Mayor to shine spotlight on volunteers and local groups during year in office


Runnymede's new Mayor hopes to put the spotlight on hundreds of local organisations and good causes during his year in office, in a bid to show the strength of the borough's community.

Councillor Parshotam Sohi has completed the first month in his new role and has already visited more than 20 events and groups. He follows in the footsteps of Cllr Dolsie Clarke, who passed on the ceremonial robes at the Mayor Making ceremony on 15 May 2019.

During his first month since taking the chains of office, Cllr Sohi has visited some great local events, including the Tasis Graduation Ceremony and the Voluntary Support Awards.

He has also visited Rodwell House, Addlestone, the Frog Island Fair, and represented the borough at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Later this month he will be at Parklands Manor Care Home for National Care Home Day, St Mary's Church Fair in Thorpe and at Egham Regatta.

Cllr Sohi said: "It's an honour to be Mayor, but the real benefit is to be able to show how inclusive and supporting our borough is. I'm looking forward to supporting and visiting many volunteers and local businesses over the next year and seeing all the good work they do within Runnymede."

The Mayor has chosen to support the following charities this year; First Virginia Water Scout Group, Sight for Surrey and the veterans' charity Combat Stress.

Cllr Sohi, who is a Virginia Water ward member, will be supported by the Mayoress - his wife of 30 years - Davinder Sohi, as well as Deputy Mayor Elaine Gill and her consort Harry Gill.

Find out how you can ask the Mayor to attend an event, and see what's on in the Mayor's diary, here.