Proud to be Runnymede's new Mayor
Councillor Elaine Gill has become Runnymede's 44th Mayor as she follows in the footsteps of Cllr Parshotam Sohi who has passed on the ceremonial chains after 18 months in the role.
Having lived in Thorpe since 1981, Cllr Gill has fully immersed herself in community life across the borough, including becoming the first Parent Governor of Thorpe C of E First School, getting involved in the Scout movement and helping with 2nd Thorpe Scout Group, and in 2002 she became Secretary of Thorpe Ward Residents' Association.
The new Mayor became a Councillor for Thorpe Ward in June 2004 where she has since helped to organise the Diamond Jubilee Street Party in 2012, Magna Carta Street Party in 2015 and spearheaded the campaign for refurbishment of Thorpe War Memorial in 2018.
The Thorpe ward member said: "I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity to represent the Borough of Runnymede as Mayor. I'm looking forward to the next eighteen months, although I realise that at the moment with the restrictions of COVID-19, life is quite surreal for us all."
Cllr Gill will be supported by her husband, Harry Gill, as well as the Deputy Mayor Cllr Margaret Harnden and her consort.
The first official engagement as Mayor for Cllr Gill will be at the Eden Health development for the over 55 years in Thorpe, where there is expected to be a breaking ground ceremony, and the Magna Carta Trust meeting where the Master of Rolls will also be attending.
Although infection rates continue to rise again, Cllr Gill hopes that between now and May 2021 she will be able to arrange a form of 'thank you' events in Runnymede to recognise all the volunteers, workers, residents and alike who have worked so hard through this pandemic and continue to do so.
"Until restrictions have eased, I will enjoy taking part in virtual events where I can, and I hope that in the latter part of my Mayoralty Harry and I will get the opportunity to meet with residents far and wide in person across Runnymede."