Every year, in May, the town councillors elect one of their fellow councillors to become Town Mayor for the year. The Town Mayor is usually the Deputy Town Mayor from the previous year.
Former deputy mayor, Cllr Margaret Gartside was elected mayor of Congleton during a Mayor Making ceremony at the Annual Council Meeting on Thursday 12 May in the Town Hall. Cllr Gartside has been appointed to the position for the coming year until May 2023.
The mayor chose Kati-Leigh Newson of the Air Training Corps (ATC) 230 Congleton Squadron to be her cadet and Rev Anne Marie Naylor of Astbury Church has agreed to be mayor’s chaplain. At the same meeting, Congleton town councillors voted Cllr Rob Moreton to serve as deputy mayor. Cllr Moreton asked his wife Helen to be the deputy mayoress. Cllr Paul Duffy was appointed Town Crier and Macebearer.
Cllr Gartside said: “I feel proud and privileged to have been elected to serve as mayor of our wonderful Congleton town during this historic 750 Charter Year. I am passionate about tackling climate change and preserving our planet for future generations and believe we all need to act and act now.
She continued: “During my year as mayor I intend to help as many local Congleton-based charities as possible and am happy to be contacted about ways in which the mayor can add value to their activities.”
The ceremonial proceedings saw retiring mayor Cllr Denis Murphy and the newly appointed mayor retreat for the change of robing. On their return, Cllr Murphy, handed over the chain of office to his successor. The mayor elect gave thanks and presented Cllr Murphy, with the past mayor’s medallion. Recognition was also given to the outgoing mayor’s consort, Joan Myatt and to his cadet Tom Gilman from the Dane Valley Scout Group.
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Special Civic Service to welcome Congleton’s new Town Mayor
Congleton Town Mayor’s Civic Service and Parade took place on Sunday 19 June 2022 to mark the beginning of the mayoral year. The annual procession left the Town Hall on route to St. Peter’s Church, Chapel Street for a service followed by refreshments at the Town Hall for invited guests and dignitaries
The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band, followed by the new town mayor, Cllr Margaret Gartside travelling in the Beartown Rickshaw. The town mayor said: “The Civic Sunday Parade is one of the highlights of any Mayor’s time in office. I would like to thank all residents, businesses, community groups and dignities for such a fantastic turn out. It was great to receive so much support from all the uniformed youth groups, who were a credit to their organisations. Cllr Paul Duffy did a sterling job making his debut as Mace Bearer. Thank you to the Town Hall team and volunteers Shaun Radcliffe and David Gartside for helping with the road closures to enable the parade to pass safely through town.”
Tara Pownall, leader of the 4th Buglawton Brownies said: “What a fantastic day it was for the mayor’s parade in town. It was extra special for us in Girlguiding and my first one as a Brownie leader! The new mayor is a guide leader so there were a few different units out to support her. All the Brownie units that attended were extremely well behaved and really represented guiding well. It was lovely to see so many people out to watch the parade. Good luck to the new mayor of Congleton.”
The service was conducted by Rev Ian Endicott and the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev Anne Marie Naylor of Astbury Church. Members of the Congleton Choral Society of which the Town Mayor is a long-term member, sang in the church accompanied by organist Tom Pieczor. The congregation greatly appreciated the contribution of the Choral Society. Rode Hall Silver Band played at the reception afterwards in the Town Hall, where guests enjoyed a fabulous buffet prepared by Mark’s Events.
The town mayor’s tenure has already got off to a flying start attending several public engagements including the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations and the Food and Drink Festival. She recently paid a visit to the Baddley Green Hedgehog Rescue centre to donate vital funds raised by council officers and councillors. Cllr Gartside is due to follow in the footsteps of medieval priests on the guided ‘Priesty Walk’ to Astbury Church which she is organising on Sunday 3 July 2022. Tickets are available from the Congleton Information Centre. Ticket price includes tea and homemade cakes, a tour of Astbury Church and activities. All funds raised go to Astbury Church and the Town Mayor’s Charities.
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Town Mayor’s Cadet Scheme
The Town Mayors Cadet Scheme was introduced in 2009 by Cllr Denis Murphy when he was in office as Town Mayor. Each year a new Mayor’s Cadet is recruited from the various Youth organisations in Congleton.
Kati-Leigh Newson of the Air Training Corps (ATC) 230 Congleton Squadron was selected as the Town Mayor’s Cadet to accompany the Town Mayor on many of her official duties during 2022-2023.