Meet the Mayor of Yeovil
Evie Potts-Jones has been elected Mayor of Yeovil for 2021/22.
Acceptance speech - 04 May 2021
“I am humbled and honoured to have been given this opportunity of trust in becoming your mayor for the forthcoming year.
I acknowledge that this past year our the community has been shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world in witnessing individual battles and collective struggles - Where many have experienced pain and suffering.
Currently, we still face uncertain times and tough moments. I encourage people from our Town not to be discouraged or afraid as we embark on this journey where the public (whether residents or visitors) can feel supported and proud, Enabling a true sense of belonging.
By being united, we can commit to creating new opportunities and partnerships. This has been demonstrated by our Council predecessors, along with many members of our resilient community in achieving desired goals.
As a result, we can be inspired and empowered to continue to nurture and grow as individuals coming together so Yeovil can continue to thrive once more.
So, with this, I will take the necessary steps with pride, to make the small changes in making big differences for our tomorrow.”
A message from the Mayor
A warm hello to old friends, colleagues, visitors and new Yeovilians that I have yet to meet. Being a councillor and becoming Mayor is more than I could have foreseen for myself. I am hardworking, down to earth, have a great sense of humour and am simply known as: - ‘Just Evie’
I pride myself that I am ‘grass roots’ and feel honoured that I have been voted in as your Mayor. I am a working single mother. Both my children have flown the nest, but I do have several foster children that I am devoted to. I like to think that my life experiences can help me to be more approachable and more effective.
I acknowledge the role of social media and digital transformation in the modern world. I believe that, as a Town Council, we need to harness this and use various platforms more effectively and profusely, to reach all constituents.
I am determined that my reign as Mayor of Yeovil will be significant and begin new relationships between the Town Council and those we are elected to serve. No one should feel alone or desperate in these difficult times. My chosen charities I will be supporting for the coming year are evidence of my passionate nature and determination to effect change.
I look forward to engaging with the wider community, whether that be online or in person. Together we can build a community that encompasses all sections of society. Financial, social or health status should not encumber any Yeovilian in connecting with the Town Council or starting a dialogue with us.
As a country, we have been isolated and resilient in our efforts to contain the pandemic. Yeovil has demonstrated impressive discipline in taking measures during this trying time, as a result, we are now on the precipice of our community being reunited.
I would like to engage with as many people as I can and feel strongly that being able to communicate with your Mayor and council should be accessible to all. If you wish to contact me or if you would like me to attend a function, please email Mayor@yeovil.gov.uk
I shall not underestimate the challenge ahead in reigniting Yeovil and bridging the gaps we have within our community. I cannot promise not to make mistakes, but I can promise to try with all I have.
I look forward to meeting you all very soon.