Mayors Photo Gallery
The photos displayed are from a range of the Mayor's special events and public engagements.
The Mayoral Team 2017 - 2018
Councillor Arthur Moran was appointed as Mayor on 17 May 2017. He is Cheshire East’s ninth Mayor and represents the Nantwich North and West Ward. He has appointed Mrs Carole Thomas as his Mayoress.
The Mayor’s Charities for 2017/18 are Target Ovarian Cancer and the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group.
Councillor Lesley Smetham who represents the Gawsworth Ward was elected Deputy Mayor.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited along with the Mayor and Consort of Nantwich Town Council to attend the opening of Nantwich Film Festival 2017 at Nantwich Civic Hall and also to see - Audrey - the Vintage Mobile Cinema as featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces that was parked on the Town Square showing short films throughout the day. The Vintage Mobile Cinema Bus was rescued in 2003 by Rob Howell and Nancy-Rose Mills. Restoration was completed by Oliver Halls and now screens up to 20 people at once.
Sunday 21st May saw Civic Heads from throughout Cheshire East and Cheshire West attending the Lord Mayor of Chester's Annual Civic Service and Parade in the City with a service at Chester Cathedral.
The Mayor attended the launch of the Veterans Breakfast Club at the Ernest Cope Centre on Earle Street in Crewe.
National Care Day took place on 16th June where care homes all across the country opened their doors to the public and a wide range of activities had been planned. The Open Day is an important opportunity for people to learn more about the services at the heart of their community and it is also a great opportunity to meet some of the local residents.
The Mayor was invited to two events. Firstly to Prestbury House Care Home (above) in Macclesfield where the Mayor attended a Garden Themed Party with a Spanish Menu.
He then joined HC-One Residents and Staff to help them celebrate Care Home Open Day at Hollymere House and Primrose House Care Homes in Haslington.
Crewe 2nd Military Festival held a Service, Parade and Presentation of Medals on Armed Forces Day - 25 June and the Mayor and Mayoress attended the outdoors event in Queens Park, Crewe.
The Mayor attended a Citizenship Ceremony at the Municipal Buildings, Crewe. The ceremony includes a welcoming speech and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Queen. The applicants also make a pledge to be a loyal subject to the United Kingdom. The new British Citizens are presented with their certificate of citizenship, a small token of welcome from Cheshire East Borough Council and have the opportunity to be photographed with the dignitaries.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to receive a cheque for the Mayor's Charities from Cheshire East Council Staff at the Brunswick Wharf Depot in Congleton. The monies were raised from a charity football game.
The Mayor cut the ribbon at the Re-opening of the new improvements at Knutsford Leisure Centre and had a demonstration of the new facility and how it will benefit the local community.
A Volunteer Festival was held in Congleton Park to celebrate the great work volunteers do for various organisations across Cheshire East and gave the CVS a chance to thank them and give them recognition. The Mayor signed certificates and thanked the volunteers for what they do throughout the year.
An official launch for a new 'Rota-Gym' took place at The Carrs Park in Wilmslow. The Rota-Gym is a joint partnership between Cheshire East Council, Wilmslow Town Council, Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club and Friends of The Carrs. It is named Rota-Gym because the idea of this gym facility came from the Rotary Club. It is an outdoor facility of gym/exercise equipment which can be used free of charge by the local community and it is hoped will encourage people of all ages to get outdoors, exercise and keep fit. The Mayor was invited along to officially hand over the facility to the local community.
A 'Superheroes Picnic' was held at Dorfold Hall, Nantwich and was run by volunteers from Nantwich. The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to come along and open the event.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to the opening of Nantwich Museum's Exhibition - 'River Weaver - a meander through time'. The exhibition reflects the significance of rivers to local communities, and charts the story of how the river has shaped our history. Historically, the River Weaver and its tributaries not only provided a water source and drainage, but also powered many mills. Brine springs associated with the river system were exploited, which ultimately led to a chemical industry of international significance. An efficient infrastructure, the Weaver Navigation, was essential to the success of the salt industry. It was once described as: “the most perfect artificial cut navigation” and spawned a boat building industry whose products were distributed worldwide. The famous Cheshire dairy industry benefited from the supply of salt whilst animal hides were processed by a tanning industry employing water from the river. Inevitably, man’s activities have had an impact on water quality and wildlife, both of which are explored in detail. Historical and contemporary information is presented.
