Sue Newham, Mayor of Newtown, thanked Newtown volunteers for the many hours they give to making the town a better place, at a mayor-making ceremony at the Monty Club. She took her oath of office with the assistance of Rev. Alan Hewitt of Hope Church.
Sue outlined some of the challenges the town is facing, before listing and thanking many of the voluntary organisations which make such a valuable contribution to the life of the town. She concluded by saying, “This list of thanks gives me confidence to say that, although change is inevitable, Newtown will continue to be not only the biggest town in Mid Wales, but also the biggest hearted town in Mid Wales.”
The event included awards for the employers of on call fire fighters in the town, after Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council recognised the vital role that employers play in releasing fire fighters when they attend emergency incidents. The employers receiving awards were Royal Mail, Morrisons, Freedom Leisure, Newtown Plastics, KFC, Laura Ashley, Powys County Council, Greencore Foods and Malcolm Bayliss.
There was also an awarding of a Town Council Community Fund grant to Newtown Fire Cadets.
Entertainment during the evening was provided by the RBD Dance Academy and the Newtown Handbell Ringers. Both groups had also received Community Fund awards from the Council.
The new Mayor had made small flower arrangements and baked some scones in support of Wales Air Ambulance, her chosen charity. Donations from the evening totalled £91.19