Councillor Joe Makepeace – 2019-Present
At the Town Council Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15th May 2019, Councillor Joe Makepeace was elected Mayor for 2019/2020, Councillor Jacqueline Cansella was elected Deputy Mayor.
Joe has been a Councillor for Ferryhill for a number of years now and is also a Durham County Councillor, he is Ferryhill born and bred, married to Jane and the couple have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
After being elected, Councillor Makepeace thanked the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Dave Farry adding that the Council owed a lot to Councillor Farry’s vision and tenacity in seeing through the reviews and changes needed to make the Council a more responsive and reactive institution, I am grateful for his enthusiasm and foresight”.
Joe went on to say “It is with immense pride that I accept the noble office of Chair of Ferryhill Council, and of Town Mayor. It does indeed represent the pinnacle of political achievement in local politics, to enjoy the support and trust of political allies, and to carry on the established tradition so enjoyed and maintained by the majority party for over 100 years. I thank my fellow Councillors, in anticipation of success and mutual respect from now on, and the opportunity to establish conduct befitting the trust the people of Ferryhill have given us for the future. Civility has this chance to overcome animosity, we have the opportunity to make the future brighter for Ferryhill”.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Town Council have been unable to hold the 2020 AGM meeting, this is where the new Mayor is usually elected, therefore, Councillor Joe Makepeace will continue to hold the position of Mayor until this meeting can be held.
During 2019-2020 the Mayor chose to support two local good causes, Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and the Ferryhill Scout Group. Various fundraising events were held throughout the year, however, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the fundraising year was cut short, a total of £2,915 was raised and would be shared equally between the two charities.
Eventually, on Wednesday 28th October 2020 a socially distanced presentation was able to take place at Ferryhill Town Hall, where the Mayor, Councillor Joe Makepeace, handed over a cheque for £1,457.50 to Mark Solan of the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and Ferryhill Scout Group.
Councillor Makepeace will continue to serve as Mayor of Ferryhill for the time being and he has decided to support Ferryhill Indoor Bowls Club and Seconds Out Boxing Academy for the remainder of his time as Mayor.
We are unsure when we can start holding fundraising events again, however tickets are now on sale for the Mayors first ever Christmas Prize Draw. Three lucky winners will each receive a Cash Prize, with 50% of the proceeds also going towards Seconds Out Boxing Academy, and Ferryhill Indoor Bowling Club. Tickets are £1.00 each, and are available from the following outlets:
- Seconds Out Boxing Academy
- Ferryhill Indoor Bowling Club
- Ferryhill Town Hall (10.00am – 2.00pm Mondays and Fridays only)
Many Local Councilors will also be selling tickets.
The Prize Draw will take place on Monday, 7th December. Residents are urged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.