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. 

September 2019

Along with many thousands of people I will remember the 21st September 2019 for a very long time. This was the day our beautiful town of Wetherby put on a wonderful display to welcome the world and the truly international field of cyclists taking part in the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International races. On my walk about the town it was a pleasure to meet so many friendly and interesting people from not only the UK but from further afield, who, without exception commented on our amazing community spirit.

Throughout August the Mayoress, Sandra, and a team of volunteers met each Friday in the Town Hall to stitch together the bunting which numerous volunteers had knitted during the previous months. I joined in these sessions, but only making coffees and teas as required!

I think you will agree that all the volunteers who knitted and sewed did a fantastic job and made Wetherby look truly welcoming.

It would be impossible for me to individually thank everyone who helped to organise this event and remain within my allocated word count, but I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that things like this don’t just happen. It’s down to a huge team effort and I would like to thank every member of that team no matter how big or small a part they played.

Whilst the para-cycling was without doubt one of the most important engagements of my term of offices the Mayoress and I have also been enjoying the late summer weather at a number of other events.

Sandra and I had the honour and privilege to attend the Yorkshire Society’s annual celebrations on 1st August. Mayors from all over Yorkshire attended the event at Whitby on a day of brilliant sunshine.

We assembled at 8.30 for breakfast where we mingled and chatted with the other Mayors. As usual I took the opportunity to promote our beautiful town of Wetherby and I got the distinct impression that many of them intended to visit Wetherby in the not too distant future. Next we paraded through Whitby in brilliant sunshine in front welcoming crowds to the local Church for a very enjoyable Service.

Another important event I attended, together with a coach full of fellow objectors, was the hearing of the Stockeld Park application for at Harrogate. I am pleased to say that the application was rejected. The land agents have formally lodged an appeal and the application is likely to be subject to Public Inquiry at some stage in the coming months. Better Wetherby Partnership will continue to monitor the situation both in relation to this application and others that may affect Wetherby such as the one at Racecourse Approach. 

Finally, I would like to leave you with this thought




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