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Find out about the Mayor of Guildford

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Meet the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The Mayor is chosen by councillors and is elected in May each year at the annual meeting of the borough council. Councillor Mrs Marsha Moseley is the Mayor of Guildford for 2021-22.

Cllr Marsha MoseleyCouncillor Mrs Marsha Moseley is the Mayor of Guildford for 2021-22.

She has been representing her community as a councillor for the Ash Vale ward since 1999. She represents the ward for both Guildford borough and Ash Parish Council.

As well as being a borough and parish councillor, Marsha has served as a Surrey county councillor. She served from July 2006 until she retired, undefeated, in May 2021.

This is not Marsha's first time in office as Mayor of Guildford. She also served as Mayor for the municipal year 2010-2011.

About Marsha

Marsha was born in Portsmouth and went to school in Gosport, Hampshire. She graduated from what is now Bournemouth University with an honours degree in history, English and politics. In 1984 Marsha joined the Civil Service, moving to Guildford in 1990. She worked for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for 33 years. Marsha took voluntary redundancy in 2018.

As a councillor for the Ash Vale ward, Marsha has served on several committees. In 1999 she joined the planning committee and was chairman from 2013 until 2020.

Marsha has a keen interest in sport, leisure and the local environment. Her participation in other committees is a reflection of this. She has been a representative on Sport Guildford. Marsha was a member of the Ash Manor joint management committee. She was also part of the Guildford in Bloom committee. Marsha has been chairman of the Ash Parish Council planning committee since 2001. She was vice chairman of the council from 2006 until 2015.

Marsha enjoys keeping up to date with current affairs, cooking and "playing" in her garden.

Since taking redundancy from full-time employment, Marsha appreciates the opportunity to travel. Marsha and her partner Nigel enjoy holidays to Europe. They particularly enjoy the sunny weather, culture, food and wine in France and Spain.

You can download a copy of the Mayor's leaflet here: Icon for pdf Mayor's leaflet [1.77MB]

Mayor's Theme

Community is a value close to Marsha's heart and a theme that will help guide her time in office.

Marsha's satisfaction comes from being able to represent the area in which she lives. She enjoys working closely with local people and organisations.

Marsha is a trustee of various charities. These include the James Payne Memorial fund and the Ash and District Museum Society. Marsha's trustee work enables her to ensure those in need in her community receive help.

Marsha admires the many local volunteers providing cohesion in our communities. Unsung, they quietly provide their support helping disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not weakened this cohesion. Marsha has been overwhelmed to see so many people come forward to help, to do what they can, no matter how big or small. The selfless actions of these individuals have shown that community is key.

During her mayoral year, Marsha is looking forward to thanking our incredible volunteers. Where possible, she hopes she can thank people in-person for their incredible contributions.

Deputy Mayor

Dennis Booth Close Up

The Deputy Mayor for 2021-22 is Councillor Dennis Booth.

Role of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

A member of the council is elected to be the Mayor for the forthcoming year.

The Deputy Mayor is elected in the same way. 

The Mayor, and in his or her absence the Deputy Mayor, has the following role:

  • to uphold and promote the purposes of the council's constitution 
  • to preside over meetings of the council so that business can be carried out efficiently 
  • to ensure that the council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community. 
  • to promote public involvement in the council's activities
  • to attend civic and ceremonial events

The Mayor traditionally steps back from party politics for his or her term of office. 

The Mayor does not deal with complaints. To complain about a council matter, go to our complaints page.

Book the Mayor for your event

Find out more about how to book the Mayor for your event and apply online.

Book the Mayor for your event

Plan your visit from the Mayor or Deputy Mayor

The questions and answers below will help you plan your visit from the Mayor or Deputy Mayor. 

How should I introduce the Mayor at a function and how should I address him or her?

✔ When introducing the Mayor at a function, please say: "The Worshipful the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor...
(first name and last name, for example, Mrs Marsha Moseley)

✔ If the Mayor is accompanied by an official escort just add "and escort, Mr or Mrs...."

✔ In the case of a male Mayor who is accompanied by his Mayoress, just add "and the Mayoress, Mrs....."

✔ Please introduce the Deputy Mayor as "The Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Councillor ...." as with the Mayor.

✔  After the first introduction, the Mayor should be addressed as 'Madam Mayor'. Or in the case of a male Mayor - Mr Mayor, and the Mayoress (where applicable) as Madam Mayoress.

✔ The Deputy Mayor should be addressed as "Madam, or Mr, Deputy Mayor". The Mayor or Deputy Mayor's Escort should simply be referred to by their name.

When does the Mayor attend an event as the First Citizen of the Borough?

