Councillor Simon Thornton

On 11 May 2017 Godalming Town Council unanimously elected Councillor Simon Thornton as Godalming Town Mayor for the civic year 2017/18.  Cllr Thornton represents the Central & Ockford ward in Godalming and was first elected in 2011.

Simon has lived and worked in the Waverley Borough his whole life; as the second youngest of four children he was born in Haslemere, before living in Elstead and then Godalming.  He trained as a butcher’s apprentice, eventually becoming the Manager for Meatmaster Godalming and Guildford.  In 2000, Simon bought the business, now known as The Godalming Butchers of which he is currently Master Butcher and Managing Director. Simon and his expertly trained staff have been serving customers for over 30 years and the business is famed locally for its quality produce and knowledgeable, friendly service.

Having previously been a member of Godalming Chamber of Commerce and Round Table, Simon became a Town Councillor and Waverley Borough Councillor in 2011.  He was a Member of the Executive at Waverley Borough Council from 2014-2016 with portfolio responsibility for Leisure, Culture, Parks & Countryside.  Simon served as Deputy Mayor of Godalming from May 2016-17.

Simon is a strong team player who is passionate about Godalming and its surrounding areas and has a keen interest in supporting local businesses and charities.

Simon is married to Hazel, a Bid Manager for an insurance company. He also has a ten year old daughter, who is educated in Godalming.

Find out about the current Godalming Town Mayor, past Mayors and how to invite the Mayor to your event.

You can find the programme of Mayoral engagements by clicking here

The Deputy Mayor for the current year is Councillor Nick Williams.

The Deputy Mayoress – Mrs Jeanne Williams

The role and duty of the Deputy Mayor is to deputise, as required, for the Mayor.  When chairing Full Council the Deputy Mayor assumes the Mayor’s role and powers in relation to that meeting.

In undertaking engagements the Deputy Mayor’s role is to act as the Mayor’s representative.

Except for civic occasions and Full Council meetings, the Deputy Mayor has no role when the Mayor is present ie. if the Mayor attends an event as Mayor the Deputy Mayor may only attend the same function as a Councillor.  Except for the aforementioned occasions, the Deputy Mayor must not wear chains of office whenever the Mayor is present.

If you wish to invite the Mayor to your event please click here to complete a request form.

If you have a more specific enquiry regarding the Mayor please contact the Mayor’s Secretary, Lynne Purnell.

Please Note

  • In speeches the Mayor is referred to as ‘Madam Mayor’ or ‘Mr Mayor’.
  • The Mayoress is the courtesy title for the wife of the Mayor, when the Mayor is a male. The partner of a female Mayor is a Consort.
  • If formal photographs are taken at the event, a copy would be appreciated for the Mayor’s portfolio.
  • Please note the Mayor will normally wear the chain of office unless your event is informal and you specifically request “no chain of office”.

The Mayoralty in Godalming has a long history, below you can view the photographs/images (that we have) of Town Mayors going back to 1786.