Bracknell and Wokingham welcome new mayors for the coming year

Published: 19 May 2014 17:000 comments

CHANGE is in the air as Bracknell and Wokingham elect their new mayors for the coming year.

Bracknell Forest mayor Cllr Jan Angell pictured at the Santa Dash at The Look Out in November

Bracknell borough mayor Cllr Jan Angell was replaced in the role by Cllr Alan Kendall, – who had been deputy mayor – in a ceremony yesterday (Wednesday).

Cllr Angell, who represents Great Hollands South ward on Bracknell Forest Council, said “It was an honour, the highlight was awarding John Nike with his Freedom of the Borough.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to work with the voluntary sector, meeting so many people and attending so many events that you wouldn’t normally go to.

“It was a once in a lifetime post, very demanding! But I’m proud to serve Bracknell.”

Some of the more high profile events she attended was the Bracknell Half Marathon, the Pride of Bracknell Awards, and the opening of LaplandUK in Ascot. Her chosen charity for the year was Thames Hospicecare and estimates more than £15,000 was raised for the charity during her year of office.

Cllr Alvin Finch, town mayor for Bracknell, chose Bracknell Rugby Club and the Holy Trinity Church as his charities for his mayoral year.

A borough and town councillor since 2003, he said: “It’s just been amazing; I thought ‘when would I get the opportunity to do this again?’

“I enjoyed meeting the unsung heroes of Bracknell and the diversity in the borough.

“I would be mayor again – although not at the moment! ”

He was replaced at a ceremony on Tuesday by the deputy, Cllr Dee Hamilton, who chose Berkshire Women’s Aid as her chosen charity. It helps victims of domestic abuse.

Cllr Martin Bishop was re-elected for a second term as Wokingham town mayor, being officially inaugurated on Tuesday.

There will be a new Wok-

ingham borough mayor, though due to the forthcoming borough council elections, the successor for Cllr UllaKarin Clark will be decided in early June.

Cllr Clark said: “I’ve attended about 220 engagements in my year, and I most enjoyed holding my charity networking event, and the opening of the new railway station by Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer.”

Her chosen charity has been Building For the Future, a purpose-built centre for disabled children in Toutley Road, Wokingham, which was opened by the Earl and Countess of Wessex last Tuesday.

Cllr Clark has been a borough councillor since 2003.

She has been a Wokingham town councillor since 2002 and was town mayor from 2009-2011.

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