Saffron Walden Town Council

The Mayor of Saffron Walden

The Mayor of Saffron Walden 2019-20 is Councillor Arthur Coote and his consort is his wife, Elaine. 

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Dr. Richard Freeman and his wife is Jan.  Mayor Making took place on 1 June 2019 at 10.30am in the Assembly Room of the Town Hall, Saffron Walden. 

If you would like to ask the Mayor to attend an event please contact [email protected] or telephone 01799 619841.

The Mayor's chosen charity this year

The Mayor’s chosen charities this year will benefit 'Team Max' raising money for children's cancer services at Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.  Team Max are going to raise funds towards a new Emergency Children's Ambulance Service for Children in the East of England: Adults and new-born babies in our region who need intensive care treatment for complex conditions are blue-lighted by a dedicated, specialist ambulance service to Addenbrooke's Hospital.  Surprisingly, there is no such service in our region that can specifically provide intensive care for critically ill children.  This service will benefit on average 1,700 children a year.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charity please email [email protected] or telephone 01799 619841 and ask for the Mayor's Secretary, Elaine.



15th at 7pm Gibson Library Society Reception at Saffron Walden Library, Market Square

19th at 10.30am Parade Service at SW Baptist Church - medal presentation by the Mayor

20 May 9.55am Mayor spoke at Assembly at Katherine Semar Infant School regarding democracy (a national curriculum subject)

