Mayor of Wellingborough 18th May 2022 - 17th May 2023, Councillor Jonathan Ekins
The Mayor's Civic Service, 12th February 2023
The Mayor visiting Lancum House, 16th January 2023
The Mayor visited Lancum House
It was a great celebration time for Lancum House.
We pass on our thanks to the Mayor for attending today. The staff and residents all loved seeing him there.
Revealing the Queen's Jubilee Bench, 30th November 2022
The Mayor led councillors, staff and members of the public to Swanspool Gardens where the Town Council had installed a bench to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
He thanked the Queen for her 70 years as Monach and removed the velvet cover to reveal the bench.
Tree Planting, 30th November 2022
The Mayor was joined by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant at the Town Tree planting Event.
They both planted the Oak tree to commemorate the new King, Charles III.
The Mayor then went on to help plant 30 Rowan Trees in a copse area in memoriam of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
All trees planted co-insided with the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme run by the Queen before her passing as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Mayor attending Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2022
The service was led by The Reverend Canon Paula York, Branch Chaplain of the Royal British Legion, Vicar of All Hallows Church and a Representative of Ukrainian community in Wellingborough.
Many including the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, The Mayor and Chelsea Pensioner laid a wreath by the Memorial.
The Mayor Judged our first Guy Competition, 3rd November 2022
Wellingborough Town Council held their first Make Your Own Guy competition with some fantastic entries from local groups and organisations.
Guys and Winners
Mayor attending BBC's Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge, 21st October 2022
The Mayor went along to cheer Tabitha on her mamouth journey from Wellingborough School to Silverstone on Friday.
Along with the BBC news crew, Matt Baker and Tabitha were joined by The Mayor, Cllr Jon Ekins, who was at the starting point telling everyone to “Donate, Donate, Donate!” The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Valerie Anslow and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Graham Lawman, were also present cheering them on as she peddled through the school grounds out onto the roads of Wellingborough.
It was great to see so many supporters lining the streets to be there and see Tabitha off on her journey.
Mayor attending Lilycuddles Launch, 2nd September 2022
Message from Lillycuddles:
“I just wanted to thank you and the Mayor for his attendance at the Lilycuddles launch on Friday.”
Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jon Ekins, said: “I am delighted to declare the Lilycuddles store officially open. Wellingborough, and indeed Northamptonshire, has needed a place like this for some time now. I really hope lots of families come and visit the store and take advantage of the fact they can actually feel and try out these baby products in person rather than having to order them online.
“I wish Solomon and Yetunde the best of luck with this new venture in our town.”
Deputy Mayor attending Room 46 performance, 11th August 2022
This uplifting musical spotlighted the impact Covid had on a group of teenagers, and how social media and group chat helped them get through the turbulent time. I was delighted to meet the six actors after the show, two of whom live and study in Wellingborough.
Message from Danielle:
Wow!! What a totally fantastic evening that was!! The cast did us proud and deserved their standing ovation! It was made more special with the company of Deputy Mayor Cllr Valerie Anslow. Please can you pass a personal message of thanks across to her for giving us her time and for how positive and enthusiastic she was about the company and cast. She is just great!
Deputy Mayor attending the ground breaking event for Glenvale Park Primary School, 17th August 2022
Cllr Valerie Anslow, Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough, performed the ground breaking task at the Glenvale Park development, which is being built to the north of the town.
As well as the schools, a community centre and children’s play area will also be on the site being masterminded by Glenvale Park LLP.
(extract from Northants telegraph New schools for Wellingborough as construction gets under way | Northamptonshire Telegraph (northantstelegraph.co.uk)
Deputy Mayor attending the Raksha Bandhan Celebrations, 2nd August 2022
The Deputy Mayor enjoyed being a part of the Raksha Bandhan Celebrations.
Raksha Bandhan, colloquially known as Rakhi, is an age-old Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. For the Hindus serving in the Armed Forces, the festival holds special significance as it symbolises the duty of the Armed Forces in protecting their society.
Deputy Mayor attending a sweet shop opening, 20th July 2022
The Deputy Mayor was delighted to be able to open the new Sweet Shop on Alexander Road, Lovely Sweet and Chat.
Deputy Mayor Attending the University of Northampton, 30th June 2022
Past Mayor and Consort Badge Presentation, 15th June 2022
Councillor Jon Ekins presented Councillor Lora and Councillor Graham Lawman with their past mayor and past consort badges at the Full Council meeting on 15th June.
Jubilee Celebrations at The Hindu Community Centre, 5th June 2022
Jubilee Celebrations at Croyland Park, WTC Big Lunch event, 5th June 2022
Despite the cold and drizzle, the Mayor opened the Town Council’s Big Lunch event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Picnic tables were full, children and adults played with the giant games and rode on the ride, enjoyed the Rock Choir and Neil Richardson’s entertainment, and a delighted resident, Guosne, won the hat competition whilst the dogs strutted their stuff in the arena for the dog show with the Northamptonshire Dachshunds group.
