New Merton Mayor sworn in

The new Mayor of Merton Councillor David Williams, who was sworn in on Wednesday 16 May, said he was looking forward to starting his Mayoralty with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Olympics.

At full council Councillor Williams announced his chosen charity, Wimbledon Guild, for which he hopes to raise £40,000 for a new disabled access mini-bus. In an innovative move, he also announced that he will set up a trust fund to help a variety of other charities in the borough for his mayoralty and beyond.

Councillor Williams said: “It will be a particular honour to serve as Mayor during this exciting time, 30 years after I first served as Deputy Mayor.

“Since starting at Hatfeild Primary, I’ve been proud to call Merton my home. As well as belonging to St Martin’s Church in Lower Morden, I also serve as a magistrate, school governor and member of several community groups.

“I and my councillor colleagues are all deeply grateful for the excellent work the former Mayor, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, carried out on behalf of all the borough’s residents.”

During her year, Councillor Lewis-Lavender proudly represented the borough at many civic events, including St George’s Day, the commemoration of Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, and the borough’s first marching parade to mark Armed Forces Day 2011.

The former Mayor Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: “I had a wonderful year, and one of the highlights has been fund raising for my charities, which came to a total of over £70,000.

“I express my best wishes to Councillor David Williams as Merton’s new Mayor. I wish him a Mayoralty as enjoyable and successful as mine, and know he will have a rewarding year in our borough.”

Notes to editors:

Councillor Williams JP was first elected to the Council in 1974, was Deputy Mayor in 1981/2, and served as Leader of the Council from 2006 to 2010.

Councillor Lewis-Lavender was also delighted to round off her successful Mayoralty by meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.