Raunds Town Council

Serving the people of Raunds

Cllr Richard Levell, Raunds Town Mayor and his consort Mrs Magdalana Levell 2018  - 2019

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

Over £700 raised for Stroke Association at the Mayor of Raunds Burns Night celebration

Cllr Richard Levell, Mayor of Raunds celebrated Burns Night in style on Saturday 26th January at Jester's Bistro Raunds.

Joined by the Mayoress, Mrs Magdalena Levell, the Mayor welcomed local residents, visiting Mayors and other guests. The guests enjoyed a Burns Night Supper and the customary traditions, while raising funds for the Stroke Association, which is the Mayor's chosen Charity for 2018-19.

Cllr Levell said, "My thanks to all those who attended and helped to raise over £700 for the Stroke Association. It was a great evening enjoyed by all. Particular thanks must go to Jester's Bistro for hosting the event and providing us with a splendid haggis supper".

As well as raising funds for the Stroke Association, over £150 was raised to assist students from Manor School who are going on a school trip to Ecuador, where they will volunteer to help improve the lives of local people as well as develop life-changing personal skills. The young people (pictured) ran a raffle and waited on tables during the evening.

May-or I help you??

On 28th September Cllr Richard Levell swapped his Mayoral chain for an apron and took part in the Biggest Coffee Morning at Jester's Bistro in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cllr Levell waited on tables at the busy bistro for the morning where they raised over £350 in memory of chef Daniel Webster who died of cancer in January aged just 25.

Charity Wine Tasting Evening

On Saturday 22nd September, Cllr Levell hosted his Charity Wine Tasting evening at the Saxon Hall in aid of his chosen charity The Stroke Association. Guest were tested on their knowledge of wine whilst being served by students from Manor School who helped for the evening to raise funds for their trip to Ecuador.

71st Birthday of the USAF

On 21st September Raunds Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell and his consort, Magdalena Levell were honoured to represent Raunds in celebrating the 71st Birthday of the United States Air Force. They joined the servicemen and women from 501st Combat Support Wing in the UK, and host for the evening Colonel Ron Cheatham.

Ashfield House celebrates 10th Anniversary

On Wednesday 5th September 2018 Raunds Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell was invited to Ashfield House's 10th Anniversary. The afternoon included a buffet lunch, live music and a look back over the past 10 years. 13 members of staff received certificates for 10 years service which show the dedication they have and what a great and rewarding place it is to work.

Supporting MacMillan Coffee Day

On Friday 6th July, Mayor of Raunds, Cllr Richard Levell visited Mary and Terry Frisby of Langham Road at their MacMillan cake and coffee day. Mr and Mrs Frisby have been holding coffee and cake days in support of MacMillan for the past 3 years and have raised almost £1000 for the worthy charity. The couple received donations of bric-a-brac from local residents to sell at their coffee day and Mary spent hours baking delicious cakes. Terry said 'We both think that the MacMillan nurses do a fantastic job and we are more than happy to give our time up if it makes some money in order that they can help families through very difficult times.'

Weekend of Local Support

Saturday 9th June was a busy day for Cllr Richard Levell and his consort. In the morning they had their car washed by the staff and pupils at Windmill Primary School, together with members of the Police and Fire Brigade. The money raised was shared between Windmill School and the Fire Brigade's Charity. The highlight was one 5-year old, part of the car polishing squad, jumping up at the window to dab it with a cloth. Such enthusiasm! In the early afternoon, Cllr Levell opened the new all-weather play area and log cabin at Playmates Pre-School. More than 50 staff, parents and supporters attended to take advantage of the fine weather, the BBQ and the stalls, and watch the toddlers use the new play equipment. The new amenities were made available as a result of much hard work fundraising by staff, parents and friends, so well done to all. In the evening, Cllr and Magdalena Levell went to the Raunds Town Youth Football Club to present participation and achievement prizes to 7 teams aged 5 to 15. The function room at the Football Club was overflowing with the families and supporters of the players - youth football in Raunds is certainly alive and kicking!

Windmill Primary School Charity Car Wash

Opening of Playmates Pre-School new all-weather play area and log cabin

Theo receiving participation awards for the under 7.

Max receiving participation awards for the under 6 team.

Sing-a-long on the Square

The Mayor, Councillor Richard Levell and the Mayoress, Magdalena Levell, together with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lee Wilkes, and Councillor Helen Howell joined the Raunds Community Choir for their "singalong" on Tuesday evening. The Choir braved the elements and sang in the new covered seating/performing arts area in the Town Square, entertaining passers-by for nearly an hour. Anyone interested in joining the Choir should contact 01933 741 062.