Jubilee Celebrations at The Library, 4th June 2022
On Saturday 4th June, the Mayor attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with Wellingborough Library.
Cllr Ekins was delighted to announce the winners of the Scarecrow and Hat competition.
“We would like to say thank you very much to Mayor Ekins for attending our Jubilee celebrations on Saturday 4th June at the library. We had a lovely time and the winners of the scarecrow festival and hat parade were so pleased to be presented with their prizes by the mayor.”
Planting a tree for the Jubilee, 28th May 2022
The Mayor was invited to come and plant a tree for the Jubilee.
Mr Samant was delighted that he could do the honours.
Mayor of Wellingborough 19th May 2021 - 18th May 2022, Councillor Lora Lawman
My Charity Donation
The Mayor of Wellingborough was delighted that Teamwork Trust, her chosen charity for the Mayoral term, were able to attend the Annual Town Meeting on 4th May 2022, as she was able to present them with a cheque for £1,677.70.
This amazing amount of money was raised through kind donations and events she held during the year.
Events included a Civic Service, Gala Dinner and a Quiz Night.
Honorary Woman Award - 4 May 2022
The Mayor was delighted to be able to present Anita Neil OLY Wellingborough Town Council’s first Honorary Woman Award for 2022.
This prestigious award being given to Anita Neil OLY, a retired British international sprinter born in Wellingborough.
Wellingborough Town Council Spring Clean, 26th March 2022
We held a town centre clean-up where I swept steps outside the pagoda, the Welli Wombles supporting with their cheerful team in a town centre litter pick. Sad that we need to do that, but some people just drop biscuit packets, cigarette ends (by far the most), drinks cans etc, rather than putting them into the provided bins. It made it worthwhile to see people sitting down on the clean steps, to watch the dinosaur show!
Mayor's Gala Dinner, 11th March 2022
International Women's Day 2022 - #BreakTheBias
On 8 March 2022, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Break The Bias. It refers to deliberate and unconscious biases that make it difficult for women to move ahead and encourage action on behalf of organisations and individuals to level the playing field.
Today we interviewed Councillor Lora Lawman, the Mayor of Wellingborough Town Council, to find out who she is inspired by and what it means to be a woman in local government.
If you would like any further information on International Women’s Day, please head to their website.
Let’s all play the part to help forge positive visibility of women and celebrate their achievements and create a gender equal world.
Visit to HMP Five Wells
Dear Madam Mayor,
As you may be aware, the Ministry of Justice is committed to delivering 20,000 additional
prison places by the mid 2020’s- as part of our prison building programme. HMP Five Wells,
in Wellingborough, is the first of six new prisons to be built and will deliver around 1,700
resettlement places for category C adult men. The prison is the first of its design to be built,
with a focus on rehabilitation in order to reduce re-offending and cut crime.
I am delighted to inform you that HMP Five Wells has now been officially opened by the Lord
Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab,
following the arrival of its first prisoners on 4 February. The main contractor for HMP Five
Wells was Kier, who were able to successfully navigate the challenges of delivering the build
on time during the pandemic. G4S, as the prison operator, has worked very closely with Kier,
MoJ, and HMPPS to ensure the prison is ready to open on time.
G4S are already working to ensure that the close working relationships we have built with
the local community and stakeholders in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire continue to
grow as the prison becomes operational and plays its part in the local community.
I would like to thank you for the support you have shown the project since it began which has
been vital in ensuring the new prison is a success, and that it benefits the local community
while providing additional safe, secure, modern and decent prison places.
Senior Responsible Owner, New Prisons
Mayor's Civic Service 6th February 2022
Animal Encounters - 22 Jan 2022
Donation for the Mayor's Charity
The Mayor was very pleased to receive a kind donation for her chosen charity Teamworks Trust.
Christmas Carol Concert - 11th December 2021
Wellingborough Town Council Wreath Making event
The Mayor came along and took part in making a Christmas wreath at the event organised by the Town Council
Christmas Fair at the Library - 4th December 2021
The Mayor attended the Library Christmas Fair on 4th December.
Cllr Lawman opened the event at 10am and enjoyed some time at the fair, including the Jazz band that played.
A message from the Library:
We would just like to extend our thanks to the Mayor from all at Wellingborough Library.
We were delighted that she could join us to open the Christmas Fair which had a fantastic turnout and raised a whopping £1339.91 for the library service.
Christmas Lights Switch On - 27th November 2021
Community open Day at Glenvale Park - Planting the Capsule that will be opened in 2121
Wreath made at Teamworks Trust
Cllr Lawman volunteered at Teamworks Trust on 18th November and they had made a beautiful wreath from recycled materials. It will be laid at the Cenotaph.
Remembrance Sunday 14.11.2021
Janknits Remembrance Display
Cllr Lawman visited Janknits’ wool shop on Park Road where Jan had the most magnificent military remembrance display in her shop window