The Mayor

Cllr. Anni Young elected Mayor on 13th May 2019.

Mayor's Blog

August 2019

I was invited this month by John Clements to attend a friendly football match at Axminster Football Club - home of the Tigers - to draw the name of their sponsors for the coming year. At last, an event that my long-suffering husband would relish; a football match! So we set off, the overcast morning had turned into a beautiful afternoon, and AFC is beautifully placed, surrounded by fields. Martin Keightley welcomed us to the event and we were extremely well looked after and entertained by the Tigers vs. Wincanton Town FC. The home side went on to win 1-0!

I also presented 'Man of the Match' to Dan Beer, who scored the goal and suffered a rather impressive injury, which he was very matter-of-fact about!

Cllr. Jill Farrow and I handed over our street barrow to Rebecca Green of Plastic Free Axminster. The group are doing such amazing work with the monthly litter picks around town and asked how we can continue to offer support to them. Cllr. Farrow has become the Town Council representative for Plastic Free Axminster and will help the council become better informed on the progress made, and any help needed.

I was also invited by Amy Ralph to attend the celebrations for one hundred years of Country Markets this month. The Country Market takes place in the Masoni Hall on South Street every Thursday from 8.30am-12.30pm, and is a treasure trove of home-baked cakes and pies, curries, fresh produce, eggs, flowers and plants and crafted goods. The Town Clerk and Deputy Clerk were enticed also by the promise of tea and cake, and we were not disappointed; a marvellous centenary cake was cut and rapidly disappeared . We found ourselves unable to resist purchasing some of the goods on offer - especially the Marmite cheese straws! Many thanks go to Amy, Susan and Patricia and many best wishes for the continued success of the market.

All the best until next time, Anni

July 2019

Here is the second instalment of my adventures as Mayor of Axminster! I'll try not to say it in every piece I write, but it continues to be an honour to be asked to do things as the first citizen of Axminster. It's nice to find that the tradition still matters and that the role of Mayor still holds value today.

There was a Police Open Day at the Guildhall, and our Police Community Support Officers, Chris and Hayley, were in attendance. It's a valuable day for the community as it is an opportunity for the public to engage with our officers and get loads of information. This was its second year and hopefully it will be an annual event that will continue to grow.

Cloakham Lawns Sports Centre held their annual fun day and asked if I would open the proceeding s and judge the dog show! What a great day we had an hopefully raised some money for the club. Karizma Majorettes were there to entertain us, and as always, put on a very polished performance. The dog show was great fun, and my husband Matt was roped in to judge too - a more mixed bunch we couldn't have expected and there were some real characters! Fortunately, we were under the watchful eye of Graham Godbeer and had the organisation and advice of Ann Jeffery to ensure we got through the ten categories. Congratulations to all the doggie winners.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped me, either to congratulate me on becoming Mayor, or just for a chat because I am Mayor. Please continue to stop me and let me know what you think we should be doing, and hopefully what we are getting right!

All the best until next time, Anni

Me with PCSO Hayley Widger and PCSO Chris Bolsover

Judging the dog show with Andrew Moulding


June 2019

Hello, I was elected in May 2019. Firstly can I say what an honour it is to be mayor of Axminster.

I have lived here since 1998 when my husband, Matt, and I moved from London. We were so fortunate that we chose Axminster as it is such a lovely friendly town in a beautiful location.

I will be adding to this every month just to give you a view of what being the Mayor of Axminster entails.

  • It was with great pride that my first official duty as mayor was to attend the memorial for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings. To stand beside people who had served in the Second World War, some of whom were on Gold Beach 75 years ago, was a humbling experience; we owe them a debt which can never be repaid.
  • My second event was the raising of the glove and ancient tradition which is normally performed by the Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe. On this occasion however the “heir apparent” George Rowe performed the ceremonial duties.

We were treated to a song from the children of Axe Valley Primary school, all of this orchestrated by Cindy Furse as the opening of The Cherry Fayre.

I also went to the Axe Vale show as I do every year, and although I was not there in my official capacity, I just wanted to commend all the organisers who put on such a great show which is one of the highlights of the year.

Best wishes to you all

More adventures next month


Laying of the wreath to the fallen


Tribute to the American Armed Forces at the site of the Hospital in Millwey.


Raising of the Glove Ceremony 2019