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Raunds Town Council

Serving the people of Raunds

Cllr Nick Beck, Raunds Town Mayor and his consort Nicola Pothecary

Clerk: Ms Kate Houlihan
The Hall, Raunds
Northamptonshire NN9 6LT

Raunds Mayor Cllr Nick Beck

On Friday 8th December 2017 the Mayor, Cllr Nick Beck met the 2nd Raunds Beavers. They came to the town hall, as they have been working towards one of their challenge badges. In order for them to complete it, they needed to speak to somebody within the community and find out a little about what they do.

On Friday 10th November, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell and his consort Magdalena Levell attended the Veterans Day Service at Madingley Cemetery. The annual ceremony is held to honour and thank all military personnel who served for the United States in all wars.

On Friday 10th November, Raunds Mayor was pleased to present Raunds Park Infant School with this years Summer Reading Challenge shield. Well done to all the children that took part.

On Friday 6th of October, The Mayor and Mayoress attended Park Infants School Raunds for their Celebration Assembly.

"It was great to see how many of the students received achievement awards. It was also amazing to see how the reception classes had already settled in really well with this new chapter. I look forward to attending more events in the near future." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor.

On Monday 2nd of October, The Mayor and Mayoress attended St Peter's School Raunds to talk to the students. This year the school are electing pupils to sit on a new school council.

"It was a great workshop event and I wish all the candidates the best of luck and look forward to showing you around The Chamber when a date can be arranged." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor.

On Sunday 1st of October Cllr Nick Beck attended the Civic Service for Rushden Mayor Cllr Barbara Jenney.

"It was a large turnout at St Mary's Church, despite the weather." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor.

On Friday 29th of September the Mayor attended Jesters Macmillan Coffee Morning.

"It was great to see so many people support this great event. Thank you Mark and the team for making me feel so welcome." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor

In the afternoon, the Mayor attended St Peter's School in Raunds to open their brand new 'Peace Garden'.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with the teachers and pupils and I was also given a guided tour by Head Boy and Head Girl. Thank you to them. Mrs Folkard explained to me the idea of the garden as being a quiet place for the students to sit and take time to reflect .Everyone involved has worked extremely hard on this and it was a pleasure to attend and be part of this afternoon." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor

On Thursday 21st of September The Mayor and Mayoress attended The Annual Reception at RAF Alconbury. This was an official ceremony welcoming the new Base Commander. In attendance were many dignitaries from Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and further afield.

On Wednesday 20th of September Cllr Beck opened the Council Chamber for some very special guests. 1st Raunds Methodist Brownies came along for a tour and a Q&A session with the Mayor and the Mayoress. Cllr Beck said he was amazed at some of the questions asked which clearly highlighted to me how engaged young people really are in our community.

On Saturday 30th of September the Mayor, along with many other volunteers and councillors attended the, now biannual, litter pick (which this year included daffodil planting).

"We had a fabulous turn out from the town and I want to thank everyone for all their hard work. Again it shows just how community spirited Raunds really is." - Cllr Nick Beck, Mayor.

On Monday 18th of September The Mayoress and I attended a charity meal in Kettering held by The Mayor of Kettering. It was a great evening with lots of money raised for Cllr Edwards' chosen charities.

On the 14th July Cllr Beck joined residents of Langham Road for tea and cake at their MacMillan Coffee Morning organised by Terry and Mary Frisby. They raised £402 and were extremely pleased with the support from the people of Raunds.

It was Afternoon Tea at 3 on 16th June at local care home Ashfield House. I enjoyed meeting and talking to the residents as part of the nationwide #CHOD2017

On Saturday 10th June, The Mayoress and I attended a farewell party at The Woodpecker. This was the "Going away "for the Durham's. They were here living in Raunds for the past three years as serving members of the US military.

It was a fantastic afternoon with a live band and some fantastic food supplied by the kitchen. Well recommended.

I'm sure you all may have seen my live performance, getting up on stage singing Johnny Be Goode with the band. All I can say is, at least I enjoyed it, although I'm not too sure about the audience though.

The Mayoress and I would like to thank the Durham's, Will, Annalise and their son Joel (who attended Stanwick School while here) for letting us be a part of their day. We wish those safe travels and a very happy future. Please do come back and visit us here in Raunds soon.

On Wednesday 24th May, The Mayoress and I attended Windmill Primary School for lunch. This was a multi course lunch with various dishes to try. I must say, it was amazing. The children had created everything from scratch. They had costed everything, drawn up the menu and served us all on the afternoon. The customer paid what they felt was due. This event ran over the remainder of the week. The winner was the group who managed to make most profit. Well done to Coggins Class. Well done everybody though. It was a great afternoon. I enjoyed speaking and getting to know Mr Coleman (head teacher). Most of all though, it was great chatting to the children. I look forward to many more visits during my term in office.

On the 15th May Cllr Beck joined his counterpart, Cllr Peter Tomas, at Higham Ferrers Town Council where he was guest at the Mayor Making Ceremony.

On Friday 12th May, Cllr Howell and I attending the opening of the new Pretty Little Things shop. Originally Gifts Made For You. It's great to see new ventures popping up in our town centre. There was a great show of support and I wish them all great success in the future.

