Mayor Parlour Visits
The Mayor will receive requests from Groups
and individuals to visit the Mayor in his/her Parlour. It is for
the Mayor to consider these requests and determine whether to grant
them. In addition, the Mayor may wish to host events in his/her
Parlour. Based on experience over recent years the number of
Parlour visits is likely to be between 300 and 600 a year.
The policy regarding the number of Parlour
visits and the organisations involved is one for determination by
the Mayor. In the past, consideration has been given to inviting
the numbers involved in each visit to 20 people (25 – 30 for
children). This both assists in reducing wear and tear on the
Parlour and makes the task of welcoming the visitors and giving the
“history” of the Parlour a little easier.
It is established practice that the Mayor will
be requested to host Long Service presentations to staff members
who have been employed by the Council, or its predecessors, for
more than 20 years. These presentations are usually held in the
Parlour and the Personnel Manager and Assistant Chief Executive via
the Mayor’s Secretary will notify details of the individual to whom
the presentation is to be made to the Mayor. The presentations
usually involve the Mayor saying a few words about the individual
receiving the presentation.
The Council provides a Visitor’s Book in which
the Mayor may wish to record the names of those who have visited
the Parlour during his/her term of office.
The Council provides a camera which both Mayor
Officer and Relief Officer are able to use to take pictures of
visitors to the Parlour. The Council meets the cost of the camera,
photographic paper and printing.
At the end of the Mayor’s term of office,
he/she may wish to consider leaving a gift to the Council for
display in the Parlour as a memento of his/her Mayoral term. There
has not been a consistent pattern of such gifts being left to the
Council in the last few years.
To request a Parlour visit please email Denise.Malone@bedford.gov.uk