Saffron Walden Town Council

The Mayor

The Mayor of Saffron Walden 2020-21 is Councillor Heather Asker. Heather was previously Mayor in 2015/16. She has lived in and around Saffron Walden since 1984 and has been a Town and District Councillor since 2007.  She is hugely supportive of local businesses, the market and all those who strive to make Saffron Walden the vibrant, warm and friendly place that it is.

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Richard Porch who has lived in Saffron Walden for 23 years and in the general area for over 40 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren who live in the immediate area.  He is a member of the Saffron Walden Rotary and 41 clubs.  His interests are supporting the local community, beekeeping, dog training, cricket and reading. 

The new Leader of the Council is Councillor Paul Gadd. Click here to view the difference between the Leader's and Mayor's roles

If you would like to ask the Mayor to attend an event please contact [email protected] or telephone 07769 167 179.

The Mayor's chosen charity this year

The Mayor‘s chosen charity is Fairycroft House; an amazing centre providing space and facilities for numerous charitable groups run by professional musician, Tim Atkinson. Since 2014, Fairycroft has developed new and innovative ways of working with all ages and is available to the whole community with facilities such as a music academy, education areas, video editing suite, music and drama spaces, recording, rehearsal and performance areas. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charity please visit Heather's GoFundMe page 'Fairycroft House: Mayor's Charity 2020' or by cheque payable to Saffron Walden Town Council or you may email [email protected] or telephone 07769 167 179 and ask for the Mayor's Secretary, Elaine.


MARCH 2021

21 March wreath laying at with the Royal British Legion at Close Garden in memory of HMS Lapwing.

18 March Presentation of flowers to Gita from East Street Stores on her retirement and the closure of her general store.

Judging Saffron Walden Camera Club Mayor's Choice photograph



Saturday, 19 December from 9am - George Street, Saffron Walden: Mayor's tombola and sealed bids for Christmas treats

Thursday, 17 December at 2pm opening of Wellbeing Cabin at Saffron Walden County High School 

Saturday, 5 December from 9am - George Street: - Prize-Every-Time socially distanced Christmas raffle

Friday, 4 December pm Judging of the Christmas shop windows competition


21 November at 3pm Christmas light switch on with Father Christmas during November

14 November at 11am presentation of picture of the town which was raffled in aid of the Maddie appeal

14 November at 10am socially distanced allotment awards

8th Remembrance Sunday - wreath laying in Saffron Walden

7th at 10.45am Little Walden War Memorial


22nd Saffron Walden Youth Outreach Project AGM via Zoom


22nd at 5pm Breakfast Club meeting at Audley End Business Centre


 29th visit to Audley End miniature railway with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Porch


27th at 11am Re-opening of Lord Butler Leisure Centre

8th at 7.30pm Scout AGM - Zoom meeting

8th at 6pm Dame Bradbury's Big Night In - Zoom meeting


Sunday, 21st Fete de la House Musique performances around the town 

Saturday, 29th Invitation to residents street party at Old Mill Road

17th Zoom meeting with 4 glass groups from R A Butler School following their written letter request initially to Councillor Coote regarding recycling bins and green issues

Saturday, 13th Presentation to PSG Girls Football Team prize giving. One young player scouted and to join Tottenham next season.

8th, 10thand 12th June Street clean p with volunteer Councillors to enhance return to business on Monday, 18th June

3rd at 11am presentation of past Mayor's badge to Cllr Arthur Coote



23 May at 11am Draw the former Mayor's raffle


Picture of the Mayor of Saffron Walden