At a meeting of Whitworth Town Council on Thursday 19 May, Councillor Janet Whitehead was elected by Town Council members as Mayor of Whitworth. The meeting was attended by family and friends of Councillor Whitehead, and visiting dignitaries.
Councillor Whitehead is going to be accompanied by her consort, Mr Derek Whitehead. The Mayor and Consort 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 Whitehead made a speech during the meeting, describing the role as an honour and thanking her family and friends for their support. The Mayor confirmed that she 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 her fellow councillors and to the Town Clerk.
The Mayor and Consort have several charity events already in the pipeline, starting with ‘Meet the Mayor’, a picnic complete with strawberries and cream. It will take place on July 10th at Lobden Golf Club, after a 9 hole golf competition, Whitworth and Healey Brass Band will be playing. Janet is also hosting an over 55's Christmas party on the 11th December at the Ashcroft and The Civic Dinner will take place on the 22nd April 2023. Look out for more details of these and future events including Bottomless Brunches and Music on the Moors!
During her year in office, Janet’s primary focus will be on trying to make Whitworth an even better place to live, by focusing on the improving of the environment where we live, working with the Police to improve the safety on our streets, working with Lancashire County Council to improve footpaths and roadways and working to improve accessible and inclusive facilities for our children and young people.
Also at the meeting, Councillor Mike Royds was elected as Deputy Mayor; his role will be to deputise for the Mayor before taking on the chains himself in 2023. The outgoing Mayor, Maureen Jones, gave a short speech in which she thanked all in Whitworth for their support, and announced that she had raised £2500 through the Mayoral fund, and issued donations to 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07795 577647.
Pictured is Councillor Janet and Mr Derek Whitehead, Mayor and Consort of Whitworth.