Towcester Town Mayor 2021-22
I am honoured and delighted to be taking over the role of Towcester Town Mayor for 2021-22.
I have lived in Towcester for over 20 years, and for 5 of those, I have been a Town Councillor. I think Towcester is a fantastic place to live and I wanted to do something that would help protect and build our community as our town grows.
I am married to Samantha and have 3 children - Hollie, Amie and Jake (who are currently at Sponne) and I can often be spotted walking Towcester with Boris, our Springerpoo (named after the tennis player!).
The previous year has been extraordinary, with lockdowns and social distancing, we have all had to adapt our lives to this new way of living. It has not been easy and I know that many of us have struggled not seeing friends and loved ones. I hope that 2021-22 will gradually see Towcester start to return to normal and a form of 'business as usual'.
I have chosen two charities for support during my term:
Renew169 Wellbeing Cafe
Renew cafés offer simple quiet shared space where it is OK to not be OK.
It is a safe space where people with emotional or mental health difficulties are welcomed, with an aim to reduce loneliness and isolation. Visitors can be assured of a warm welcome and someone to listen.
The Café has also recently set up an evening walking football group, and has provided specialist art therapy sessions online.
To support Covid Recovery, the Café has also recently offered weekly workshops with a Lifespan Solutions Facilitator. I would urge anyone to get in touch and support the Café, as I believe they deliver a really important voluntary service for our mental health and wellbeing.
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Your Local Air Ambulance Service for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland, covers a total area of 3,850 square miles, serving a population of 3.2 million people. They receive no government or national lottery funding to support their daily missions and rely entirely on the generosity and support of the general public to keep life-saving services running, so they can be there for those who need them most.
Their vision is clear. They want children to grow into adults, adults to live longer and they want bereavement through trauma to become rare. Each of their services works tirelessly to save lives and alleviate sickness, wherever and whenever possible.
The Air Ambulance critical care paramedics, doctors, and pilots attend an average of ten rescue missions a day and within minutes, they can be on the ground delivering life-saving care at road traffic collisions, sports events, and industrial accidents or for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke or accidents in the home.
The Air Ambulance gives people the very best chance of survival and recovery. Their helicopters have a top speed of 185mph and carry the very latest lifesaving equipment. The Air Ambulance team is supported by Critical Care Cars which provide valuable backup for incidents close to the helicopter base or when the weather makes it too dangerous to fly. It also enables their doctors and critical care paramedics to run a night car service so that they are available to reach those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Learn more about the Air Ambulance here.
I look forward to saying hello, and raising as much as we can for these two really important charities over the next 12 months.
You can keep abreast of my news and activities by following the Towcester Town Mayor's Facebook page.
How to donate to the Town Mayor's Charities
Donate easily and quickly through the Town Mayor's Crowdfunder page by clicking on this link or scanning the QR code shown.
BACS payments to "Town Mayor's Charities"
Sort Code: 30-98-97 Account number: 79250268
Cash or Cheques made out to "Town Mayor's Charities" can be delivered to the Town Mayor, c/o Towcester Town Council, Town Hall, 86 Watling Street East, Towcester NN12 6RG
Past Mayors of Towcester
2020-21 Mr Richard Dallyn
2019-20 Mrs Lisa Samiotis
2018-19 Mr Peter Conquest
2017-18 Mrs Sharon McMurray
2016-17 Mr David Tarbun
2015-16 Mr David Bain
2013-15 Mr Jim Lynch
2012-13 Mr David Linney
2011-12 Mr Martin Johns
2010-11 Mrs Jacqueline Hart
2009-10 Mr Chris Lofts
2008-9 Mr Charlie Stanger
2007-8 Mrs Vivienne Baker
2005-7 Mr David Linney
2004-5 Mr Jim Lynch
2003-4 Mr Geoffrey Iley
2002-3 Mr Martin Johns
2001-2 Mr Stephen Troup
2000-1 Mr Alec Taylor
1999-2000 Mr Ian Miller
1998-99 Mrs Jacqueline Hart
1997-98 Mr Ron Smith
1996-97 Mr Martin Johns
1995-96 Mr Peter Allen
1994-95 Mr Robin Michel
1993-94 Mr David Linney
1992-93 Mrs Drisc Wardle
1991-92 Mrs Joyce Herbert
1990-91 Mrs Jacqueline Hart
1989-90 Mr Brian Jolly
1988-89 Mr S. W. Watson
1987-88 Mrs Jacqueline Hart
1986-87 Mr Tom Minns