Tewkesbury Borough Council has welcomed a new mayor for 2022/23.

Councillor John Murphy was invested as Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough at a ceremony held at Tewkesbury Abbey on the evening of Tuesday, 10 May 2022.

Over 120 guests welcomed the new mayor at the ceremony, including friends, family and local dignitaries.

Councillor John Murphy, Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough

The mayor is the first citizen of the borough and members of the council nominate a councillor each year to take on the role, which includes chairing council meetings, leading the council at civic events and attending community engagements throughout the year.

Councillor Murphy lives in Winchcombe and represents the Winchcombe ward as a borough councillor. He named his wife, Anne, as mayoress and his chaplain is Canon Rev Paul Williams.

Councillor Andrew Reece, who was Tewkesbury Borough’s mayor for 2021/22, was invested as deputy mayor for the year at the same ceremony, making this the first time in Tewkesbury Borough’s history that an outgoing mayor has become the deputy mayor.

Councillor Murphy, who has been a councillor since 2019 and served as deputy mayor for 2021/22, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been elected mayor. My wife, Anne, and I look forward to meeting many new people from across the borough and visiting many of the organisations that do such good work for the community.

“Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton and WAM Youth in Winchcombe are particularly close to my heart. I’m delighted to name them as my chosen charities and look forward to raising their profile and helping to boost their fundraising.

“It will be a great privilege to serve the people of Tewkesbury Borough and I shall do so to the very best of my ability.”

Category: Council