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‘Honour’ for new mayor

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19 MAY

‘Honour’ for new mayor

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

A new Mayor has been elected at Uttoxeter Town Council’s Annual meeting last week. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Helen Headech stepped up to the role of Town Mayor and chair of the town council.

A new Mayor has been elected at Uttoxeter Town Council’s Annual meeting last week.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Helen Headech stepped up to the role of Town Mayor and chair of the town council.

She described the appointment as ‘an honour’ and set out her plans for the coming 12 months, including the introduction of a drop-in session during the regular Makers’ Markets.

In a bid to encourage people to engage with the town council and provide access to services offered locally, Cllr Headech plans to hold a councillor surgery within the town hall each month, coinciding with the Makers’ Market.

She said: “I believe it is important for people to be involved in the running of their town, democracy does not work unless we engage with the government at all levels.”

Cllr Headech also praised Cllr Chris Sylvester who handed over the chain of office at the meeting on May 10 and welcomed new Deputy Mayor Cllr Nigel Lowe.

She said: “For the past 12 months, I have worked as Deputy Mayor alongside retiring Mayor, Cllr Chris Sylvester and I offer my thanks to him for all the hard work he has put in. Many good projects have been completed for the benefit of the town over the past year.

I would like to say welcome to Cllr Nigel Lowe, a well-known and respected local businessman who will be Deputy Mayor this year.

Over the forthcoming twelve months, I hope to become involved with my fellow councillors in assisting local organisations and carrying out activities that will bring about further positive changes for our beautiful town.

I very much look forward to meeting you all and attending events, looking at my calendar already it is going to be a most interesting year.

As Mayor, I will be supporting my chosen local charities the first on my list is Uttoxeter First Responders which provides an invaluable service. I am so glad to see this service back in our town and give my heartfelt thanks to all those who have made this possible.”

Newly appointed Deputy Mayor of Uttoxeter, Nigel Lowe, cited the ‘huge opportunities’ the town could look forward to as he took on the role of vice-chair to the council.

He said: “I am extremely proud to be able to serve as the Deputy Mayor for Uttoxeter, supporting Helen in her important role as Town Mayor.

We are all privileged to live in such a wonderful town, that has such huge opportunities ahead.

To be elected as a member of Uttoxeter Town Council last year was a real honour, especially during such an exciting phase in the town’s history.

The town council, with the amazing support of the town hall team, work incredibly hard to ensure the very best for the residents of Uttoxeter.

Strong management of the growth of the town’s population, as well its development will be incredibly important over the coming months and years.

I have the utmost faith that the council will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Uttoxeter, not only continues to prosper, but also excels in everyone’s expectations.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your encouragement and enthusiasm.”

In her first address to residents as Uttoxeter Town Mayor, Cllr Headech said: “I consider it an honour to be selected to serve as Mayor of Uttoxeter. My family have lived and worked in Uttoxeter for many generations and I have always been proud to call Uttoxeter home even when living in other parts of the United Kingdom.

We are all looking forward to happier times this year and there are certainly lots of events to assist in lifting our collective mood.

On June 4, the town will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a fun-packed day down at Uttoxeter Racecourse followed by the Uttoxeter Lions Party on the Pitch on 10-11 June then the return of the popular Sheep Fair within the town centre on 29 July. If you are holding a local event, please share it on the council’s Facebook.

As you may know, our Grade II Listed Town Hall, designed by local architect Thomas Fradgley, which was opened in 1894, has recently undergone a full upgrade, there is a large catering kitchen and a bar; this is a building we should all be proud of as it sits in the heart of Uttoxeter.

I am pleased to see that bookings are being taken for events from weddings to parties.

The Town Hall has been used for generations as the focal point for celebrations, ceremonies and events, with so many civic buildings being sold off by councils, I am glad we can retain Uttoxeter’s Town Hall which is the envy of other towns.

I encourage you to view the council’s website to view ‘what’s on’ or even consider holding your own events here.

The council already hosts the ever-popular dances accompanied by Carol Bradbury and the monthly Craft and Produce Market held on the same day as the outdoor Makers Market.

I believe it is important for people to be involved in the running of their town, democracy does not work unless we engage with the government at all levels; all information about meetings is on the town council website.

Sadly, I hear and read too many negative and ill-informed comments deriding the efforts of others, this must be very disheartening for all the volunteers including town councillors who give their time and often their own money to improve facilities for people in the town.

To try and reach out, I will be holding a Councillor Surgery once a month within the Town Hall on the same day as the Makers Market.

I wish to invite anyone who has a question or who needs guidance on where to find answers on an issue or need some assistance, come along and talk to me to see if I can help you.

Uttoxeter is fortunate at the present time to have representatives who also are members of East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council so please make contact with me.

There are exciting times ahead for Uttoxeter! We cannot turn the clock back or stand still in time but we can move forward in a positive, constructive manner, the very fact that so many people want to come and live here tells me that Uttoxeter has plenty of good things to offer.

I particularly wish to invite those people who have recently moved to Uttoxeter to take an active part in our community as I am sure you have many skills to share and you will be made most welcome.”

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