Whatever your organisation, whether that be a business, school, church, community group or charity, if you would like the Mayor to attend your event, please contact the Mayor’s PA
The Mayor hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year in support of his chosen charities. Find out more of what the Mayor has planned this year.
The Mayor of Knutsford is elected annually at the Annual Town Council meeting and invested with the gold chain of office. The Mayor of Knutsford is a title which goes back to the late 13th century. However it became extinct at some point and was revived in 1974 with the formation of the Town Council.
At the Annual Council meeting held on Monday 8 May 2017, Cllr Neil Forbes was elected as Town Mayor 2017/18. Cllr Peter Coan was elected as Deputy Town Mayor and Cllr Forbes appointed Jack Murphy of the Knutsford Fire Cadets as his Mayor’s Cadet. Cllr Forbes named his wife, Jacquelyn, as Mayoress and Rev Rob Cotton as Mayor’s Chaplain.
Thank-you for having the confidence in me to elect me as Mayor. It’s an honour and something I do not take lightly in this my 11th year as a councillor in historic Knutsford’s 725th year since its charter.
I look forward to the year ahead as I’m passed the baton from Cllr Nicholson and note that good progress has been made on developing the Neighbourhood Plan which I will endeavour to champion in the months ahead. Especially as we try to engage better with younger adults and youths (after all they are potentially the most affected by the town’s growth and population ‘explosion’ in the decades to come).
We also need to get better at gathering the views of Knutsford residents from all parts of our town so I look forward to seeing targeted attempts to do so for the next consultation stage. The Neighbourhood Plan is very important but we must take care to not (if you’ll pardon the pun) lose sight of the council’s 2020 vision and our progress towards achieving it. 2020 seems an awful lot closer now than when we wrote the vision document.
I’m looking forward to seeing the council’s latest initiatives come to fruition including the new war memorial, the recruitment of a specialist Town Centre Manager to better engage with our fantastic business community and, of course, the music festival next month.
With Knutsfordians’ and our amazing local businesses’ help I hope to raise funds to support local charities and good causes. Previous Knutsford mayors have played golf for charity, undertaken swimathons, walked across hot coals and even bungie jumped to raise funds. My cycling and competitive field archery days are sadly behind me and I find myself much more of an eat, drink and make merry sort of fellow these days. So you should expect a list of events in that vein published within the next few weeks which you may wish to join in some or all of. I do hope so. These to include the return of ‘Knutsford’s Got the Talent Factor’ and hopefully a big band swing & jazz event. Watch this space, Twitter and elsewhere for more information; why not join the Mayor’s events’ mailing list to gain advanced information especially for events which sell out fast? Buying one of our market hall’s brand new stylish reusable bags will also add some pennies to the pot.
Which brings me to the Charity and good causes I will be supporting. They are the Knutsford Youth Orchestra, the Knutsford Friendship Club (this recently opened club is for those with Alzheimer’s and their carers) and the final charity although it is located a mile or so outside of town, has Knutsford based beneficiaries and volunteers (including the Mayoress); it’s Mid-Cheshire Riding for the Disabled.
Whatever your organisation, whether that be a business, school, church, community group or charity, if you would like the Mayor to attend your event, please contact the Mayor’s PA, Clare Stuart West.