The Mayor is the principal guest at any social function in the borough to which he, or she, has been invited as Mayor.

As Mayor they attend as the First Citizen of the Borough and not as a representative of the council.

What time should the Mayor arrive at a function?

The Mayor arrives five to 10 minutes before the start of a function. Unless you have requested otherwise on the bid form/information sheet.

Make sure the Mayor is met by an officer of your organisation. They can escort and introduce the Mayor to the host or guests. It is important that the host is at the event for the whole of the Mayor's visit. 

Where should the Mayor be seated?

At a formal dinner, lunch etc, the Mayor traditionally sits on the immediate right of the host. The Mayor sits on the immediate right of the person presiding at a meeting, unless he, or she, is in the Chair.

What happens if the Mayor attends a church service?

At a church service, you must arrange for the Mayor to be met at the entrance to the church. The Mayor is then escorted to the front pew on the right hand side of the centre aisle. The only exception to this practice would be at a funeral service, or other private service. On these occasions, the Mayor would give up his, or her place to the family mourners and take the front pew on the left.

Can we take a photograph of the Mayor?

If you are a voluntary organisation, it is fine to take a photo of the Mayor during your event. Your organisation or club can use the images as you wish.

If a photo is to be used by a commercial organisation, you need prior written consent from the Mayor's office. This includes any reference to the Mayor in any advertising material for a company. 

What if a member of the royal family is also attending our event?

The Clerk to the Lieutenancy will advise on protocol. Contact the Mayor's office for guidance by emailing civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk.

What if the Deputy Mayor is representing the Mayor?

All the procedures above apply to the Deputy Mayor when attending an event on behalf of the Mayor.

Download a copy of our protocol information leaflet for 2021/22. Icon for word protocol information [1.25MB]

Mayor's diary

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many planned events over the last year had to be cancelled.

It was good to see that people found new 'virtual' ways of coming together. This meant the Mayor and Deputy Mayor could continue with some community engagements.

As restrictions ease, the Mayor will continue to welcome invitations to online events. We also welcome invitations to live events that are Covid-19 secure.

If you have any queries about future events, email civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk.

 

Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mrs Marsha Moseley and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dennis Booth.

 

Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November 2021

 

Friday 22 October

10:30             The Mayor, Councillor Marsha Moseley, attends the Royal British Legion Poppy Launch 2021 at the Air Training Corps Pirbright, Guildford.

 

Tuesday 26 October

19:30             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, Councillor Nigel Manning, attends Phil Tufnell in Conversation, 'How Not To Be A Cricketer', at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; as part of the Guildford Book Festival.

 

Thursday 28 October

11:00             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, attends the Lakeside Fun Day at Lakeside Nature Reserve in Ash Vale.

 

Sunday 31 October

12:30             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, hosts a Charity Halloween Lunch, in aid of her charities, Shooting Star Children's Hospices and The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund at Weybourne House, Guildford.

 

Monday 1 November

16:30             The Mayor attends a briefing at Millmead House for the Extraordinary Council Meeting at 19:00.

19:00             The Mayor chairs an Extraordinary Council Meeting in the Council Chamber.

 

Thursday 4 November

18:15             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, attends the Guildford County School Awards Evening at Guildford Cathedral, Guildford.

 

Saturday 6 November

11:15             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, attends a Service of Dedication for Lt Nicholas London, Honourable Artillery Company; and in Remembrance of all those listed on the new War Memorial, in the Castle Grounds, Guildford.

13:00             The Mayor and Consort join their fellow Councillors, Honorary Aldermen and other volunteers in the High Street to sell poppies for the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

19:30             The Mayor and Consort attend the Guildford Lions Firework Fiesta at Stoke Park, Guildford.

 

Sunday 7 November

11:00             The Mayor, accompanied by her Consort, attends the Combined Charities Christmas Fair at the Guildhall, Guildford.

18:20             The Mayor and Consort attend the Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy Commissioning Service for Street Angels, Community Angels and Volunteer Chaplains at the Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead Centre, Millmead, Guildford.

The Mayor's charities

Councillor Mrs Marsha Moseley has chosen two charities to support during her mayoral year. 

Shooting Star Children's Hospices

Shooting Star Children's Hospices care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families across Surrey and London.

Donate to Shooting Star Children's Hospices

The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund

In Guildford, the Mayors have their own long-established charity, the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund. The fund provides vital support by granting small sums of money to help those in genuine need.

Cllr Mrs Marsha Moseley will continue to support the fund in her mayoral year. 

Guildford Community Lottery 

Support the Mayor's charities and be in with a chance of winning £25,000.

