The Mayor's May News
The new Mayoral year starts at the Annual Mayor Choosing Ceremony which, this year, was held on Wednesday 15th May in the Council Chamber. This is a formal ceremony which sees all the Councillors appointed to their relevant roles for the year. The Mayor is supported by two volunteer Mace Bearers who have their own duties. Once appointed, the Mayor will Chair every full council meeting and attend events to which s/he is invited. The Mayor also attends Civic events further afield throughout Devon as the representative of Okehampton. The Mayor can choose a Consort (who is male) or a Mayoress (who is female) to accompany them. The Mayor doesn't get paid, but there is a sum set aside in the budget to allow the Mayor to claim back any essential costs incurred in fulfilling the responsibilities.
So, once the dust had settled, my first official event was going along to the Cancer Research (Okehampton Branch) coffee morning on Saturday 18th May. I had lots of interesting conversations of varying subjects with many different people. There are a dedicated team of volunteers who run the coffee mornings every week from various locations within the town and it is a good place to go and meet new people.
In the afternoon, I went along to Simmons Park to welcome the drivers and navigators who were taking part in the Grand Tour Cape to Cape Classic Car Rally as they came through Okehampton and had a quick pit stop in the Park. Those who took part in the Rally were raising awareness and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. There was a tremendous atmosphere as they were on the home straight. The cars had started out from Cape Trafalgar in the South West of Spain and headed for Cape Cornwall, following the route of the original Trafalgar Way as much as possible.
Congratulations to all those who took part for raising a phenomenal sum of £87,834 for the charity along the route.