The Town Mayor is Councillor Clive Palmer.
The Mayor is elected to the post each May at the Annual Council Meeting. He or she normally serves for a one-year term.
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Meet the Town Mayor
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.
The Mayor is also a civic role, requiring attendance at a wide spectrum of events organised by local organisations, as well as representing the parish of Leighton-Linslade at functions outside of the town. Through the Town Mayor’s office, he or she organises various charity fundraising events each year. 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.
Cllr Clive Palmer was inaugurated as Town Mayor for 2018 – 2019 at the Annual meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council. Cllr Palmer was delighted to take up his post and the Mayoress, Mrs Rosie Palmer was also in attendance.
- Coffee Morning (Saturday 1st December) Pizza Express, Leighton Buzzard
- Christmas Carol Concert (Saturday 8th December) All Saints Church
- Quiz Night (Friday 8th February) Brooklands Residents Association
- Civic Service (Sunday 24th February) St. Barnabas Church
- Spring Fayre (Saturday 30th March) Astral Park Sports and Community Centre
- Bingo Night (Friday 26th April) Astral Park Sports and Community Centre
Town Mayor’s Charities
Cllr Palmer will raise funds during his term of office for Autism Bedfordshire, Kids Out and Macmillan Cancer Support. His first event will be Leighton-Linslade Concert Band on Friday 15 June at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church. through out his mayoral year will be divided between the charities above and presented at the Council meeting in May 2018.
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 Palmer”.
The Mayor welcomes invitations from local organisations to attend functions and fund raising events. He is often asked to make a speech or to perform duties as varied as presenting certificates for a sports club or digging the first sod for a tree planting ceremony.
The Mayor also represents the town of Leighton-Linslade in the wider area and receives invitations from Mayors and Chairmen within Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties, as well as our twin towns in France and Germany.
Town Mayor 2017-2018
Outgoing Town Mayor, Cllr Syed Rahman raised just over £8200 during his term of office and was pleased to present cheques to representatives from his chosen charities; Leighton Linslade Homeless Service, Keech, Autism Bedfordshire, St John’s Hospice and Aquarius.