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 .


 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.