Well-known clairvoyant Jeanne-Marie Douglas is the new Mayor of Melton.
She received the chain of office from outgoing mayor John Wyatt at last Thursday’s annual meeting of Melton Borough Council.
We are facing some interesting and exciting changes over the next year.Coun Douglas
Coun Douglas is a local woman, born and bred in the village of Stonesby. She has a grown daughter, Danielle.
She initially worked as a civil servant with the Department of Employment, before becoming a teacher and trainer of vocational education, specialising in business administration, customer service and information technology.
She is also renowned for her hobby of astrology and related subjects. She writes regular horoscopes for the Melton Times and other local papers.
In 2011, she became a councillor for Melton Craven Ward in the town and has served as deputy mayor for the past year.
She was re-elected to serve the Craven Ward in this year’s May elections.
Coun Douglas has also been an executive member of the Conservative Muslim Forum since July 2012.
She said: “I consider myself most fortunate that I have become mayor at a time when Melton Council is enjoying a period of success and is prosperous and financially stable.
“This is something that I will endeavour to continue, with the help of my fellow councillors and the council officers, and also the people of Melton Mowbray over the coming year.”
She added: “I am also aware that we are facing some interesting and exciting changes over the next year, such as decisions relating to the Melton Plan and related developments.
“I am sure that these will prove to be most beneficial to the people of the Borough of Melton Mowbray and we all will celebrate them in years to come.”
Coun Douglas’ chosen charities for her term of office are the Belvoir Castle Cricket and Countryside Trust, which introduces children to the sport, and Emmaus, which helps homeless people get back onto their feet.
She said: “These two charities are quite different but compliment each other very well.”
Coun Douglas’ consort for the year is Robert Abel-Smith. Coun Simon Lumley will serve as deputy mayor.
If you would like the mayor to attend an event, contact democracy and involvement officer Lena Shuttlewood on 01664 502314 or at firstname.lastname@example.org