Mayor Making: 31st May 2019
The Annual Meeting and Mayor Making ceremony of Montgomery Town Council was held, in a packed Town Hall with a great atmosphere, on the warm evening of Friday 31st May 2019. Over 150 people were in attendance with a great turnout from Montgomery; those from further afield including family members of the mayor elect; Janet Crisp, Mayor of Llanidloes; Deputy Mayor of Newtown, Cllr Richard White; and Assembly Member, Russell George. Also in attendance were several past Mayors and Mayoresses.
Members of the Council took their seats on the stage, then Montgomery Town Crier, Sue Blower, called for silence and asked the audience to stand to receive the Mayor. The outgoing Mayor, Lionel Weaver, entered the stage along with his Consort, the Town Clerk and the Sergeants at Mace, who placed the two maces onto the table as has been tradition for the past 100 years. The Mayor then asked his Chaplain, Rev Mary Turnock, to say prayers.
Cllr Weaver thanked all present for attending the meeting, and the councillors and community for their support during his two years as Mayor. He apologised for the inconvenience as the Town Hall is refurbished and assured the assembly that the improvements, on target to finish by the end of June, would provide much better facilities than previously. A cheque for £150 was passed on to the incoming Mayor towards the next senior citizens party, the money having been given for this purpose by the Drama Group. The Mayor’s two nominated charities for 2018-19, Wales Air Ambulance and the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust (Town Hall Trust), each received a cheque for £200.
Lionel continued by thanking the volunteers and organisers who contribute to the town’s thriving calendar of clubs and events, while encouraging others to join their ranks. He thanked our local firefighters for the courageous work they perform in first response medical as well as fire duties, and was pleased to see the station going from strength to strength with new recruits.
Lionel thanked his wife Pat for her support throughout his term as mayor, and Town Clerk Glenys Smith for her input and advice. Each was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Lionel proposed Haydn Andrew be elected as Mayor for the Town of Montgomery for the year 2019/20 and Cllr Jill Kibble seconded his proposal. Cllr Weaver then declared Cllr Haydn Andrew duly elected, and concluded by saying, “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Mayor of Montgomery for the past two years, and I wish Haydn all the best during his term in office.”
The stage party retired to the ante-room while the new Mayor robed for office and prepared to chair the rest of the meeting. The Town Crier asked the audience to stand once again and announced the arrival to the stage of new Mayor of Montgomery, Cllr Haydn Andrew, and his consort, Jane Lloyd. They were received with rousing applause and the retiring mayor invested the new mayor with the badge of office.
Cllr Andrew said, “It is a big job to carry on the sterling work that Lionel and Pat have done with great enthusiasm over the past two years, and I would like to thank them both for their efforts.” He told the meeting about his lifetime links to Montgomery, where he has lived for 54 years, which included memories of playing in band 'The Alpines' at the regular Saturday night dances held at the Town Hall. He looked forward to the next 12 months which would include the re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall with increased market activity, and lots of events planned throughout the year.
The new Mayor stated that he had appointed Cllr Jill Kibble as his Deputy and Rev Alexis Smith as his Chaplain. His chosen Charities for the coming year would be Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. Haydn and Jane would also support the Montgomery Dementia Friends group, with which they are both actively involved, with a fundraising garden tea party in July.
Cllr Wendy Beaven gave an interesting and engaging history of the maces and proposed Mr David Corbett-Weaver and Mr Mark Corbett-Weaver be appointed Sergeants at Mace, seconded by Cllr Cerys Thomas.
Cllr Jill Kibble spoke warm-heartedly of all the hard work and commitment of Town Crier Sue Blower, who not only carries out her duties admirably, but excels in all aspects of her role, be it welcoming new visitors to the Town, promoting local events, or representing Montgomery to the wider world. Cllr Kibble proposed Sue continues in this role and Cllr Denice Jaunzens seconded the proposal for this particularly crowd-pleasing appointment.
Cllr Weaver proposed a vote of thanks to the Town Clerk, Community News Team and Crier newsletter team which was seconded by Cllr David Jones.
Mayor Hadyn Andrew then asked Stephen Hayes, acting as deputy to Chaplain Alexis Smith for the evening, to say a short prayer. Cllr Andrew then thanked the audience for their attendance and invited the Council and members of the public to join him for light refreshments.
The new Mayor said afterwards, "I was overwhelmed by the amount of support from family, friends and guests - thank you."
Assembly Member Russell George commented, “I always like attending the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony. Montgomery is a town with a wonderful history and tradition. All the best to new Mayor Haydn Andrew!”
Mayor Haydn Andrew invited the community to join him at a Civic Service at St Nicholas’ Church on the following Sunday, 2nd June.
Montgomery News Team
Mayor Making 2019 and Civic Service
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