Councillor Tracey Shepherd, Town Mayor 2023- 2024
Councillor Tracey Shepherd, Town Mayor 2023-2024
Councillor Tracey Shepherd was elected as Braunstone Town Council’s new Town Mayor for 2023/2024 at the Annual Meeting of the Council on 18th May 2023.
Thank you for choosing me to serve as Town Mayor. I commit today to serving all residents regardless of whether you voted for me or not.
My consort for the year will be my Mum, Pauline Shepherd and my theme, “Tackling Loneliness”.
My Charity Fundraising for the year will be to raise money to directly tackle loneliness in our community “right here right now”. One of my first actions will be to work with local groups and organisations to provide “Chatty Café’s”. Whilst thinking about my year ahead, I just wanted to do something different and HERE, RIGHT HERE in the community – I want to raise money for RIGHT HERE.
For more information on the Town Mayors Fundraising and the Chatty Cafe scheme please click here: Town Mayors Fundraising 2023 -2024.
It is the role of the Town Mayor to represent the Town Council and to establish links with local people and the community. The Town Mayor is supported each year by a Deputy Town Mayor, which this year is Councillor Paul Kennedy.
Inviting the Town Mayor to your event:
If you would like the Town Mayor to attend your community event, whether it be a open day, awards ceremony or other special occassion, please complete the form "Request for the Mayor to attend your event" and send to:
Braunstone Town Council, Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway,
Braunstone Town, LEICESTER. LE3 2PP.
Telephone: 0116 289 9270
Fax: 0116 282 4785
Town Mayor’s Awards:
Each year the Town Mayor nominates local residents who they may have met during their term of office for an Award of Merit. If you know of a Braunstone Town resident who does invaluable work for the local community, please write to us at the Town Council offices. Your suggestions will be passed to the Town Mayor for consideration for an Award of Merit and if successful candidates will be invited to accept an award from the Mayor at her final event of the 2022/2023 year.
If you wish to nominate a resident or contact the Town Mayor in regard to this please use the information above.
Annual Programme of Events:
Each year the Town Mayor hosts, in partnership with local community groups, a Programme of Events which raises funds for the Town Mayor’s Charity (this year, tackling social isolation within the community as mentioned above) and other local good causes.
Past events included Craft Fairs and Quiz Nights, as well as annual favourites such as Ratby Co-operative Band Concert, St Crispins Community Quiz and the Pantomime. The events run from September to April.
This year we look forward to returning favourites such as the Summer Fete, Halloween Disco, Thorpe Astley on the Beach and the Christmas Craft Fair. Keep up to date with all our latest event information via our latest News Page here: LATEST NEWS
Keep up to date with the Town Mayor in 2023 - 2024:
Our new Town Mayor has hit the ground running with local visits to community groups during her first week in office. She is already in the process of discussing and setting up the Chatty Cafe scheme in Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley.
Braunstone Town Mayors visits the DWP at Blaby District Council
The Work Coaches based at the Blaby District Council Offices work to help residents with employment, support, training,
money advice and more!
The staff are available* (subject to appointment*) Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 1:30pm - 4:30pm
More information can be found on Blaby Districts website here:
Braunstone Town Mayor Opens new Walk Way in Braunstone linking to Meridian and Thorpe Astley! - 22/06/2023
Braunstone Town Council and Blaby District Council have been working with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Sustrans on a plan to jointly invest around £1.2million in a range of improvements to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists between New Lubbesthorpe, through Thorpe Astley and Meridian, into Braunstone Town and on to the Great Central Way and Leicester City Centre.
Today on the 22nd June 2023 Braunstone Town Mayor officially opened the first stage of Phase 1 of the new pedestrian/cyclist pathway through Mossdale Meadows and into Meridian Leisure.
Further information on the project can be found on our website: Improvements to Cycling and Walking Route
Braunstone Town Mayor opens her very first Chatty Cafe! - 27/06/2023
Today Braunstone Town Mayor attended the very first Chatty Cafe in Braunstone Town. The Town Mayor worked hard with Gillys (Braunstone Town) to have it be the very first venue on her new venture and they look forward to being a part of the scheme. Thank you to all who attended the opening today, we cant wait to watch the venue grow as a Chatty Cafe!
