The chains of office were handed on to Brackley’s new mayor at a mayor-making ceremony on Saturday.
Councillor Elaine Wiltshire took up the mantle from out-going mayor Cllr Peter Rawlinson.
Mrs Wiltshire was elected at the Town Hall ceremony along with deputy mayor Cllr Jim Broomfield. They will be supported by mayor’s consort Paul Wiltshire and deputy mayor’s consort Debbe Perry. Mrs Wiltshire chose the Rev Nicholas Gandy as her chaplain and the mayor’s cadet will be named at a later date.
Mrs Wiltshire has lived in Brackley for the past 18 years. A retired conveyancing executive, she decided to ‘give something back to the town’ and stood for election to Brackley Town Council in 2010.
She said: “It is a great honour. I am looking forward to it. There is quite a few events this year and I am hoping that the town gets behind me and supports me and my charities.”
Mrs Wiltshire has chosen to fundraise for groups and organisations who provide for younger and older Brackley residents. To reflect this, one of her mayoral charities will be the Brackley Hub.
She added: “The Hub is a good thing for the youth of the town. Let’s keep it open, it keeps young people off the streets. They need somewhere to go.”
One of Mr Rawlinson’s last duties as mayor was to hand out cheques to his two mayoral charities. Cheques for £1,420 and £1,000 were presented to Norpip and Tranecer, respectively. Brackley Town Band also received a donation of £300 in recognition of their support at civic functions in Brackley.
The ceremony was followed by a wine and canapes reception enjoyed by members of the public as well as friends and family of Mr Rawlinson and Mrs Wiltshire.
Mr Rawlinson has taken over from Cllr David Harries as chairman of South Northants Council for the coming year.