The Mayor of Saffron Walden

The Mayor of Saffron Walden 2016-17 is Councillor Dr. Richard Freeman and his consort is his wife, Jan.  The Mayor's chosen charities this year will benefit local people suffering from dementia.

 'Music for Thought' is run by Saffron Hall,  They provide six-week music courses for those living with dementia and their carers.  Professional musicians will provide weekly music workshops.  There will be opportunities to sing, play instruments and create music as well as to meet others in the coffee hour that bookends each session.  

Saffron Walden Dementia Action Alliance is a charity which wants Saffron Walden to be a community where people living with dementia are treated with respect, dignity and given as much independence as possible whilst their carers are supported and enabled to enjoy a good quality of life.  They help local shops, businesses and service providers:

  • Recognise the signs of dementia;
  • Understand how dementia can impact those who live with it;
  • Make small changes that will help people living with dementia continue to be included in, and contribute to, our community.

 The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Paul G Fairhurst and his wife is Margaret.

If you would like to ask the Mayor to attend an event please contact or telephone 01799 516501.

Mayor, Cllr Richard Freeman's engagements during 2017/18


24 October at 7pm Annual Allotment Awardsat Court Room, Town Hall


16 September at 3pm SW Horticultural Show at Golden Acre Community Centre

2 September at 3pm Lions Club of Saffron Walden Garden Party at St Mark's College


26 August at 7.30pm 'Dance in the Square'


21 July at 2.30pm Lord Braybrooke's memorial service at St Mary's Parish Church

20 July at 6pm Beating Retreat - Carver Barracks

8 July at 2pm Leading the Carnival Procession (1pm judging carnival floats)

June 2017

30 June at 6.30pm Uttlesford Business Awards at Parklands, Quendon

29 June at 7.15pm Jack Petchey Awards at Hornchurch (The Deputy Mayor in attendance)

28 June at 5pm Art Display at a Bridge End Garden by Dame Bradbury's School

25 June at 11.45am Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Celebration Event of 20th year of saving lives (Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in attendance)

24 June at 6pm SW Choral Society reception and performance (Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in attendance)

24 June at 2pm Armed Forces Day. Parade by 33 Engineer Regiment to the Market Square. Thereafter, event on The Common.

23 June at 9.30am meeting with The Dementia Action Alliance at the Town Hall

17 June at 3.15pm SW Horticultural Society event at Golden Acre

17 June at 12 noon Picnic on The Common in memory of Jo Cox MP:- 

Address made by the Mayor at the event:

It is a privilege to be able to address you today, as the Mayor of Saffron Walden.  But it is to mark a very sad occasion.

Jo Cox appears to have been the very essence of what a young politician should be.  She was energetic, engaging and worked tirelessly for her community

She was also fearless.  Something for which she paid the price a short way into her term as Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen for just over a year before she died

Most accounts refer to Jo as having been ‘murdered’.  But this was not a murder.  This was an ASSASINATION.  Her death was to serve the warped purpose of a warped mind.

And her death is not just an insult to her and a disaster to those who loved her.   It is an attack on all of us; it is an attack on the democracy in which we live and in which most of us believe.

It is an attack on the freedom of people to speak freely; and in particular, on the freedom of our elected politicians to speak as they see fit

As we enjoy this beautiful part of England, on a lovely summer’s day, forgive me if I remind you of the events which took place in that church – the local Parish church of St Mary the Virgin – during the English Civil war.  Events which, according to some, formed the basis of our representational democracy;  the principle that a group of people be allowed to choose one person to act on their behalf.  We use it still; every time we vote for councillors and members of parliament.

The attack on Jo Cox was designed to un-make all this.  It does so by making others less willing to follow Jo’s path.  The inevitable outcome is that fewer and fewer people will put themselves forward for this kind of public service.  And Jo was precisely the sort of person we need in Parliament.    

Our democracy is not just vulnerable to assassins who lurk on the streets.  Untruths can assassinate ideals and ideas, just as surely as the untimely death of a politician.  Political assassination can occur through the press, through the media.

It falls to us to guarantee the physical safety of our politicians and other elected representatives; and also to make sure that the truth can still be heard.  Both are hard tasks; but if we are not equal to them, then we shall be party to the ending of English democracy.

Enjoy this lovely day and the fact that we live in a town where ‘togetherness’ is so important to us.  But please – do not forget – that Democracy is not a given.  It needs our work and our vigilance to maintain it.

Cllr Dr Richard Freeman, Town Mayor, Saffron Walden.       

11 June 'The Sixteen' at Saffron Hall

3 June at 12 noon SW Cricket Club lunch (the Deputy Mayor in attendance)

May 2017

Saturday, 20 May at 10.30am Mayor Making in the Court Room, Town Hall, followed by the Churching of the Mayor Service at 11.15am St Mary's Church

Saturday, 13 May at 1pm Saffron Walden Nursery School's Golden Anniversary - Shirehill Industrial Estate.

10 May at 7.30pm Respect Project Presentation Evening, Essex Boys and Girls Clubs, at UDC offices (Cllr P G Fairhurst, Deputy Mayor in attendance)