Earley Town Council Mayor


The Town Mayor is elected annually in May by the Town Council. The Mayor serves as the Chair of the Town Council and presides over meetings of the council. The Mayor also acts a figurehead for the Council in the community, attending engagements, officiating at events, presenting prizes or certificates and acting in an apolitical way on behalf of the Council.


If you would like to invite the Town Mayor to your event then please contact:

Richard Fryer, Democratic Services Officer, on 0118 9986 8995 or [email protected].

Alternatively, you can post your request to: Democratic Services Officer, Earley Town Council, Radstock Lane, Earley, RG6 5UL.


Please note that all invitations are automatically extended to the Deputy Mayor if the Mayor is unable to attend the event.


When thinking about what information you need to include with your invitation, be sure to enclose the essential details: the nature of the event; what the event is; the date and time; the venue address; the Mayor’s involvement. 


The Mayor’s chosen charity for 2022-23 is Arthritis Matters a local charity that was set up to help and support people with arthritis by providing practical advice and arranging activities and social events to those with arthritis achieve as much as possible. 


Details of recent events the Mayor has attended can be found in the section below.



ETC Mayor & Deputy Mayor 2021/22




Councillor Tahir Maher was elected          Councillor Caroline Smith was elected 

Mayor of Earley at the Annual Town         Deputy Mayor of Earley at the Annual

Council meeting held on 11th May           Town Council meeting held on 11th 

2022.                                                               May 2022.



Recent Events Attended by the Mayor of Earley




Thursday 27th April Celebration of Volunteering, University of Reading
Thursday 13th April Dialogue Society Annual Ramadan Dinner
Wednesday 5th April Community Iftar Dinner, Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre
Friday 31st March Investing Night and Iftar, 1st Lower Earley Scouts
Monday 13th March Yearly Meeting of the University of Reading Court
Saturday 11th March Berkshire Magistrates Mock Schools Trials
Friday 3rd March World Day of Prayer Reading
Saturday 28th January Photography Exhibition and ‘Meet the Artist’
Saturday 10th December Mayor’s Reception
Friday 18th November 2022 Memories of Earley, Earley Library
Wednesday 16th November 2022 Loddon Viaduct Memorial, Dinton Pastures Country Park
Sunday 13th November 2022 Service of Remembrance, Earley St Peter’s
Tuesday 8th November 2022 CResCent Resource Centre AGM
Friday 7th October 2022 Berkshire Judicial Service
Thursday 29th September 2022 SERFCA Awards
Wednesday 28th September 2022 Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT AGM
Tuesday 27th September 2022 Berkshire Vision AGM
Saturday 24th September 2022 Trinity Concert Band Anniversary Concert
Friday 23rd September 2022 Citizen’s Advice Wokingham AGM
Wednesday 21st September 2022 Maiden Erlegh School
Saturday 3rd September 2022 Reading Pride ‘Love Unites’ Festival
Saturday 27th August 2022 Reading Cultural Society Book Launch
Wednesday 17th August 2022 Reading FC Community Trust Summer Holiday Fishing Project
Saturday 6th August 2022 Green Fair
Thursday 4th August 2022 Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force Visitors Day
Monday 1st August 2022 Readibus AGM
Tuesday 26th July 2022 1996 (Earley) Squadron Air Cadets
Saturday 16th July 2022 Eid Family Fun Day
Thursday 7th July 2022 Promise Inclusion AGM
Wednesday 6th July 2022 Berkshire Vision Art Exhibition
Sunday 3rd July 2022 Association of Sri Lankan Muslims Summer Social
Thursday 30th June 2022 12th Pakistan Achievement Awards International
Wednesday 29th June 2022 Torch Commissioning Service
Sunday 26th June 2022 All Pakistan Women’s Association Launch Event
Thursday 23rd June 2022 Hawkedon School Sports Day
Monday 20th June 2022 Aldryngton School Assembly
Friday 10th June 2022 Halqa Habab Dinner
Tuesday 7th June 2022 SERFCA Briefing
Wednesday 1st June 2022 Kenton Road Day Centre Platinum Jubilee Party
Sunday 22nd May 2022 Earley St Peter’s Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday 11th May 2022 Professional’s Breakfast at Austen House
Tuesday 10th May 2022 2nd Earley Rainbows 
Sunday 3rd April 2022 Huge Earley Litter Pick
Saturday 2nd April 2022 Trinity Concert Band – “Song & Dance”
Saturday 19th March 2022 Service to Earley Awards
Friday 18th March 2022 Covid Memorial Plaque Unveiling
Friday 4th March 2022 World Day of Prayer
Thursday 3rd March 2022 Meeting with Hong Kong Residents
Sunday 19th December 2021 Earley St Peter’s Carol Service
Thursday 9th December 2021 PAW Consulting Launch Event
Saturday 4th December 2021 Kenton Road Day Centre Christmas Fair
Thursday 2nd December 2021 1996 (Earley) Squadron Air Training Corps Meeting
Thursday 26th November 2021 Wokingham Borough Council Sports Awards 2021
Friday 19th November 2021 Citizens Advice Wokingham Mobile Advice Unit
Sunday 14th November 2021 Remembrance Sunday
Monday 25th October 2021 Readibus AGM
Saturday 16th October 2021 Thanksgiving Service for HRH Duke of Edinburgh
Monday 11th September 2021 Wokingham Volunteer Centre AGM
Sunday 10th October 2021 Induction and Installation of Rev’d April Beckerleg
Friday 8th October 2021 Annual Judicial Service and 900th Anniversary of the Founding of Reading Abbey. 
Friday 1st October Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Interpretation Centre
Saturday 25th September 2021 St Nicolas Church Fete
Friday 24th September 2021 Macmillan Coffee Morning at Austin House
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 ETC Volunteers Thames Waterside Litter Pick
Thursday 16th September 2021 Berkshire Vision AGM
Thursday 9th September 2021 Berkshire High Sheriff’s Summer Reception
Saturday 4th September 2021 Huntley and Palmers 80th Anniversary Lunch



