Councillor Marsha Moseley, has been representing her community as a councillor for the Ash Vale ward since 1999. She represents the ward for both Guildford Borough and Ash Parish Council. As well as being a borough and parish councillor, Marsha served as a Surrey County Councillor too. She served from July 2006 until she retired, in May 2021. This is not Marsha’s first time in office as Mayor of Guildford. She also served as Mayor for the municipal year 2010-2011.
Community is a value close to Marsha’s heart and a theme that will help guide her time in office. Marsha’s satisfaction comes from being able to represent the area in which she lives. She enjoys working closely with local people and organisations. Marsha is a trustee of various charities. These include the James Payne Memorial fund and the Ash and District Museum Society. Marsha’s trustee work enables her to ensure those in need in her community receive help.
Marsha admires the many local volunteers providing cohesion in our communities. Unsung, they quietly provide their support helping disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Covid-19 Pandemic has not weakened this cohesion. Marsha has been overwhelmed to see so many people come forward to help, to do what they can, no matter how big or small. The selfless actions of these individuals have shown that community is key.
During her Mayoral year, Marsha is looking forward to thanking our incredible volunteers. Where allowable, she hopes she can thank people in-person for their incredible contributions.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
In her Mayor’s acceptance speech, Marsha said,
“My chosen Charity this year is Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Some of you may know it as Chase or Shooting Star Chase, or simply Christopher’s. The Charity’s name has “morphed” since it was first set up in 1994 however today Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, is a leading children’s hospice charity who support over 700 children and their families throughout Surrey and across 15 boroughs of London, for 365 days of the year. They care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, together with their families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement, with a range of nursing, practical, emotional, and medical care
“It costs a staggering £8.8 million a year or £24,000 a day to maintain the current level of care and just 8% of that income comes from central government funding, so they rely on their supporters’ generosity to keep the service running.”
Marsha was born in Portsmouth and went to school in Gosport Hampshire. She graduated from what is now Bournemouth University with an honours degree in History, English and Politics. In 1984 Marsha joined the Civil Service, moving to Guildford in 1990. In 2018, after 33 years full time service with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Marsha took voluntary redundancy.
As a councillor for the Ash Vale ward, Marsha has served on several committees. These include the (old) Building and Works Committee, the Corporate Improvement Scrutiny Committee and the Licensing Committee. In 1999 she joined the Planning Committee and was its Chairman from 2013 until 2020.
Marsha has a keen interest in sport, leisure and the local environment. Her participation in other committees is a reflection of this. She has been a representative on ‘Sport Guildford’ and the Ash Manor Joint Management Committee. She has also been a member of the Guildford in Bloom Committee. As an Ash Parish Councillor, Marsha has been Chairman of the Planning Committee since 2001 and was Vice Chairman of the Council from 2006 until 2015.
Marsha enjoys keeping up to date with current affairs, cooking and “playing” in her garden.
Since taking redundancy from full-time employment, Marsha appreciates the opportunity to travel. Marsha and her partner Nigel enjoy holidays to Europe. They particularly enjoy the sunny weather, culture, food and wine in France and Spain.
The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Support Fund
The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Support Fund (formerly known as The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund) provides vital support to local residents who may be struggling to make ends meet. For those in genuine need, a small sum of money from the fund can be vital. It can make a huge difference to their day-to-day life.
Marsha said, “All too often the Mayor’s Support Fund is the last hope for some of our residents and the small grants that we can offer, really can make a huge difference. It is incredibly important to make sure there is still some money in the fund, to help those who desperately need it in times of severe difficulty and distress.”
The Deputy Mayor has also been appointed for 2021-22 is as Cllr Dennis Booth.
To find out more about the new mayor, please click the link or image below for Councillor Marsha Moseley Mayoral leaflet