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May 18, 2021

On Monday 17 May Councillor Sarah Miller and Councillor Michelle Thomas were officially designated Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Henley-on-Thames at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council.

The ceremony took place in the Queen Elizabeth II Hall and was live streamed on Henley Town Council's YouTube channel. It is  available to watch here.  The capacity of the hall was restricted to ensure that Mayor Making was safe and socially distanced.

Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward commented, ‘Even though the pandemic is in retreat, it is still vital that we follow the latest guidelines on social distancing.  In previous years, we have hosted nearly two hundred people at Mayor Making. Although things are a little different this year, we are pleased to be able to bring all the ritual and drama of the Annual Town Meeting live to residents’ homes. The live streaming service will mean that everyone has access to the best seat in the house.’  

He added:

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Councillor Ken Arlett and Deputy Mayor Councillor Dave Eggleton. It has been one of the most extraordinary and challenging periods in Henley’s history, and we are proud of our community and our public servants.  Their leadership and service has been extraordinary. From the funds raised for the Mayor’s Charity, the chairing of committees and working groups and even shredding Christmas trees… Their work has been tireless. They are an inspiration.’

Mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Councillor Ken Arlett added ‘It has been a privilege to have been Mayor of Henley-on-Thames for the past two years, and to lead Henley through some very difficult times, hopefully now this is the beginning of the end of COVID-19. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the outstanding local organisations and residents who give up their valuable time for our town. Also – thank you to all the shop owners who have come through this torrid time - I wish them all success for the future. As a town, we have come together even more over this past 15 months. We should all be proud of that. It is now time for me to move over and welcome Mayor Elect Councillor Sarah Miller and Deputy Mayor Elect Councillor Michelle Thomas to their new roles, if they have the amount of support that I have received from Councillors and Town Council staff I am sure they will have a fabulous year. One final thankyou to everyone who has made myself and the Mayoress feel so welcome when we have attended official functions.  

Mayor Elect Councillor Sarah Miller said ‘This event constitutes the beginning of what I hope will be a return to normality for Henley, and the beginning of a wonderful summer. I hope that you will join me, and Deputy Mayor Elect Michelle Thomas in thanking Mayor Ken Arlett and Deputy Mayor Dave Eggleton for all their hard work and dedication.’