 Buy a ticket

Mayor's fundraising events

The Mayor holds fundraising events during the mayoral year to benefit their chosen charities.

This year Mayor Councillor Mrs Marsha Moseley is supporting The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund and Shooting Star Children's Hospices.

For more information, or to book a place at any of these events, email civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk

Events

2021

Sunday 31 October - Prepare to be bewitched at a spooky lunchtime fundraising event for Halloween

Sunday 12 December - The Mayor of Guildford's Christmas Concert

Get in the festive spirit with the Vivace Chorus at the Holy Trinity Church. The event has been organised by the Rotary Club of Guildford.

Bucket collections for the Mayor's charities 2021

Support the collections by adding some spare change to our buckets.

Collection dates: Saturday 18 December and Sunday 19 December

Location: Tesco, Ashenden Road, Guildford, GU2 7UN

2022

Friday 11 March - Film and Fizz at The Guildhall, with Circle Eight Film Group.

Saturday 23 April - St George's Day Ball, Guildford Harbour Hotel.

Mark St George's Day with a night of dancing and entertainment. Music will be provided by The Co-Stars.

Mayor's Award for Service to the Community

Residents and groups who have made a real difference to their communities during the pandemic have been celebrated by the Mayor of Guildford.

The Mayor's 2021 Award for Service to the Community rewarded people who were nominated by residents in the borough for going out of their way to improve the lives of others, fostering good relationships and encouraging positive community spirit. This year's event included a new Community Heroes award. The award celebrates groups whose activities have supported residents affected by coronavirus. 

We honoured people who volunteered to help elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged residents throughout the pandemic. They set up community groups and telephone helplines, cooked and delivered meals, made face masks and other protective equipment. They provided activities to help residents stay happy, healthy and active. Other recipients have raised money for local charities, helped homeless people. Others helped disadvantaged children continue their school work online.

The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community is kindly sponsored by The County Club, High Street, Guildford.

Cllr Richard Billington, Mayor of Guildford 2019-2021, said:

"Everyone receiving an award has been nominated by residents whose lives have been touched by their kindness, generosity of spirit and endless enthusiasm, in some cases over many years but particularly during one of the toughest years in all of our lives. Supporting health in our community has been the theme for my mayoral year and every one of the award recipients have made significant contributions to both the physical and mental health of the borough.

"Their stories are inspiring and confirm the wonderful sense of community that we have in Guildford. I am delighted to have been able to recognise the tremendous contribution that they have made to the borough.

"My thanks also goes to The County Club and its general manager, Kevin Lorimer, for again sponsoring the event, and Nick Wyschna of Guildford Fringe for being an excellent host."

Lisa Ryan and Sasja McCann set up a coronavirus helpline in Albury. They distributed information leaflets around their village. They co-ordinated a team of volunteers to help with food parcels and community transport.

Lisa and Sasja said:

"We're honoured to receive this award on behalf of all of our volunteers. The start of the coronavirus pandemic was a scary time for everybody, and things were so uncertain. We wanted to create this network to let vulnerable people, who were in their homes and scared to go out for essential items, know that help was available.

"In the end we had more volunteers than people who needed our help. The thought that everybody wanted to do something was very humbling, and it's helped us to get to know our community and meet new people."

Send Scrubs Hub makes washable suits and laundry bags for local NHS and care home staff to stop the spread of coronavirus. Group founder, Kathryn Carr, collected fabric, designed patterns for each piece of equipment, secured the use of Send Evangelical Church as headquarters for the group and co-ordinated volunteers for the collection, sewing, cutting and distribution of the scrubs. They have provided scrub suits and hats, laundry bags, ear protectors and face masks for several hospitals, surgeries and charities, including Royal Surrey County Hospital, St Peter's Hospital, Surrey Community Dental Services, The Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis and Cherry Trees Care Home.

Kathryn Carr said:

"Thank you to the Mayor of Guildford for recognising our achievement during the Covid-19 pandemic and presenting Send Scrubs Hub with this Community Heroes Award. It is such a huge honour, which I share with over 100 local residents who gave over 8,000 volunteer hours in cutting, laundering, packaging and delivering over 4,500 items of non-medical personal protective equipment.

"We have made over 1,000 face coverings, which have been delivered to homes in Send and Clandon, as well as scrub suits, bags, hats, masks and ear savers for our NHS staff, key workers and charities. For me, every single item embodies the true spirit of community and kindness."

Watch the ceremony on our YouTube Channel.

