West Swindon councillor Nick Martin took over the honorary mantle of mayor of Swindon from a fellow councillor from the West, Mick Bray, on 17 May.
During his year Mick, councillor for Lydiard and Freshbrook, with his wife Ruth, attended a wide range of community functions around the town, and raised money for three charities: Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis, Cruse Bereavement and Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind. During his year almost £4,000 was raised for his causes.
Mick said: “It’s was a very gratifying and enjoyable year for Ruth and myself and we’d like to thank all who welcomed us with their smiles. I’d also like to thank Ruth for her support during the year.
“We’ve been so impressed by the range and commitment of voluntary organisations in our town. They need to be on the front page of our local media a lot more.”
Nick represents Shaw and until May 2014 and has been a councillor for 27 years, first for Stratton and Shaw for the last 15 years. During his year Nick will be raising money for Swindon Women’s Refuge, Hop Skip & Jump at Upper Shaw Farm and Toothill Junior Youth Club. All have buildings in West Swindon.
He said his proudest moments as a councillor have been saving Shaw Forest Park from development as a football stadium, helping to save Toothill Farm for continued use as a youth facility and working to provide a home for Hop, Skip & Jump in Swindon.
However, as with all mayors, Nick and his wife Mary will be pleased to visit community organisations and businesses across the town.
To invite them to an event call the mayor’s secretary on 01793 463599 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deputy mayor, who will take over in May 2014 is Teresa Page, Labour councillor for Penhill and Upper Stratton.
Photo: Nick and Mary Martin. Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com