Aylesbury’s new Mayor for the year 2017/18, Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts, was ‘made’ last Friday (19 May, 2017) at the annual Mayor Making Ceremony held at Aylesbury College. Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Barbara Russel, gave a speech, commenting on how she had enjoyed meeting a wide selection of schools and organisations, community groups and working with her chosen charity, SPACE, who were presented with a cheque for £11,000 from donations received over the year and from various fundraisings events and organisations. The outgoing Mayor was also pleased to recognise Mrs Anne Holt for her voluntary work with the Friends of St Mary’s, who introduced the Thursday Lunchtime concerts held at St Mary’s Church. These concerts attract music graduates from London’s premier music colleges (often of international standards) who keen to enjoy playing in the magnificent acoustics of the church.
Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts, who was honoured to take on the role as Mayor of Aylesbury, expressed his delight and privilege at being nominated to represent the town. The Mayor outlined his plans for the year ahead, including engaging with local schools, supporting local charities, businesses as well as supporting community based charity Inspire-All.
Cllr Mark Willis accepted the role of Deputy Mayor for the coming year.