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The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Didcot

Each year at the Annual Meeting the Council elects a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor to serve for the coming year. 

On Monday 8th May Councillor Jackie Billington was elected the Mayor for 2017/2018.  The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Bill Service.

The Mayor chairs Council meetings assisted by the Deputy Mayor in accordance with Standing Orders. 

A Biography - Mayor Jackie Billington

Jackie Billington was born in Chiswick, and lived in Isleworth until she left home and moved to Colnbrook - where she says she "lived on the end of the runway of Heathrow Airport".  She then moved to Didcot and has now lived and worked here for over 25 years.

Jackie has an 18 year old son, and her daughter is 15.

Jackie works as a Management Accountant for a large Environmental company, and has been in her current role for over 15 years.

She has always taken an active interest in the activities that her children have been involved with - being a past Treasurer and Chair of Oxford Figure Ice Skating Club, Treasurer of a local Scout Group, active member of the School Parent's Association and continues to be an active committee member for Didcot Air Cadets.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys meeting up with friends, visiting places of interest, watching documentaries, visiting the cinema and cooking.

Jackie is also a flautist, having studied at the London College of Music for 5 years.

Jackie became a councillor during the 2015 elections, and has been an active member for both the Finance and Planning Committees, and has stepped up to assist others as and when required.

Continuing with the long standing tradition of raising both the profile and fundraising for two charities during her year as The Mayor of Didcot, her chosen charities are:

Crohn's & Colitis (Oxfordshire)

The Crohn's charity was always going to be my number one choice and is very close to my heart. My dear friend and work colleague, Julie Andrews was diganosed with Crohns' disease, and since her diagnosis, she was always finding innovative ways to raise funds for a charity that was always there for her, be it on the end of a phone, if she ever needed them. She would arrange cake sales, book sales, "Unwanted Christmas Present Raffe", in the office at work and pass the money over to her volunteering charity friends.

Julie sadly passed away in January 2015, and she asked if I would continue raising money through our work colleagues for Crohn's. This I have continued to do, always in her memory. So once I knew I was being asked to become Mayor, this charity was immediately my fiirst thought, as I know how much they helped Julie.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) This disease affects both adults and children alike, though can start from any age between 10 and 40 years of age.

For more information, please visist their website at :

www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/local-group/south-east/oxfordshire

Didcot (2410) Air Cadets

My second charity that I wish to promote and raise funds for, are the local Didcot (2410 Squadron) Air Cadets, who offer a wide range of exciting activities for children in Year 8 and above, or from the age of 13.

The cadets and staff are always taking on new and exciting challenges - from a first flight in a glider, to participating with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, there is always something going on. Activites also include Adventure training, Aviation Studies, First Aid, Camping, Road Marching, Sport, Flying & Gliding and much, much more!

Both cadets and staff also get involved by giving back to the local community - these have included, the yearly Didcot litter picks, setting up (and down) of the local Radio Rally, setting up the stalls for the Didcot Hospital Fete (and dismantling), marshalling the Uptonogood Cycle Rally, volunteering at the Abingdon Air Show, raising funds for the Royal British Legion by taking part in the Royal British Legion annual Poppy Walk, to name but a few.

Unfortunately their building that has been home for many years, had a partial collapse at the end of 2015, and from April 2016, they have been having their twice weekly meetings at a temporary location. The good news is that the new build is now under way and sometime later in 2017, the cadets and staff will be back once more on Newlands Avenue in their new build. However  they will still need to purchase furniture, new computers, books etc

For more information, please visit their website at:

www.didcotaircadets.co.uk