The Mayor of Erewash 2018/19 is Councillor Chris Corbett
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Chris Corbett, 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 2018 to 2019. During his term of office, he will be supported by his wife, Linda.
Councillor Corbett has represented the Wilsthorpe ward on the Borough Council since 1999 and was Leader of the Council from 2007 to 2017 when he became Deputy Mayor. He also serves on Sawley Parish Council.
Chris was brought up in Sandiacre where his parents ran the Sandiacre Press and S P Travel Agency on Station Road. He attended the Sandiacre Infants and Junior Schools before going to Ilkeston Grammar School, as it was then. He joined Westminster Bank in 1966 working locally and then moving to Yorkshire and later to Scotland. He took early retirement from NatWest in Edinburgh after some 30 years’ service and returned to Erewash where his parents still lived.
He is a life member of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association having been at their first public meeting in 1968. Chris was involved in bringing the National Festival of Water to Gallows Inn, Ilkeston, in 2017. He was a founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table 981 and is now a member of the Long Eaton Rotary Club.
Chris and Linda have known each other for over fifty years and were married at St Helens’ Church in Stapleford. Like so many local couples at the time, their wedding reception was held in the Regency Rooms of the Ilkeston Co-op. They have two sons who live in London and Scotland and four grandsons.
Linda worked in the offices at Stanton & Staveley before leaving to have their first child. Many years later, she served a term as Borough Councillor for Long Eaton Central and was a founder member of Sawley Parish Council.
In their spare time they enjoy travelling and socialising with their friends and family.
Chris and Linda are thrilled to be Mayor and Mayoress of our wonderful Borough for the 2018/19 civic year and look forward to meeting residents and contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages.
The Mayor is delighted that Deacon Terry Street of Trinity Methodist Church, Long Eaton has agreed to act as his Chaplain during the forthcoming civic year.
The Mayor’s Charity Appeal
During his year in office, the Mayor has chosen to support two local charities:
Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Having fought off the closure of the canal above Long Eaton it now owns the Lock Cottages at Sandiacre and has created a vibrant Great Northern Basin at the head of the canal at Langley Mill which encourages boats to travel the eleven and a half miles of the Erewash generating business and employment alongside the waterway.
The Erewash Voluntary Action (Community Volunteer Service) supports the health and well-being of our most vulnerable residents throughout the Borough. They provide shopping, sitting and befriending services as well as volunteer training for other voluntary and caring organisations. Chris is grateful for the help they gave his mother whilst he was living away, which enabled her to attend the Parkinson’s Society and other meetings and so see her friends. He became a volunteer driver for the CVS when he moved to Long Eaton.
100 years ago the First World War ended and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world and the Mayor will be delighted to assist with the campaign’s promotion.
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 him as Mr Mayor - and should introduce him to the host or the assembled company.
If the Mayor is to speak, his 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 he 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 “His Worship the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett”.
The Mayor will normally be accompanied by the Mayoress 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 Corbett is looking forward to visiting all parts of the borough and meeting, listening and talking to its residents. He is particularly keen to invite groups into the Town Halls, particularly school children, to hear about local democracy and the election process.
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.