Civic & Mayoralty

The Town Mayor of Folkestone for the 2024/2025 Municipal Year is

Councillor Abena Akuffo-Kelly

and the Deputy Town Mayor is Councillor Lucy McGirr

Please click her to view the Town Mayors biography.
The Mayor’s chosen charities

The Mayor’s chosen charities are The Community Fridge, Folkestone Nepalese Community and Homestart.

Town Mayor's Community Awards 2024-2025

Each year the Town Mayor recognises individuals with the Town Mayor's Community Awards. Who is your local community hero? Do you know any individuals who deserve credit for their effort, strength, bravery or achievement? Or someone who has achieved something, which benefits their local community or even the whole Town?

Please click here to download the form and nominate someone you think deserves recognition.

Town Mayor's Christmas Fund 2024 - 25

Since 1974 applications have been welcomed each year around November from residents of Folkestone to apply to the Town Mayor of Folkestone’s Christmas Fund for assistance with their winter expenses.   Prior to 1974 this was known as the Mayor’s Coal Fund and gifts of coal were distributed to those eligible.

Each year local businesses and individuals make donations to the Mayor’s Christmas Fund and payments are then sent in January to residents aged 75 and over who fall within a certain financial criteria, as agreed by the Town Mayor of Folkestone’s Christmas Fund Committee.

Any organisation or individual who wishes to make a donation, however small, can do so by addressing it to the Town Mayor of Folkestone, Folkestone Town Council, The Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1DY.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Town Mayor’s Christmas Fund’ or via BACs to the same account (Account No. 08616639 Sort Code 52-41-42).

Application forms for 2025 will be available at the end of the year.

Fundraising Events

For more information on any of the events please contact: 

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Past Mayors


Click here to view the Past Mayors