Town Mayor Nick Barber May 2017 – May 2018

At its Annual Meeting of 10th May, the Town Council elected Councillor Nick Barber as the Mayor of Felixstowe for the Municipal Year 2017/18. On the same evening Cllr Graham Newman was appointed as the Deputy Mayor. On accepting the office of Mayor, Cllr Nick Barber, who has been Member of the Town Council since 2009, said: ‘Well, it has finally arrived. I am very proud and privileged to be able to serve our town as your Mayor for the Municipal year 2017/18. Ever since I became involved in politics, it has always been the one job I really wanted to do.

As a resident and town centre shop owner, living here all my life, I hope I have a good understanding of what Felixstowe is all about!

 I must pay tribute to our outgoing Mayor Cllr Jan Garfield, who has done a tremendous job. She has represented the Town locally and all over Suffolk, clocking up over 220 engagements throughout her year. Jan many congratulations, you and Jon deserve a lovely holiday and rest!

 I have chosen three charities to support this year: Felixstowe Area Dial a Ride (FACTS) our Community Transport organisation in Felixstowe who do an excellent job helping people get around; Level Two Youth Project who do sterling work within the town with our young people and are working with local authorities and schools to create a LGBT group; and, Felixstowe & Walton FC, a club which, on the pitch are going from strength to strength and are just about to open their long-awaited new Clubhouse. They have now gone from the worst facilities in their league to the best! The younger teams that operate from the Town Ground also have some 300 Children involved.

 There are lots of great fundraising events planned this year – details of which will be available very soon. If you can come and support me and my very worthy charities I would be very grateful.

For my part, I will do my best throughout the year to serve the town and of course represent and promote Felixstowe at every opportunity.’

If you would like the Mayor to attend a function in Felixstowe, or to simply ask her a question, please contact mayor@felixstowe.gov.uk

Read about the Mayor’s Charities here.

If you would like the Town Mayor to attend an event you may be organising please download and complete the Mayor Engagement Form and return to lorna.monsen@felixstowe.gov.uk.

The Mayor hosts a number of events in the Mayoral year. Key events for the Mayoral Year:

Mayor’s Civic Service
A special church service is held to bless the new Mayor which distinguished guests from the local community are invited too.

Mayor’s Civic Reception 
The new Mayor welcomes distinguished guests from the local community and announces the charity (or charities) they will be supporting during their term in office.

Mayor’s Civic Carol Service  
A special Christmas Service for distinguished guests from the local community.

A number of Charity Events are planned including:

Friday 6th October 2017 – Mayor’s Charity Pig Race at 7pm at Felixstowe Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe.  Tickets £10 per head includes nibbles and hog roast.

Thursday 26th October 2017 – Joint Bombay Nite/ Mayors Charity Event at 6.30pm for 7pm at Felixstowe Academy. Tickets £25 each  which include live music, close up magic, dancing and of course plenty of the finest Indian Cuisine 

Saturday 4th November 2017- Soul Night 7.30pm at the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe.  Music by MJ Soul. Tickets £10 each, a bar menu will be available to order on the night. 

Thursday 25th January 2018 – Mayor’s Charity Quiz Night at 7.30pm at St Johns Hall, Felixstowe.  Tickets £8 each which includes light refreshments and nibbles. Teams of upto 6 people.

Monday 5th February 2018 – Mayor’s Charity Curry Night at Bombay Nite Indian Restaurant. Further details tbc

Tuesday 13th March 2018 – Medium Night with Ryan Gooding at 7.30pm at the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe. Tickets £10 each or £12.50 on door.

Friday 27th April 2018- Mayor’s Charity Ball at The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe. Music by Ska’d for Life, Tickets £37.50 each or a table of 10 £350.00.

All tickets are available from the Mayor’s Charities:

Wendy at Level Two Youth Project (01394) 272521

Bryan at FACTS (01394) 282857

Chris at Felixstowe & Walton Unit Football Club (01394) 282627

If you require any further details please contact Lorna Monsen on 01394 288193 Email Lorna.Monsen@felixstowe.gov.uk

In addition to the events listed above, the Mayor presents the Civic Awards and may choose to hold a number of other fundraising events for their chosen charities. Details of further charity events will be published as known.