Cynthia Feast was sworn in as Mayor of Winchelsea on Easter Monday 2017.

She is the first woman in the mayoralty’s 752 year recorded history to take the post. She paid tribute to Mary Chetwood and Peta Cameron-Clark who had paved the way as freemen. She also pointed out that it had not been unusual for women to serve as freemen in medieval times.  Deputy Mayor for the coming year is John Rodley, and Carol Scoines  was elected to be a freeman.  Congratulations were offered to the Mayor’s cadet, Jack Brown, who has also been appointed cadet to the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

The retiring Mayor John Spencer was warmly thanked for the way in which he has brought people together during his two terms of office, for his welcome to newcomers to the town and for bringing the Pipewell Gate restoration project to a successful conclusion. Ann Spencer was particularly thanked for organising the events that have raised well over £8,000 for the Mayoress’ Charity, Hospice at Home.