Mayor of Aberystwyth
About Brendan Somers, previous Mayor 2016-17
Brendan Somers first visited Aberystwyth in December 1994 and a few months later took up employment and moved to the town permanently. Shortly after, he married Glynis who is now serving as the Mayoress. Brendan appreciates the natural beauty surrounding Aberystwyth, the mountains, sea and rivers, and has said that "Aberystwyth is a special place to be and live". During his inaugural address, he also paid tribute to the townsfolk of Aberystwyth, saying that they are a "warm, friendly, helpful and welcoming people".
Men's Sheds Cymru
The Mayor's charity of the year is Men's Sheds Cymru. The Mayor wishes to develop the charity in Aberystwyth to serve the mid-Wales area. The Men's Sheds project originally began in Australia to help men who are in abusive relationships. Men's Sheds Cymru says the following about the project:
A Man’s shed has, for generations, been a place for him to escape the stress and strains of life; a safe haven to gain much needed sanity; to be surrounded by his own, useful things; a place to think, to make things, to mend things, to invent and be at one with the world…and men the world over have done this largely on their own.
There is now a new way for men to pursue their interests, develop new ones, belong to a unique group, feel useful, fulfilled and a sense of belonging…The Men’s Sheds movement has arrived in Wales.
The Office of Mayor of Aberystwyth
The office of The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of Aberystwyth goes back many centuries. A list of past Mayors of Aberystwyth is available.