New Mayor and Deputy Mayor welcomed at Annual Meeting
On Tuesday 16th May, Marlow Town Council held its Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting at Court Garden House. Over 50 residents came along to witness the Town Council in session and the changeover of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Outgoing Mayor Bob Johnson said: “It has been an honour to represent Marlow as its Town Mayor. I’d like to thank the Town Council members and staff for their hard work and particularly my wife, Shirley for all her support.”
Commenting on the importance of Marlow’s history, he said: "Maintaining Marlow’s valuable heritage while embracing change is a fine balancing act and we welcome residents’ ideas and suggestions.”
The Annual Meeting then took place and confirmed that the Town Mayor-elect and the Deputy Mayor-elect be voted in. Councillors all agreed that Deputy Mayor Cllr Jocelyn Towns be appointed Mayor for 2017-2018 and that Cllr Chris Funnell be appointed as Deputy Mayor.
The newly appointed Mayor thanked Bob and Shirley Johnson for their sterling work on behalf of the Town Council over the past two years as Mayor and Mayoress. She presented Bob with the Past Mayor’s badge and Shirley with flowers. As this was the last Town Council meeting before Annie Jones, Town Clerk, retires, the Mayor also presented her with thanks and flowers and introduced the audience to the new Town Clerk, Hilary Martin.
“It is an absolute honour to be voted in as Town Mayor again and I will serve Marlow to the best of my ability. I said it some five years ago and it’s still true: Marlow is a lovely town and I am very proud to represent it,” Jocelyn said. She then announced her chosen charity for the year, Macmillan Cancer Support, and congratulated her fellow councillor, Suzanne Brown, elected this week as Chairman of Wycombe District Council.
The Mayor then presented the Town Council’s 10-year ‘Vision for Marlow,’ created in consultation with residents and delivered on the 16th May 2012, which has been the driving force for many of Marlow Town Council’s activities. She summarised some of the Council’s achievements during that time. The Town Council approved the Vision for a further ten years on an annual review basis; feedback and suggestions from the public were invited.
Copies of the full ‘Vision for Marlow’ document were available at the meeting and can also be obtained from the Marlow Town Council office or from the Wycombe District Area Office in the Library.