Retford Charter Trustees
The East Retford Charter Trustees comprise of all 10 Bassetlaw District Councillors who represent the four wards in Retford, once elected to Bassetlaw, they automatically become a Charter Trustee.
The Trustees came into existence in April 1974, when the old Retford Borough Council was merged with the Retford Rural District, Worksop Borough Council and Worksop Rural District to form the new Bassetlaw District Council. Some areas opted at that time to create new "Town Councils", but the decision was taken not to do this, but to form a Charter Trustee Body.
There are currently only 12 Charter Trustee bodies in England and Wales. Worksop also has Charter Trustees.
The role of the Trustees is purely ceremonial, they elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor each May, and safeguard the traditions of the former Borough of Retford. They maintain the civic regalia and the "Town Plate", which is a collection of gifts and artefacts that were donated to the Town during its days as a Borough.
The Trustees meet formally on several occasions each year, they receive reports from the Mayor and Clerk and they set an annual budget which covers the running cost of the Trustees. They make a formal precept for funds to the Bassetlaw District Council, in the same way that Parish and Town Councils do. The cost of the Trustees is paid for solely by the residents of Retford, and the annual cost works out at just £1.43 per household.
Annual Meeting & Mayor Making
The ceremony of Mayor Making is basically nothing more than an election of a Chairperson to chair meetings of the electing body for the forthcoming municipal year.
In reality however the Mayor is an ambassador for the town and undertakes hundreds of functions of public relations and of a charitable nature during a year in office. Today the same importance is attached to the election of Mayor as has been for hundreds of years, although the powers of the Town Mayors are more limited than of old. In the case of Retford, the former borough was created in 1857, when the first Mayor was elected.
Retford Town Hall
The Mayor’s Parlour is located within Retford Town Hall.
The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations to attend local events, and anyone wishing to invite the Mayor should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework
for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit
Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils,
internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities,
with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit.
In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in the Transparency Code.
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