New mayor for Cheltenham

Published on 15th May 2018

A close up picture of the Mayor's chain

The annual inauguration of the mayor will be held at Pittville Pump Room at 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 May and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Councillor Bernard Fisher will step into his predecessor, Councillor Klara Sudbury’s, shoes and Councillor Roger Whyborn 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 Pied Piper Appeal and the Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

The Pied Piper Appeal helps to make a difference to the lives of sick and disabled children across the county by providing much needed specialist equipment, holidays and anything else that makes the lives of sick and disabled children better.

The Cheltenham Animal Shelter looks after and re-homes unwanted, stray or abandoned cats, dogs and small animals from across Gloucestershire and is funded by public donation.

To kick start the fundraising for these charities, the mayor’s charity launch appeal will take place in The Centenary Hall, Dean Close at 6.30 pm on 24 May 2018. Tickets are available by emailing Attendance is by ticket only.

Councillor Bernard Fisher, said: “I am looking forward to representing and showcasing our beautiful town this year as Mayor, meeting people from all walks of life and to help promote Cheltenham’s many attractions including the parks, gardens, festivals and tourism in general but not forgetting it is our home town as well, with a great volunteer sector who do a wonderful job in many areas.

“My two chosen charities are very worthwhile and much needed in our community and I hope to raise as much as I can on their behalf.”

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored Medal of Honour recipient for 2018 is Jan Stafford.

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 media enquiries contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 264231 or email

All media are welcome to attend the event.


Councillor Klara Sudbury in her role as mayor during 2017/18 raised over £40,000 for her chosen charities: Holly Gazzard Trust and Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.