The Town Welcomes a new Mayor

WiSue Robesmborne Celebrates New Mayor.

At the Annual meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday 10th May, the Town Council said thank you to the Mayor of 2015/16 Cllr Shane Bartlett and welcomed a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the coming year.

The ceremony included a speech from Cllr Shane Bartlett about how he enjoyed his Mayoral year and what his personal highlights were, before he asked the Councillors to formally propose a new Mayor.

He said “It has been a truly wonderfully enjoyable year full of so much excitement and special moments”.  He also thanked his family for their support and to mention how pleased he was to be able to show the town off at the Civic Day and Civic Service, to many dignitaries from nearby towns.

Cllrs Mrs Sue Cook was unanimously voted in as the Mayor for 2016/17 with her deputy being Cllr Terry Wheeler.  She said “It is a great honour and privilege to be elected Mayor of this lovely town, and I thank my fellow members for their support.”  And went on to say “Not so many years ago, I would never have envisaged myself in this position, and even now, I’m not quite sure how it has happened!”  Mrs Cook remarked on the diversity of the Councillors and how by using the different skills each brings to the Council, together they make a successful team.

Mrs Cook has been a Town Councillor for 5 years. Her fund raising this year will be for the Dorset Youth Marching Band, which is the adopted Town Band, Priest’s House Museum and Garden, and Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community.

This year is an historic one as for the first time ever, the Town Council will be all female led.  Cllr Mrs Cook leads three Chairs of Committee being Cllrs Mrs Webb, Chair of Resources, Cllrs Mrs March, Recreation & Leisure and Cllrs Mrs Hymers of the Planning & Environment committee.

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