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 [email protected] or telephone 01799 619841.



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

30 September at 10am Abbey Lane Bowls Club Exhibition


13 October at 7pm Mayor of Great Dunmow's charity concert

14 October at 11.15am High Sheriff's Justice Service at Chelmsford

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

19 October at 10.30-12.30 Meet the Mayor in the Council Chamber, Town Hall

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

25 October at 6.30pm Reception for St Clare Hospice at P&A Wood, Gt Easton


3 November at 2.45pm Wreath laying at SW Football Club in honour of 100 years since the end of WW1

9 November at 7.30 pm'Lest we Forget' at SW Baptist Church

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

11 November at 3pm Saffron Hall Symphony Concert

11 November at 5.30pm Devotional Offering 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 between the car park and children's play area

13 November at 7.00am Meet the Town at UDC's offices

16 November at 10.30am Meet the Mayor over at cup of tea at the Council Chamber, Town Hall - if you have a question for the Mayor please come along

22 November at 5.45pm Community Achievement Awards at UDC's offices

23 November at 4pm Christmas Shop Window Judging

25 November at 5pm Christmas light switch on and announce Christmas shop window winner

30 November 2pm Highways meeting at UDC 

30 November at 5.30pm-8.30pm Late Night Christmas shopping event


1 December at 10am visit the Emporium in the Town Hall

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

11 December at 7am Meet the Town at UDC's offices

11 December The Chair of UDC's Civic Service

14 December at 10.30-12.30pm  Meet the Mayor for tea and a chat at the Council Chamber, Town Hall. Please call in if you have a question for the Mayor

15 December Mayor's Concert in the Town Hall

18 December at 7.30am SW Breakfast Club at the Town Hall 

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


18 January at 10.30am Meet the Mayor for tea and a chat - Council Chamber

18 January at 7.30pm Alice in Wonderland Panto at The Town Hall

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


1 February at 7pm SW Camera Club Exhibition - SW Library

7 February at 7.30pm Meet with Crabtrees Residents' Association

14 February at 12 noon Mandeville Place development opening ceremony

15 February at 10.30am Meet the Mayor for tea and a chat - Council Chamber

15 February at 6pm Living with History Exhibition at SW Museum

23 February at 7.30pm Mayor's Reception at Saffron Hall


1 March at 6.30pm Accuro Saturday Play Club 'The Windy Dragon' film showing at Dame Bradbury School (Deputy Mayor in attendance)

6 March TIC lunch for volunteers

8 March at 10.30am Meet the Mayor at the Town Hall

9 March at 3pm St Clare Hospice Reception at Audley End House

13 March at 10am SWFC meeting

13 March at 7pm SWCG Spring Concert

21 March Meet and greet the Mayor of Bad Wildungen, Ralf Gutheil

23 March at 11am Re-opening of Starbucks following refurbishment

23 March from 7pm The Mayor's Charity Ball in the Town Hall


4 April meet two classes of K Semar School children in the Town Hall for Q&A Session

4 April at 2pm Judge speaking competition at R A Butler School

6 April at 6.30pm the Chair of East Herts District Council's Spring Ball at Rhodes Centre, Bishop's Stortford

9 April at 7am Meet the Town with James de Vries - SW Town Hall

14 April at 3pm Spring Horticultural Show at GACC

15 April at 12 noon opening of new play area on The Common

24 April at 7pm Side by Side Club meeting - Deputy Mayor to attend

27 April at 3pm 'Tea at the Ritz' - Rowena Davey Centre, Gt. Dunmow


2 May Local Government Elections


1 June Mayor Making at 10.30am Town Hall

16 June at 3pm Summer Horticultural Show at GACC

22 June 'More in Common' in memory of Jo Cox at SW Common

29 June Armed Forces Day - SW Common


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 [email protected] or telephone 01799 516502 and ask for the Mayor's Secretary, Elaine.