It's not about pol­i­tics, per­sonal agen­das, or ego; it's about the com­mu­nity, im­prov­ing the lives of our res­i­dents and do­ing things for oth­ers – Mark Vivis, the new mayor of Amer­sham

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A COUN­CIL­LOR who has served Che­sham for 40 years has been elected as the town’s mayor for the third time.

Coun­cil­lor Noel Brown was elected as the town’s new mayor on Mon­day at Che­sham Town Coun­cil’s An­nual Coun­cil Meet­ing.

He was handed the chains by out­go­ing mayor and fel­low Con­ser­va­tive Coun­cil­lor Peter Hud­son.

Mr Brown is also celebrating 40 years since he was first elected onto Che­sham Town Coun­cil, known then at Che­sham Ur­ban District Coun­cil.

This is Mr Brown’s third time be­ing mayor, al­though there has been a gap of more than 20 years since he last held the role.

Mr Brown said: “Ob­vi­ously it’s an hon­our to be mayor. I’ve been on Che­sham Town Coun­cil for 40 years, which is quite a while.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed be­ing on Che­sham Town Coun­cil on ground level be­cause you can get in­volved lo­cally and find out what’s hap­pen­ing and what the public want you to sort. I’m very am­bi­tious to sup­port the town’s vol­un­teers and groups, es­pe­cially those look­ing af­ter the el­derly and young­sters.”

Mr Brown has cho­sen Che­sham-based char­i­ties The Theatre Shed and Arctic One as his may­oral char­i­ties.

Con­ser­va­tive Coun­cil­lor Emily Cul­ver­house was unan­i­mously voted to be the town’s new deputy mayor.

Miss Cul­ver­house is ‘hon­oured’ to be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of a pre­vi­ous E.Cul­ver­house, her great grand­fa­ther Ed­ward Cul­ver­house who was chair­man of the Che­sham Ur­ban District Coun­cil, the fore­run­ner to the mod­ern day mayor, in 1936.

In 1936, Mr Cul­ver­house had two new grand­daugh­ters, both of whom were present at Mon­day’s cer­e­mony and one of whom is Miss Cul­ver­house’s mother.

Hav­ing Googled Che­sham in 1936, all Miss Cul­ver­house found was that a pet swan named Leila was helped into a car where it en­joyed a ride to the shops.

Its owner, Mr Wat­son, said that Leila had been a fam­ily pet for two years, could open doors and was a good guard dog.

Miss Cul­ver­house joked that she hoped per­haps the lo­cal geese could be trained up in the same way.

She added: “With mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and an ex­cel­lent team of Coun­cil­lors, I ex­pected that Che­sham will leave more be­hind for the fu­ture in 2016 and I look for­ward to work­ing with new mayor Noel Brown to achieve this.”

Chains of of­fice: Noel Brown and his deputy Emily Cul­ver­house

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