Cllr Elaine Gill appointed as Mayor of Runnymede

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Cllr Elaine Gill, Mayor of Runnymede

The new Mayor of Runnymede has been announced as Cllr Elaine Gill, who becomes the first person in Runnymede Borough Council’s history to hold the role twice.

Having previously been Mayor during the Coronavirus pandemic, which severely curtailed traditional Mayoral activities, Cllr Gill can now fulfil the role with gusto.

During Cllr Gill’s second term in office she hopes to fundraise for environmental projects in areas across Runnymede. As a result of the fundraising, organisations or individuals would potentially be able to apply a grant of up to £250 to enhance areas and give civic pride to the place in which we all live.

Cllr Gill received cross party support for her second term of office as Mayor. She said: “I’m grateful to all who asked me to stand again and who have and will support my time as Mayor.

“To serve during the pandemic was a particular privilege as so many people looked to the Council for support and advice, but the lockdowns did limit how many groups I could visit. Now is the chance to really get out and meet people, to see and raise the profile of all the good that exists locally and to enjoy the great community spirit we have here.”

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Cllr Gill has nominated The Egham Band Youth Brass Project, and Runnymede Dementia Carers Support as her two charities for the year.

The Egham Band Youth Brass Project is part of the wider Egham Band, which has a history dating back to 1895 and still plays an active role in the community today, regularly leading local parades, putting on concerts, and performing at civic events.

In 2016, the band launched a project to start teaching music to entire year groups via brass instruments, at no cost to the schools involved. The project has now grown to include 150+ children from age nine, across three primary schools, after school groups, and two youth bands.

Runnymede Dementia Carers Support provides support and opportunities for carers and their loved one to have a social life together, and with others, which is often difficult due to the nature of this illness.

The informal groups give carers of people who have dementia the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, safe in the comfort and knowledge that their loved ones are being supported at the same time. From breakfast and lunch clubs to social events and outings the charity provides a variety of activities that everyone will feel welcome to attend and enjoy.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor’s charities we can accept payments by bank transfer, cheque or card payment.  Please email for further details.

Cllr Gill was confirmed as the Mayor of Runnymede during the Council’s annual meeting on 15 May. At the same time, Cllr Margaret Harnden, herself a former Mayor, was also appointed as Deputy Mayor for the year.

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Published: 16 May 2024