Welcome to Wetherby Town Council

Mayor of Wetherby

Town Mayor 2019/20 - Councillor Galan Moss

Each year in May, the Town Mayor is elected by a vote at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council.

Councillor Galan Moss was elected as Mayor for the 2019/20 civic year.
Councillor Neil O'Byrne is the current Deputy Mayor.
A list of former Mayors can be viewed here.

If you wish to invite the Mayor to an event or function, please contact the Town Council offices, giving the following details:

  • Date, time and expected duration of your function.
  • Whether you require the Mayor to perform a specific function (e.g. starting a race, cutting a ribbon etc).
  • Background information if you require the Mayor to give a speech.
  • Parking arrangements.

Mayor's Monthly Article

Each month the Mayor submits an article for inclusion in the Wetherby News. 

January 2020
Sandra and I really enjoyed the festive season. It was a tremendous pleasure to walk around Wetherby once again admiring the superb display of Christmas lights. Each year I am struck by how well they look and I take great pleasure in telling the many visitors to Wetherby about our wonderful volunteer Christmas Lights Team.

We both enjoyed the Carol Services at St. James Church and HMP Wealstun and the annual Dickensian Christmas Market organised by the Wetherby Lions. Despite the terrible weather, the crowds were wonderfully entertained throughout the event by the Tewitt Silver band, Collingham Wind Band, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and the choirs of Deighton Gates and Crossley Street Schools. I was honoured to present the Wetherby Lions annual Wetherby Townsperson award to Simon

On 10th January, we were delighted to join Wetherby Resident, Mrs Wilhelmina Johnson to celebrate her 100th birthday with her family and friends. It was a great privilege to spend time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren! It was a joyous occasion and we were made to feel part of Mrs Johnson’s large family.

We attended the traditional Plough Sunday service at Ripon Cathedral. This annual service harks back to the Middle Ages when ploughs were vital to farming and were shared by communities. The plough was blessed on the first Sunday after Epiphany. Ploughing started the following Monday and became known as Plough Monday. Prayers were offered asking for God’s blessing for a good year and a great harvest. We enjoyed hearing the reminiscences of the some of the older farmers who shared stories of the times before modern farming machinery. I remember helping at the local farm at harvest time and picking potatoes during autumn half term holidays.

I am pleased to report that so many more of our younger generation want to participate in football that additional pitches are to be made available at Scaur Bank.

I am pleased to see that many Wetherby residents are continuing that Christmas spirit into the New Year by saying “hello” or “good day” when passing in the street. LONG MAY IT CONTINUE.

Mayoral Charity 2018/19

The Mayor of Wetherby, Councillor Galan Moss, has been delighted to be able to distribute £1,000 to the PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations) of the four Wetherby primary schools. 

Councillor Moss had identified the key support groups of each school as his ‘Mayoral Charity’ for 2018/19. Explaining his choice of charities Councillor Moss said: “My children went to Crossley Street Primary School, I was a Governor at St. James’ CE Primary School and so I have a strong connection to primary education in the town. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to be able to give something back.”

The funds were raised across the Mayor’s first year in office and include donations from public appearances and from Town Councillors in lieu of sending each other Christmas Cards.

Responding to the cheque presentation Louise Milivojevic, Head Teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, said that: “We are delighted to receive such an amazing amount and would like to thank Councillor Moss on behalf of the governors, staff, pupils and parents at St Joseph's for his generosity. I would also like to thank both the Mayor and Mayoress for their endless support and the time they have given up to join us for some truly fantastic events this year! It has been wonderful to welcome them both to our school and the children have been delighted!”

Cheques were given to representatives of each school when they attended the Town Hall on 24th September.

Mayor making donation to primary schools