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Cllr Andy Snape, Town Mayor 2023/24
Cllr Andy Snape, Town Mayor 2023/24

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. 

The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations, especially to local events, however small, and to meet representatives of local groups in Flitwick.  Any invitations for the Mayor should be sent to the Mayor's Secretary at the Town Council offices. For anything else, get in contact with Cllr Snape directly 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. 

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'.

Cllr John Roberts, Deputy Town Mayor 2023/24

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. 

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, the High Sheriff's Justice Service and at events organised by other councils in the District and County.  The Mayor also arranges their own civic and fundraising events in Flitwick. 

Cllr Snape with Susan Lousada, His Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

Cllr Snape with other members of the Bedfordshire Civic Party at His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire's Civic Service in May 2023 at St Mary's Church in Woburn.

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.  This year, Cllr Snape will be raising money for the Tibbs Dementia Foundation through several fundraising events throughout the year.

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Tibbs Dementia Foundation offers a wide range of activities and support for people in all stages of dementia, diagnosed or not, and those who support them. Challenging existing stereotypes of dementia, Tibbs Dementia focuses on what people can still do, helping people to live the best life possible.

Town Mayor's Chosen Charities 2022-2023

Cllr Snape raised £7,150 during the 2022/23 mayoral year for Citizens Advice Mid Bedfordshire and Flitwick Food Extra.  Cllr Snape raised £5,910 during the 2021/22 mayoral year for Respite at Home Volunteers and Mind BLMK.

 

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  badge of office showing the the council crest of two sable lions  was presented to the Council in 1979 by    W. J. Billington as part of the original chain of office, which was replaced in 2004 with the current chain.  The links on the chain are engraved with the names of past Mayors. 

 

Past Town Mayor's of Flitwick

A board showing the past Town Mayors of Flitwick is displayed in the lobby at The Rufus Centre.

 

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