Your Mayor

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Your Mayor

The Mayor is the First Citizen of Macclesfield. The Mayor can add weight to special events such as the opening of new establishments and give valuable support to local groups.

The Mayor changes every year and is elected by fellow councillors at the Annual General Meeting of the Macclesfield Town Council.

Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones was invested as Mayor of Macclesfield on 17th May 2016.

The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Beverley Dooley.

Mayor’s Consort: Mr Peter Jones

Mayor’s Chaplain: Rev Helen Byrne

Mayor’s Cadet: Emily Storer

Mayor’s Theme: ‘Bridging the gap between generations’

Born in Demerara, Guyana, Cllr Harewood-Jones has lived in Macclesfield for over 40 years. She was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2001 and with the exception of 2 years has represented the West Ward of Macclesfield (now known as West and Ivy). She is also a Councillor for Cheshire East Council.

Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones & Deputy Mayor Cllr Beverley Dooley

Cllr Harewood-Jones served as a nurse and midwife for all of her working life and has only recently retired from that profession. However, not one to rest, she is a School Governor at St. John the Evangelist C of E Primary School, Chair of Macclesfield Pioneering Women, Open Spaces and the Macclesfield Almshouses Trust, and President of the Macclesfield Male Voice Choir.

Mayor of Macclesfield for the Charter Trustees in 2012-13, Cllr Harewood-Jones has also been Deputy Mayor for Macclesfield Borough, Charter Trustees and last year for Macclesfield Town Council.

Mayoral GroupL-R: Emily Storer (Cadet), Rev Helen Byrne (Chaplain), Mayor of Macclesfield, Mr Peter Jones, (Mayor’s Consort), Deputy Mayor of Macclesfield, Deputy’s Consort (Sebastian Dooley)

Mayor’s Charities

To make a donation, please contact the Civic Officer on or call 01625 374142.


Through a series of fund raising activities, Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones MBE, Town Mayor, has raised £3814 for Just Drop In and Live at Home.

Macclesfield Town Council Mayor Fund Raising

Macclesfield Town Council Mayor Fund Raising

Live at Home LaH

Offers services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives across the Macclesfield area. The range of activities at the Macclesfield and District Live at Home Scheme are:

  • Befriending
  • Luncheon club
  • Telephone link

Phone: 01625 612410
Address: Macclesfield Live at Home, c /o Macclesfield Methodist Church, Westminster Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1BX

Just Drop InJDI

Volunteers provide information or practical advice for young people aged 12-25 years, with specific problems such as employment, money or accommodation. Offers counselling and facilities for learning a range of skills for independent living.

Phone: 01625 665079
Address: Just Drop In, 14 Duke Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6UR

Your Mayor’s Civic Calendar of Visits and Events

april, 2017

2apr1:30 pm- 3:30 pmCheshire Streetwise Tea DanceEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

6apr5:30 pm- 7:30 pmMaria Modes Bridal & Menswear Launch PartyEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

7apr9:30 am- 10:30 amPlanning CommitteeEvent Type :Council Meeting

7apr10:00 am- 12:00 pmCommunity Coffee MorningEvent Type :Community Event

8apr10:45 am- 11:45 amMacclesfield Area ShowEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

8apr6:00 pm- 8:30 pmSeals 60th birthday partyEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

10apr7:00 pm- 8:30 pmServices CommitteeEvent Type :Council Meeting

13apr6:30 pm- 11:00 pmMacclesfield Potato RiotEvent Type :Community Event

17apr7:00 pm- 8:30 pmFinance CommitteeEvent Type :Council Meeting

19apr7:30 pm- 9:30 pmCivic Society AwardsEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

23apr11:00 am- 2:00 pmSt George's Day celebrationsEvent Type :Community Event

26apr1:45 pm- 2:30 pmLive at Home afternoon clubEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

28apr12:00 pm- 1:30 pmJust Drop In Open HouseEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

29apr7:30 pm- 10:00 pmMMVC Gala ConcertEvent Type :Mayor's Civic Diary

The Mayor of Macclesfield is pleased to support local organisations in Macclesfield by:

·      attending voluntary and charitable events,
·      visiting schools or youth groups,
·      attending local association events.

The Mayor is also pleased to host visits at Macclesfield Town Hall.

Due to demand it is not possible for the Mayor to accept every invitation. If the Mayor cannot attend an event, the Deputy Mayor may attend in the Mayor’s place.

In your invitation please indicate what you wish the Mayor to do, for example; attend only, give a speech, present awards.

If you would like to contact the mayor direct, please contact:

Harriet Worrell
Civic Officer
Macclesfield Town Council, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1EA.

T: 01625 374142

To request a visit from the Mayor to your event or organisation please complete this form and we will get back to you to confirm the Mayor’s availability.

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Date & Time of your Organisation/Event (required)

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Mayor’s Civic Awards 2017


Community Awards presented to Sheila King for her commitment to East Cheshire Hospice and Trevor MacKay for his civic and community work.

There were two Youth Awards, presented to James Alexander and Tom Smith for their voluntary work with local charity Space4Autism.

Two local charities received awards, Streetwise and Reach Out And Recover (ROAR), for their services to the community and the positive impact they have had on many people’s  lives in Macclesfield.

Hannah Bristow was selected to receive the Sporting achievement award for representing Macclesfield at both a national and international level in sailing events and competitions.

The Arts and Culture award was given to Elizabeth Hudson for her work with Macclesfield Youth Brass Band.

Beryl Footman and Ron Gill were presented with the Lifetime Achievement awards, having both served the communities of Macclesfield for many years and in many aspects of the town.

