Current Mayor

Cllr Jane Rutter was appointed as the 817th Mayor of Winchester at a Mayor Making Ceremony at Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

A message from the Mayor of Winchester

Dear Fellow Residents of Winchester and District,

It is with great pleasure and a huge sense of responsibility that I take on the role of Mayor of Winchester for 2016/17.

It is a great honour to become the 817th Mayor of the City and to represent Winchester this year. I hope to meet many of you in my year of office as I travel around the District on official engagements and whilst fundraising for this year’s Mayor’s Charities.

This year’s charities represent a wide mix of local and national organisations, which all do wonderful work in their chosen fields. Please help me to support them by attending and donating to the many and varied events we have organised. I hope you will enjoy the different events, which range from a Teddy Bears’ picnic in Abbey Gardens to concerts, dinners, a 90 mile sponsored bike ride, and the annual quiz night. Just visit the Mayor’s Charities website to book and pay for all events:

I am very grateful to all the people in my Charities Team who have helped to organise this year’s programme of events, and for their support, hard work and inspiration.
Looking forward to seeing you all over the coming year.

About Jane Rutter

I was first elected to the City Council in May 2010, representing Kings Worthy. I am delighted and very grateful to the residents of the new ward, the Worthys, for re-electing me to represent them on the new, slim-line Winchester City Council.

I moved to Kings Worthy from Yorkshire in November 1995, when my husband Duncan took up a new role in his Solicitor’s firm in Winchester. With three small children, it was first to the church we turned for new friends and we have all been involved over the years since then – Duncan and I and all three children have at one time or another sung in the choir. Katy, our eldest, joined the Winchester Cathedral Girls’ Choir in 2000, and in due course became Head Chorister. I have maintained a link with the Choir through the formation of the Friends of the Girls’ Choir, informally known as the FroGs!

All our children went to the local primary school, and on to the Westgate School, Peter Symonds and then to various universities. Katy, 27, is now a doctor living with her husband in Reading. Matthew, 25, is working as an accountant for KPMG in San Francisco. Rosie, 22, is in her final year of a Marketing and Communications degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Since 2004 we have lived in Headbourne Worthy, delighted to be remaining in the Worthys community. I joined the Parish Council in 2006 and have produced the Parish Newsletter three times a year since then. I have always been enthusiastic about communicating with the community, and have enjoyed producing many different newsletters over the years, for the church, for the Parish, for my Choir the Waynflete Singers, and of course for local Lib Dems.

I have been a local resident for over twenty years, and for almost all that time have been involved in some way in building and supporting a strong sense of community. This led to the resurrection of the old village festival, which has evolved into the Worthys Festival, a nine-day community celebration now held every two years. The Festival offers all local community groups and organisations a platform for showcasing their activities; it supports and promotes local businesses; and it offers local residents a great opportunity to get more involved in their local community, from just getting to know their neighbours better through street parties and open gardens, to world class concert performances, music festivals, a fun run, arts and crafts fair, and many other activities.

I plan to bring this enthusiasm for my community and zest for life to the role of Mayor of Winchester, representing the whole Winchester District, which I will very much enjoy getting to know even better. I consider it a great privilege and honour to be chosen for this position and I promise to bring all my energies and talents to the role. I look forward to a rewarding and challenging year.

Mayor of Winchester’s Charities 2016/17 – Chosen Charities:
Combat Stress
Music For All
Winchester Youth Counselling
Street Reach