Saffron Walden Town Council

The Mayor

The Mayor of Saffron Walden 2021/22 is Councillor Richard Porch. Richard has lived in Saffron Walden for 24 years and in the general area for over 40 years. Richard is married to Michelle, who is Head of Staff Counselling for Cambridge University, and they have five children and seven grandchildren who live in the immediate area. He is a member of the Saffron Walden Rotary and 41 clubs. He is also the Chairman of the Youth Initiatives Working Group at Uttlesford District Council.  His interests are supporting the local community, beekeeping, dog training, cricket and reading.

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor James de Vries who has lived in Saffron Walden for 36 years. James and his wife Sheila have 4 children between them and 3 grandchildren. Together James and Sheila run a small martial arts club in Saffron Walden.

The 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 charities this year

Uttlesford Children's Clothing Bank a volunteer-led charity which collects and re-distributes children’s clothing to families who are in need. 

Uttlesford Foodbank who work to combat poverty and hunger across the UK, and

Opendoor info which provides free confidential advice for young people. At Opendoor you can share your thoughts. Nothing is too big or too small to talk through with one of our counsellors. Opendoor is a free and confidential service based in Saffron Walden for young people living in Uttlesford and the greater surrounding area aged 13 - 26.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charities please send a cheque payable to Saffron Walden Town Council to the Town Hall, Market Street, S.Walden, CB10 1HZ or by BACS to sort code 30 97 24 a/c no. 01026035 quoting 'Mayor's charity' as a reference.



MAY 2021

8 May 2021 VE Day 2021 Visit Radwinter Road Cemetery with Bob Curran from the Royal Britilsh Legion to commemorate VE Day beside the 'Tommy' figure purchased from the Royal British Legion and which stands within the Cemetery gates. Thereafter,' Tommy' will be moved to the Commonwealth War Graves area of the Cemetery.

14 May at 12.30pm filming on the Market Square supporting the safe opening of shops in the town

14 May at 2pm Present Sophie Durlacher from the Foodbank with supermarket vouchers purchased from money received from Essex County Council as a lockdown support grant for the Town Council

17 May at 11am Meet at the War Memorial, High Street with RBL representatives to commemorate the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

28 May at 11.30am Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group at Walden Castle


6 June at 7pm Saffron Hall; The Academy of St Martin's in the Fields

Friday, 11 June from 9am Mayor's Surgery - Court Room, Town Hall - no appointment required

20 June Fete de la Musique

29 June at 6.30pm The Deputy Mayor, Cllr James de Vries to speak to Dame Johanne Bradbury's school leavers


Friday, 9 July Mayor's Surgery from 9am - 10am Court Room, Town Hall - please call Elaine on 07769 167 179 for an appointment.

Saturday,10 July from 10.30am Mayor Making (by invitation only) Assembly Room, Town Hall

Tuesday, 20 July at 7.30am Saffron Walden Breakfast Club - SW Golf Club

Saturday, 31 July at 11am Opening of Hope Community Hub, Community Day on SW Common


Friday, 6 August from 10am Gardening for Kids on the Market Square
Friday, 13 August from 9am - Mayor's Surgery - Court Room, Town Hall - for an appointment call 07769 167 179

Monday, 16 August  at 3pm cake cutting at 10th anniversary of Knit and Natter, United Reformed Church Hall, Abbey Lane


Thursday,  September at 3pm official re-opening of Golden Acre play area by the Mayor and picture competition winner
Friday, 10 September Mayor's Surgery from 9am - Court Room,Town Hall - for an appointment call Elaine on 07769 167 179

Saturday, 18 September from 7pm - The Rolling Clones - concert at the Town Hall in aid of the Mayor's charities. Tickets £20 each on sale at the TIC and selling fast.


16-17 October Children's Art Work and Military Memorabilia display at the Town Hall

20 October at 7pm Allotment Awards - Court Room, Town Hall

Friday, 22 October Mayor's Surgery from 9am - Court Room, Town Hall - for an appointment call 07769 167 179


Thursday, 11 November Remembrance Day

Sunday, 14 November Remembrance Sunday

16 November Mayor's Surgery from 9am - Court Rm, Town Hall - for an appointment call 07769 167 179

Friday, 19 November Christmas Light Switch On with Father Christmas + lantern parade

Saturday, 27 November Mayor's pre-Christmas charity dance in conjunction with the Chairman of Uttlesford District Council, Cllr Arthur Coote whose charity is EACH. Tickets £10 each on sale from September at the TIC.


25 December - visit Old People's Homes and S/W Hospital



5 February Mayor's Charity dance - details to follow 

19 February Rotary Race Night at the Town Hall in aid of the Mayor's charities




14 May Mayor Making from10.30am

15 May Sponsored walk in aid of the Mayor's Charities with stalls on the Common organised by the Rotary Club