Cllr Farzana Kharawala
Town Mayor 2020-2022
Cllr Farzana Kharawala was inaugurated as Town Mayor for September 2020 to May 2022 at the annual meeting for Leighton-Linslade Town Council on 28 September 2020, held online.
Cllr Kharawala was delighted to have been 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.
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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Town Mayor’s Chosen Charities
The Town Mayor’s charities have been chosen personally by Cllr Kharawala for the amazing work being done for and with local residents. Cllr Kharawala will be holding a number of fundraising events throughout her term in office, supporting the following charities.
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 refered.
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-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.
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.
There is a civic aspect to the role of Town Mayor. He/she is 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 the 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/she organises various charity fundraising events and projects each year. For example charity meals, quiz nights, family fun days, bucket collections and more.
The deputy Mayor for 2020/22 is Councillor Tony Morris. Councillor Morris will attend events and chair meetings as required when the Town Mayor is unavailable.
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 here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/centralbedfordshire/albums/72157718957201574
Thank you from the Town Mayor 2019-2020
Thank you for supporting Councillor Bowater during his Mayoral term. The money raised this year has now been divided between his chosen charities which were:
- Yes we can – Rotary of Club Of Leighton-Linslade
- Hospice at Home Volunteers
- Motor Neurone Disease Association