More to Follow.
Thorpe Astley on the Beach 2023 - 03/07/2023
Our Town Mayor officially opened our first ever Thorpe Astley on the Beach on Saturday the 1st July 2023. The event was very welll attended by many local residents and guests who had travelled to the event from outside of our town. Blaby District and Braunstone Town Councillors came out to support the Town Mayor in her first large public event of the 2023 -2024 season. Thank you to all who joined us for a great family day out we look forward to our next, (being our Summer Fete) on the 5th August 2023 on Mossdale Meadows.
Braunstone Town Mayor marks Library Assistants 50 years service - 06/07/2023
Sue Johnson one of Braunstone Towns Library Assistants marked 50 years working within the Library service on Wednesday. Brausntone Town Mayor hosted a ceremony to mark the occasion and presented Sue with a small gift and bouquet to mark this occasion!
Braunstone Town's First Chatty Cafe! -06/07/2023
Every Tuesday at Gillys in Braunstone Town from 10am!
Ukraine Independence Day 2023 - 01/09/2023
18th September 2023
Braunstone Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Shepherd, pays tribute to her Mum and Consort:
Pauline Shepherd 24/11/42 – 13/9/23
It is with sadness that the Town Council announces that our Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Shepherd’s Mum and Consort for her Mayoral year, Pauline Shepherd, passed away on Wednesday 13th September.
Pauline Shepherd got a bladder cancer diagnosis not long after Tracey became Mayor and Pauline became Consort.
Councillor Tracey Shepherd, Town Mayor 2023/24 paid tribute to her Mum and Consort:
My mum, my lovely dear mum passed away on 13/9/23 after a brave battle against stage 4 bladder cancer. She was born to Bob and Elsie who sadly died when she was four years old, so her grandma Florence brought her up as her daughter, despite her being in her 60s and having nine children of her own. She always said she felt loved and blessed that her grandma became her mother.
Her grandma had strong political views that she passed on to my mum, hence my entry into local politics. She left school and became an overlocker in the hosiery trade where she made many lifelong friends.
She met my dad, and they married in 1963. In June this year she was so proud to receive a 60th anniversary card from the King!
Not long afterwards she became unwell and then the long journey began to discover just how seriously ill she was. The time to get CT scans is simply unacceptable, early detection saves lives!
She wouldn’t talk about her cancer, she only wanted happy thoughts to surround her, and she cheered everyone up in every hospital ward she was on, in the last few months.
I will miss her every single day for the rest of my life, I will miss her text messages that nobody could decipher, I will miss her messages during Strictly come dancing, I will miss her plans for Christmas that she started in September but above all I will miss how proud she was of me and all her family.
It was one of her proudest days seeing me elected to represent you all, become Town Mayor and be my consort. I will never let her down nor yourselves and will continue to try and make a positive difference to Braunstone Town.
She was simply a magnificent lady! I would always say, “Love you” and she would always say, “More!” I so wish there could be more!!
Councillor Shepherd adds, please watch out for symptoms of bladder cancer:
- Blood or blood clots in the urine.
- Pain or burning sensation during urination.
- Frequent urination.
- Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night.
- Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine.
- Lower back pain on 1 side of the body.
Please go to the doctor – don’t waste any time!
No doubt you will join with the Town Council in sending our Town Mayor our love, thoughts and sympathy at this very difficult and personal time for her and the whole family.
Thank you to all who joined us for Apple Day 2023 - 25/09/2023
Leicester Transport Heritage Trust - Transport Celebration 2023 - 25/09/2023
Braunstone Town Recruitment Event 2023 - 17/10/2023
Braunstone Town Mayor attends Holy Communion and Thanksgiving Service for 75 Years of St Crispins Church - 02/11/2023
Braunstone Town Council - Halloween Disco 2023 - 02/11/2023