Town Mayor Cllr David Bowater

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 Mayoral events 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.

Rotary Peace Marathon

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day on 15 August the Town Mayor, alongside some of his Councillor and staff colleagues, will be taking part in Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club’s ‘Peace Marathon’.
Visiting most areas of Leighton-Linslade and Heath & Reach, participants will carry a scroll containing the names of those from the area who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The relay will leave Leighton Buzzard town centre after the playing of the Last Post at 11 am, and will finish at the War Memorial at 8 pm where the fallen soldiers’ names will be read out at sunset.
Each relay leg is 2,194 yards, representing the number of days that  WW2 lasted.
We urge people not to gather, but please do come to your door or garden to give the participants a wave as they go past! The Mayor will also be collecting for his nominated charities (see below). If you’d like to contribute you can donate here.
For the route and full details, visit Rotary’s dedicated Peace Marathon web page.

Message from the Mayor

Dear Residents

Usually at this time I would be inviting you to attend the Linslade Canal Festival to enjoy the crafts, stalls, food and live music. It is just one of the sad but necessary decisions made in recent months that the Town Council had no choice but to cancel this year’s event. We know thousands of you will really miss the event this year and I am sure we all look forward to it returning bigger and better in 2021.

Also, by now, I would normally have stood down as Mayor following my year in office.  The Council has not yet been able to meet in order to elect a new Mayor. However, this month sees us resuming committee and Council meetings, albeit “digitally” rather than in person. Meeting agendas will be published as usual on the website and members of the public are still able to attend and to speak in the public session. If you are interested in doing this, please contact the Council. The Council will elect a new incoming Mayor later this year.

Many of us will have different holidays plans or perhaps no holiday plans this year. Whilst this is a shame, we are fortunate to live in an area of natural beauty. Why not take advantage of the surrounding countryside, the woods, the canal towpath, the rights of way and the Greensand Ridge Walk this summer?

May I wish you all a happy and healthy summer.

Charity Update

Hospice at Home Volunteers have had to suspend all home visits since lock down was announced. However, they are still managing to support their clients. The volunteer’s phone them, and chat to them giving them reassurance and some company during this very isolating time. One of their clients said he was feeling very alone and loved getting their phone calls as they cheered him up! The volunteers have been doing some shopping for their clients too and going on any other errands for them. 

Yes We Can are using social media to keep in touch and have put a series of football challenges from MK Dons Set on Facebook to keep everyone active. There are messages, offers of help and advice from their local partners. Most recent update is that in line with Government guidelines they have been able to restart
1-2-1 tennis coaching.

MNDA have written to everyone, on their data base, offering support. Volunteers have been up-skilled and developed new ways to offer support through emails, phone calls and virtual meeting platforms. As well as their existing grants they are offering one off emergency grants to help with the additional living costs due to Covid-19. People living with MND have not been recognised as being vulnerable, so the association has launched a campaign urging the government to recognise them as among those who need shielding as “extremely vulnerable persons”

Town Mayor's Next Event

Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Bingo

Town Mayor's Future Events

We look forward to updating future Mayoral events as soon as we can.

Graphic to say thanks to those helping to raise £1200 at the Rock of Ages concert.
Charity Collection Thank You for £253 raised
Thank You sin showing that £503 was raised at the Mayor's Charity Meal
Thank You Rotary Santa Float
Graphic to say Thank You to all supporting the Mayor's quiz night, rasing £1719.85
Civic Service Thank You
Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Copy Of Mayor's Events
Murder Mystery Thank You and funds raised image
Mayor's Total £6500

Town Mayor's Chosen Charities

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.