Banbury Town Mayor Cllr Jayne Strangwood

The Town Mayor is Banbury’s first citizen and is elected by the 22 Banbury Town Councillors.

The mayor’s term of office starts in May and lasts for one year. During that time it is not unusual for her to be invited to around 400 events in the area, and she is also called on to help organise the town’s traditional annual events – more information in the events’ section.

The mayor has a unique, distinctive and increasingly important role to play in fostering socially inclusive and responsible communities. She is in the perfect position to communicate with people from all backgrounds. By acting as a figurehead she can enthuse and motivate people. Being non-political, the mayor is also in a position to influence policy and decision-making for a wide spectrum of institutions.

Banbury Town Council therefore welcomes invitations for the mayor to attend local meetings and events to enable her to become more aware of what Banbury has to offer. In view of the Town Mayor’s busy schedule, it is essential that each invitation to an event is directed to Banbury Town Council as early as possible. Every invitation is discussed with the Town Mayor. If the Town Mayor is unable to attend then the invitation will be offered to the Deputy Town Mayor and then the Immediate Past Town Mayor, sadly if none can attend the invitation will be declined. If possible please make sure your invitation is received at least three weeks before the event to ensure inclusion on the weekly Mayoral engagement list.

Should you require any more information other than those on the Performa Notes then please do not hesitate to contact Banbury Town Council or email the Mayor at

The Town Mayor attends many functions each week throughout their yearly mayoral term.