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
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