Knutsford Heritage Centre are holding an exhibition 'Today's Businesses, Tomorrow's Heritage' from July to December. The Mayor and Mayoress were invited along to view the exhibition.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to a tour of the Therapeutic Workshop of the registered charity "Supported Community Business (Special Needs) Limited, who provide a facility for those in the local community with learning difficulties the opportunity to experience the world of work in a safe and controlled environment.
The Mayor was invited to present medals and certificates to Mentors and Mentees at the 5th Annual Graduation at the MMU Campus in Crewe. The Twista Connect Scheme "Together We Inspire Striving To Achieve" is a national award winning programme from Cheshire Constabulary. The overall aim of TWISTA is to reduce the number of young people becoming victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, focusing upon raising aspirations and achieving objectives.
McCarthy & Stone recently opened their new Retirement Living Development "Lawson Grange" in Wilmslow. The Mayor and Mayoress were invited along to take a first look at McCarthy & Stone's fantastic development and the North West investment that they are giving.
Richmond Village in Nantwich held a "Cruise Ship Day" recently and the Mayor was invited along to judge paintings of the children from the Leighton Academy.
Civic Dignitaries from around the area were invited to attend the Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Civic Service and Reception.
On 31st July the Mayor hosted a Service of Commemoration to mark the Centenary of Passchendaele. The event, attended by the Lord Lieutenant, was organised by the Council in partnership with the Royal British Legion and was part of the Cheshire East Reflects Programme.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to "cut the ribbon" at the launch of Winterley Gardens Homes in Crewe Road, Winterley. Winterley Gardens will create new family homes for the village and Stewart Milne Homes launched its new show homes at the development.
Queens Park in Crewe has won its first Heritage Accreditation - The Green Flag Award 2017/2018. The award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the World.
The Mayor was invited along to the "Chalk it Up" International Pavement Art Festival in Crewe Town Centre to view the pavement art. Organised by Liverpool artist collective Urban Canvas, the festival gave a nod to Crewe’s history of being an important railway hub for the country over the last century as pavement artists or “screevers” became an integral part of stations, docks and ports.
Street painting is said to have originated in this country with artists making impressive incomes, being revered for their skill and becoming tourist attractions in their own rights.
Creative Crewe's Third Family Fit and Fund Day took place at Queens Park in Crewe. Supported by Cheshire East, Queens Park is a major feature of Crewe Town. The Park's Events Programme continues to thrive and includes some popular attractions, mostly free to the public. This event has become one of the biggest in the Park's calendar.
The Mayor was invited to the launch of Nantwich Food Festival. For one long weekend each September, Nantwich is transformed into a food lovers’ paradise, with two marquees full of top quality food and drink producers from Cheshire, all around Great Britain and the world, as well as a wide variety of street food stalls. There is something for every age, taste and wallet, and it’s easy to find your way around the Festival and enjoy beautiful Nantwich at the same time, with plenty of friendly guides around town.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to attend the Alsager Gardens Association Annual Show at the Civic Centre in Alsager. The association is a non-profit membership association of gardeners in the Cheshire town of Alsager. They manage four allotment sites on behalf of Alsager Town Council. Members can rent allotments which are available in sizes to suit plot holders needs.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the opening of Ruby's Fund Sensory Garden in Congleton. The Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs cut the ribbon to open the event. Ruby’s Fund is a registered children’s charity based Congleton, Cheshire. Its aim is to provide play and recreational opportunities for children and young people with additional needs and for their families and carers. They believe, every child has a right to play, regardless of their individual needs or abilities. The centre is a place where children can develop, learn and have fun, in a safe and friendly environment.
The Seahorse Swimming Club at Crewe Lifestyle Centre recently had a visit by Officers and Members of Mid & East Antrim Council (Northern Ireland). The Council were interested to see how Crewe Lifestyle Centre works as they are considering a similar project.
The Mayor and Mayoress were invited to an Awards Assembly at Leighton Academy and were asked to award the children with their Certificates for their art work. The Mayor had already judged the paintings at the Cruise Ship Day at Richmond Village in Nantwich and wanted to be the one to tell the children the results.
Churches Together in Cheshire in partnership with Chester Cathedral held a Freedom Service to reflect on modern slavery. The hope is that other churches can use the service template in their own churches for any appropriate services.
