Introduction to Buckingham's new Mayor
Cllr. Geraldine Collins was elected unanimously as the new Town Mayor on Monday 11th May 2020. She is the first Mayor of Buckingham to have been elected and robed online. She was formally robed by her husband Councillor Paddy Collins in their home during an online meeting which was watched over YouTube by residents and friends in Buckingham and overseas. Paddy Collins will be the Mayor’s consort for the year.
Short History of the Role
Cllr. Geraldine Collins is the 255th Mayor of Buckingham since 1684. Buckingham is a 2,000-year-old town whose first Royal Charter in 1554 from Queen Mary I created an elected role of Bailiff. A role that also included Justice of the Peace. The second Royal Charter in 1664 from King Charles II made the Bailiff and the Burgesses; Alderman. Alderman are now Councillors, but the role of Mayor remains.
The Mayor's Chaplain
The Mayor’s Chaplain is Reverend William Pearson-Gee and he is the Rector at Buckingham’s Parish Church. His role is to support the Mayor at civic services and help guide her during her term.
The Mayor's charities are both local registered charities.
Clearly Speaking is a great support to children, young people and their families, dealing with a variety of emotional needs; i.e. autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, anxiety disorders, depression, communication and mental health. Their registered charity number is 1165524.
Kit Cat Club
A group for children from the ages of 5-14 years old, supporting families through very difficult times. The Kit Cat Club aims to reach families who have a real need and give them a break by supporting their children with everyday things. Their registered charity number is 1128704.
If you would like to donate to the Mayor's charities: Clearly Speaking and Kit Cat Club, then donate directly to Buckingham Town Council Mayor's Charity Fund via Bank Transfer.
Account Name: Buckingham Town Council Mayor's Charity
Account Number: 06678744
Sort Code: 30-91-39
You can also donate to the Mayor's charities via cheque. Please send any cheques to The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP.
Cash donations can also be made at Buckingham Town Council events.