New Arundel Mayor
Read more about Arundel's New Major in The Bell Magazine Online, summer edition 2015
On the evening of the 26th March, local resident and co-owner of Tarrant Street's Zimmer Stewart Gallery, James Stewart, was voted in by Arundel's town councillors to be the new mayor from May 2015. Our Town Crier, Angela Standing, was also voted in for a second time to be his deputy. James's will take on the role in May.
“It will be a great privilege to represent Arundel as Mayor. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders, groups and individuals in preserving what’s best about the town and building on the great work of the mayors who have gone before. The next few years will be pivotal for us with the forthcoming A27 consultation, implementation of elements of the Neighbourhood Plan and Arun Culture and Leisure Strategy as well as further developments at the Victoria Institute and Arundel Lido…….quite a full agenda!"
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James Stewart has a long and appreciated history in the town, having been involved in many community endevours since moving here in 2000. In 2002 he applied his 20 years of accountancy experience to helping the lido with their accounts when the trust was first established to rebuild the pool. Then in 2003 he decided to invest himself personally in to the town when he opened the Zimmer Stewart Gallery on Arundel's busy and creative unofficial second high street, Tarrant Street. He also took on various roles in the Chamber of Commerce after becaming a member in 2003.
Having enjoyed his involvement in the town thus far, with his wide knowledge of art, it seemed only natural for him to become organiser of the highly respected annual Arundel Gallery Trail between 2004-2006, and then to follow that up with four years on the Arundel Festival Committee between 2006-10.
In 2007 James became a town councillor, was co-opted in 2014 and continues currently in that position. Last but not least, in 2011-2014, James became Chairman of the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Committee 2011.