The Town Mayor is the first citizen of Whitnash and Councillor Simon is pleased to have the honour
of serving as Mayor of the Town for the year 2016/2017.
Simon with his wife Kate
It is the ultimate honour and privilege to be able to say “I am the Mayor of Whitnash”.
Whitnash is a small and wonderful town and as a Whitnash Town Councillor it is a great consolation to be surrounded by such passionate colleagues, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience and every decision is made for the good of the community, now and in the future.
I think I am probably best known in Whitnash as that DJ bloke who runs the Christmas Lights and it will be fun this year, as I will also be the host.
Following in the footsteps of Councillor Mrs Judy Falp and all of her predecessors, as Mayors, who have represented our town with pride and passion, it is going to be a tough job, but my wife Kate & I will do our very best.
We are sure it is going to be a fast and furious year. We will attend civic functions & other events and carry out events of our own not only to raise the profile of our wonderful town, but also to raise valuable funds for local good causes. We will also fight our corner, as we are so often the forgotten town in Warwick District.
We are fully aware that there are going to be challenges ahead, as there always are, especially with the potential European IN / OUT issues, budget cuts and more responsibility be passed down to town level, with no guarantee of additional funding, however we will do our utmost to ensure that Whitnash is represented in the best way possible, along with the support of fellow Councillors and our office team.
The Mayor is given the opportunity to raise funds for their chosen Charities and I am extremely grateful to be given this chance and my chosen good causes for the forthcoming 12 months, both have local connections.
My first charity is “The Rufus’ Friends Fund”, which is very close to my heart, as it was set up in November 1991, following the sad death of Rufus Hedderwick the brother of my Sister-in-Law, Delia. I remember Rufus, he was a fantastic character. Rufus' Friends' Fund is a registered charity that operates primarily in Warwickshire. The aim of this Fund is to provide breaks and holidays for families that have a member with learning difficulties and could otherwise not afford this opportunity for much-needed respite"
My other good cause is “The Encephalitis Society”, as a Whitnash resident and friend of mine, James Pratt, asked me a few years ago to support him. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of all people affected directly & indirectly by Encephalitis. To live in a world where those affected can have access to early diagnosis, excellent management of their condition, timely access to rehabilitation & other forms of social support.
We will also do our best to carry on with Judy's good work and continue in promoting Whitnash as a Dementia Friendly town and progress with our plans for a new Community Hub.
Following on from an Idea put into my head a few years ago, by my good friend Cllr Terry Shepherd, I want to look to the future and with this in mind I would love to set up a Youth Council, for Whitnash, to ensure that our youngsters have an influence in where we are going. Our son Matthew is very keen to be involved in this and I will try to involve ALL of our local schools in this.
Here is to an interesting, challenging, rewarding and hopefully exciting year ahead.
Please contact the Town Clerk if you would like to request The Mayor to attend your function. You can email the Mayor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon is pleased that Cllr Tony Heath is Deputy Mayor this year.