Beverley Town Council has been making a positive difference to the town since it was formed in 1999.
Beverley Town Council is at the heart of the local community. With fourteen elected councillors and a small staff team, what it lacks in scale it makes up for in positive impact and passion for Beverley. The Town Council consist of four wards – Minster North, Minster South, St Mary’s East and St Mary’s West). These are all within the Town Council (or Parish) boundaries. Whilst East Riding of Yorkshire Council oversees many larger, infrastructure issues such as housing, highways, social services, council tax, etc., the Town Council helps to bring a uniqueness to Beverley and works at a grassroots level within the community.
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.
With the summer months come more events, including the Great Get Together, at which the Council aims to bring the community together for a day of picnics, music and family activities. The good weather sees increased activity on the ever-busy allotments, including Open Allotments Day. It is also during summer that the Yorkshire in Bloom judges visit Beverley, with the Town Council, Bloom Group and wider community pulling out all the stops to ensure the town shines.
Autumn brings with it the celebrated Beverley Food Festival, which the Town Council founded in 2006. A very popular occasion, it has won multiple awards and is considered one of the best of its kind in the north. There is surely something to suit every taste. The Town Council also plays its part in the annual Acts of Remembrance.
In winter, the culmination of fundraising by the Christmas Lights Committee, which is run by community-spirited locals with support from the Town Council, comes to fruition, as the Christmas lights bring a festive glow to the town centre. The Council’s additional Christmas Food and Drinks Festival takes place in late November. By tradition, on New Year’s Eve the Mayor recites Tennyson’s ‘Ring out Wild Bells’ in Beverley Minster to mark the passing of the old year.
Throughout the seasons, the Town Council’s Brighter Beverley team carry out monthly community litter picks – new volunteers are always welcome!
There are many more duties and additional events and projects, either annual or one-off, but the above are just some of the highlights from Beverley Town Council’s year. Councillors and members of staff are always happy to work with residents and welcome all volunteers. They also thank the people of Beverley who already give of their time freely to make our town such a wonderful place to visit and in which to live.