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History of the Mayor

Macebearer with Mace

The Office of Mayor was brought to this country by the Normans; the earliest recorded Mayor of Christchurch was John Leshelm in 1297.

The Roll of Mayors lists all the Mayors of the Borough, from 1297 to the present day, and hangs in the council chamber at the Civic Offices.

Duties of the Mayor

Today the Office of Mayor has slightly less power, but is still considered a vital member of the Borough. The Mayor's duties include:

  • Representing the council as first citizen and Civic Head of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions and wearing the Robe and Chain of Office on such occasions as required
  • Receiving civic guests and providing appropriate hospitality
  • Holding honorary offices as President or member of certain local charities/organisations
  • Launching appeals within the Borough to raise funds for specific charitable purposes
  • Not becoming involved in party politics either at Council Committee meetings or at functions

As the first citizen, the Mayor:

  • Identifies themes and causes he/she wishes to promote
  • Is an unashamed, passionate champion of the Borough
  • Heads up charity appeals etc.
  • Promotes local businesses and organisations when appropriate

Please contact the Mayor's Secretary with any questions about the Mayoralty not answered by the pdf files above. A list of frequently asked questions will then be posted on this page.

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