Introduction to Buckingham's new Mayor
Cllr. Margaret Gateley was elected unanimously as the new Town Mayor on Monday 17th May 2021. Paul Gateley will be the Mayor’s consort for the year.
Cllr. Margaret Gateley was delighted to be chosen. “As I take on the role of mayor, I am conscious of the rich history of our town. I look forward to representing Buckingham at events and to encourage community groups during the coming months as we enjoy our renewed freedoms. My main priorities are the climate emergency and our town’s recovery from the pandemic.”
Short History of the Role
Cllr. Margaret Gateley is the 256th 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 Tim Edworthy and he is the Minister at Buckingham’s Well Street United 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.
Project Street Life
During the 1980s and 90s it was recognised that there was a need for a meeting place in Buckingham for young people for whom the structured youth clubs and youth organisations had no appeal.
One group were Christians from the churches in Buckingham who believed that God was very much behind this initiative, and were inspired by the belief that ‘love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person’.
With much prayer and fund-raising Project Street Life was established in October 2000, with a mission to provide a safe place to meet for young people who are at risk from involvement with alcohol, drugs, antisocial behaviour and crime.
Following several changes of venue in the town centre, PSL is now located at Lace Hill Community Centre. Club night is Friday from 7pm – 9pm and it is open for all youth in years 5 - 11.
We are a registered charity which is funded through generous donations from individuals and organisations, as well as fund-raising events and some grant applications.
We have a number of volunteers and some paid sessional workers. We have a PSL Project Coordinator and a group of Trustees who manage and support the Frontline Team.
Our aim is to provide a place for the youth of Buckingham to come and
enjoy the company of others in a safe and supportive environment. Our weekly activities include Pool, PlayStation 4, Table tennis, Crafts, Cooking, Woodwork, Music, Drama and Arts and we also run a number of activities and events outside the regular club night, such as activity days and residential trips.
Community Care North Bucks
Community Care North Bucks is a local charity run by volunteers meeting the needs of the local community.
Currently the charity offers the following services:
- Adult Carers Support Group which aims to improve the quality of life for unpaid adult carers by providing a network for friendship and support.
- Young Carers Support Group that provides services that improve the quality of life and opportunities for young carers, including fun, friendship, support, advice and personal development.
- Open House, a support group for ex carers, as they move on from their caring role, and for people who live on their own.
- Hospital Car Service which transports patients from their homes to their appointments and provides support throughout the visit.
If you would like to donate to the Mayor's charities 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.