Woodbridge: New mayor Charles Notcutt ‘privileged’ to land role in exciting year
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 May 2012
AN incoming mayor has spoken of his pride at taking up the prestigious civic role during what promises to be a very exciting 12 months for his town.
Charles Notcutt has lived in Woodbridge for more than 50 years and said he was thoroughly looking forward to his time in office.
He was speaking at the annual meeting of the town council on Tuesday night, where his peers unanimously voted in his favour.
Mr Notcutt told councillors: “It’s a huge honour and a particular pleasure and privilege to be elected as mayor.
“Especially so – by chance rather than design – in a year when Woodbridge has so much activity happening, the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch procession and the round Britain cycling race.
“That’s only the first half of the year – goodness knows what the second half will bring.”
Mr Notcutt, who was born in Woodbridge in 1934 but educated in Edinburgh, also thanked outgoing mayor Martin Sylvester, who had served two years in office, for his hard work and congratulated Patti Mulcahy, who was voted in as his deputy.
He said he was particularly pleased with the continued links with 23 Royal Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) at nearby Rock Barracks and named the new Woodbridge Soldiers Fund, which is set to launch later this month, as his charity of the year. By becoming mayor he is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who chaired Woodbridge Urban District Council in 1937/38.
A horticultural expert, Mr Notcutt returned to the town in 1958 to join the family business at Notcutts nursery, which his grandfather started in 1897. He retired in 2008 and is now non-executive president. He has been incredibly active in Woodbridge life and was one of the founders of the town’s rugby club.
He was also on the initial committee of Woodbridge Museum, twice president of Woodbridge Horticultural Society and the first chairman of the Abbeyfield Deben Extra Care Society, which runs Highlands care home.
He was also a governor of Otley College for 12 years and is a long standing Rotarian, and was first elected to the town council in 2007, representing Riverside Ward.
Mr Notcutt, who was awarded an OBE in 2008 and is married to Gill, has three children from his first marriage and eight grandchildren.