The Town Councillors annually select a chairman from their number, who serves as Mayor of Beverley for the year. Being a Town Councillor is a statutory role, which is a great honour and continues a civic tradition in Beverley dating back to 1573. Although the Town Council was only incorporated in 1999, it has taken on this ancient duty to ensure it survives into the 21st century.
The civic year starts in spring, with a ceremony each May at which the Mayor is chosen. Known as Mayor Making, this occasion sees the current incumbent present awards to celebrate the voluntary work carried out by local groups and individuals. The councillors then elect a new Mayor, who dons the robes and chains of office.
Springtime sees the Town Council supporting Beverley in Bloom, as the planting season gets underway. These two organisations work together to help brighten up Beverley with floral displays throughout the town. In 2017, Beverley received the Yorkshire in Bloom Yorkshire Rose Award for Best Town. Additionally, in 2018 the town was entered into Britain in Bloom, winning Silver Gilt.
In spring the Council also works with the Beverley Rotary Club to run the Beverley Pancake Race – a flipping good event enjoyed by all!
The Town Council manages the hanging baskets scheme that local shops, businesses, pubs and cafes buy into – look out for the 2019 application form being circulated in late April/early May.