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Cllr Jeanette Banks is the new Mayor of St Helens

Newton’s Cllr Jeanette Banks is new Mayor of St Helens

by Gemma Melling

Cllr Jeanette Banks, from Newton-le-Willows, has spoken of her pride after being selected to serve as Mayor of St Helens Borough for the coming municipal year.

At Annual Council, held in St Helens Town Hall on Wednesday 15 May, Cllr Banks – who represents Moss Bank ward – was formally sworn in for 2024-25 as part of a traditional mayor making ceremony that dates back to 1868 in St Helens Borough.

Born and bred in St Helens, Cllr Banks lived in Haydock throughout her formative years before moving to Newton-le-Willows where she lives with her husband Dave, a fellow councillor for Newton-le-Willows West, who has also had the honour of being Mayor in 2015-16 and will be at his wife’s side during her year in office, acting as consort.

Educated at St James Primary School and then Newton-le-Willows Grammar School, Cllr Banks went onto spend most of her working days in the borough, firstly in St Helens and Providence Hospitals, then at the Department of Work and Pensions in Earlestown.

Following that, she worked in Liverpool for 12 years in the Lourdes Hospital, before moving into education – taking up a post at St Aelred’s Catholic High School in Newton-le-Willows and then a lecturer and programme leader role at St Helens College.

First elected to the council in 2011, Cllr Banks has represented Haydock and now Moss Bank, having held a number of senior positions including cabinet portfolios for education, and health – as well as Mayoress in 2015-16.

Cllr Banks’ first act as Mayor was to collect donations to the foodbank at the Mayor Making event.

Cllr Banks has always taken an active role in the community, continuing her school governor duties at both the Federation of St Mary’s Catholic Schools and Lyme Community Primary School in Newton-le-Willows – and is also a Eucharistic Minister at St Patrick’s Church.

For her mayoral charity appeal, Cllr Banks has chosen to fundraise for the Young Carers Centre based in Cotham Street in St Helens Town Centre which supports young carers across the borough aged from 6-21 years of age, with recent ONS data highlighting that teenage girls in St Helens can expect to spend almost eight years of the rest of their life as an unpaid carer.

Speaking of her pride to be representing St Helens Borough as Mayor, Cllr Banks said: “I am so proud and privileged to have been asked to become Mayor of St Helens for the forthcoming year. I was very happy to have been Mayoress when my husband, Cllr David Banks was Mayor, but this is the icing on the cake that we will be able to experience this office again with me as Mayor and David as my consort.

“I would like to thank Cllr Lynn Clarke and her Mayoress for all their work this year in successfully representing St Helens. Lynn has been a credit to St Helens and has worked tirelessly this year in the office of Mayor. I only hope we can achieve as much as they have this year.”

Cllr Banks takes the mayoral chains from Cllr Lynn Clarke who, during her term as mayor, attended more than 200 engagements and helped to raise almost £10,000 for the Deafness Resource Centre on Greenfield Road, Windle.

Cllr Jeanie Bell is the new Deputy Mayor of St Helens for 2024-25

Cllr Jeanie Bell is the new Deputy Mayor of St Helens for 2024-25

This year’s Mayor Making ceremony also saw Newton-le-Willows East ward councillor Jeanie Bell named deputy mayor for 2024-25, with a quantity of food items donated to St Helens Food Bank.

Anyone wishing to support the Mayor’s Appeal can do so by sending donations directly to the Mayor’s Secretary, Democratic Services, St Helens Borough Council, St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Mayor’s Appeal Fund’.

 

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