22 May Mayor spoke at Assembly at Katherine Semar Junior School regarding democracy

23rd at 9am Meet the SWTC staff


1st at 10.30am Mayor Making at Saffron Walden Town Hall

5 June at 6pm 'Full Steam Ahead' art exhibition by Dame Bradbury's School at Bridge End Garden

5 June at 7.30pm SWCH Art Show - Deputy Mayor in attendance

6 June at the War Memorial with Cllr John Moran for 75th anniversary of DDay to honour the laying of wreaths

8 June at 10am outside Sea Salt, start of Music Day in Saffron Walden 10am-4pm

8 June at 12.30pm SW Cricket Club Vice-President's lunch - Deputy Mayor in attendance

13 June attended Little Walden Parish Meeting as Mayor

22 June from 10am 'Great Get Together' on SW Common 

23 June at 3pm Great Dunmow Town Council's Civic Service - St Mary's Church, Church End.  Deputy Mayor in attendance

27 June at 10.30am Support4Sight event at Newport Village Hall

28 June 6pm Cocktail Party and Beating Retreat at Carver Barracks

29 June Armed Forces Day on SW Common - Mayor to take the salute.


6 July at 7.30pm SW Choral Society – Saffron Hall.

7 July at 2pm-7pm Summer Jazz Picnic at BEG - Deputy Mayor in attendance.

10 July at 6.30pm Badge presentation to Brownies – Newport Village Hall

11 July at 7.30pm evening reception – SW Breakfast Club – Audley Business Centre, Wendens Ambo, CB11 4JL.

14 July Family Fun Day on The Common in support of the Mayor’s charity

14 July Audley End Concert - Deputy Mayor in attendance

19 July 7pm at Chairman of ECC’s reception – Chelmsford Racecourse


9 August Children's Disco at the Town Hall

10 August at 12 noon Cricket Club luncheon


2 September 12 noon opening of Pure Gym at Thaxted Road

3 September 10.30am Councillor Surgery at the Garden Room, Jubillee Gardens

3 September 2pm cutting the ribbon on gym equipment at The Common

4 September 7pm Meet Ingo Fromme from Bad Wildungen

6 September 10am Open vets4Pets, Thaxted Road

11 September 5.30pm meet with BID reps, Town Hall

12 September 7.30pm 'The bruise you can't see' at Saffron Hall - Cllr Heather Asker in attendance

12 September Business Awards, Parklands, Quendon

14 September 9am B&M store opening at Knight Retail Park

14 September charity pitch on Saffron Walden Market

15 September 2.30pm Heritage Day at St Mary's Church

17 September 1.10pm speak with 6th form pupils at SWCH

19 September at 11.45am Essex Association of Local Councils Conference at Great Dunmow

19 September 7.30pm Market House to award prizes to Great Saffron Walden Treasure Hunt winners

20 September 6-8pm Hartley Learning Centre at SWCH - Deputy Mayor in attendance

21 September at 2.30pm Bible Focus at URC Abbey Lane

22 September at 3pm SW Horticultural Society at GACC - Deputy Mayor in attendance


1 October 10.30am Opening of Support4Sight Cafe, George Street

6 October 1pm Freedom of Haverhill District, Haverhill

9 October 7.30pm An evening with Lesley Garrett, Saffron Hall

12 October Veterans Breakfast

13 October at 11.15 High Sheriff's Justice Service at Chelmsford Cathedral

16 October at 7pm Allotment Awards, Town Hall

19 October 7.30pm Mayor's charity dance in the Town Hall in aid of Mesothelioma Charity

26 October at 7pm Support4Sight 25th Anniversary Dinner at SW Golf Club


3 November at 11am Meet with RBL and lay wreaths on WW1 soldiers graves in Saffron Walden Cemetery

8 November at 6pm 5th Saffron Walden Cubs - Mayor to speak re Parliament Week

10 November 11am Remembrance Sunday - Parade followed by Service at St Mary's Church

11 November at 11am Service at SW War Memorial High Street - 2 minutes' silence to be observed

23-24 November Emporium in the Town Hall with proceeds going to the Mayor's charity, Team Max. For further details see

23 November 4pm Christmas Light Switch On with Father Christmas - Market Square

30 November 9am-5pm Table outside Boots to sell the Mayoral charity raffle tickets in aid of Team Max. 1st prize £1000!  


5 December Chair of UDC's Civic Carol Service

Friday, 6 December 5.30pm-8.30pm Late Night Shopping. Also on 7 and 8 December. For further details see

7 December at 5.30pm Spirit of Christmas (SW Choral Society) St Mary's Church

10 December 7pm Saffron Walden County High School's annual Christmas Concert (Cllr Barbara Light in attendance)

13 December 6.30pm Any Questions at Saffron Hall

14 December charity collection by Saffron Walden Fire Brigade in the High Street

17 December at 7pm EACH Christmas Service at SW Baptist Church

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

25 December visit old people's homes, hospital and Salvation Army

January 2020

11 January at 2.30pm Peter Pan pantomime at Saffron Walden Town Hall

11 January at 6pm Meal at the Parish Rooms in aid of Jimmy's Night Shelter

27 January at 1.40pm Holocaust Memorial Day Service at St Mary's Church

30 January at 10.30am unveiling Interpretation Boards at the Battle Ditches

31 January at 6.30pm Camera Club Private Viewing at the Library (Deputy Mayor, Cllr R Freeman, in attendance)


6 February at 7.30pm Speaker's Club - Kings Arms

14 February at 7.30pm Chairman of UDC's Civic Dinner - Cllr Porch to attend

24 February - Mayor to meet with classes at Katherine Semar School who are making a brochure of Saffron Walden

27 Febraury at 11.30am meet Chinese visitors for tea and cake in the Council Chamber


4 March at 5.40pm High Sheriff's Awards at Hylands House, Chelmsford

21 March at 2.30pm Memorial Service for HMS Lapwing at Close Gardens

26 March 10.15am and 12.45pm Meet Katherine Semar pupils in the Town Hall + Town Hall tour (Deputy Mayor in attendance)

28 March Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow Town Bands performing at Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow


18 April at 7.30pm Mayor's 'Celebration of the Mayoral Year' dance


8 May at 2pm 75th Anniversary of VE Day Celebrations 


Sunday, 7 June Opening of Quaker Peace Garden