The Mayor of Saffron Walden

The Mayor of Saffron Walden 2018-19  is Councillor Paul G Fairhurst and his consort is his wife, Margaret.  

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Arthur Coote and his wife is Elaine.

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



2 June at 12 noon SW Cricket Club lunch

5 June at 7.30pm SWCH Art Show opening

6 June at 6pm Dame Bradbury School Art Exhibition at Bridge End Garden

8 June at 12 noon Children of Calais' statue unveiling by Lord Dubs at Dorset House Gardens

10 June at 11am Annual Civic Service of the Mayor of Sevenoaks

11 June at 12.30pm The Arts Society Saffron Walden (Iformer NADFAS) golden anniversary at Bridge End Garden

12 June at 7.15am Meet the Town at UDC's offices

14 June Uttlesford Business Awards at Quendon Hall

17 June at 3pm SW Choral Society at Saffron Hall 

17 June at 3pm prize giving at SW Horticultural Show at GACC (Cllr A Coote, Deputy Mayor attended)

25 June raising of Armed Forces Day flag at UDC's offices (Cllr Dr. Richard Freeman attended)

26 June at 11am meet Italian students who have been working at BEG (Cllr Dr. Richard Freeman attended)

29 June at 9am opening of 'Gluttons' Bistro, 13a King Street (Cllr Dr. Richard Freeman attended)

29 June at 6pm Carver Barracks Beating Retreat (Cllr Mike Hibbs and Hilary Shibata attended)


5 July at 10am Heritage Group photoshoot at the TIC

5 July at 7pm SWCH Annual Summer Concert

8 July from 11am Community Picnic, SW Common

10 July at 8pm SW District Scout Group AGM

13 July at 12noon Lunch with Kemi Badenoch MP + SW Breakfast Club

14 July at 7.30pm Hyperfusion performance at SW Town Hall (to be attended by the Deputy Mayor)

14 July at 7.30pm Fund-raising Dinner for SW Young Carers at Fairycroft House

18 July at 7.30pm Street Pastors event at Chelmsford - also attended by the Deputy Mayor

22 July at 2.45pm Dedication of 1824 (SW) Squn Banner - St Mary the Virgin Church, Debden

24 July at 5.30pm Meet the Town at The Market House, SW

28 July at 10.30am Parade to disband 101 Engr Regt (EOD) to form 35 Engr Regt (EOD & S) and to form 101 Engr Regt.(EOD & S) followed by lunch

29 July at 1pm Chairman of East Herts District Council's Garden Party at Hopleys, Much Hadham


10 August - Collaborative lunch with Stansted Business Forum - The Market House, SW

10 August at 6pm SW Museum: Adventures in Taxidermy


3 September at 10am raising the Red Ensign at UDC's office to support Merchant Navy Day (attended by Cllr Dr. Richard Freeman)

8 September at 11.30am Societies Showcase in the Town Hall (attended by the Mayor and Cllr Dr. Richard Freeman)

12 September at 11am Dedication Service for Cam Valley Crematorium 

12 September at 6pm BID meeting at Bicicletta

16 September at 2pm Heritage Day at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden

23 September at 3pm SW Horticultural Show at Golden Acre Community Centre (Cllr Sandra Eden attending)

29 September at 7pm Bishop's Stortford Mayor's Ball at Rhodes Centre


13 October from 9.30am Essex & Suffolk Joint Twinning Congress at Gt Dunmow

16 October at 7.30am SW Breakfast Club at SW Golf Club

24 October at 7pm Allotment Awards - Committee Room, Town Hall


11 November at 11am Saffron Walden War Memorial, High Street - Remembrance Sunday followed by Church Service at St Mary's Church

11 November at 7pm Lighting of 1,000 Beacons across the UK - event to take place at SW Common 

13 November at 7.30am SW Breakfast Club at SW Golf Club

25 November at 5pm Christmas light switch on 

30 November visit the Emporium in SW Town Hall 

30 November at 5.30pm Late Night Christmas shopping event


1 December Anniversary Gala Dinner at Saffron Hall

11 December The Chair of UDC's Civic Service

24 December at 4pm and 6pm Children's Christmas Eve Services at St Mary's Church

25 December in the morning to visit SW Hospital, Salvation Army and Old People's Homes


The Mayor's chosen charities this year 

The Mayor’s chosen charities this year will benefit Street Pastors, The Salvation Army plus an intergenerational theatre and music project at Saffron Hall.

Street Pastors are supported by all local Churches and comprise a small group of volunteers who go out in the town every Friday evening 8pm-midnight (later in Summer) to ensure people in the town are safe.  They talk to those who might be distressed, have lost their friends or just need somebody to talk to.  Funds would be used to train volunteers and extend the scheme to provide more support for local people.

 The Salvation Army serves the local community and offers support and help in whatever way is needed.

Amongst other things they hold a Community Café at their Church in Abbey Lane from 10am-1pm two days a week where people of any age can go and have coffee and cake or a light lunch.  Funds would be used to ​support their work in the local community.

Saffron Hall believes that the arts can have a powerful role in bringing all corners of our community together to enable hidden voices to be heard, forming meaningful interactions and relationships between all generations.  Saffron Hall will bring together 50 people in our community of mixed ages to be part of a brand new intergenerational theatre and music project with one clear mission – to celebrate our differences, commonalities and everything in between. Funds would be used to support this project​.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charities please email or telephone 01799 516502 and ask for the Mayor's Secretary, Elaine.