Helston Council nominates mayor and deputy

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

First published in Cornwall

Helston Town Council has chosen its mayor elect and deputy mayor elect for the coming civic year.

Councillors voted to nominate current deputy mayor Michael Thomas to replace the current mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby when he steps down in May.

Councillor Thomas’ nomination was proposed by Councillor Radford-Gaby, who said he had proved “his commitment to our town and his wish to see it flourish and prosper.”

He added: “I believe that he has the skills, patience, diligence, humour and humility to take over from me at the end of this civic year, and prove himself a fine leader of this council.”

The council held a ballot to decide between two candidates for the post of deputy mayor: councillors Justine Hornsby and Mark Upton.

Councillor Upton’s nomination was proposed by Councillor Nicola Roberts, who described him as “a loyal and trustworthy friend, who has proved himself”, who “demands and achieves results” and is always to be seen “everywhere” in the town.

Councillor Hornsby’s nomination was proposed by the deputy mayor, who said she was a “loyal councillor who has worked for the benefit of the town in a range of roles.”

He added: “She has a commitment to change while respecting the views of councillors and staff.”

In the space intended for questioning the potential candidates, Councillor Gillian Geer said: “I’m very concerned that people in Helston should perceive what goes on here. I want to make certain that this town is known as a friendly place, I can’t bear people getting at each other.

“The whole thing should be kept at a friendly level, we must be seen to be the sort of people that people care about and are interested in.”

The outgoing mayor congratulated Councillor Thomas and Councillor Upton on their successful nominations, and thanked Councillor Hornsby for putting herself forward.

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8:19am Thu 6 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby.
He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills.
I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity.
Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby. He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills. I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: -25

1:07pm Thu 6 Mar 14

TheOriginaDelboy says...

Excellent choices, as Justine would have been.

Thankfully the council avoided other Councillors with too much self importance.

Big up the JRG for his work.
Excellent choices, as Justine would have been. Thankfully the council avoided other Councillors with too much self importance. Big up the JRG for his work. TheOriginaDelboy
  • Score: -40

5:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Very good news for Helston.
Very good news for Helston. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: -22

5:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

DCI Jen says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Very good news for Helston.
Good thing all the council didn't stand down then isn't it Ron, when you said they should.

It is "very good news for Helston" yet another good Cllr has been elected as Mayor. Cllr Jonathan Radford-Gaby did a brilliant job and I am sure Cllr Thomas will also.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Very good news for Helston.[/p][/quote]Good thing all the council didn't stand down then isn't it Ron, when you said they should. It is "very good news for Helston" yet another good Cllr has been elected as Mayor. Cllr Jonathan Radford-Gaby did a brilliant job and I am sure Cllr Thomas will also. DCI Jen
  • Score: -37

6:36pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

Looks like to me someone in Helston is stupid and jealous because all these comments have suddenly been thumbed down. When i lived in Helston Cllr JRG was a fantastic Cllr and mayor and im sure Cllr Thomas will do a great job too because he was a good Cllr as well.
Looks like to me someone in Helston is stupid and jealous because all these comments have suddenly been thumbed down. When i lived in Helston Cllr JRG was a fantastic Cllr and mayor and im sure Cllr Thomas will do a great job too because he was a good Cllr as well. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: -28

7:34pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Oh don't worry about the silly thumbs down thing commenters, it's the comments that are the important thing. We're all entitled to our own opinions, My opinion is, that if anyone can't see how good Cllr Radford-Gaby has been as a mayor and is as a Cllr, and how good Cllr Thomas is as a Cllr and will be as a mayor, then they must be a bit thick. At least they're not recycled and wonky with a few screws missing.
Oh don't worry about the silly thumbs down thing commenters, it's the comments that are the important thing. We're all entitled to our own opinions, My opinion is, that if anyone can't see how good Cllr Radford-Gaby has been as a mayor and is as a Cllr, and how good Cllr Thomas is as a Cllr and will be as a mayor, then they must be a bit thick. At least they're not recycled and wonky with a few screws missing. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: -25

11:07pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Helston Observer says...

Good luck to Cllr. Thomas, I know he will represent the town with professionalism and good humour.
Good luck to Cllr. Thomas, I know he will represent the town with professionalism and good humour. Helston Observer
  • Score: 19

6:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby.
He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills.
I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity.
Out of interest, was your comment having a dig at the previous mayor John Boase? Just wondering. "Excellent public communication skills"
[quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby. He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills. I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity.[/p][/quote]Out of interest, was your comment having a dig at the previous mayor John Boase? Just wondering. "Excellent public communication skills" Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: -8

8:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Helston fly on the wall wrote:
Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby.
He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills.
I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity.
Out of interest, was your comment having a dig at the previous mayor John Boase? Just wondering. "Excellent public communication skills"
No, not at all. Having "a dig" at people is not my style, if I have something to say, I openly do so, thereby giving anyone the right of reply, nor would I denigrate anyone when it is inappropriately timed.
Every Mayor brings their own ideas to the council and does what they think is right at the time.
I speak as I find, my reference to "excellent public communication skills" was simply based on first hand experience.
[quote][p][bold]Helston fly on the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: Mayor Councillor Jonathan Radford-Gaby has done an excellent job in representing the town and has instilled pride in Helston at all civic occasions with his wife the Mayoress Wendy Radford-Gaby. He has led the council with commitment and integrity and has demonstrated excellent public communication skills. I believe his replacement, Councillor Mike Thomas is a perfect choice and that he will continue to carry the Town Council forward with beneficial continuity and positivity.[/p][/quote]Out of interest, was your comment having a dig at the previous mayor John Boase? Just wondering. "Excellent public communication skills"[/p][/quote]No, not at all. Having "a dig" at people is not my style, if I have something to say, I openly do so, thereby giving anyone the right of reply, nor would I denigrate anyone when it is inappropriately timed. Every Mayor brings their own ideas to the council and does what they think is right at the time. I speak as I find, my reference to "excellent public communication skills" was simply based on first hand experience. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 21

9:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

Sitting up here watching the scores drop dramtically on every, single comment except Ronedgcumbes, ermmm. No wonder Helston is in the state it is, if people cant even say anything nice about others. Cllrs JRG and Thomas are good cllrs and all the petty point scoring wont change that. No wonder meerkats gets fed up with the scoring instead of .people leaving a comment. With all the computers i have access to i could do the same but have more intelligent things to do. Think most people that comment on Falmouth issues seem to know how to have a proper discussion. Glad i moved out of Helston and back to Scotland. Take a look at the Flora day article, that is typical of Helston.
Sitting up here watching the scores drop dramtically on every, single comment except Ronedgcumbes, ermmm. No wonder Helston is in the state it is, if people cant even say anything nice about others. Cllrs JRG and Thomas are good cllrs and all the petty point scoring wont change that. No wonder meerkats gets fed up with the scoring instead of .people leaving a comment. With all the computers i have access to i could do the same but have more intelligent things to do. Think most people that comment on Falmouth issues seem to know how to have a proper discussion. Glad i moved out of Helston and back to Scotland. Take a look at the Flora day article, that is typical of Helston. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 0

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