Mayor of Wellingborough 18th May 2022 - 17th May 2023, Councillor Jonathan Ekins

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.

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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.

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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.

Chelsea Pensioner, Mayor

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.

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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.

1st – Victoria Centre
2nd – Welly Wombles
3rd – Teamwork Trust
4th – Joint winners with Olympic Primary and The Library!
Congratulations to all winners.
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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.”

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Deputy Mayor Attending the University of Northampton, 30th June 2022

“I was absolutely delighted to attend the Summer Degree Show at University of Northampton and see the talented students celebrate their final year and showcase their work in fabric, leather, drawing and photography as well as other media. The work, in many cases, reflected the effect of the pandemic on their lives and on the lives of us all.
A truly uplifting and positive evening. Thank you UoN. “
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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

On Sunday 5th June at 13:00, the Mayor attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with the Wellingborough District Hindu Association.
The Chair of WDHA , Vinod Patel said
“On behalf of Wellingborough District Hindu Association (WDHA), I want to formally acknowledge my appreciation for the support you provided in celebrating our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday.
I am sure you will agree it was a wonderful day and speaking with people who attended, they really enjoyed the day’s proceedings; especially the rich cultural diversity presented on stage by the performers.”

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.

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Mayor of Wellingborough 19th May 2021 - 18th May 2022, Councillor Lora Lawman

Mayor's Charity Donation

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

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.


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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!

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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.


Hmp 5 Wells

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.
Yours sincerely,
Robin Seaton
Senior Responsible Owner, New Prisons

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Donation for the Mayor's Charity

The Mayor was very pleased to receive a kind donation for her chosen charity Teamworks Trust.

Wreath Making Event

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.

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Wreath made at Teamworks Trust

Teamworks Wreath Making

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.

Janknits Remembrance Display

Wool Shop, Park Road

Cllr Lawman visited Janknits’ wool shop on Park Road where Jan had the most magnificent military remembrance display in her shop window