Publican Peter Lambert elected as Thame's Town Mayor!
Thame Town Council is delighted to announce that Cllr Peter Lambert has been elected as the Town Mayor for 2013-2014. Councillors voted unanimously in last night’s Annual General Meeting with fellow councillor, Mike Dyer, praising Cllr Lambert as a man who is ‘universally respected by all who know him’. His deputy will be Jeannette Matelot Green. The outgoing Mayor, Cllr Nigel Champken-Woods, thanked both Peter and his wife, Trudi, for their work over the past year, with specific reference to the Neighbourhood Plan process - the ‘crowning glory’ of his time in office.
Cllr Peter Lambert and his wife, Trudi, arrived in Thame over four years ago with the intention of staying a mere four weeks to assist in improving the Cross Keys pub. Four years later, Peter and his wife are still behind the bar and the pub has been transformed into a community hotspot showcasing the best of local and homebrewed ale and providing a warm welcome to people from far and near. Both Peter and Trudi play a large role in community events, including Thame Carnival and Music in the Park. In addition to this, Peter has formed the Thame Camera Club, an initiative that he intends to develop during his time as Mayor.
Peter Lambert, who has been a councillor for two years, was delighted to be elected but said himself “If you had told me that four years down the line I would be Mayor I would have told you to stop being ridiculous”. His election came after extensive support from fellow councillors and members of the public and particular thanks were made to Peter’s parents and friends alongside customers at the Cross Keys for all their encouragement.
The new Mayor has many aspirations for his term of office and is eager to continue the links made whilst instigating the Neighbourhood Plan ensuring that “it delivers for Thames’ future residents”. One of the Mayor’s main ambitions is to improve business recycling, an initiative that complements the aims and objectives set out in the Plan.
In keeping with tradition, the Mayor has nominated two local charities for which he will fundraise during his time in office. The first is Safari, a Thame-based charity helping small groups of adults with learning disabilities to come together for support. The second group is Thame Players, whose recent presentation at the Annual Town Meeting highlighted their need for funds to improve their facilities. Through various fundraising events that will be initiated throughout the year, Mayor Peter Lambert hopes to assist these charities in reaching their goals.The Council welcomes Peter Lambert to the role of Mayor and we look forward to assisting him in representing the people of Thame.
Photos: Frank Millar at www.frankmillar.com