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The Town Mayor 2014/15 Councillor Mary Maynard

Councillor Mary Maynard was elected as Town Mayor at the Annual Meeting of the Council and Mayor Making on Monday 12 May 2014.

Mary grew up in Scotland, and graduated with an Honours degree in Botany, before moving to Manchester to complete a Masters in Business Administration, then London, to work for the management consultancy McKinsey.  Mary founded a major niche IT consultancy in the late 1980s, running it for nearly 20 years.  She settled in Harpenden in 1981, becoming a long suffering rail commuter into London.  Mary is married with one son, currently at University.

Mary became a Town Councillor in 2011, and has served on planning committees, on the Luton Airport Working Group, the Strategic Local Plan Working Group and as Deputy Chair of the Policy and Finance Committee.  Last year, she was Deputy Mayor, thoroughly enjoying meeting a wide variety of people from many different organisations in the Town.  

For the last 14 years, Mary has been Chair of SOS Children’s Villages UK, serving as a Senator on the global Board for over 6 years during this period.  As a former ‘looked after’ child, Mary is passionate about SOS’s role in looking after orphaned and abandoned children in over 130 countries around the world, particularly their work in Africa, where as well as looking after children in every African country, they are playing a growing role in strengthening families where children are at risk of abandonment.

This year Mary has chosen to support two charities who exemplify her belief in the importance of volunteering in helping to support and improve people’s lives;  Home-Start St Albans City & District and Community Meeting Point Harpenden.

Home Start provides trained volunteers who offer practical and emotional support to families with at least one child under 5 in their own homes.  This support is invaluable to stretched parents, who may not have any local support.  Lack of support at crucial stages increase the risk of family breakdown.  Home-Start St Albans City & District covers St Albans, Harpenden and surrounding villages.

Community Meeting Point offers support for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness.  People in Harpenden will know this charity well, as they have a popular charity shop in Station Road.  Both these local charities rely on local people both volunteering and contributing funds to continue their work and Mary is delighted to be working with them.

Mary is looking forward to her year as Mayor, and sees it as a great honour to have the opportunity to work for the town and the people of Harpenden during the year.

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STANTA 30th Anniversary Celebration - 15 May 2014                                                         Civic Service - Sunday 8 June 2014
(photo courtesy of STANTA)
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Civic Service - Sunday 8 June 2014

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Town Mayor's Charity Quiz Night - 13 June 2014
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          Flower Meadow Opening - 21 June 14                                          The Town Mayor with John Battersby, The Harpenden Society                Teddy Bears' Picnic - 16 August 2014
               (photo courtesy of Rod Cooley)                                                     Porters Hill Park Play Area
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Field House Macmillan Coffee Morning - 26 Sept 14       4th Harpenden Scouts - Batford Springs 27 Sept 14         Harpenden Seniors Fair - 2 October 2014
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 Harpenden Swimming Club - Open Meet 4 Oct 14           Town Mayor's Charity Indian Dinner - 20 Oct 14                   HIB - WInter Planting 25 Oct 14
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          HIB - Winter Planting - 25 Oct 14                                                    Harpenden North Brownies - Tree Dedication at the Hayfield 28 Oct 14   
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      Winning Poster by Katharine                    Town Mayor's Christmas Poster Competition - Presentation of Awards 10 Nov 14
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   Lights Switch On - Christmas Carnival - 23 Nov 14       Meeting the 1st resident at Lea Springs - 1 Dec 14
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 Christmas Window Competition - Winner: Stephanie Randall, The Flower Studio.  Runners Up:  20/20 Eye Care and Community Meeting Point Harpenden.
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   Launch of St Nicholas Trail for Children - 14 Jan 15          Town Mayor's Charity Burns Night - 23 Jan 15                                9 March 2015

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Commonwealth Flagraising and Single Commemorative     Presenting cheques to HPCHA for Community Meeting Point Harpenden and Home-Start St Albans 
Act to commemorate the Centernary of WW1  - 9 Mar 15       City and District at the Annual Town Meeting 30 March 2015.
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Harpenden Primary Schools' Writing Consortium Winners                         Willow Court New Cafe Opening - 8 April 15


  • A Charity Quiz Night was held on Friday 13 June in Park Hall, Leyton Road.   Thank you to everyone who kindly supported the event.   Thank you also to the representatives and members of the two charities, and Officers at the Town Council, for their help and enthusiasm with the fundraising.  It was a great success and raised over £700 for the Town Mayor's Charities.   
  • The Town Mayor held a collection in aid of her nominated charities at the Teddy Bears' Picnic on Saturday 16 August. The collection raised £60.
  • The Indian Dinner at Cafe Jeera  on Monday 20 October raised £560 for the Town Mayor's Charities
  • The Christmas Musical Dinner at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club raised £1649 for the Town Mayor's Charities.
  • The Charity Burns Night raised £500 for the Town Mayor's Charities.

 Thank you to everyone that supported the above events.

The Town Mayor was delighted to present her nominated charities with a cheque for £2700 each at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 30 March 2015.


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