Flitwick Town Mayor for 2023/2024 is Cllr Andy Snape. Cllr Snape was elected for a third term at the Annual Statutory Meeting on 16th May. You can get in contact with him here.
The Town Mayor is elected annually each May by members of Flitwick Town Council at its Annual Statutory Meeting. The Town Mayor holds office until immediately after the election of the Town Mayor at the next annual meeting of the Council, even though they may not have been re-elected as a councillor.
The Town Mayor is the Chairman of the Town Council and will generally preside over Town Council meetings. The Mayor is responsible for ensuring that meetings are properly conducted and facilitates the resolution of clear, legal decisions. In addition, the Mayor will ensure that all councillors have an opportunity to contribute to the debate, that all discussion is kept to the point, and that business is transacted efficiently.
The Mayor votes like any other councillor, but if there is an equality of votes, they can use a second casting vote. Apart from this, the Mayor does not make decisions for the Council. The Council is a corporate body with collective responsibility.
The Town Mayor is supported by a Deputy Mayor who steps in on their behalf in their absence. The Deputy Mayor for 2023/2024 is Cllr John Roberts.
When addressing the Town Mayor, it is standard practice to refer to him as either 'Mr Mayor' or 'Town Mayor of Flitwick' or 'Councillor Snape'.
Ambassador for Flitwick
In their role as Civic Ambassador, the Town Mayor is the public face of the Council and the civic representative of the town of Flitwick. The Mayor attends many community events, especially those organised by local charities and volunteer groups such as fundraising events.
The Mayor represents Flitwick at civic functions such as the Lord Lieutenant's Civic Service, events organised by other councils in the area, and arranges civic events in Flitwick.
The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations, especially to local events, however small, and to meet representatives of local groups in Flitwick. Please get in touch with the Town Council office for more information.
Town Mayor's Chosen Charities 2023-2024
The Town Mayor's charities are chosen personally by Cllr Snape for the fantastic work being done for, and with, local residents.
Charities chosen for the 2023/24 civic year are SOS Saturday Outreach Service, which helps to feed and support people who are homeless or in need, and Tibbs Dementia Foundation which offers support to local people suffering from all stages of dementia and their carers.
Cllr Snape will be holding several fundraising events throughout his term in office, supporting these fantastic charities.
Town Mayor's Chosen Charities 2022-2023
We are delighted to announce that the fantastic amount of £7,150 has been raised by Cllr Snape during the 2022/23 mayoral year for his chosen charities Citizens Advice Mid Bedfordshire and Flitwick Food Extra.
Flitwick Food Extra is an initiative set up by Flitwick Parish Church to support families in Flitwick who have been worst hit by the pandemic. By providing easy-to-cook recipes and pre-measured ingredients, Flitwick Food Extra helps these families cook healthy meals, desserts and snacks. In addition, the project successfully partners with local businesses to help distribute school supplies, toys and household goods and helps to signpost families to further support where needed.
For more details or to enquire about volunteering: email@example.com
From bases in Ampthill and Biggleswade, Citizens Advice Mid Bedfordshire handles an average of 11,000 enquiries per year. Their trained volunteers offer free, confidential advice and assistance to resolve a wide range of problems, including issues with debt, benefits, employment, relationships, housing, and consumer matters.
For more details: https://www.midbedscab.org.uk/ or by calling 01525 402742.
Town Mayor's Charity 200 Club
The Town Mayor's Charity 200 Club has closed for 2022/23. Thank you to everyone who has supported this initiative.
Mayoral Chain of Office
The Flitwick Town Mayor wears a chain of office worn on official occasions and at meetings of the Town Council.
The chain was presented to the Council in 1979 by Cllr W. J. Billington and is inscribed with the names of former Town Mayors. The medallion on the chain shows the council crest of two sable lions.