Cllr Gary Norman was elected as the Mayor of Newbury on Wednesday 11th May 2022.
The Mayor's charities that he has chosen to support during his year are Newbury Speakability and Eight Bells for Mental Health.
The Mayor is supported by his Mayoress, Mrs Sabrina Chetcuti.
The Deputy Mayor of Newbury is Cllr Nigel Foot.
The Mayor's Chaplain is Fr Gary Collins of St John the Evangelist Church, Newbury
The Mayor's Cadets are Tomoya Burton and Rose Clark of Newbury's Combined Cadet Force
Role of the Mayor
The Mayor, apart from members of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire who represents them, takes precedence over all persons in the town. The Mayor is the first citizen of Newbury and represents the Council, all political groups and the people of Newbury. The Mayor is a Public Relations Officer for the town and must be non-political at all times during their term of office. The Mayor, by virtue of the office, also presides at the meetings of the Council where it is their duty to keep order, control the conduct of debate and carry out the procedures outlined in the Council’s Standing Orders.
In addition to chairing the full Council meetings held in the Council Chamber every two months, the Mayor will:
- Open events held in the town and extend a Civic
- Welcome Host various functions and Civic Receptions Support sports people of the town (visit or start events, present prizes, etc)
- Open various events (school fetes, new businesses, etc)
- Attend a wide variety of events (Open Days, school/college presentations, Annual General Meetings, Dinners, neighbouring Civic Events, etc)
- Visit many townspeople to celebrate special occasions (e.g. 100th birthdays, etc)
The Mayor also fundraises for charity throughout their Mayoral year – for the Mayor’s Benevolent Fund and a charity of their choice.
Donation to the Mayor’s charities are always much appreciated. A Deputy Mayor is also elected.
Role of the Mayoress / Mayor’s Consort
After being elected by their fellow Councillors to the role, an incoming Mayor may appoint a Mayoress or Consort to accompany them whilst attending functions and events during the course of their year in office and assist them when organising receptions and charity fundraising events.
Role of the Mayor’s Chaplain
The Mayor’s Chaplain, chosen by the incoming Mayor after their appointment, looks after the Mayor’s spiritual needs, assisting and officiating during the Mayor’s Civic Service and often at other services during the course of the year in office. The Mayor’s Chaplain occasionally accompanies the Mayor to functions when appropriate.
Role of the Mayor’s Cadet
The Mayor’s Cadet, chosen by the incoming Mayor after their appointment, supports the Mayor in attending formal duties within the town as well as supporting the Mayor's charity events. The Mayor's Cadet is selected by the Mayor from one of Newbury's uniformed services youth groups and should be an outstanding young person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication and leadership within their group, being a role model to young people in Newbury.
Contact the Mayor's Office
If you have occasion to contact The Mayor of Newbury, perhaps to invite them to attend / officiate at an event you are holding, or for some other reason, the Mayor may be contacted as follows:
By Post: Mayor of Newbury, Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AA
Tel: 07538 334 106
Below is a list of upcoming Mayoral Engagements:
Wednesday 8th February 2023
St John's Memorial Garden
80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Newbury Act of Remembrance Service
Thursday 9th February 2023
18:00 - 19:30
Trinity School House Art, Design & Technology Event
Saturday 11th February 2023
10:00 - 12:00
NTTA Coffee Morning
Saturday 11th February 2023
19:00 - 21:30
Tuesday 14th February 2023
Winchcombe Place Care Home, RG14 1LN
100th Birthday Visit
Saturday 18th February 2023
14:30 - 16:30
Speen Village Hall
Newbury Crafters Group 16th Birthday
Thursday 2nd March 2023
Newbury Samaritans, West Street, RG14 1BD
Blue Plaque Unveiling
Saturday 11th March 2023
09:00 - 12:45
Reading Crown Court, RG1 3EH
Magistrates Court Mock Trial Schools Competition
Monday 13th March 2023
18:00 - 21:00
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa
Newbury Rotary Club Guest Speaker
Wednesday 15th March 2023
19:00 - 20:30
Newbury Town Civic Awards 2023
Wednesday 22nd March 2023
18:45 - 21:30
The Anvil, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR
Berkshire Maestros Junior Music Festival