I jumped straight in to my Mayoral duties by officially opening the newly refurbished McDonalds on London Road, Raunds on the 10th May. I spoke to franchisee Perry Aktar and got an insight into the great work that McDonalds does in the community and the support it offers to its staff during their education. I was really impressed with the new look restaurant and the option of table service as well as the self service stations.

Cllr Nick Beck elected as Raunds Town Mayor 2017/18

We are pleased to advise that at our Annual Meeting of the Town Council, Councillor Nick Beck was elected Town Mayor for the 2017/18 Civic Year. Cllr Beck's consort for his Mayoral year will be Nicola Pothecary.

Councillor Richard Levell was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Any correspondence for the Town Mayor or Deputy Mayor may be sent to the Town Council offices at the following address: Town Hall, Thorpe Street, Raunds, Northants, NN9 6LT.

Raunds Mayor's Show 2017

This year Raunds Mayor, Cllr Helen Howell, will be hosting The Mayor's Show for the second year in aid of the Air ambulance which will be held at Bassfords Recreation Ground, Marshalls Road, Raunds (The Rec) on Sunday 30th April 2017 from 12 - 5pm.

The aim of the event is to try and bring a country show to Raunds. There will be rides, attractions, a cake baking competition, a variety of stalls, a stage and arena with demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the day, as well as fun and games for children to enter.

Cllr Helen Howell, Mayor of Raunds said " Last year's show was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who attended. This year we hope to make the event bigger and better with this great opportunity to bring the community together over this bank holiday weekend whilst raising money for a very worthy charity. I hope the residents of Raunds and surrounding towns and villages will show their support for this event by coming out and enjoying themselves".

Further details of attractions will be advertised on this page and via our FaceBook event 'raunds mayor's show 2017' and our Twitter @RaundsTC

We look forward to you joining us on 30th April.

Raunds Mayor's Citizens Awards 2017

Mayor's Citizens Award winners

Raunds Mayor, Cllr Helen Howell held her Civic Service on Sunday 19th March at St Peters Church. Mayors and Chairs from all over the County joined Cllr Howell for her service dedicated to the Raunds community and the great work done by its many volunteers and dedicated workers. This year Raunds Mayor presented Citizens Awards to local people that were nominated for the good work they do. Awards went to Michael and Ben Nardone in thanks for their time, dedication and performance at the Mayor's fundraising events, Suzanne Porter in recognition of Library Support and Services to the Community, Geoff Dyne in recognition of his organisation of the Warth Park Opposition Group & Community Spirit, Peggy Day in recognition of Services to the Youth of Raunds, Karen Seamarks in recognition of Caring provided to her daughter Alexis, Richard Haseldine in recognition of his service and dedication to St John Ambulance and the community, Tracey Barker in thanks for her excellent performances in support of the Raunds Mayor and Shelly Bates in recognition of her contribution in supporting the Mayor in fund raising events After the service a delicious buffet supplied by Jester's was served in the St Peters Enterprise Centre. Jester's Bistro Bar

Raunds Mayor's Show 2016

The Mayor's Show, The Mayor and her Consort Cllr Lee Wilkes.

Raunds Town Council are pleased to announce that at their Annual Town Meeting held on Thursday 10th May 2016, Cllr Helen Howell was elected as Mayor for for a second term. Her consort will be Cllr Lee Wilkes. Cllr Nick Beck was elected as Deputy Mayor for the coming year and his consort will be Mrs Nicola Beck.

As part of my role as Mayor I have chosen to support The Air Ambulance. This charity is very close to my heart as a First Responder myself I know what a vital lifesaving service this is. Please visit my events page and come along and support me in aid of the The Air Ambulance Service.

As Mayor, I am not only here to represent the Town but its residents too, if you have something you wish to bring to my attention, please get in touch with the office and I will arrange a meeting.

Hearing from residents is the only way that I and the other Councillors can help so please get in touch.

Best wishes
Cllr Helen Howell
Mayor of Raunds

Raunds Mayor's Citizens Awards 2016

If you know anyone in our community who has; shown dedication to their role, is a carer, excels at music or sport, has volunteered, carried out an heroic act or just made a difference, then please do nominate them so that their contribution can be recognised.

You can download a nomination form below or call 01933 622087

Winners of the Raunds Mayor's Citizens Award 2016

The Mayor's Diary

View the Mayor's diary below.

Invite the Mayor of Raunds to your event.

The Mayor of Raunds tries to attend as many local events as possible. However it won't always be possible for the Mayor to attend every event. In normal circumstances if the Mayor is unable to attend your event they will automatically pass the invitation onto the Deputy Mayor who may be able to attend on the Mayor's behalf.

Please try to fill in as many details as possible on the form below as it will help to ensure that the Mayor has all the details they need to help support your event.

If you require any assistance in completing this form please contact Joanne on 01933 622087.

Form to invite the Mayor of Raunds Town Council to your local event

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Please give any further information about your event that will ensure the Mayor is prepared. E.g. is there a dress code? will the Mayor be required to make a speech? Hand out awards? Open the event? Please give as much detail as you can.