New Mayor for Cheltenham

Published on 3rd June 2014

A close up picture of the Mayor's chain

- Wednesday 4 June, 6.30pm - Pittville Pump Room

The annual inauguration of the mayor will be held at Pittville Pump Room at 6.30pm on Wednesday 4 June and members of the public are welcome to attend. Councillor Simon Wheeler will step into his predecessor, Councillor Wendy Flynn’s, shoes and Councillor Duncan Smith will be made deputy mayor at the ceremony.

The mayor chairs the council and represents the borough at many local business and charity events throughout the year. This year, the new mayor has decided to focus his fundraising efforts towards: The Aston Project and The Butterfly Garden.

Councillor Simon Wheeler, said: “I am very much looking forward to the honour of representing Cheltenham, the town I have come to love since moving here in 1968. It will be an honour to be in a position to promote two charities that run wonderful projects for young people and for people with disabilities.

“My chosen charities carry out valuable work in the community that benefit every one of us directly or indirectly. I am looking forward to working with both of these fantastic charities over the next year. Already in the planning phase are a number of fundraising events, including the launch on Saturday 7 June at the Butterfly Garden and a Charity Race Day on Friday 12 December. I will also be doing the Cheltenham Challenge, a sponsored walk from Cheltenham Race Course. I’m hoping that lots of people will sponsor me so I can raise vital funds for the two charities. I am also planning to organise a number of exciting evening events over the forthcoming year.”

Anyone is welcome to attend annual inauguration of the mayor which is free to attend.


For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email

All media are welcome to attend the event.


The Mayor’s charities:
The Aston Project
The Butterfly Garden

The previous Mayor, Wendy Flynn, raised approximately £8,000 for her chosen charities.