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East Sussex,
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Mayor

MEET THE MAYOR

Photo of Crowborough Town Council Mayor

 

Councillor Matthew Street was elected Town Mayor for 2023-24 at the Annual Statutory Meeting held on 16th May 2023.

Message from the Mayor:

I am honoured to have been elected Mayor for the wonderful town in which I live and work.

My wife and I moved to Crowborough in early 2007 with our three children and we soon fell in love with the town and surrounding area. Our children all attended pre-school and primary schools in the town and then went on to Beacon Academy, where I am currently Chair of the Local Governing Body. I was also a governor at Sir Henry Fermor primary school for eight years when they were younger.

I am fortunate to work within our wonderful town as the Branch Manager of Waitrose Crowborough and I enjoy being able to help local people, whether as customers or employees. In addition, I am an elected Director of the John Lewis Partnership Trust board which gives me an opportunity to work nationally in a well-loved company. My work within the town allows me to contribute through other means too, and I was a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce, a previous Chairperson of the Retailer’s Association and I have been a trustee of the local Foodbank since 2015.

I became a town councillor in 2010 and I am proud of what this council has achieved in that time for our residents. In my role as a councillor, I have been actively involved in committee activities – for the past 12 years I have been the Chairperson of the Communication and Events Committee which organises our town’s major events such as the annual firework display, Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, Boundary Walk and much more. I was also Deputy Mayor for a year which I hope has prepared me a little bit for this new role!

Outside of work and the council, I enjoy exploring Ashdown Forest and the wider East Sussex countryside with our family dog. I have been part of the Crowborough Players for a number of years, and I am a member of All Saints’ church.

Each year the Mayor chooses two charities to support and this year I am delighted to be supporting the Friends of Crowborough Hospital and 1st Crowborough Scout Group. I hope to support Friends of Crowborough Hospital by raising enough money to purchase some much-needed equipment for their very popular birthing centre and to support 1st Crowborough Scouts in their work maintaining their headquarters building which many local young people benefit from using.

It is an honour to have been elected as Mayor for this year and I look forward to meeting you either at council meetings or at some of our events throughout the year.

The Mayor receives many invitations each year to attend various local events. Whilst it is not possible for him to accept every invitation, he does try to attend as many events as possible.  If the Mayor is unable to attend, the Deputy Mayor might be able to attend in his place.

If you would like the support of the Town Mayor’s attendance at your function or event, please contact the Council Offices on 01892 652907 or email:

TownMayor@crowboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk

Full details of the event and the requested Mayor’s involvement can be submitted on the following attendance forms:

Mayor Attendance Form

Deputy Mayor Attendance Form

 

Photo of Mayor giving awards at Friends Of Crowborough Hospital AGM

Awards being presented at the Friends Of Crowborough Hospital AGM

Photo of the Civic Award 2023 presented to the Sewing Crow-Bees

The Sewing Crow-Bees receiving their Civic Award

Montage Photo of opening of Pocket Park

The Official Opening of the new Nature Reserve, Pocket Park

Photo of The Mayor visiting Woodlands Care Home

Woodlands Care Home celebrating, ‘ Care Home Open Week’, supporting this year’s theme of Connecting Communities.

Students from Sir Henry Fermor C of E Primary School were also helping out, and it was great to see them having fun with the residents.

Photos from Armed Forces Day Celebrations

Armed Forces Day

The Crowborough Town Mayor presenting awards at Beacon Academy

Presenting awards at the Beacon Academy Honours Awards

The Mayor at the Crowborough Hospital Fete

Opening the 2023 Crowborough Hospital Fete

Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival 4 photo montage

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were pleased to open the 2023 Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival

Photo montage showing Mayor opening Padel Tennis courts

The Mayor enjoyed opening the new Padel Tennis Courts at Crowborough Tennis and Squash Club in October 2023.

Photo of the Town Mayor visiting Ashdown Primary School

The Mayor enjoyed  his recent visit to Ashdown Primary School to support their learning about local history.

The Mayor standing with crowds at the war memorial at the remembrance services.

The Mayor was proud to attend this year’s remembrance services.