Previous Earley Town Council Chairmen & Mayors


Period of Office Title Forename Surname Position
1974-1976 Mr R.E Boulton Chairman
1976-1981 Mr A.C Paddick Chairman
1981-1983 Mr A.W Spratling Chairman
1983-1987 Mr J Busby Chairman
1987-1988 Mr A.W Spratling Chairman
1988-1989 Mrs V.J. Santon Chairman
1989-1990 Mr D.J Fruin Chairman
1990-1991 Mr P Devonald Chairman
1991-1992 Mr A.W Spratling Chairman
1992-1994 Mrs F.M Rolls Chairman
1994-1996 Mrs E Spratling Chairman
1996-1998 Mr M Richman Chairman
1998-1999 Mrs E Spratling Chairman
1999-2001 Mr A.D Long Chairman
2001-2003 Mrs I Dowdall Chairman
2003-2004 Mrs J Shockley Chairman
2004-2006 Mr D.D Chopping Chairman
2006-2007 Mr David Chopping Mayor
2007-2008 Mr Norman Jorgensen Mayor
2008-2009 Mr Andrew Bradley Mayor
2009-2010 Mr John Armstrong Mayor
2010-2011 Mr Peter Willis Mayor
2011-2012 Mr Tim Chambers Mayor
2012-2013 Mrs Pauline Jorgensen Mayor
2013-2015 Mrs Linda Chambers Mayor
2015-2016 Mrs Melanie De Jong Mayor
2016-2017 Miss Jackie  Rance Mayor
2017-2018 Mr Michael Firmager Mayor
2018-2019 Mr Brian Wedge Mayor
2019-2021 Mr David Hare Mayor
2021-2022 Mrs Anne Bassett Mayor