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Mayor Parlour Visits

The Mayor will receive requests from Groups and individuals to visit the Mayor in his/her Parlour. It is for the Mayor to consider these requests and determine whether to grant them. In addition, the Mayor may wish to host events in his/her Parlour. Based on experience over recent years the number of Parlour visits is likely to be between 300 and 600 a year.

The policy regarding the number of Parlour visits and the organisations involved is one for determination by the Mayor. In the past, consideration has been given to inviting the numbers involved in each visit to 20 people (25 – 30 for children). This both assists in reducing wear and tear on the Parlour and makes the task of welcoming the visitors and giving the “history” of the Parlour a little easier.

It is established practice that the Mayor will be requested to host Long Service presentations to staff members who have been employed by the Council, or its predecessors, for more than 20 years. These presentations are usually held in the Parlour and the Personnel Manager and Assistant Chief Executive via the Mayor’s Secretary will notify details of the individual to whom the presentation is to be made to the Mayor. The presentations usually involve the Mayor saying a few words about the individual receiving the presentation.

The Council provides a Visitor’s Book in which the Mayor may wish to record the names of those who have visited the Parlour during his/her term of office.

The Council provides a camera which both Mayor Officer and Relief Officer are able to use to take pictures of visitors to the Parlour. The Council meets the cost of the camera, photographic paper and printing.

At the end of the Mayor’s term of office, he/she may wish to consider leaving a gift to the Council for display in the Parlour as a memento of his/her Mayoral term. There has not been a consistent pattern of such gifts being left to the Council in the last few years.

To request a Parlour visit please email Denise.Malone@bedford.gov.uk

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