Back to school!!

On Friday 18th May Raunds Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell, visited 3 schools in Raunds to introduce himself and meet the principle, staff and pupils.

He spent the morning at St Peters and Park Infants where they gave him a tour of their schools and he was able to see some of the great work they do.

In the afternoon he attended Windmill Schools Green Flag Ceremony. Windmill Primary set up an Eco-Committee of children of all ages to participate in the national Eco-Schools project. They have achieved Green Flag status, which is the equivalent of a gold standard.

Raunds Film Afternoon

On Wednesday 16th May Raunds Town Council hosted our monthly film afternoon at Saxon Hall. Raunds Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell opened proceedings by welcoming over 80 guests. Now in its 10th month its popularity is growing and as well as its regular film-goers we are seeing new-comers every month. Amongst our screenings we have shown great films such as :- Florence Foster Jenkins, Hope Springs, Young Victoria, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls, Victoria and Abdul and Their Finest. June's film is set to be the most popular yet and we welcome everyone along to watch and enjoy the recent phenomenon that is The Greatest Showman. Whether you've already seen it or have been eager to catch it now is your chance. Call 01933 622087 to reserve your seat for 20th June.

Raunds Film Afternoon at Saxon Hall.

Mayor Making

On Tuesday 15th May Raunds Mayor, Cllr Levell and his consort attended the Rushden Town Council Mayor Making ceremony. Cllr Levell is pictured with his consort Magdalena Levell, Rushden Mayor Cllr David Coleman and his consort Cllr Melanie Coleman.

First official engagement

On Sunday 13th May Raunds Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell and his consort attended their first official joint engagement at the Indian Brasserie in Northampton for the Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council Cllr Dudley Hughes and Cllr Sylvia Hughes 'End of Term' dinner.

New covered seating area opened

On May 10th Representatives from East Northamptonshire Council presented Cllr Levell with a plaque to recognise the funding received for the project.

Picture from left to right shows:

Cllr Lee Wilkes, Raunds Town Council, Cllr Richard Levell, Raunds Town Council Mayor of Raunds, Cllr Steve North: Leader East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury: Chairman East Northamptonshire Council.

Cllr Richard Levell, Raunds Mayor 2018/19

We are pleased to advise that at our Annual Meeting of the Town Council on 8th May 2018 Councillor Richard Levell was elected Town Mayor for the 2018/19 Civic Year. Cllr Levell's consort for his Mayoral year will be Mrs Magdalena Levell.

Councillor Lee Wilkes 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 or emailed to councillor@raunds-tc.gov.uk

Raunds Annual Town Assembly

On Thursday 26th April 2018 Raunds Town Council hosted its Annual Town Assembly. The Town Assembly is an opportunity for local groups, businesses and organisations to showcase what they have accomplished over the last year. This years event saw amazing support from local residents as over 100 people joined Raunds Mayor, Cllr Nick Beck as he reported on his Mayoral year whilst fellow Councillors were available to answer questions on their Committee's achievements over the last year.

Amongst the exhibitions were 2nd Raunds Scout Group, Raunds Community Church, Raunds District Girl guiding, Raunds Community Choir, Royal British Legion, Friends of the Library, 1st Raunds Brownies, Manor School Zanzibar Trip, Park Infant School, Windmill Junior School, St Peters C of E School, Raunds Library Management Group, Jamie Poole Art Classes, First Responders and Raunds Round Up.

Raunds Mayor, Cllr Nick Beck also chose the evening to present his Civic Awards. These awards were presented to deserving people of whom had been nominated by a member of the public. Details of the Civic Award winners can be found here.

The evening was finished off with music from Manor School while guests enjoyed refreshments and Hog Roast on the terrace.

Queens Birthday celebrations

On Saturday 21st April, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Levell and his consort Magdalena Levell visited Ashfield House care home in support of their celebration of the Queen's birthday.

Burn's Night

Raunds Mayor, Cllr Nick Beck held a Burn's Night at The Snooks on Friday 26th January. The evening was filled with songs and recitals from actor Michael Nardone accompanied by a Piper. During the traditional Scottish meal the Mayor 'Addressed the Haggis' and joined in a tuneful rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

A close shave for charity

On Wednesday 17th January 2018 Raunds Mayor, Cllr Nick Beck was invited to Manor School to witness English teacher Mr Guest and Principle Mr Davenport have their heads shaved to help raise money for the upcoming school trips to Zanzibar and Ecuador. Click here for more on this story

When the Beavers met the Mayor

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.