THE MAYOR


The annual Mayor Making Ceremony was somewhat different this year being held remotely without the traditional Robes, but none the less the votes were cast, appointing Cllr Jonathan Pallant as Mayor of St Ives, Mrs Carrie Pallant as the Mayoress, and Cllr Pasco Hussein as Deputy Mayor. 

The Mayor's term of office is twelve months, during which time the Mayor and Mayoress will have a very busy schedule. Its not all about appearing at Civic events, the role also involves raising awareness of local groups, helping to promote the Town, arranging fund raising events to support local Charities and organisations, as well as continuing to work for the Community in the capacity of Town Councillor.

 

This year may well see the role becoming a little more creative as we all adjust to life during these challenging times.


If you would like to contact the Mayor, please email or call the Mayor's Secretary.

civic@stivestowncouncil.gov.uk

01480 388931

Introduction from The Mayor

 

My name is Jonathan Pallant and I am the Town Mayor for St Ives for the Civic Year 2020/21. I grew up not far away in the village of Hardwick, and after some time away at University and with work, I returned to the Fenland town of March in 2009, and then to St Ives in 2013. I live on Comet Way with Carrie, my wife, our two girls Scarlett (9) and Amelia (6), and Bella, our lab-collie cross. I used to work in Cambridge, but these days my day job is as an engineer at a product development firm based on the edge of town. Ordinarily, of course, this would be a short cycle ride away, but recently I’ve been working from my small home office.

 

Those of you who know me already will know I’m a big supporter of green transport, and am keen to support initiatives to make it easier to walk, cycle and e-bike around town. Of course, sometimes a car or van is still the most practical option, and I’d like to help make sure people can access the infrastructure that would make an Electric Vehicle a viable option.

 

I love St Ives for many reasons. It’s a beautiful town, with some wonderful old buildings and delightful views down by the river. But it has also managed to grow without losing that charm, providing a home to many thriving small-businesses, which are so important to a town’s economy, as well as offering much needed housing, intermixed with plentiful green spaces and meandering footpaths. But of course, above all, St Ives is defined by its people, and I have been staggered by the efforts of all the hard-working volunteers in the town, working away in their groups and charities, to make life better for other people. I want all these volunteers to know that I see you, I thank you for your tireless efforts, and that I want to to use my year as Town Mayor to shine a spotlight on all your efforts. In particular at this time, I want to highlight the work of Timebank, the St Ives Foodbank, and all those part of the St Ives Community Hub, who have been working together to help make sure that those people in need in our town are being supported in these difficult times.

 

For all these reasons, St Ives is a place I’m proud to call my home, and I look forward to working with everyone to make sure St Ives remains a great place to live, work and visit, even as we move through these uncertain times.

 

If you have any questions for me, or would like to tell me about an amazing group working in the town, you can reach me on civic@stivestowncouncil.gov.uk

You can also follow the Town Council’s activities on Twitter (@stivestowncounc), Facebook (facebook.com/stivestowncouncil) and on our website (www.stivestowncouncil.gov.uk).

 


 

The Mayoral Year

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The Farmers Market re-opens for Business

Saturday 16th May saw the return of our Farmers Market - albeit a scaled down version for the time being. Hopefully circumstances will allow the Market to slowly return to its usual capacity over the coming months.

The Mayor paid a visit in order to support the local Traders on the day with his shopping list, along with a willing helper for the shopping ! 

 

 

 The Show must go on !!

Despite our new restricted life style, and the number of Summer events sadly cancelled, St Ives Carnival could not be thwarted.

Homes across the Town were invited to create a Carnival Float at their House for a virtual Carnival procession. The response was amazing, so we must thank the Carnival organisers and all those who took part for their ingenious efforts. 

The Mayor and Mayoress, along with their two Children and  Deputy Mayor Cllr Pasco Hussain, took part in the judging of the Virtual Parade on the 11th July, and the winning Floats are pictured here along with a selection of other entries on the day.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did ! 







Michaelmas Fair

 

 

 

Michaelmas Fair was certainly not the event we know and love that normally heralds in the Autumn months..

As social distancing is not something easily achieved at an event such as the opening of the Fair, or indeed the nightly openings there after, it was decided sadly to postpone the visit until next year.

The Mayor however, in keeping with tradition, still read out the Proclomation before the Chairman of the Showman's Guild accompanied by the Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and the Mace Bearer. 

 

Photographs curtesy of Tom Rawlinson. 


Remembrance Day

 

Remembrance Day and Armistice Day were marked very differently to previous years due to the social restrictions of COVID 19, but despite the low key Ceremony, the service was as moving and relevant as has always been.

A number of people stopped in the Town to pay their respects while wreathes were laid and the two minute silence observed. For those unable to attend, the proceedings were recorded and can be watched on-line. The details of which can be found on our Face Book Page.

The Mayor would also like to thank all those who helped in the organisation of Remembrance and those who took part, as well as everyone joining from the pavement for maintaining social distancing.

Hopefully next year will see the return of better days and the Parade! 

Photographs curtesy of Tom Rawlinson.