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TRIBUTES FOR MAYOR: Residents can pay respects to late Hertsmere Mayor online

 Published on: 18th September 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A formal online book of condolence has been opened in memory of the Mayor of Hertsmere, councillor Cynthia Barker, who died after a period of illness on Monday, September 14.

The book of condolence has been opened to allow mourners an opportunity to pass on their memories, kind words and sympathies to Cynthia’s family and friends.

Leader of the Council, councillor Morris Bright MBE, said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to Cynthia’s loved ones. It is my hope that the outpouring of support and love from across Hertsmere will bring some comfort to her family and friends at this difficult time.

“Cynthia thrived at being a local councillor, always wanting to help residents with their issues. She has left a lasting impression on the council, which has been evident by the very many touching messages posted already on social media.”

Mayor Cynthia Barker was appointed to the highly prestigious role in June this year, having served as deputy mayor last year, and had been a borough councillor for firstly Potters Bar and then Borehamwood’s Kenilworth ward since 2015. 

She was the first Philippine-born elected representative in the borough, extremely proud of her heritage and committed to doing her utmost to champion equality and diversity for all our communities in Hertsmere. She was also chosen as one of the 100 most influential Filipinas by the Filipina Women’s Network. 

The council’s flag continues to fly at half-mast outside the Civic Offices as a mark of respect.

Anyone who wishes to sign the book of condolence should go to 

It was Cyynthia’s intention to raise money for the NSPCC during her year as Mayor.

Donations to the charity can be made, in her name, via the Mayor of Hertsmere – cllr Cynthia Barker Fund – 

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 1pm.  Due to the restrictions regarding the pandemic, there are a limited number of guests who will be attending the funeral service. 

The Mayor’s Office will be represented by The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss CBE.

As First Citizen of the borough, Cynthia’s funeral hearse will make a tour of Hertsmere beginning at 10.30am in Borehamwood, travelling through Elstree, Bushey, Radlett, Shenley, South Mimms and Potters Bar, finishing back in Borehamwood at approximately 11.30am.  

To view the route, please go to

Those wanting to pay their respects along the route are asked to ensure that they continue to observe social distancing rules.  

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