Cllr Alan Rennles Town Mayor 2019 - 2021

Cllr Alan Rennles was inaugurated as Town Mayor for May 2019 to May 2021 at the annual meeting for Barnstaple Town Council on 20th May 2019. He was then inaugurated as Town Mayor in May 2021 for May 2021 – May 2022.

Cllr Rennles was delighted to have been elected to this post and looks forward to acting as the Chairman of the Council as well as performing civic duties and helping to fundraise for his chosen charity Care for Kids North Devon. He is hoping that there will be more events he can attend this coming year with Covid restrictions being eased.

Cllr Rennles has been a North Devon resident his entire life, his only time living away while he was in the HM Royal Marines and has always been involved in the community, long before being elected as a town council member in 2015.

Cllr Rennles stands as the 704th Mayor of Barnstaple Town Council since records began in 1301.

It is normal practice, when introducing the Mayor at a function to refer to him as either “Mayor”, “Town Mayor of Barnstaple” or “Councillor Rennles”.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event, please complete the Mayoral Engagement Request Form and send it either via email to mayor@barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk or by post to Barnstaple Town Council, Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS.

The Mayor's chosen charity

The Town Mayor’s charity has been chosen personally by Cllr Rennles for the amazing work being done for and with local residents. Cllr Rennles will be holding a number of fundraising events throughout his term in office, support Care for Kids.

Care For Kids North Devon provides instant financial assistance to families who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. This may be a cancer, heart condition, cystic fibrosis or a head injury. Due to North Devon’s rural location, all seriously ill children are now treated in specialist children’s hospitals outside the area.

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Civic Duties

There is a civic aspect to the role of Town Mayor. They are required to attend a wide spectrum of events organised by local organisations, as well as representing Barnstaple at functions outside of the town.

Taking on the role of the Mayor is a significant voluntary undertaking as they may be required to attend events on a daily basis or sometimes several events in one day.

Through the Town Council office, they help to organise various charity fundraising events and projects each year. For example, charity meals, quiz nights, family fun days, bucket collections and more.

The Deputy Mayor for 2021-2022 is Councillor Louisa York. Councillor York will attend events and chair meetings as required when the Town Mayor is unavailable.