The Mayor attends a variety of engagements throughout the civic year including parades, civic receptions and general visits. If you wish to request the Mayor's presence at an event, please see our Invite the Mayor form.

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The Mayor's charity appeal

Dementia UK and Alzheimer's Society

I have chosen to support Dementia/Alzheimer's throughout my term of office as Mayor. I worked as a Home Care assistant for a long number of years, and through my work started to become interested in the condition.

At that time very little was known about the illness and the support for both families & sufferers alike was, to say the least, minimal. I am pleased that this is now changing but there is still a lot to do. More research is needed as our ageing population increases. I think it's fair to say that most people in Kirklees will know of someone who suffers from this terrible condition.

We are holding a Charity Appeal Launch Event in Huddersfield Town Hall on 15 June when we will have a variety of volunteers who will be giving advice and information on the condition and the support available for sufferers and their families, as well as a number of speakers.

The event starts at 2.00 pm and will run until 6.30 pm and is a free event so please come along and find out all about Dementia, get the advice you need, and find out how you can get involved. Dementia UK, Alzheimer's Society, Benefits Advice, Police and Fire Authorities and other organisations will all be there to provide information and support. I hope to see you there.

Further information on the work of the 2 charities and how to make a donation to my appeal will be added shortly.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Christine Iredale

The Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Christine Iredale
The Mayor and her interests

Christine was born in Kirkheaton and was educated at Kirkheaton CE School. She moved to Cowlersley in 1960.

She left school at the age of 15 to work in the textile industry and later went on to work as a Home Care Assistant for 18 years.

Christine is married to Robert, and has 2 daughters, Rochelle and Briony, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with whom she spends as much time as possible.

Christine was elected as a Councillor in 2003 and became chair of the Licensing and Safety Committee in 2007. She has also served on the Planning Sub-Committee (Huddersfield Area) and Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Well-Being and Communities. She was also chair of one of the Education School Transport Appeals Panel.

She is involved in many local activities, which include being a member of Milnsbridge Liberal Club and Milnsbridge Bowling Club. She is also a member on the Longwood Sing Committee, a member of the Women's Section of the Royal British Legion, and a keen supporter of Golcar Lily Day.

Her hobbies include taking part in quizzes as a member of her local quiz team, playing bingo, reading and crosswords. She is a very down to earth person, who enjoys a cuppa and a good natter!

Christine loves meeting people and she is looking forward to taking on her duties as Mayor, having enjoyed meeting people over the past year in her role as Deputy Mayor. She is both proud and honoured to have been nominated for the role and relishes the new challenge.

She is extremely proud to be the first Golcar Councillor elected to the role.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Christine Iredale and Robert Iredale

The Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Christine Iredale and Robert Iredale
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gwen Lowe and her interests

Gwen is very proud that she is Batley born 'n' bred, born September 1958 in Batley Maternity Home.

Gwen's first school was Manorfield Infants, then Staincliffe Junior School, followed by Batley Girls' Grammar School 1970-77. She proudly admits that she still has her school scarf, beret (complete with Prefect tassel), hymn book and Bible. At the age of 50 she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Modernisation - you're never too old to study!

She has worked night shifts at Dewsbury District Hospital for over 27 years as an Accident & Emergency Receptionist.

Gwen was very honoured to be first elected in Batley West in 2006 and thoroughly enjoys her role. For many years she was the Chair of both the Area and District Committees. She has sat on many different committees and panels which have included WYCA Transport, Planning, and Community Safety Scrutiny. Her main passions are Environmental and Community Safety so is very passionate about her long standing position as Chair of the Batley Neighbourhood Management Group.

Gwen is involved in many local activities and groups and loves getting her hands dirty – including wading in wellies in a millpond. She is Chair of The Friends of Batley Railway Station which she set up with the late Jo Cox MP. She is also Vice Chair of The Friends of Staincliffe Park where she spent many happy hours as a child.

Gwen's family are the most important people in her life and is always in awe of their amazing support to her. Gwen has been married to Ken for over eight years. She has a daughter Ashleigh, son Joseph and David her older brother. On March 1st this year Gwen was over the moon when Ashleigh and Nick had their first child Max – Gwen's first grandchild and first great grandchild for her mum Margaret.

"Me Time" is something Gwen doesn’t get much of but when she does she loves being with her family, long walks with her daft dog Bentley, narrow boating with Ken, reading, gardening and eating carrot cake.

Gwen really loves meeting people, hearing and seeing what they are doing and is so looking forward to taking on her duties as part of the Mayoral team. It was Gwen’s "little girl's dream" to be the Mayor of Batley, so it's an even greater honour to have been nominated for this role to represent not just Batley but the whole of Kirklees Council.

TThe Deputy Mayor of Kirklees and her Consort, Councillor Gwen Lowe and Ken Lowe

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gwen Lowe and Ken Lowe

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