Mayors Diary of Events


To view the Mayor's diary for 2023-24 please click HERE.

The Role of the Mayor of Stamford


The Mayor is Stamford’s foremost citizen and the ceremonial leader of the town. In cases of unavailability or absence, the Mayor may be represented by the Deputy Mayor, or a senior Councillor (Past Mayor who is an active member of the council), as and when appropriate. The function of the Mayor is entirely apolitical. An effective Mayor can play a major rôle in promoting a positive image of Stamford and Stamford’s influence and importance at a local, regional, national and international level. A Mayor’s major contribution to the rôle is to focus on the promotion, development and execution of the Town Council’s vision and core objectives. Residents of Stamford rightfully expect the highest standards of conduct and impartiality in their Mayor and that the incumbent will proactively engage upon a wide range of duties and activities on their behalf during the mayoral year of office.


Mayor Andrew Croft or Cllr Andy!


I was born in Stamford, educated at Bluecoat Primary and Stamford School. I now live in the Essendine area. I have been married for over forty years to Ann, my wife and we have two sons, Joseph and Reuben. Ann is currently a Primary School Head Teacher, working in an International School in Tunisia but previously worked locally at Copthill School, Stamford and Brooke Priory, Oakham.

After Higher Education, I worked in Industry as an Industrial Chemist, firstly at British Sugar Research Labs and latterly at the local Cement Works at Ketton, until I chose early retirement. During my semi – retirement, I have worked in the Science Departments at Stamford School and the High School.

For 20 years, I independently ran and managed the Cellar Bar at Stamford Arts Centre. That is where I met with local councillors and was invited to join the council by standing for local election. I became an Independent councillor in St Mary’s ward in 2015. Now in my 9th Year on Stamford Town Council, after success in three elections, I was unanimously voted Mayor and Chair of Stamford Town Council in May 2023.

My main hobbies are writing and recording music and writing poetry – and bringing people together from any and all backgrounds. This is what I did at the Cellar Bar creating a mixed community over twenty years. My hope is to reach out to and include as wide a range of people as I can in many ways and activities in my Mayoral year. Bringing people together is not easy but not trying is no excuse – and I won’t waste my opportunity this year.



Use of Civic Chains


The wearing of Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral robes, chains and badges is the outward manifestation of Civic Office. There is significant history and protocol regarding the wearing of such insignia. An important point to remember is that the dignity of the Office must be maintained and that the use of civic robes should not be a matter of routine. When wearing the mayoral chain, the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor should be appropriately dressed as befits the office and never wear inappropriate, casual clothing such as T shirts, jeans or trainers. Mayors and Deputy Mayors should also be aware that it would be a gross breach of protocol for them to wear Chains of Office outside the Town boundary without the express permission of the Council being visited. This caveat includes events held at Burghley House. The Deputy Mayor may only wear a robe and chain in the absence of the Mayor or at the Mayor’s discretion.



List of Past Mayors 


 The following photographs were taken of the wall panels in the Court Room of the Town Hall.