The Mayor for 2020-21
Introducing Cllr Brian W Sargeant and Mayoress Ray Kelly-Sargeant
Cllr Sargeant has served Northampton Borough Council for the last decade, serving as Chair and Deputy on the Licensing Committee, Deputy Chair on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, General Purposes and on the Civic Committee, working hard to preserve the town’s Mayoralty traditions for future generations.
Cllr Sargeant’s family has a rich history in the town – with his family name dating back to the 11th Century. Many of Cllr Sargeant’s ancestors were also Mayors of the Borough, dating back to the time of King James l, in 1616, 1628, 1636, 1642, 1644, 1656 and 1671 and 1683.
The family have also been Hereditary Freemen of the Borough since the 1530’s. Freemen were traditionally tradesmen or gentlemen who governed Northampton until 1835.
The Beckett and Sargeant Trust School was established in 1735 by two daughters of Cllr Sargeant’s relatives, Dorothy Beckett and Ann Sargeant. Their memorials are in All Saints’ Church, Northampton. The trust school building is now occupied by The Lowdown - Cllr Sargeant’s chosen charity for his mayoral year - and continuing his family legacy of helping the youth of this town.
A word from the Mayor
I am tremendously honoured, excited and humbled to my ancestors to become the 780th Mayor of Northampton. I am also incredibly proud to have my wife Ray as my Mayoress.
As the new Mayor, I will endeavour to lead as First Citizen of our Borough. These are difficult times, but through the resilience of the people of Northampton and the County, better times will come.
Please take heed of advice and thank God for our heroes of in the National Health Service and all our frontline and keyworkers, who are working so hard and risking their lives for us all.
Of course, we are both incredibly disappointed we can’t be out with our community at this time. It is heart breaking to see so many charity events cancelled. But the show must go on! We are on line now more than ever and The Mayoress and I along with local Civic Events, can be found on our Facebook page
I am delighted to announce that The Lowdown are my chosen charity this year – carrying on the Sargeant family’s tradition of helping our youth lead a better life. The Lowdown still need our support so that they can carry on providing mental health and well being support to the youth of Northamptonshire.
The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations. Due to demand it may not be possible to attend every event to which the Mayor is invited. We will respond to you as soon as the Mayor has confirmed that they are able to attend your event.