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22nd June 2024

This is going to be a very short blog this week. The whole point of these is to give the reader an insight into the life of the Mayor. That means reporting on all the events and engagements I get invited to attend as Mayor of Trowbridge. 

Now, I don’t know whether this has anything to do with the upcoming event of passing political significance that’s due to take place in the UK next week, but there wasn’t a single event, engagement, opening, or appearance in the calendar for the Mayor of Trowbridge last week. Not one! 

That means that I have nothing from last week to report on this week. Sorry 

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One thing I can report on is the progress being made on planning a future event. 

We’re well on the way towards finalising the arrangements for the annual Mayor’s Civic Service, due to take place on Sunday, 14th July. 

I do believe that, regardless of the Mayor’s personal feelings about organised religion, it is important to hold this annual event at the Parish Church of St. James in Trowbridge. This is one of the key civic events that we have every year in Trowbridge, and the adherence to tradition is important as it provides a measure of continuity and stability, and let’s face it, we all need a bit of that at the moment! 

The annual Civic Service is the first main civic event of the mayoral year here in Trowbridge, and the whole community is obviously welcome to attend, whatever faith you hold. The hymns and readings have been chosen, and I’ve already penned the first draft of my “welcome address.” We’ve invited both a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, along with the Mayors from neighbouring towns, so it promises to be quite a grand affair. Trevor Heeks will lead a procession from the Town Hall, down Fore Street to the church, and the service itself will be conducted by the Rev. Jake Eggertsen, the Vicar of St. James. 

It’d be nice to see you there. 

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That’s it for now, so until next time, keep safe and, please, be kind to each other. 

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