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Community at the heart of new Mayor of Thetford

The new Mayor of Thetford’s vision for her year in office is to enhance the town from within.

Councillor Brenda Canham was made mayor on May 17, and said there will be a clear theme to her mayorship.

She said: “I’m over the moon to be made mayor and it is a personal achievement for myself,

“I want to focus on community, Thetford as a whole is one big community, but within that we have so many others like resident groups and such and as mayor I want to bring them to the fore.”

Mayor Brenda Canham with consort, Cllr Jenny Hollis, and the statuePicture by Mecha Morton
Mayor Brenda Canham with consort, Cllr Jenny Hollis, and the statuePicture by Mecha Morton

Cllr Canham was deputy mayor to Cllr Roy Brame the previous year and said seeing how he did it has helped her see more of the groups in the town.

She said: “Roy has been a good mayor and used to say to me to come along to events and I not only saw how he worked but also how the people in the community were doing good things for the town.”

The new mayor will not choose a charity as such but instead use her fund to help enhance the town with various projects, including trying to raise money to re-guild the Thomas Paine statue, in King Street.

Cllr Canham said: “The Thomas Paine Statue is part of the heritage of the town and we hope, with the Thomas Paine Society, we can restore it, as this sort of thing enhances the town and will attract more visitors to Thetford.”

The mayor also feels that having Cllr Mark Robinson as her deputy will also be a positive thing for Thetford.

She said: “I think having Mark, who is also a local business man, as deputy will be another asset,

“Both of us together will bring new things to the council and also he is very community-driven like me.”

Cllr Canham moved to Thetford from London in 1979 and in her new role she will use the ethics she learnt then to do the best for the town.

She said: “I always want to help people, I think that is due to the community I grew up in, in London in the 50s, people pulled together to help each other and I want to do that as mayor.”

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