List of 2021 winners

Mayor's Award for Service to the Community

Groups

  • The Community Angels Project - run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy. They offer support to vulnerable people to reconnect with their community. The project saw a 300% increase in demand for its services during the pandemic
  • Kelvin Hayes and the team of volunteer drivers for Horsley Community Bus - provided transport to elderly residents for shopping trips, medical appointments and excursions for over a decade
  • Mediation Surrey - a charity which provides free mediation services for families and people experiencing antisocial behaviour. All 100 of their mediators are volunteers. They adapted overnight to providing online services during the pandemic

Mayor's Award for Service to the Community

Individuals

  • Stuart Alexander - a passionate supporter of our local independent shops. Stuart is a volunteer for Guildford Action, which provides shelter for homeless people
  • Julie Barham - the Peaslake correspondent for Peaslake Community Council. She has supported her community for more than 40 years
  • Nathan Brooker - a vital member of Voluntary Action South-West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project. The project encourages people to get involved in volunteering
  • Liam Covey - a volunteer gardener and handyman at The Spike Heritage Centre, Guildford
  • Chris Dick - has written about Effingham for the Guildford Dragon online newspaper for more than five years
  • Carol Dunnett - Chief Officer of Voluntary Action South-West Surrey. She is soon to retire after more than a decade in a role. She has helped hundreds of voluntary groups and charities in the region
  • Debbie Foster - organised volunteers and delivered prescriptions and food parcels in Worplesdon. She is a long-term member of Fairlands Players theatre company and Fairlands brownies
  • Cheryl Hankin - launched a Facebook page to ask local residents to recycle more rubbish. She also organises community litter picks to raise money for the Count the Kicks charity
  • Teresa Male - one of Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome Buddies. Teresa helps people in their recovery from mental health problems
  • Ann Mather - the founder and a regular volunteer of North Guildford Food Bank. She also works with Christians Against Poverty
  • Carla Morson - the founder of the Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green Coronavirus Support Group. The group supported vulnerable people with shopping, prescriptions, companionship and information. They delivered food parcels and made personal protective equipment for their community
  • Paul Newman - has completed sponsored runs. He has raised money to buy instruments for a new youth marching brass band. In the past year he has funded over 40 instruments
  • Ian Rose - trustee of Normandy Village Hall. Ian helps the hall stay open for its community seven days a week. He was previously the chairman of the trustees of the hall
  • Sharmila Seeboruth - a volunteer for Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project. Sharmila also volunteers for the Watts Gallery Artists' Village in Compton. She gives up time to help the Space to Grow community garden in Farnham and learning disabilities charity, Dimensions UK.
  • David Sindall - has volunteered for over nine years at Headway Surrey. The Stoughton charity supports individuals and families with brain injuries. He also volunteers with Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome Buddies project
  • Marion Thompson - has volunteered for three local charities, Guildford Action, The Canterbury Care Centre and Voluntary Action South West Surrey for almost 10 years

Community Heroes

Groups

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (Guildford Branch) - provided 1,600 cooked meals to the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Provided meals and support for shielding residents and donations to foodbanks. Made PPE for local hospitals and schools
  • Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green Coronavirus Support Group - supported vulnerable people with shopping and prescriptions. Delivered food parcels and made personal protective equipment for their local community
  • Caper and Berry - provided almost 10,000 meals for key workers and vulnerable residents. Meals were given to staff at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Guildford Nuffield Centre
  • Foodwise TLC - delivered over 30,000 meals to families at risk of food insecurity. Provided free cooking lessons to local residents
  • Guildford Philanthropy - worked with Foodwise TLC, supported local charities including Guildford Action, North Guildford Food Bank, The Matrix Trust and The Big Leaf Foundation. Provided laptops for digitally disadvantaged children to continue their online studies. Awarded 13 grants totalling £125,686
  • Mandira's Kitchen - provided 250 meals for vulnerable families over the Christmas holidays
  • Positano Restaurant - delivered 250 freshly-cooked meals to local residents during lockdown
  • Puttenham Buddies Group - supported local elderly and vulnerable people in their village from the start of lockdown
  • Ripley Corona Support Network - supported elderly and vulnerable people with errands, a hardship fund and community helpline
  • St. Saviour's Church - 'Meals For You' were made in the kitchen at St. Saviour's for delivery to local residents
  • Send Community Aid - Co-ordinated 130 volunteers to support local people with errands. Helped with dog walking, ran a telephone helpline and Facebook group 
  • Kathryn Carr's Send Scrubs Hub - made washable uniforms and scrub bags for local NHS and care home staff
  • Unigold 2000 Ltd - donated 50 laptops to Kings College, Guildford. The laptops helped digitally disadvantaged pupils continue their online studies
  • Staff at Watts Gallery Artists' Village - provided opportunities for Voluntary Action's Welcome to Volunteering volunteers to join them during 2020

