Whitworth Town Council


At a meeting of Whitworth Town Council on Thursday 18 May, Councillor Mike Royds was elected by Town Council members as Mayor of Whitworth. The meeting was attended by family and friends of Councillor Royds, and visiting dignitaries.

Councillor Royds is going to be accompanied by his Mayoress, Mrs Glen Royds. The Mayor and Mayoress will attend functions and events within Whitworth and outside of the town’s boundary, and the Mayor will chair Full Council meetings of the Town Council. Councillor Royds made a speech during the meeting, describing the role as an honour and thanking his family and friends for their support. The Mayor confirmed that he was very much looking forward to the year ahead and would be raising funds for some wonderful local groups and charities who do so much to make Whitworth the wonderful place it is. The Mayor offered thanks to his fellow councillors and to the Town Clerk.

The Mayor and Mayoress have several events already in the pipeline, starting with his Civic Sunday, a Church of England church service at St Bart’s Church.  All are welcome to attend, and it will take place on June 4th at St Bart’s Church at 3pm with refreshments being served afterwards.  Cllr Royds is also planning a fundraising event on Saturday 28th October at the Ashcroft and his Civic Dinner will take place on the 27th April 2024. Look out for more details of these and future events coming soon.

During his year in office, Mike’s primary focus will be on promoting Whitworth as both a great place to live and also a great place to do business.  Mike would welcome the opportunity to meet with local businesses, schools, clubs, or associations and would be delighted to lend whatever support he can to them.

Also at the meeting, Councillor Gareth Baron was elected as Deputy Mayor; his role will be to deputise for the Mayor before taking on the chains himself in 2024. The outgoing Mayor, Janet Whitehead, gave a short speech in which she thanked all in Whitworth for their support, and announced that she had raised almost £5,000 through the Mayoral fund, and issued donations to 16 separate organisations in Whitworth.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please either contact the Town Clerk or contact the Mayor directly on cllrmikeroyds@whitworth.gov.uk or 07811 994458.

Pictured is Councillor Mike and Mrs Glen Royds, Mayor and Mayoress of Whitworth.