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New Mayor for Nuneaton and Bedworth

Published on Thursday, 18th May 2023

Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Mayor for 2023/24 is Cllr Martin Walsh, who received the chains of office at Wednesday’s Mayor Making ceremony at Nuneaton Town Hall.

Cllr Walsh succeeds Cllr Jeff Clarke JP as Mayor and will be supported by Sandra, his wife of 42 years as Mayoress.

He has represented the Slough Ward for the Conservative Party, where he lives, on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, since 2021, has three sons, three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

Cllr Walsh, a retired mechanical engineer, was born in Hertfordshire and moved to the Borough in the 1980s, to be with his wife who was born in Bedworth.

His main pastimes are ballroom dancing and spending time with his grandchildren.

His Civic Appeal for the next 12 months is Zoё's Place Baby Hospice Coventry, which provides a short break service, palliative and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to six years, living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Compassionate care is at the heart of its work, and this is provided to all who access its facilities irrespective of their religious beliefs, colour, race, culture, or gender.

There is no cost to the families for this service and there are three hospices located in Coventry, Liverpool, and Middlesbrough.

Cllr Walsh said:

“It is a great honour to be the first Bedworth Conservative Mayor for the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

“My wife and I chose Zoё's Place to be the charity for our Civic Appeal because of all of the fantastic work they do for both children they care for and their families.

"Also, the Hospice is situated in Ash Green, which is in our Borough.’’   

Ian Carr, Head of Fundraising for is Zoё's Place Baby Hospice Coventry, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be chosen by the incoming Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Martin Walsh, as the beneficiaries of the Civic Appeal for the upcoming year.

“We need to raise £1.4 million a year to provide much-needed respite and end of life care to babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the age of zero and five.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous gesture, looking forward to working alongside Councillor Walsh in helping raise as many funds as possible and will hugely appreciate every penny raised.”

Cllr Brian Hammersley, who represents Bede Ward for the Conservative Party, is the new Deputy Mayor and his wife Carole the Deputy Mayoress.