Community Heroes

Individuals

  • Thomas George - Rock Choir's Thomas maintained regular choir rehearsals. He supported Guildford Fringe Festival events. He hosted quizzes, cooking sessions and even a Christmas Day sing-along session for isolated or lonely people
  • Beccy Matthews - offered free online fitness classes for cancer patients during lockdown. She tailored the classes for all, whatever their health and level of treatment
  • Jennifer Ashwood - Jennifer is part of Riverside's Homeless Outreach and Support Team. She helped provide accommodation for every local homeless person. She provided regular food parcels, clothing and moral support
  • Madeline Baker - supported her fellow care home residents and day centre friends, even though she was shielding herself. She carried out shopping trips and errands
  • Joan Barnett - has volunteered for Sight for Surrey for 16 years and took on extra clients during the pandemic
  • Shelina and Ian Blinkhorn - from East Horsley Post Office and General Store. They organised deliveries to vulnerable residents and supported their local community
  • Angela Breen - manager of The Four Seasons Trust care home. She supports her residents 24-hours-a-day. She worked throughout the Christmas holidays when other staff had to self-isolate
  • Sophie Brown - supported her community in Normandy by handing out leaflets and managing the local foodbank. She has also volunteered for The Rainbow Trust, Age UK, and Guildford Street Angels. She has raised money for charities in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Bill and Jenny Cole - made over 2,800 re-usable face masks for residents in Ash. They donated all proceeds to Ash United Football Club
  • Charlotte Fraser - worked with Foodwise TLC. Made up to 400 meals every week for vulnerable families
  • Paul Galley - has been helping local residents stay fit and active during lockdown. Organised a free running club through his Fitstuff running shop in Guildford. He sponsored local events
  • Helen Garood - a pharmacist who was instrumental in setting up the G Live and Cranleigh vaccine centres, as well as supporting neighbours during lockdown and bad weather
  • Marta Gaskin - continued to provide a free Christmas lunch to hundreds of local elderly, vulnerable and lonely people during lockdown, including organising delivery
  • Kirstie Jones - mental health social worker Kirstie worked with some of the most vulnerable people in our community during the pandemic
  • Jasmine Kapoor - provided food parcels to isolated students and families during lockdown
  • Sophie Lee - created colourful 'lockdown bags' for residents in Peaslake, Shere and Gomshall. The bags included hand sanitiser, sweets, biscuits and information on local support 
  • Lisa Ryan and Sasja McCann - set up the Albury Coronavirus Helpline. Handed out information leaflets around their village. Co-ordinated a team of volunteers to help with food parcels and community transport
  • Dr Thumuluru Kavitha Madhuri - works for the Gynae-oncology Research and Clinical Excellence charity at Guildford's Nuffield Hospital. Has voluntarily helped their fundraising efforts with sponsored challenges and selling Christmas cards. Co-ordinated the charity's response to coronavirus
  • Jan Messinger - Jan is a Worplesdon Parish Councillor and trustee of the Sime Gallery. Also the Worplesdon correspondent for The Guildford Dragon News. Jan delivered prescriptions to local residents in the first lockdown
  • Trevor Osborn - continued to support his community and colleagues by working in his local branch of Tesco, despite being advised to shield
  • Ketan Patel, Riverside Housing Association - helped to make Guildford's Number Five night shelter Covid-secure while still adapting to its new 24/7 service to support homeless people. Provided specialist help to get people back on their feet
  • Jenni Pettit - Jenni's West Horsley shop became a community hub during lockdown. They provided deliveries to residents who were housebound or vulnerable
  • Michelle Presley - at the start of lockdown set up a Facebook page to help local residents with vital information and support. Helped with dog walking services, food parcels and prescription delivery
  • Roshini, Ram and Mitthra Rammeash - their East Horsley shop became a hub for voluntary work. They collected prescriptions and delivered shopping to vulnerable residents
  • Alex Sanderson - coordinated food parcels and delivered shopping and prescriptions. Alex provided free childcare and organised online support meetings during the pandemic. She continued to edit her parish magazine
  • Emma Terry - created a database of Compton residents in need of support and co-ordinated volunteers. Emma worked with her parish council and local food banks to provide support
  • Tamera White - co-ordinated St Catherine's School's donations to The Hive at the Park Barn Centre. They provided pre-loved items and Christmas boxes for disadvantaged families
  • Jane and David Williams - organise daily litter picks in Peaslake
  • Nick and Charlotte Wyschna - created and provided activity packs during lockdown. Our Community Wellbeing Team gave them to local families

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