The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Lord Mayor of Leeds visits Hinsley Hall

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Al Garthwaite was welcomed by Bishop Marcus on a visit to Hinsley Hall.

Accompanied by Lord Mayor’s Consort, Jane Howarth, two of her Student Mayoral Consorts, Tommy Shaw and Yuvaraj Parmar, together with Mark Lenton, the Sergeant-at-Mace, the Lord Mayor’s party was given lunch and a tour of the Diocesan Pastoral and Conference Centre by Hinsley Hall General Manager, Iain Lindsay.

The Student Mayoral Consorts are a unique initiative of the Lord Mayor, who has also relied on good friends and other Leeds councillors to be her official Consorts. In partnership with Leeds Beckett University, a range of students accompany her to events and participate in activities to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Leeds and its citizens. Tommy Shaw is a 2nd year student studying Politics and Raj Parmar is also in his 2nd year studying English and Media.

During her time as Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Garthwaite’s Lord Mayor’s Charity has been the Leeds-wide Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service. The charity offers a free or low-cost counselling and psychotherapy service for women and girls on low incomes who are facing complex health and social situations, helping them to recover from experiences of abuse, violence, neglect, trauma and mental ill health. To raise funds for this cause, Cllr Garthwaite took to the ice rink in Millennium Square last year, skating in her full mayoral regalia!

When she leaves office at the end of this month, the Lord Mayor has said she will miss the sheer variety of people from all faith groups and communities whom she has met during the year. Amongst many other lasting achievements, her legacy will include a visit to Ukraine, signing a Friendship Oath to initiate a twinning process between Leeds and war-torn Kharkiv – and also, with the assistance of Garforth Peace Group, bringing the World Peace Flame to Leeds in the form of a locally hand-crafted and solar-powered replica of a miner’s lamp which has pride of place in Park Square.

Cllr Garthwaite has long been an admirer of Leeds Cathedral’s diverse young choirs. As a resident of Beeston, she told Bishop Marcus she was also familiar with St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, as is Mayoral Consort Jane Howarth who, as a former Clerk to the Governors at the school, was complimentary about the school’s leadership by Head Teacher Lisa Leonard and the high standards of the children’s behaviour and achievements – including a recent ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.


L-R Raj Parmar, Jane Howarth, Cllr Al Garthwaite, Bishop Marcus, Tommy Shaw