A new Mayor is chosen each year to fulfil two important roles:
- To chair the meetings of Council
- To be First Citizen of the Borough.
Chairman of Council
As Chairman of Council, the Mayor is responsible for seeing that our meetings are conducted in a seemly manner in accordance with our constitution. They also carry a casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
First Citizen of the Borough
As First Citizen of the Borough the Mayor acts as our principal ambassador and will attend around 500 engagements each year. This will include hosting annual events such as:
- The Civic Church Service
- The opening of Loughborough Fair
- Welcoming royalty and distinguished visitors to the borough
- Hosting receptions for local organisations
- Launching our initiatives
- Visiting local groups and companies at their invitation, often to mark a significant event
More information can be found by using the links below. If there is something in particular that you wish to know about the Mayoralty, then do not hesitate to contact the Mayor's Office.
If you are interested in the mayoralty you may also wish to visit these sites:
If you are sending a letter it should start with "Dear Mr Mayor" and be sent to:
The Worshipful The Mayor
Charnwood Borough Council
When speaking to the Mayor and Mayoress they should be addressed as:
- "Mr Mayor" (Not Lord Mayor)
- "Mayoress" (Not Lady Mayoress)
To correctly announce the Mayor (and Mayoress) to an audience:
- "The Worshipful The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor __ "
The Officer accompanying the Mayor to an event will always be able to advise you on these matters.
Royal greetings for 100th and 105th birthdays and every year thereafter, and to those celebrating their Diamond Wedding (60th), 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter need to be requested from the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.
The Mayor is also pleased to visit people celebrating such events and usually arranges to call in at the celebrations to stay for half an hour bringing a card and a basket of flowers. For further details Contact the Mayor's Office.
To be Mayor you must be a Councillor, elected by the people of the Borough. In Charnwood, the political groups take turns to select the Mayor for the year.
The Conservative group hold an internal ballot amongst their members to select their nomination for the role. The Labour and Liberal Democrat groups offer the opportunity to their longest serving member who has not yet taken the position.
There is no salary attached to the job. Mayors often have a normal full time job and fit their Mayoral duties around this, although many Councillors would not take on the role before they are retired.
The Mayor does receive the normal allowance given to all Councillors, an additional Responsibility Allowance, equivalent to that paid to the Cabinet Members, and also a Mayoral Allowance towards their out-of-pocket expenses such as church collections, raffle tickets and charity dinner tickets.
The Mayor is the principal ambassador of the Council and will attend around 500 engagements each year over 90% of which are likely to be within the Borough. They chair meetings of the full Council, host annual events such as the Civic Church Service and the opening of the fair, and promote Council initiatives and campaigns.
Most Mayors get to welcome at least one royal visitor to the Borough and attend around sixty-five religious gatherings of the many different faiths in Charnwood. They are likely to congratulate half a dozen centenarians, and host around two thousand people to eighty civic presentations and events in the Civic Suite at Loughborough Town Hall. They will cut ribbons, draw raffles, present certificates and have their picture in the local papers several times most weeks. They will get an invitation to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and visit some European twin towns.
The important factor in all these engagements is that the Mayor is here for the people of the Borough, and they try to accept as many invitations to visit as much of the Borough as possible throughout their year of office.
Last updated: Tue 22nd May, 2018 @ 08:39