Published on 16th May 2016

A close up picture of the Mayor's chain

The annual inauguration of the mayor will be held at Cheltenham Town Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday 18 May.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Councillor Chris Ryder will step into her predecessor, Councillor Duncan Smith’s, shoes and Councillor Klara Sudbury 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 her fundraising efforts towards: CCP (County Community Projects) and St Vincent’s and St George’s.

CCP exists to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults through prevent homelessness, strengthening families and promoting independence.

St Vincent’s and St Georges is inspirational charity supporting over 200 people with severe and complex disabilities.

To kick start the fundraising for these charities, the mayor’s charity launch appeal will take place on Saturday 21 May at St Vincent’s and St Georges Association, Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham. Attendance is by invitation only.

Councillor Chris Ryder, said: “I am really looking forward to representing Cheltenham this year as mayor. I’m proud to be able to promote the town and all that it has to offer especially our amazing volunteer groups and beautiful parks and gardens.

“I love meeting people and learning about their different causes, and hope to get involved wherever I can. I’ve chosen to work with two wonderful Cheltenham-based charities, CCP and St Vincent’s and St George’s. Both give much needed care to our communities and I’m pleased to be able to support them.”

The Medal of Honour recipient for 2016 is Wendy Mills for her services to the community and Sue Ryder.

There will be five honorary aldermen this year, all of which have been past mayors: Barbara Driver, Jacky Fletcher, Anne Regan, John Rawson and Duncan Smith.

Anyone is welcome to attend annual inauguration of the mayor. Admission is free but by ticket only. To apply for tickets, please contact Jennie Ingram on 01242 264108 or

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

All media are welcome to attend the event.

The Mayor’s charities for 2016 are CCP and St Vincent’s and St George’s

Councillor Duncan Smith in his role as mayor during 2015/16 raised over £25,000 for his chosen charities; Maggie’s and Cotswold RDA.