Last week’s Annual General Meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council saw councillors select their new Mayor for the ensuing year, bringing to an end Cllr Charlotte Walker’s year’s term in office.
Cllr Walker was selected as Mayor last May, becoming the youngest female Mayor in the country.
Prior to presenting the chain of office to new Mayor Cllr Brian Hopkinson, she said:
“Firstly, I would like to express my thanks to Sharon and all the Bradley Stoke Town Council staff. They continue to work endlessly for the community and are definitely the hard working members of the council team.”
“I would also like to say thank you to all the town councillors who continue to actively work in the best interests of the town and the residents.”
As Mayor and Chair of Council I have tried to remain impartial to party politics and make decisions based on what I felt was best for the community. I can only hope that the next Chair continues this and the council as whole can remain transparent.”
“Over the past year, I have learnt a lot about myself and some of my fellow councillors. I will take this forward with me for the future.”
“Finally, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair and Mayor and would like to say thank you for providing me with the opportunity to represent Bradley Stoke.”
Cllr Walker also presented two cheques to her chosen ‘charities of the year’ who have benefited from donations and money raised by the council during her term. The first was to ‘Alzheimer’s Society – Bradley Stoke Sports & Social Club’ with a cheque for £4,075.88 and the second to ‘Have a Heart – ChildLine Appeal’ for £3,862.74.
The new Mayor, Cllr Brian Hopkinson, represents the Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge ward for South Gloucestershire Council and the Primrose Bridge ward for the town council.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Hopkinson said:
“Bradley Stoke is a fantastic place full of many different things to do and get involved with. In this coming year I will look to build on the great work already achieved and help to increase community participation as one of my key achievements.”
Source: Press release from Bradley Stoke Town Council
Photo: Heart Bristol Presenters Paris Troy, Paulina Gillespie and Ed Palmer with the outgoing Mayor’s charity cheque.
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