The Mayor of Erewash 2017/18 is Councillor Mary Hopkinson
The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, is delighted to have been elected as the First Citizen of the Borough and is looking forward to serving residents of Erewash during the civic year 2017 to 2018. During her term of office, Mary will be supported by her husband, Peter but her close friend, Mrs Megan Walker, will step in when Peter is unavailable.
Mary has represented the Little Hallam ward on the Borough Council since 2011 and, as she is Ilkeston ‘born and bred’ feels very privileged to have been chosen to serve the Borough over the next twelve months.
Mary was educated at local schools – Bennerley Infants, Granby Juniors and finally leaving Hallcroft Girls school aged 15. She started her working life at Booths factory in Ilkeston from where she left on the birth of her first daughter, Joanne. Her second daughter, Ruth, was born two years later. As her daughters reached school age, she returned to work in the offices at Winster Products and finally Domestic Industrial Pressings.
Mary met Peter at the Co-op dance hall and they were married at Cotmanhay Church. They have been married for over 50 years and have six grand-children and three great-grandchildren. Peter has worked for the Post Office for most of his working life apart from three years in the Royal Air Force. He started as a postman finally retiring as the Manager of TV Licensing.
Mary is involved with a variety of local organisations – the Ilkeston 50+ Forum; Secretary to the South Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and was a founder member of the Ilkeston Lioness Club. When time allows, Mary and Peter enjoy travelling around the country.
The Mayor is delighted that the Reverend Christine French of All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam has agreed to act as her Chaplain during the forthcoming civic year.
The Mayor’s Charity Appeal
During her year in office, the Mayor has chosen to support and promote four charities - Sight Support Derbyshire as she herself has an ongoing sight problem; The Canaan Trust which helps those people who find themselves homeless often through no fault of their own; Ben’s Den, a charity which offers holidays for families with terminally ill children and, as she is conscious of the many people who are affected by dementia, The Alzheimer’s Research UK. She will be supporting and promoting events within the Borough for people living with the condition and their carers.
A variety of fundraising events are to be held during the year, information for which will be available from the Civic Office.
Notes on the attendance of the Mayor at functions
The Mayor, as First Citizen, should be accorded due precedence and respect within the Borough.
A responsible person should meet the Mayor on arrival at the entrance - address her as Madam Mayor - and should introduce her to the host or the assembled company.
If the Mayor is to speak, her toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to the Civic Office in advance.
Unless the Mayor occupies the chair she should be seated on the immediate right of the person chairing (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present).
The formal announcement of the Mayor is “The Worshipful the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson”.
The Mayor will normally be accompanied by her Consort and a Chauffeur. The Chauffeur should be advised of changes to programme, parking and the anticipated time that the event will end.
Invite the Mayor to your event
As Mayor, Councillor Hopkinson is looking forward to visiting all parts of the borough and meeting, listening and talking to its residents. She is particularly keen to invite groups into the Town Halls, particularly school children, to hear about local democracy especially as 2018 will be the centenary of the right to vote given to women.
To invite the Mayor to your event, or to request a visit to either of the town Halls, you should download our leaflet or send a written invitation via the Mayor’s Office. Invitations are considered on a strictly first come, first served basis and you may wish to telephone the Mayor’s Office to check the Mayor’s availability before writing.
The address is: Mayor’s Office, Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5R, or you can email the Democratic and Civic Officer, Susan Dunkley, at the Town Hall, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5RP (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). It is recommended that you telephone the office first of all to make sure the date is free in the civic diary (telephone 0115 9071115 direct or 0115 9072244, extension 3441 via the switchboard).
If the Mayor is unavailable on the date in question, the Deputy Mayor will be asked to represent the Council. The Office will help you if you need any guidance on protocol, for instance how to introduce the Mayor, how to draw up a seating plan or for advice on the involvement of the local press. Please telephone the Office on 0115 9071115.