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Bushey councillor takes over as Hertsmere Mayor

 Published on: 12th June 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

The mayoral chains have been passed on to Cllr Carey Keates who becomes Hertsmere’s Mayor for the year. Cllr Keates takes over the role from Cllr Paul Morris OBE and was inaugurated at the annual council meeting last night, Wednesday 11 June.  The new deputy Mayor was also welcomed – Cllr Martin Worster – who serves in the Potters Bar Furzefield ward. Cllr Morris raised more than £45,000 during his term of office, setting a brand new Hertsmere record.  The money will be split between The Ben Kinsella Trust, which campaigns against knife crime, and learning disability charity Langdon.  Charity events organised by Cllr Morris included a charity golf day last year and most recently a charity bike ride from Paris to London and then on to Borehamwood last month.  The ride was completed by two former EastEnders actresses – Brooke Kinsella MBE, who also founded The Ben Kinsella Trust after her brother was stabbed to death, and Louisa Lytton – as well as local singer Lemar. During his year as Mayor, Cllr Morris also attended more than 200 community engagements.  He said: “This has been a challenging but rewarding year.  It has given me the opportunity to meet many members of the community and understand their issues.  My year to me has been about understanding these local issues whilst fundraising.  In particular, I have used the opportunity to understand the needs of regeneration in Hertsmere, particularly the high streets, and I will use this knowledge to spearhead the needs of both local residents and businesses. “I’d like to thank all those who have supported me during the year, by donating money or getting involved in my events – it was truly wonderful to see so many people take up the challenge of cycling 189 miles from Paris to Borehamwood.  All the support is really appreciated and the money is going to two great causes.” New Mayor Cllr Keates, of Bushey St James ward, was first elected as a councillor in 1992 and served as deputy Mayor last year.  He is married to Shirley and they have three daughters.  He has lived in Bushey for 42 years and he is also involved with Bushey Museum. Cllr Keates is looking forward to his year as Mayor during which he will be raising money for the Kidney Research UK and Hertsmere Mencap.  He said: “Both of these charities are dear to my heart.  I ran a local weekly evening club for adults with learning difficulties for seven years and, having been the recipient of a transplanted kidney, I am very aware of the 8,000 kidney patients who may die unless they receive a donor kidney. “I am already planning a charity golf day and quiz evening and have other ideas in mind.” If you would like the Mayor to attend one of your events please contact the Mayor’s secretary on 020 8207 7477 or email mayors.secretary@hertsmere.gov.uk.

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