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Mayor of Havering Councillor Philippa Crowder to step down from ‘amazing’ year-long role

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 May 2017

The Mayor of Havering Phillipa Crowder enjoys the rehearsals of the Storeroom Youth Theatre who are preparing for the New Year Parade

The Mayor of Havering Phillipa Crowder enjoys the rehearsals of the Storeroom Youth Theatre who are preparing for the New Year Parade

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For the past year, she has been the name at the top of everyone’s guest list, showing support for not only her chosen charities but for her community - it could only be the mayor of Havering.

Those who have worked alongside Councillor Philippa Crowder will be sad to hear that she will take her final bow this week as she steps down from her year-long role as mayor.

She said: “I actually tweeted that I felt like an emotional wreck!

“I had my last school visit on Monday and they gave me a scented candle with “Isn’t she lovely on it” and this card saying “Isn’t she amazing” with lots of messages inside.

“It’s making me teary thinking about it!

“It’s been really really overwhelming.”

From leading the way in the borough entering the London New Year’s Day Parade with a Mary Poppins themed float, to representing at Britain in Bloom, Mrs Crowder has made sure Havering stands out from the rest.

She has also been fundraising for her three chosen charities: mental health charity Havering Mind, Havering Association for people with Disabilities (HAD) and the Havering Family Diabetic Group.

“It’s been absolutely amazing.

“I’ve loved being able to get to know everyone at the charities and promoting them and their great work in the community.

“The charities don’t know how much has been made so I want them to be the first ones to know.

“What I can say is that it is a substantial amount that is going to make a difference to the work that they do.”

The official mayoral robes will be handed over as she steps down and the next mayor takes her place on Wednesday evening at the annual council meeting.

She said: “I am really going to miss doing this, I wish that I could carry on.

“I just think it has been absolutely brilliant and would like to wish all the best and good luck to the next mayor.”

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