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The Council held its Annual Meeting on Thursday 18th May and is pleased to announce that Councillor Linda Wallraven has been elected as Mayor of Seaford for the coming Municipal Year.

Having served as Mayor for two years in 2011 to 2013, Councillor Wallraven is thrilled to be back in office, supported by her close friend and consort, Liz Holland.

Councillor Wallraven is the Council’s longest serving Councillor, being in her tenth year in office. Councillor Wallraven also took on the additional duty of District Councillor for Lewes District Council in 2015.

Upon receiving the chain of Office, Councillor Wallraven thanked Councillor Lindsay Freeman for all that she had done and achieved during her year in Office as Mayor, with the support of her consort, husband, Councillor Nick Freeman.

Immediately following the election of Mayor, the Council voted Councillor Mark Brown to the position of Deputy Mayor of Seaford; having taken this on originally in October 2016.  Councillor Brown served as Mayor of Seaford from January 2014 to May 2016, putting him in good stead to support Councillor Wallraven as Mayor.  

(L to R: Seaford’s Sergeant-at-Mace and Town Crier, Peter White; 2016/2017 Mayor, Councillor Lindsay Freeman; 2017/2018 Mayor, Councillor Linda Wallraven; 2017/2018 Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mark Brown.)

Mayor's Charity

Councillor Wallraven has announced her chosen charity to raise funds for during her time in the Mayoral Office as Seaford Lifeguards.

Seaford Lifeguards were established in 1970 providing a volunteer Lifeguard service on Seaford beach. Seaford lifeguards are voluntary lifeguards whose aims are to keep Seaford Bay free from danger, to prevent loss of life from drowning by training people from all walks of life in water safety, first aid, boat handling, radio operation and resuscitation. Seaford Beach is patrolled at weekends and Bank Holidays from May to September, between 1000 and 1800hrs warning beach users of the dangers of their activities, and carrying out rescues when required.

The contribution of the voluntary lifeguards to the town, its residents and the safety of the beach is immeasurable. The Mayor looks forward to helping raise funds for such an important cause.

Mayors Report January 2018

Some seventy engagements have now been attended leading upto Christmas with December proving busy with a number of Carol Services in our neighbouring towns and a Vesper Service at Arundel Cathedral which was very special.  I also had my own Carol Service at St. Andrew's Church Bishopstone, the church was almost full and was lovely to see so many familiar faces and was able to chat to at the reception which followed.  The retiring collection raised £221, thank you to all who donated. 

It was with great regret that Seaford Bonfire Society had to cancel their event in October due to gale force winds but safety had to come first, they say they will come back bigger and better this year and hopefully the weather will be kind.  This is such an amazing event for our town and for everyone to enjoy.

Then there was Christmas Magic what an eventful day that was, with so many events and activities going on.  Kevin Gordon did a Guided History Tour of the Town Centre which concluded with refreshments in the Council Chamber where he explained the history of the Council's Regalia.  Thank you to Kevin who donated the proceeds to my Mayoral Charity (Seaford Lifeguards).

Together with the Chamber of Commerce we presented awards to the Best Shop Windows, the shops do an amazing job with their displays and it was very hard to choose the overall winner.  I must mention the Lantern Parade, there were so many and they looked great as they paraded along the streets.  Thank you to the organizing committee and the volunteers for such a successful day.

I had an interesting invite to Cradle Hill Primary School who were supporting 'Children in Need'.  I was asked to judge 92 cakes lovingly made by the children/parents!  To my relief I didn't have to taste all those cakes but judge the decoration the theme being 'Pugsy' a very hard job indeed.  Then Pugsy came along to the delight of the children.  As school ended the cakes were auctioned or sold, all proceeds went to Children in Need.

Well done Tom on a very enjoyable day at The Bluebell Railway, so well organised and I'm looking forward to his Hampton Court trip.

Remembrance Sunday was a nice crisp sunny morning with lots of people turning out for the 'Act of Remembrance' at the War Memorial followed by a Church Service at St. Leonard's.  The following Tuesday was the Commonwealth Memorial Service at Seaford Cemetery  with representation from Canada, Ireland and West Indies who come yearly for this service and visit the War Graves of those who lost their lives during the First World War and was followed by a reception at the Royal British Legion.

Here's looking for an eventful 2018 and wish you all a Healthy and Happy Year.

Past Mayors

Each year at its Annual Meeting the Council must elect a Mayor as first point of bsuiness; the Mayor then serves in office for the Municipal Year (May to May).

The Council is lucky to have had such a variety of Mayor's since its formation in 1999, each with their own aspirations for their time in office and with unswerving dedication to their roles. Often, as the Mayor, they would receive an invite to an engagement on a weekly basis, some weeks as special occasions there may even be three or four engagements - this is on top of their duties and responsiblities as a Councillor, and all carried out voluntarily.

The Council offers its gratitude to those former Mayors of Seaford:

2016-2017: Councillor Lindsay Freeman
2015-2016: Councillor Dave Argent
2014-2015: Councillor Mark Brown
2013-2014: Councillor Anthony White
2011-2012: Councillor Linda Wallraven
2010-2011: Councillor Robert Allen
2009-2010: Councillor Tracy Willis
2008-2009: Councillor Carolyn Lambert
2007-2008: Councillor Ralph Taylor
2006-2007: Councillor Rosemary Collict
2005-2006: Councillor Marion Lambert
2004-2005: Councillor Kenneth Davies
2003-2004: Councillor Jon Freeman
2002-2003: Councillor Dr Jill Rosser
2001-2002: Councillor Leslie Whittle
2000-2001: Councillor Arthur James
1999-2000: Councillor Laurence Holland

 

 

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