History was made in Bradley Stoke last night (Wednesday 16th May) at the Town Council’s AGM when Cllr Charlotte Walker (Con, Lakeside) was elected as Town Mayor for the coming year and so become the youngest female Mayor in the country.
Cllr Walker, who has lived in Bradley Stoke since she was 11, became the town’s youngest ever Councillor last year and was promptly elected Vice-Chair of the Council by her colleagues.
At 24, Cllr Walker is three years younger than fellow Lakeside Ward representative Cllr Robert Jones was in 2008 when he took office as Mayor, at that time the youngest in the town’s history.
Cllr Jones, who acts as Press Spokesperson for the Town Council, was full of praise for his colleague saying:
“Charlotte has proven herself a fast learner in the last year and I’m sure she’ll make an excellent Mayor. The other Councillors and I are looking forward to working with her in the year ahead.”
Charlotte however isn’t getting carried away with the accolade of Britain’s youngest female Mayor and insists she just wants to do her best for the town’s 20,000+ residents saying:
“People are making a big deal about my age, but there are younger Mayors than me, it just so happens that they’re all men.”
“I’m just focusing on doing my best for the people of Bradley Stoke.”
If Charlotte needs any advice in her new role she won’t need to look far as she takes over the chain from older brother Ben, who steps down after two years in the role and is set to take the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council next week, assuming he survives a smear campaign against him that has surfaced in the last week.
The ambitious Mr Walker, who is rumoured to fancy himself as an MP, looks like he will continue to play a prominent role in Bradley Stoke politics as he allowed himself to be nominated to serve on all three of the Town Council’s committees for the coming year.
The outgoing Mayor’s last duty of office was to hand over cheques for £4,245.60 each to his two chosen charities for the year, The Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group and 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.
Photo (L-R): Sara Messenger (Treasurer) and Gill Smith (Committee Member) of the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group receive a cheque from outgoing Bradley Stoke Mayor Cllr Ben Walker.
Photo (L-R): Clive Mason (Chair), William March and Edward March of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group receive a cheque from outgoing Bradley Stoke Mayor Cllr Ben Walker.
The new Mayor’s charities for the coming year were announced as the Alzheimer’s Society Sports and Social Club (which meets at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre) and the Have a Heart campaign (supporting Childline).
Earlier in the day, Ms Walker was interviewed (as Mayor-elect) on BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show. Listen again here (for the next seven days).
Lead photo: New Mayor Cllr Charlotte Walker receives the chain of office from her predecessor (and elder brother) Cllr Ben Walker.
[Ed: The claim that Ms Walker is "Britain's youngest female Mayor" comes from the Town Council and has not been verified by The Journal.]
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