Invitation to the Mayor's Parlour

Colliers Wood Chorus logo
Merton Civic Centre Wednesday 18th November 2009

Nick Draper would be in the choir if he wasn't too busy as Mayor! Instead, he invited us to his “parlour” at the Civic Centre to celebrate our contribution to the community.

Merton Council has a Mayor's Profile page, the text from which is reproduced here for 2009-2010:

Councillor Nick Draper is Mayor of Merton for the 2009-2010 municipal year. The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Karin Forbes.

The Mayor has been a Labour councillor for most of the last 16 years. He was first elected to Lower Morden ward between 1994 and 1998, and has been a Colliers Wood councillor since 2002.

Councillor Draper has a wide range of experience across the Council’s departments, but has been particularly interested in furthering the interests of young people; for the last 5 years he has chaired the Merton Council’s ‘Life Chances’ Scrutiny Panel, which deals principally with education, children’s social services and the wellbeing of young people. He is also a governor of two schools, Cricket Green (where he served as Chair of Governors between 2000 and 2002) and St Thomas of Canterbury, and is on the governing body of the SMART Centre.

The Mayor represents the Borough at formal functions and chairs meetings of the full Council. Beyond that, he has chosen the theme of Youth and Youth Engagement for the year, and, with the help of his Mayoress and wife, Sheila, his Deputy Mayor, Cllr Karin Forbes, and his Chaplain, Pastor Kevin Vickers, he is keen to work with young people of all ages from across the Borough for an even better Merton. He will be raising funds for two chosen charities; Grenfell Housing and Merton Mind.

Like many councillors, the Mayor has a full-time job, working in the Hospital Services Department of the National Blood Service by St. George’s Hospital in Tooting. He is particularly grateful to his fellow workers there for allowing him the opportunity of working as Merton’s Mayor.

He and Sheila have lived in Colliers Wood for 26 years; then moved to Boundary Road on the day of their wedding and have been there ever since – as their family grew bigger they moved from the flat they first bought to the house next door. Their 3 children, Gregory, Anthony and Caroline, were all born at St George’s and educated at Merton schools. The Mayor and Mayoress enjoy being part of their community and Nick is particularly keen to promote the good works of ‘Make Colliers Wood Happy!’ and the Colliers Wood Chorus.

Councillor Draper sings and says that he plays guitar enthusiastically if not skilfully, dances extremely badly, and enjoys cycling. He wishes to have fun this year, and hopes you will too.