New mayor plans to Get To Know Rushden

Rushden mayor Richard Lewis
Rushden mayor Richard Lewis

A new mayor is looking forward to spending 12 months putting Rushden on the map and getting more involved with groups in the town.

Cllr Richard Lewis said it was an honour and a privilege to become mayor of Rushden on May 13.

He takes over from Cllr David Jenney, who attended about 150 events during his mayoral year, and will have Cllr Kaye Rawlins as his deputy.

Cllr Lewis said: “I am really looking forward to the year.”

Events planned include Proms In The Park on August 30, a horse racing night on October 24 and a Victorian evening on December 5.

As Cllr Lewis has been a member of Rushden Golf Club for nearly 50 years, he has also lined up a golf day on April 24.

And following the huge success of a concert with the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood at Rushden Town Bowling Club organised by his predecessor, the band will return to Rushden for another performance on February 6.

He will also be working closely with neighbouring mayor George Whiting. He said: “I have known the new mayor of Higham Ferrers for a long time so we have got a couple of joint events planned.”

But the new mayor is no stranger to organising events after helping run the carnival for 15 years and working with Cllr Janet Pinnock to organise the forthcoming Get To Know Rushden event.

He said: “Get To Know Rushden has been really good fun and it has brought the town together. It’s livened things up in the town.”

Charities set to benefit from his mayoral year include Rushden Mind, which Cllr Lewis is a trustee of, RNLI as his wife Rita is involved with the charity and the Air Cadets.