2023/24 At the Annual Meeting held on 15 May 2023 Councillor Mark Purser was elected as Mayor of March Town Council. Councillor Gary Christy was elected as his Deputy.
On 7 August 2023, Cllr Mark Purser resigned from his position on March Town Council as Mayor or March due to ill health. Cllr Kim French was duly elected as his successor as Mayor of March for the remainder of the 2023/2024 term.
A Mayor is elected by Town Councillors every year at the Annual Meeting in May. The Mayor is elected for a 12-month term. However, they may serve for more than one year if re-elected.
Duties and responsibilities of The Mayor
As Mayor of March, Councillor French has a number of duties and responsibilities:
- presiding over council meetings and, in the case of equality of votes, he has a second or casting vote
- promoting and raising awareness of the council’s main objectives and priority issues
- encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in March by attending civic and public events
- receiving distinguished visitors to the town
- acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of March at civic functions
- acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
- providing an appropriate response on behalf of March at times of local, national and international catastrophe
- supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
- promoting March’s business, commercial, cultural and social life
- promoting March as a place of excellence in which to do business and as a tourist destination.
Addressing the Mayor
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the Mayor, the usual form of address is simply ‘ Mister Mayor’, or, for example, “and so, I’d like to welcome Councillor Mark Purser, Mayor of March.”
If you are speaking to the Mayor in conversation, the correct title remains ‘Mister Mayor’.
If you would like to write to the Mayor, you should address your letter to ‘ The Mayor, Councillor Mark Purser. You can also abbreviate this to ‘ Mayor, Councillor Mark Purser’.
You should also begin your letter with ‘Dear Mister Mayor’.
Contact us: March Town Council
March Cambs PE15 9JF
2022/23 At the Annual Meeting 9 May 2022 Councillor Kim French was nominated and accepted the office of Mayor. Councillor Mark Purser was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Photo of outgoing Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors.
Back – left to right: Sally Taylor, Assistant Clerk, Cllr Jan French, Cllr Rob White, Cllr Gary Tustin.
Front – left to right: Sarah Lemmon, Town Clerk, Cllr Ruth Johnson, Mayor Cllr Kim French, Deputy Mayor Cllr Mark Purser and Cllr Stephen Court.
2019/20 At the Annual Meeting 13 May 2019 Councillor Rob Skoulding was nominated and accepted the post of Mayor.
2018/19 At the Annual Meeting 14 May 2018 Councillor Jan French was nominated and accepted the post of Mayor.
Councillor Kit Owen was elected Deputy Mayor
2017/18 At the Annual Meeting 15 May 2017 Councillor Kim French was nominated and accepted the post of Mayor. She was elected unanimously, gave a brief introductory speech of her aspirations and signed her “Declaration of Office”. She thanked the outgoing Mayor for all his efforts and stated that she would do everything in her power to carry out her duties for the benefit of the people of March. Councillor Mrs Jan French was elected Deputy Mayor.
Picture courtesy Fenland Citizen
Mayor Andrew Donnelly was pleased to show his support for The Merchant Navy.
The Chief Executive of the Federation of Merchant Mariners Derek Bristow thanked everyone for their support in commemorating the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Merchant Navy who have for many years felt that their part in war and conflict had been overlooked.
Cambridgeshire sent a resounding message of appreciation, a salute that will reassure all merchant seafarers that the service is held in the highest esteem.
Picture courtesy Cllr Mark Purser
ANNUAL ASSEMBLY PHOTOGRAPHS
Annual Assembly 24 April 2018
Annual Assembly 24 April 2017
The Annual Assembly photograph 18 April 2016. The Mayor Councillor Rob Skoulding and Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Donnelly. Absent from the photograph is Councillor Malcolm George.
Picture courtesy Cllr. Mark Purser
The Annual Assembly photograph 22 April 2013. The Mayor 2012/13 Councillor Jan French and 2013/14 Mayor elect Councillor Andrew Pugh whose term commenced at the Annual Meeting 13 May 2013.
The Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor will represent the town at Civic occasions hosted by other local authorities and will host Civic occasions to which dignitaries of other local authorities are invited. The towns Civic occasions are: Civic Service, Remembrance Day Parade, Carol Service, Mayors Charity Dinner and Ball, Mayors Charity Evening.
The Mayor and/or Deputy will attend many events, well in excess of 80, during the year.