

Town Mayor's Chosen Charities

The Town Mayor’s charities  for 2021-22 were chosen personally by Cllr Kharawala for the amazing work being done for and with local residents. Cllr Kharawala held a number of fundraising events throughout her term in office, supporting the following charities.

Following her re-election on 16 May 2022, the Mayor will now give consideration to her charities for the coming year and these will be announced soon.

Chums Charity

CHUMS is a mental health and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people. Using a unique service model, their services support the whole family as sometimes everyone in the family needs a little help, not just the child who has been referred.

Fundraising for Macmillan

Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information, and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional, and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care.


Home Support

Home-Start Central Bedfordshire supports Families in Central Bedfordshire & Luton.
They help young children and their families who are struggling with physical and mental ill health, disabilities, bereavement, and domestic abuse.

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In September 2021, The Mayor announced that she would be supporting one extra charity for the remainder of her term.

Freddie & Friends are an Additional Needs non profit company providing Parent/Carer support groups and activity days. Their aim is to provide more for our local additional needs community, and to secure their own venue adapted for their members needs.

Cllr Farzana Kharawala represented the town at the Lord Lieutenants County Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 16 April at St Pauls Church Bedford. View images