The Mayor of Witney is elected after a majority vote of councillors annually at the beginning of May at the Town Council’s Annual Meeting. The Mayor is the Chairman of the Council, is entitled to attend all meetings in an ex officio capacity and presides over the Full Council meetings. He or she is the elected representative of the Council who leads civic engagements and attends public events in Witney. Historically, the Mayor is bestowed the honorary title of first citizen of the town and is also an Honorary Rotarian during their year.
The Mayor of Witney for 2018-19 is Cllr Brenda Churchill
“I am extremely proud to have been chosen to represent the town of Witney and the Town Council for the next year.
l have served on Witney Town Council for 15 years and celebrate 25 years in politics this year, so will bring plenty of experience to my time as Mayor. In my time on the council, I contributed greatly to the development of the Christmas Lights switch on during the time that it was run by Witney Town Council and continue to be a huge supporter of this and other community events such as In Bloom.
I am also very proud to represent a town that is so supportive of charity and community events and I’m excited about moving forward with some of the initiatives I am already involved with. As an ex WRNS I am hoping to establish a sea cadets corp within the town.”
Being disabled herself, Brenda is an advocate for other disabled residents and actively campaigns for change at the Traffic Advisory Group meetings. For many years she also represented the town at the Neighbourhood Action Group.
She is a passionate supporter of the NHS. Most recently she has been at the forefront of the battle to save the Deer Park Medical Centre, a fight which continues.
Brenda believes this demonstrates what can be achieved by people with disabilities.
Councillor Churchill is very family orientated and has three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. There are five generations in her family as Brenda’s father, Thomas turned one hundred years old on 5th January 2018.
Brenda splits her time between her home here in Witney and her caravan in Swanage. Councillor Churchill’s husband, Mark, is from there originally so there is more family in Swanage!
As Mayor, Brenda is looking forward to meeting new people and renewing old acquaintances from her time on County and District Councils.
She is really looking forward to being an advocate for the town and an ambassador at the events she will be attending and hosting.
With a break from tradition Brenda has not nominated any specific charities to support this year. Instead, she will fund raise to build a pot of money and small, local organisations will be eligible to apply for small grants. She hopes this will ensure that a diverse number of groups will benefit from her year in office.
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