At a meeting of the Full Town Council on Tuesday 1st May 2012, Councillor Charles Notcutt, OBE, was duly elected to serve the Town Council of Woodbridge as Mayor for the Civic Year 2012/13. The Deputy Mayor will be Councillor Patti Mulcahy.
Charles Notcutt was born in Woodbridge in 1934 but was educated in Edinburgh.
After horticultural training he returned to Woodbridge in 1958 to join the Notcutt family business which his grandfather had started. In 2008, after 50 years involvement in the management of the business he retired and is now Non-Executive President. During his career he was involved with many aspects of horticulture, receiving an OBE in 1993 and an Honorary Degree from the University of East Anglia in 2001.
Charles has been active in Woodbridge life. He was one of the three founders of Woodbridge Rugby Club, subsequently President; on the initial Committee of Woodbridge Museum; subsequently President of the Friends of Woodbridge Museum; twice President of Woodbridge Horticultural Society and first Chairman of the Abbeyfield Deben Extra Care Society which runs ‘Highlands’. He was also a Governor of Otley College for twelve years and is a long standing Rotarian, being President of Woodbridge Rotary Club 1994/95. He has given eleven of the Club’s Annual Lectures.
In 2007 Charles was elected to Woodbridge Town Council for the Riverside Ward and re-elected in 2011. Throughout he has served on the Finance Committee and on the Amenities Committee, which he chaired in 2011/12, when he was also Deputy Mayor.
He is highly appreciative of the honour of being elected Mayor, particularly for this special Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year with Woodbridge’s celebrations on 3rd and 4th June. He is hugely encouraged to see so many organisations working well together for these events.
Having served in the Royal Artillery as a national Service officer and then in the Suffolk Yeomanry for nine years, Charles is fully supportive of 23 Royal Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) at Rock Barracks and is involved in the launch with them of the new charity “The Woodbridge Soldiers Fund” to provide additional assistance to injured soldiers and to families at Rock Barracks. This will be his Charity of the Year.
Charles has three children from his first marriage and now eight grandchildren. He is married to Gill. They both look forward to serving Woodbridge, as Charles, yet again, follows in the footsteps of his grandfather who chaired Woodbridge Urban District Council 1937/38.