Anne Roberts

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Anne Roberts

Campaigner for Byfleet and West Byfleet Ward Chair of Woking Lib Dems Social and Fund raising committee

7 Old Orchard, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7RW

01932 403292 (landline)

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Anne served as a Borough Councillor for Byfleet from 2004 until 2016. She hails from the West Country but after travelling the world, made Byfleet her home in 1974. Anne has lived in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, has worked as a holiday representative in Europe and speaks three continental languages. She managed a travel agency in Woking for 20 years then worked for 16 years as a travel consultant in Egham.

As a Borough Councillor, Anne was deeply involved with the community, working to help families, the young and the elderly on a large number of issues. She is a volunteer at Byfleet Library and is fully supportive that it should be kept open. Passionately keen on the environment, Anne has been on the Planning Committee for 11 years, working hard to ensure that new buildings in Byfleet such as Barnes Wallis Court and Laurel Grange are in keeping with the village. She strongly defends the retention of our Green Belt and anxious that the centre of West Byfleet be well developed in the future.

Anne is a Trustee of Byfleet Village Hall - a great community asset. She co-founded Byfleet Amenities Group in 2004, to address problems of cleanliness in the village. The group has erected a new community notice board in conjunction with the Residents' Association and puts ups lights on Plough Green during the winter festive season.

Anne was adopted as Deputy Mayor of Woking in May 2012 and together with her Consort Julie Burnett, represented Woking Borough at the largest street festival in Germany in Rastatt. In that capacity and while continuing regular councillor duties, she supported the Mayor for 2012/13 attending a number of church services, fundraising and cultural events throughout the Borough.

In May 2013 Anne became the 40th Mayor of Woking and first Mayor for 25 years living in Byfleet Village. She held her Civic Service in the Methodist Church at Byfleet and was delighted to meet the first Mayor of Woking Mr Christopher Mitchell who presided in 1974. During the service her friend Ruqia Ahmed read from the Koran - possibly the first time a woman has done so at a religious service in our area. She also established a precedent before Full Council by asking people of different faiths to give their 'Thought for the Day'. Ever mindful of our great diversity, Anne made a point of meeting volunteers and organisers of the many different organisations in the Borough, enjoyed participating in sports events. Her formal engagements were on Remembrance Day, the Civic Service in April and Mayor's Ball in March to raise funds for her charities Parkinson's Research and Woking and Sam Beare's Hospices.

Anne has travelled to all three of our twin towns in France, Germany and Holland and during the year attended nearly 300 engagements. She now talks to groups on her Role as Mayor.

In 2015 she was appointed to the committee of Byfleet Care, is now a member of Woking U3A and a team leader for the monthly 'Travel Experience' sessions at Goldwater Lodge. She has also been a long term member of Amnesty International.