Following the local elections in May, Thornbury Town Council is delighted to announce that Cllr James Murray has been elected as the new Town Mayor and Chair of Council. Cllr Helen Ball becomes the Deputy Mayor and Council Vice Chair.

James has lived in Thornbury for the last 10 years having opened Hawkes House café/bar in Thornbury in 2013. Cllr Murray said:

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work as a councillor over the last 2½ years. To be re-elected as a councillor in May and to subsequently be voted in as Mayor is a great honour. We have a brilliant group of councillors who bring with them both a great deal of enthusiasm and expertise in many fields, which will be valuable as the Town Council works towards delivering its adopted 5-year Strategic Plan”.

Cllr Murray takes over from retiring Mayor Chris Davies who said:

I wish to thank the people of Thornbury for the warm welcome I have received as Mayor over the past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many residents and attending a wide array of community events. Highlights for me have included the Remembrance Parade in November which was the first to take place since Covid-19 and, although tainted by sadness, the historic occasion of the announcement of the proclamation of King Charles III”.

The elections in May saw the retirement of a number of long-standing councillors who must be thanked for their dedicated service to the people of Thornbury during their terms. The elections saw 6 councillors re-elected and 10 new councillors joining them. The Town Council now consists of 10 Liberal Democrat councillors, 5 independent councillors and one Green Party councillor.

If you would like to request that the Mayor attends a community event, please download a booking form from the Thornbury Town Mayor page.

Councillors in the Council Chamber Cllr James Murray and his children