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Mayor of South Ribble

Councillor Jane Bell is the Mayor of South Ribble.

She was voted in as Mayor at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

She will serve in this post until May 2022.

The Mayoress is Emma Sue Heywood - Jane's daughter.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Mayor is Councillor David Howarth, and the Deputy Mayoress is Councillor Angela Turner.

Mayor Charities

The three charities which Mayor Councillor Bell is supporting are:

Mayor information

The borough of South Ribble was formed in 1974, incorporating Walton-le-Dale Urban District, Leyland Urban District Council and Preston Rural District Council.

The mayor is the first citizen of the borough and has precedence within the borough boundaries over all except Royalty and the Lord Lieutenant.

The mayor has this title by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 and the grant of the Royal Charter conferring borough status on the district. The deputy mayor has no equivalent status.

The mayor represents the council on civic occasions and visits. If the council is hosting an event the mayor would normally receive guests. In his/her absence the deputy mayor performs this function.

The mayor is the recognised face of the council and is expected to promote the borough when attending a wide range of functions and occasions.

The role of mayor is not political, and incumbents are advised not to enter into debates of a political nature while on duty.

Mayoral Chain

Based on generally accepted custom, the mayoral chain is worn:

  • Whenever the mayor is conducting a council meeting
  • At civic events organised by the borough of South Ribble
  • At functions within the borough where the mayor is the guest of an organisation
  • Whenever royalty is present
  • At functions outside the borough if this is agreed in advance with the mayor of the borough where the function is to be held.

The mayor does not wear the chain:

  • At neighbourhood forums, working parties, informal meetings and briefings
  • At any event not scheduled on the weekly engagement sheet.

Events and fundraisers

Apart from formal civic engagements, the mayor holds regular events throughout the year to raise money for their nominated charities which anyone can buy tickets to attend. These can include concerts, banquets and days at the races, and booking is usually essential as they are always extremely popular.

Keep an eye on our events calendar via our website homepage for the latest mayoral events.

Upcoming engagements

Monday, 27 September

10.55 am    Mayor arrives at the Civic Centre to attend the Project Search official launch event, welcoming new starters to Progress Housing

Tuesday, 28 September

9.50 am      Mayor arrives at St Saviours Church, Bamber Bridge to attend the funeral of Councillor Christine Melia

Wednesday, 29 September

11.30 am    Mayor arrives at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale to attend the Mayor of Rossendale's Civic Lunch

Friday, 1 October

2.15 pm      Mayor arrives at Vernacare, Matrix Park, Buckshaw Village for the official opening of their new production facility

Sunday, 3 October

2.20 pm      Mayor arrives at St Anne's RC Church, Ormskirk to attend the Mayor of West Lancashire's Civic Sunday

Friday, 8 October

10.30 am    Mayor arrives the Coach House Garden at Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham for the official opening of the park following its restoration

8.00 pm      Mayor arrives at the Longton VM Sports and Social Club to attend their charity quiz night to raise funds for Hope for Justice

Monday, 11 October

12 noon      Mayor attends the St Catherine's Hospice AGM online via MS Teams

2.25 pm      Mayor arrives at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe to attend the Lancashire Best Kept Village Awards 2021 and Presentation of Awards Ceremony for the 2021 Competition

Wednesday, 13 October

6.25 pm      Mayor arrives at The Clay Oven, Thornton to attend the Mayor of Wyre's Charity Indian Banquet

Thursday, 14 October

5.15 pm      Mayor arrives at the Civic Centre to meet and recognise the winners of the South Ribble in Bloom competition

Friday, 15 October

1.15 pm      Mayor arrives at Rococco Coffee Lounge to host an Afternoon Tea event

Tuesday, 21 October

tbc               Mayor arrives at Buckshaw Hospital for their official launch



For more information or to book tickets for a mayoral event, you can contact the mayor's secretary on 01772 625542.

You can download a booking form for the Mayor.  Icon for pdf Mayor booking form [72.59KB]


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