Mayor’s Civic Award Presentations 2016

On Sunday 10th April 2016, the Mayor of Macclesfield presented personalised certificates and especially commissioned badges to the following people:

Richard Nelson and Ben Beer for rescuing the Macclesfield Juniors Football Club from threat of closure and which now offers coaching facilities to over 200 children and their families.

Ruth Eglin, Natalie Nuttall, Sue Brereton and Nicola John who formed the Smile Group, a Macclesfield based post-natal depression group that has helped hundreds of women in the local area deal with the debilitating condition of post-natal depression.

Mary Riva and Bernice Jones who have given weekly reading support to children at Hurdsfield Primary School for many years.

Cathy King who volunteers at Hurdsfield Community Library where she runs the service each Saturday and assists people with practical support.

Kevin Bradbury for many years of committed leadership at the Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club, where he has helped hundreds of youngsters develop self-esteem and discipline.

John Hartshorn who founded Artspace and manages ongoing voluntary services for the project.

Louise Williamson who founded and runs Treehouse; providing free hot meals, drinks and company to the homeless people of Macclesfield.

Theresa Hayton for co-ordinating the Food Bank based at SilkLife Church which provides emergency food support to local people and families who would otherwise go hungry.


Visit Protocol

Arrival and departure
Where possible, a parking space should be reserved for the Mayoral car.

The organiser of the event is requested to arrange for someone to meet the Mayor and her Consort on arrival. You will be notified in advance if the Mayor is going to be accompanied by her Consort.

The person greeting the Mayor should introduce the Mayor and Consort to a responsible person who will act as a host for the duration of the Mayor’s visit.

The host should make introductions throughout the engagement.

It is usual, on formal occasions, for people to stand when the Mayor enters and leaves the room. The Mayor should be escorted from the venue at the time of departure.

Arrival time
As a general rule, the Mayor will arrive five to ten minutes before the start of your event. It avoids any unnecessary waiting and allows the Mayor to proceed to her position and to discuss any last minute changes.

How to address the Mayor
If you are either producing a publication for your event or the Mayor is to be announced at the event, the correct form of address is ‘The Worshipful the Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Alift Harewood-Jones’.

After the formal introductions, the Mayor can be addressed as ‘Madam Mayor’.  The Consort should be addressed by his name, Mr Jones.

The Consort
When attending an official engagement the Consort will usually accompany the Mayor.

The precedence afforded to the Mayor is part of the general law of the UK. The place reserved for the Mayor should be on the immediate right of the Chair, President or other person presiding. If the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lord Lieutenant or Cheshire East Mayor is present, the Mayor should be seated on the immediate left.

The Mayor’s Consort should be seated on the immediate left of the Chair, except when the Mayor sits on the Chair’s left, in which case the Mayor’s guest should sit on the Mayor’s left.

Deputy Mayor  
When the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Beverley Dooley is attending a function in place of the Mayor, she should be accorded the same precedence due to the Mayor, and all relevant advice above should be granted to her.  The correct title is ‘Deputy Mayor’ and she should be addressed in these words after formal introductions.

Useful facts
•  A male and female Mayor can be addressed as ‘Mr Mayor’.  However many female Mayors choose to be known as ‘Madam Mayor’.
•  The Mayor can have either a Lady Mayoress or a male Consort.
•   When the Mayor is dressed in his/her robes, no one must walk between the Mayor and the Mace (which is carried by the Mayor’s Officer, or Attendant).
•   As soon as a councillor is officially elected to be the town’s next Mayor, he/she becomes, and is addressed as the Mayor-Elect.
•   The historical role of the Mayor’s Consort, or Attendant, is to primarily protect the Chain of Office.

If you are a voluntary organisation, you may photograph the Mayor during your event for the use of your organisation or club.

However, if the photograph is to be used for a commercial organisation, please note that no use should be made of any photograph, image of or reference to, the Mayor in any commercial publicity, advertising, promotional or public relations material for present or future use to promote your company, business, products or services, without the prior written permission from the Mayor’s office.

Upcoming Events

Sunday 19th March – Thanksgiving Service & Civic Awards

The Thanksgiving Service will be held at the parish church, St Michael and All Angels Church, at 3pm, followed by a the Civic Award Ceremony and reception at the Town Hall.

Sunday 23rd April – St George’s Day Parade & Service

The parade leaves Duke Street Car Park at 2:30pm for a service at St Michael and All Angels Church at 3pm where the scouting community will renew their promises.
The Mayor welcomes all residents to march behind the parade, or turn out to watch the procession.

Previous Events

Friday 17th February – Mayor’s Charity Ball

Held at the Town Hall, the evening starts at 7pm with a complimentary drink.
Guests will enjoy a 3 course dinner, and dancing to music performed by “Night Flight”.
A raffle and auction will raise money for the Mayor’s Charities.

Wednesday 2nd November – Mayor’s Charity Dinner

The Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones, is hosting a Charity Dinner at the Sillk Restaurant at Macclesfield College with after dinner speaker Miss Beryl Footman.

Sunday 18th September – Mayor’s Civic Service

The Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones, will lead a vibrant parade from the Town Hall to the Methodist Church on Sunday 18th September.

The local Samba band is accompanying the procession, bringing further colour and a carnival beat to the occasion. Local organisations, including the Air Training Corps 201 (Macclesfield) Squadron, Royal British Legion, Scouts and Guiding groups, have been invited to attend.
The procession, assembled by Parade Marshal Peter Lake, leaves the Town Hall at 2:40pm; marching down Chestergate, onto Churchill Way, Kings Edwards Street and concluding at Westminster Road outside the Methodist Church. The church service commences at 3pm.
The Mayor welcomes all residents to march behind the parade, or turn out to watch and cheer the procession on!


Deputy Mayor of Macclesfield

Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor of Macclesfield

Mayor & Cadet

Deputy Mayor of Macclesfield

Cadet Emily Storer

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