Media release - issued 04 Jun 2020

New Rushmoor Mayor is Rowhill councillor

Rushmoor's new Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been chosen for the coming mayoral year.

Rowhill ward councillor and Hampshire county councillor for Aldershot North, Councillor Charles Choudhary is the new Mayor of Rushmoor for the 2020/21 year and Councillor Bruce Thomas, who represents Aldershot's Manor Park ward, has been chosen as his deputy.

The appointments were unanimously approved at the Annual Council meeting held virtually on Tuesday 26 May.

Councillor Choudhary first joined Rushmoor Borough Council in 1987 and he previously served as Deputy Mayor in 1992/93 and as Rushmoor's Mayor in 2001/02.

He has also served as the council's Cabinet Member for Concessions and Community Support as well as Chairman of the Corporate Services Policy and Review Panel and Vice-Chairman of the Corporate Services Policy and Review Panel in 2017/18. Most recently, he has just completed his term as the Chairman of Hampshire County Council.

He was proposed by Councillor John Marsh and seconded by Councillor Terry Bridgeman.

When accepting the position, Councillor Choudhary took time to remember Councillor Frank Rust, who sadly passed away in April and would have been taking up the position of Mayor of Rushmoor for the second time in his career this year.

Speaking about Frank, Councillor Choudhary said: "I first wish to pay tribute to our dedicated colleague Frank, who was a truly outstanding councillor and a great man, who cared passionately about the community."

Councillor Choudhary added: "Frank was one of the most honest people I have ever known, and I know that he would have been an outstanding and popular Mayor as he was when he first carried out the role. I only wish that Frank could have been here with us tonight. In now taking on the role, I recognise that his will be big shoes to fill, but I will do my best to be true to his legacy."

After accepting the position, Councillor Choudhary went on to say: "During these challenging times, I also wish to pay tribute to our local community who have responded so well to the coronavirus crisis. The way that people have come together in such an incredible way to support the elderly and vulnerable across our borough throughout these difficult and unprecedented times has been inspiring. This will be a different year in many ways, but it is a challenge I am more than willing to face."

Throughout his mayoral year, Councillor Choudhary will be taking the opportunity to promote positive mental health issues and highlighting some of the support available locally. He also hopes to encourage others to take up leadership roles in politics, business, academia and civic society.
He has selected two charities for his mayoral year and will be fundraising for:

  • Broadhurst Welcome Home Community Ltd, a local charity which exists to provide help and support to those with serious mental illness in Rushmoor
  • Parity for Disability, which provides vital services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities

Councillor Choudhary also extended his thanks to outgoing Mayor, Councillor Sue Carter for the service she has given over the last year.

 
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