Photo of Mayor in front of the Christmas Tree at the Christmas Cracker Event

The Mayor enjoyed joining in the festive fun at the 2023 Christmas Cracker Event

Photo of the Mayor with some of the first Crowborough Scouts and their leaders

The Mayor enjoyed attending the Scout annual Carol Service at All Saints Church.

Photo showing the Crowborough Town Mayor on stage in a panto

The Mayor really enjoyed having a small cameo part in the Crowborough Players’ wonderful panto “The Three Musketeers”.

Photo of the Mayor unveiling a commemorative bench

The Mayor was pleased to unveil a commemorative bench on Chapel Green provided by the Crowborough & District Veterans & Supporters Association.

The bench was commemorated to remember the tragic loss of life of Acting Flying Officer Donald James Catt and Miss Ella Coomber following a tragic crash of an aeroplane into a house in 1939. It was also in recognition of the contribution Mr Neville Stone B.E.M. made to the town.

photo of the Mayor at Beacon Academy Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation

The Mayor was pleased to present the Duke of Edinburgh awards at a presentation at Beacon Academy.

Photo of the Mayor and Councillors at the art exhibition at Crowborough All Saints Church

The Mayor was pleased to visit the Arts by the Green exhibition at All Saints Church along with some Town Councillors.

They were impressed with the wide variety of creative talent on show by Crowborough residents.

Photo of the Mayor with Christopher Nevill, Marquess of Abergavenny shaking hands

The Mayor felt privileged to take part in two Citizenship Ceremonies in Crowborough with Christopher Nevill, Marquess of Abergavenny.

They witnessed 20 people become citizens of the United Kingdom and after the event they joined them in a cup of tea hosted by the Mother’s Union.

Photo of the Mayor presenting Jeremy Woolger with his civic award.

The Mayor was pleased to attend the Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce AGM to surprise Jeremy Woolger, (the former President and Chair of the Chamber); with a well deserved Citizens Award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the residents of Crowborough.

photo showing Mayor opening 2024 season at the miniature railway and model boating lake

The Mayor was pleased to open the 2024 season for the Crowborough Miniature Railway and the model boating clubs at Goldsmiths on Good Friday.

These attractions are such a popular part of Crowborough and the Mayor enjoyed taking part and meeting the enthusiastic volunteers, without whom the clubs would not exist!

The Mayor visiting the charity the Good Company People at their Tuesday lunch club

The Mayor appreciated the opportunity to join in with the wonderful local charity, The Good Company People at their Tuesday Lunch Club.

Lucy Buck has created a wonderful organisation that is helping so many local residents and The Town Council is pleased to be able to give them a grant to support their work over the coming year.

The Mayor was pleased to open the Crowborough Business Expo

Photo showing the Mayor giving awards at the Crowborough Town Meeting

The Mayor was proud to open proceedings at the Crowborough Town Meeting.

As part of the meeting, he was pleased to present a Civic Award to Sheila Williams for outstanding services to Girl Guides in Crowborough and the surrounding area for over 56 years.

He was also delighted to announce that the people of Crowborough have raised over £6,000 for his two chosen charities, Friends of Crowborough Hospital and 1st Crowborough Scouts during the past year.

At the Town Meeting, the Mayor presented representatives from both charities with a cheque for over £3,100 each.

If you would like The Mayor to present a bouquet of flowers to a resident of Crowborough as they turn 100 years old, please complete the form below and return it to TownMayor@crowboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk

Presentation form for Centenarians

If The Mayor is unavailable The Deputy Mayor will attend wherever possible.

Deputy Mayor, Martyn Garrett, visits Ellen Frazer on her 100th birthday on 9th March, 2023. Congratulations to Ellen Frazer celebrating her 100th birthday on 9th March, 2023.
Liz Thompson turned 100 Congratulations to Liz Thompson celebrating her 100th birthday on 18th November 2022
Mrs Rowland 100th Celebrations Congratulations to Mrs Rowland, celebrating her 100th birthday.
Kate Smith celebrating her 100th Birthday Congratulations to Kate Smith celebrating her 100th birthday.