South Cheshire Pensioners Association held an "Older People's Day" in the Carlsberg Suite at Crewe Alexandra Stadium in Crewe. UK Older People’s Day (OPD) celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended Tatton Park, Knutsford to posthumously honour Congleton backpack hero, Tom Jackson. Tom's family planted a tree and dedicated a bench to his memory.
Thirty year old Tom sacrificed his own life to attempt to save the life of a backpacker who was attacked by a man with a knife at a hostel in Queensland, Australia, in August 2016. He died in hospital a week later. Unfortunately the woman - fellow backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung also died from her injuries.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended Sunrise of Mobberley to meet and chat to the residents. The residents really appreciated the time the Mayor and Mayoress took to speak to them all.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Cheshire East Star Awards. The Star Awards is about celebrating the achievements of cared for children and care leavers in Cheshire East. All cared for children, young people and care leavers (ages 4 - 25) were welcome to attend this event.
The Mayor presented the young people with their certificates and trophies to celebrate and recognise their achievements.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society (CHYPS) pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. CHYPS is a charity based within Cheshire East and performs an annual pantomime involving over 40 11 to 19 year olds from Cheshire East High Schools
The Mayor and Mayoress attended Leighton Hospital to take part in a live studio interview on the Hospital Broadcast. This is something that takes place annually with each Mayor. The Mayor picks a choice of music which is played during the interview. Patients at the hospital are able to tune in and listen.
The Mayor and Mayoress performed the official re-opening of the St Luke's Hospice Shop in Sandbach
The Mayor and Mayoress were delighted to meet HRH Prince Charles, when he visited Cheshire East for Official Engagements.
On Friday 26 January Cheshire East Council held a poignant service of remembrance to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Cheshire East Mayor Councillor Arthur Moran, Mayor of Sandbach, Councillor Martin Forster and Cheshire East Council's acting executive director of people Mark Palethorpe led members of the public, local schoolchildren and civic dignitaries, representing communities from across the borough, at a Holocaust Memorial Day Act of Remembrance.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Preview "Marvellous Days Out" at the Knutsford Heritage Centre. Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership have a passion for railways, especially the line from Chester to manchester, and have produced a booklet, posters (and a website) detailing all the stations along the line.
The Mayor spoke on Red Shift Radio to promote his upcoming Charity Dance. Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra are playing at Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 17 February 2018. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale for £15 each. You can purchase tickets from Nantwich Civic Hall, Tel 01270 628633 or from Nicola Carberry, Mayor's PA, Tel 01270 686475. All proceeds will go to the Mayor's Charities, which are Target Ovarian Cancer and Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support.
The Mayor and Mayoress went along to Moreton Hall Community Centre Open Morning. It was a chance for the members to say thank you to Cheshire East Council for the community grant, which enabled them to purchase new kitchen china and crockery.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended Rotary Day for the Rotary Club of Crewe. The event was an opportunity for some of the local charities that are supported by the Rotary Club of Crewe to give a small presentation letting everyone know what it is that they do. Photograph from left to right - Deputy Mayor of Crewe, Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis, Assistant District Governor Rotary 1180 Nick Gidney, Crewe Rotary President Neil Fearn, Crewe Rotary Community Chairman Frank Baldwin, The Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Arthur Moran, the Mayoress of Cheshire East, Councillor Carole Thomas, Laura Smith MP and Crewe Rotary Youth Chairman Tom Protheroe MBE.
The Mayor performed the official ribbon cutting and opening ceremony at then new Pub in Shavington, The Station Pilot.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Mayor of Nantwich Big Quiz Night. This event was to raise money for the Mayor of Nantwich Charities.
Children from Pebble Brook, Underwood West, Edleston and Beechwood Primary Schools joined the Mayor, Mayoress and Deputy Mayor to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Annual Primary School Swimming Gala at Crewe Lifestyle Centre. The winner of this year's competition was Hungerford Primary School.
The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Life Boat Association Ladies Lunch and spoke about their time as Mayor and Mayoress of Cheshire East
North West England Trefoil Guild held their Annual Meeting at St Mary's Parish Church Sandbach and the Mayor and Mayoress were invited to attend. The Trefoil Guild is the non uniform section of Girlguiding - Girlguiding for Adults. The annual meeting was attended by 400+ ladies from the North West, from as far north as Carlisle to Nantwich in the south.