Mayor of Knaresborough May 2017 - May 2018

Being a town of proud tradition, Knaresborough has maintained the honourable post of Town Mayor. Each year in May, a new Mayor is chosen by Knaresborough Town Councillors. For that year the Mayor is, regardless of politics, the representative of the town of Knaresborough.

It is an onerous role, which entails a very heavy commitment of voluntary time, often needing attendance at several functions each week as well as the usual commitments of a Town Councillor. The Mayor’s events vary from local community events to the formal Remembrance Day ceremonies to hosting important visitors to Knaresborough or representing Knaresborough to other communities whether these be close neighbours or our European ‘twin’ town of Bebra in Germany.





The Mayor for 2017/18 is Councillor David Goode and his Mayoress is Catherine Goode. The Deputy Mayor for this period is Councillor Lynda Powell and the Deputy Consort is Tony Powell. This year the Mayor is supporting local volunteers by way of charity support. If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's charity please contact the Clerk's Office.

If you would like to invite the Mayor of Knaresborough to an event please contact 01423 864080 or email the Deputy Clerk on .

December 2017

Mayors attending Skipton Civic Carol Service

A very enjoyable night was at the Oxfam Ceilidh. It had been many years since we had done some country dancing, great fun even if the legs were suffering in the morning. Money raised went to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal raising funds to support the Rohingya refugees driven out of Myanmar.

As part of Knaresborough’s Bright Friday celebrations, I was asked to switch on the Christmas tree lights. The evening started with us joining a lantern procession from the Castle top to the Market Square. Clearly many children had been hard at work making their lanterns. It was a little overwhelming to find the Market Square full for the event. It is my perception that every year the numbers of people attending key annual events in the Knaresborough calendar is increasing. This is great to see. Thank you all for the support you offer to these events and the contributions you make to fund raising for local charities.

The Month came to an end with the Mayoress and I joining pupils from Forest School, members of Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks department and Andrew and Christine Willoughby representing Knaresborough in Bloom to plant 2000 crocuses in the grounds of Knaresborough House. This will create a fantastic display in the spring.

The month finished with an invitation to attend a performance of the Messiah at Holy Trinity Church. The performance of soloists, musicians and singers from local choirs, who had a very limited time to rehearse together, did a fantastic job. To sit in front of the massed ranks of singers was an experience not to be forgotten. Funds raised at this event was in support of The Harrogate Easier Living Project who support the older, vulnerable people or those living with disability to remain living independently in their own homes across the district.

Cath and I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a great New Year.

November 2017


 November started with a trip to Skipton in support of the Mayor of Skipton’s, Cllr Andrew Rankine, charity fund raiser, “An Evening with Simon Entwistle”. Simon tells some great ghost stories from across our region.


This was followed by Remembrance Day which was a very moving and poignant occasion as we remembered brave men and women for their courage, sacrifice and their devotion to ideals of freedom and peace for all. Every year the number of people attending the service and two minute silence at the Cenotaph increases, which I hope indicates we share similar values with former generations as we live our lives in a very troubled world.

I had a great afternoon presenting awards to participants along with the Mayor of Harrogate, Anne Jones and volunteers from Knaresborough Lions at the Special Olympics Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Swimming Gala. The event was great fun for all with many swimmers improving their own personal best times.

Later in the month Catherine and I attended the Oakleaf Service at Ripon Cathedral. This service is organised by North Yorkshire Police in conjunction with Ripon Cathedral primarily for relatives and friends of those killed in road traffic accidents on North Yorkshires roads over the past 12 months. This was a very stark reminder that we all need to work to make our roads safer for all.

 October 2017

David and Catherine at Harrogate College Student Graduation Ceremony at St Peter's Church Harrogate

The Mayor and Mayoress at the Horticultural Society's Knaresborough's Hidden Gardens 



The Mayor of Knaresborough Councillor David Goode unveiling the new sign in honour of  
Knaresborough's famous Blind Jack  'John Metcalf  Way' along with Knaresborough's
Town Crier Mr Roger Hewitt and Mr Bernard Higgins who pioneered this project. 


Everyone who turned out for the unveiling of the sign, including:-
The Blind Jack Tri Centennial Anniversary Committee members and the Chairman Bernard Higgins,
Knaresborough Town Councillors, The Clerk to the Council, Councillor David Goode Mayor of Knaresborough, Councillor Anne Jones Mayor of Harrogate, Roger Hewitt Knaresborough's Town Crier, 
Representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire, Brian Foreshaw a local historian,and Representatives from F.E.V.A 



Town Twinning with Bebra was high on the list again this month with a week’s visit to Knaresborough from Musikzug TSV Bebra band who played several concerts in Knaresborough and Wetherby. The Saturday evening performance which also included Knaresborough Silver Band and St Mary’s Singers even had the Mayor up dancing with one of the band members, much to the amusement of the audience!

Attending music events continued with an enjoyable evening at King James School listening to Knaresborough Choral Society performing to a full hall. Some great solos throughout the evening.

The Mayor was honoured to be invited to Henshaws College student’s graduation event and to see what the students had achieved through masses of hard work. The close, supportive bond between students and teachers was wonderful to see.

The Mayor and Mayoress attended Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Annual Bazaar at COGs where they met several dogs with owners and trainers. We learnt what a positive difference a hearing dog can make to a deaf person’s quality of life, from the dog responding to a range of sounds from a ring of a door bell to danger signals such as a fire alarm.

They had a fantastic day with children and teachers from several local primary schools at their Paralympic Festival of Sport held at King James School. This was sports mass participation at its best with enthusiastic participation of all competitors throughout the day. The Mayor and Mayoress were even persuaded to take part in the tug of war!

A delightful afternoon was spent giving out medals and certificates for pre-school dancers at Dolly Dance Awards, Studio 3 at the Frazer Theatre. 

A message from the Mayor: 

"Talking to charity group leaders there is a consistent message that they are just not getting enough volunteers. For example, across the country British Legion Associations are folding because of lack of active members to run events such as Poppy Selling. What came as a surprise to me is that you don’t need to have been in the forces be a member of the Legion. So, if you are interested in the work of the British Legion and fancy getting involved they would be very pleased to hear from you".

Mayor diary upcoming events for August - Representing Knaresborough at Yorkshire Day at Sheffield, Harrogate/Knaresborough Joint Civic Service, St. Johns, FEVA Art Exhibition at Studio 3, Summer Fayre, The Manor House, Town Criers’ Completion, Market Square, Refurbished Kwik Fit Plus opening, Girlguides Regional Camp, Ripon.