NEW MAYOR of Mossley Cllr Christine Lyness vowed to “work hard and passionately” for the town as she received her chains of office in May.
Cllr Lyness, who was elected to Mossley Town Council two years ago, took on the mantle for 2017-18 from outgoing Mayor Cllr Greg Brett at the council’s annual meeting.
Around 70 people gathered for the event last month at the Methodist Church, which was a largely ceremonial occasion to mark the handover.
Cllr Greg Brett showed an entertaining slideshow of pictures and videos covering his events and fundraising during his time in office.
Then the final £1,150 of his funds raised was shared between community groups, following the £10,000 handed out to 27 groups at his ‘Mayor’s give away’ event in April.
Five community groups were drawn out of a hat to receive the final funds: George Lawton Hall Tuesday Luncheon Club, Whit Friday Band Contest, ChildFlight, Abney Orchestra, and Emmaus Mossley.
Cllr Brett said: “I have loved representing Mossley at events in other towns and even other countries.
“Getting to meet everybody has been overwhelming. You are what makes Mossley so great. I have been very privileged and it has been fantastic.
“Thank you to the councillors for supporting me, to my Mayoress Dianne, and to my Mayor’s Committee for all their hard work. Most of all thank you to everybody in Mossley.”
Then Cllr Brett proposed Cllr Lyness become Mayor for next year, which was seconded by Cllr Lesley Bill and unanimously agreed by the other councillors.
After donning the Mayoral iconic red robes and chains, Cllr Lyness read the declaration accepting the position, and signed with a special pen gifted to her for her year in office.
Cllr Lyness, who has lived in Mossley for 43 years, was raised in North East London, but came north to university in Leeds before completing her teacher training in York.
Unable to settle back down south she returned north, taking on a job in Ashton-under-Lyne at the Grammar School and buying a house in Mossley.
She said: “During my working life I didn’t have much time to involved with community activities but I did vow when I retired that I would start giving back to the community what it has given to me over the years.
“I started going to district assemblies and was asked if I would like to be a town councillor. I put myself forward for Mayor– but got assigned to Christmas Lights instead!
“Next time around Claire Hardisty remembered I had put myself forwarded so she nominated me – and now here I am.
“Am I ready to lead the Town Council? Yes I am. Am I ready to represent the Town Council? Yes I am. Am I ready to represent the town of Mossley? Yes I am. Am I ready to attend events in Mossley and elsewhere? Yes I am. Am I ready for all the fundraising events? Yes I am.
“I promise I will work hard and passionately for Mossley and I will give it my all this year.”
During her Mayoral year, Cllr Lyness will be supported by her Mayoress Mavis Morris and Consort Paul Dowthwaite, as well as the Mayor’s fundraising committee.
Cllr Irene Raddings was voted in as Deputy Mayor, and will be supported by her husband Stuart as Deputy Mayor’s consort, and Janet Hall as Deputy Mayoress.
Cllr Lyness added: “Lesley and Greg have done a fantastic job raising money for the many community groups and I want to do the same. Everything I raise will go to local groups that work so hard for this town.”
She plans to hold the usual fundraisers including the Civic Dance, but will also introduce a Lancashire Night with entertainment from Mossley Band, and pie and peas supper.
There will also be ‘Mayor at Home’ events where the team organise an event at your house, such as a coffee morning, cheese and wine night, or a BBQ.
To get in touch with the Mayor of Mossley, Cllr Chris Lyness, call: 07720 046683 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org