The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett

Cllr Mary Champion was elected as Mayor on Thursday 5th May 2016 at Mayor Making in St Bartholomew & All Saints Church.

Cllr Steve Bucknell was elected as Deputy Mayor

 

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Cllr Ian Ferries was elected as Mayor on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at Mayor Making in St Bartholomew & All Saints Church.

Cllr Mary Champion was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Ferries has chosen Help for Heroes as his charity for his forthcoming Mayoral Year.

Mayors Blog 2014 – 2015

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Supporting community events is always a highlight in the diary of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, whether it is an official opening of a new shop, an invitation to attend an amateur dramatics production, or the honour of being invited to present an award at one of the many clubs and organisations in the town.
If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event, please get in touch early, as the Mayor’s Diary is generally busy!
Just call the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council office on 01793
850222, or email enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or come into see us at 117 High Street, RWB SN4 7AU.
Forthcoming engagements

  • Saturday 16th January – Swindon & District Branch of MS Society 50th Birthday, Marriott Hotel Swindon – Deputy Mayor attending.
  • Monday 18th January – Rotary Club Junior Schools Annual Youth Speak Competition – Memorial Hall. – Deputy Mayor attending.
  • Tuesday 19th January – 100th Birthday Getrude (Gerty) Tippetts – Lorna Doone Day Centre – Mayor & Mayoress, Town Crier attending.
  • Friday 29th January – WBLOS “Babe in the Woods – Memorial Hall. Mayor & Mayoress attending.
  • Sunday 31st January – Westburu Civic Service – The Laverton, Westbury. Mayor & Mayoress attending.
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The number of people who did get out on the night when all the Christmas lights were switched on was amazing and the Council hopes that everyone enjoyed themselves. We were lucky with Bob Champion, the celebrity, who switched on the lights. He threw himself body and soul into the spirit of Royal Wootton Bassett.

Finally, I would like to thank the Reverend Vicki Burrows for her help in arranging and leading my Civic service and the Council Officers for making all the arrangements. It was a wonderful occasion enjoyed by many, including other mayors of towns in Wiltshire.

Judi and I wish everyone in Royal Wootton Bassett had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. No doubt 2016 will bring some difficulties but I hope together we will have a bright and prosperous year.

Mayor, Cllr Ferries

Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Civic Service Cllr Ian Ferries, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett would like to thank everyone who came to his Civic Service on Sunday 25th October 2015 at St Bartholomew & All Saints Church and hopes everyone enjoyed the occasion. The service which celebrated community involvement was well attended and the Mayor was delighted to be presented a wooden mace from the North Wiltshire Woodturners Association. The mace can presently be viewed in the display case at the Town Council Office, 117 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett.

 

IMG_4132 The Mayor & Mayoress were delighted to present a cheque of £1890 to Help for Heroes, proceeds raised from the recent Charity Dinner held at the Oriental Aroma. Wiltshire Beauty Queen, Ms Jade Dando received the cheque.
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Supporting community events is always a highlight in the diary of the Mayor and
Deputy Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, whether it is an official opening of a new shop, an invitation to attend an amateur dramatics production, or the
honour of being invited to present an award at one of the many clubs and organisations in the town.
If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event, please get in touch early, as the Mayor’s Diary is generally busy!
Just call the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council office on 01793
850222, or email
enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or come into see us at 117 High Street, RWB SN4 7AU.
Mayors Card Competition
Oriental Aroma Charity Dinner flyer

The days are getting a little shorter as the summer ends but so much has happened in our wonderful town that there are going to be some fond memories. Personally, the highlight over the last few months for me has been the overwhelming generosity of people in our part of Wiltshire to my Charity night, which was held in Oriental Aroma on Sunday 30th August 2015, thanks to the generosity of the proprietor James Huynh. The restaurant was filled to capacity and everybody enjoyed the food, the raffle and the auction. All prizes were donated by local people and businesses. Legacy provided the music to fill the dance floor and dance the night away. The night made £1890 for my charity “Help for Heroes” and I know that the money will let them continue the excellent work they do at their treatment centres and in the “Hidden Wounds” initiative.

Mayor, Cllr Ian Ferries

July 2015

July was a complete mixture of events with tea parties, fetes, Annual General Meetings and Civic Services.

The month started when we were invited to a splendid Garden Party hosted by the sixth form students at the Academy. We were asked to open the Sacred Heart fete and attended the Prospect Hospice AGM, before departing for our twin town Blain in France to take part in the 10th anniversary celebrations for the twinning of Blain and the Portuguese town of Alcoutim. Together with other residents of Royal Wootton Bassett we were invited to a wide variety of events and visits. The photograph was taken at a lunch where the party was entertained by a local dance troupe who specialised in Moroccan dances.

On our return from France we travelled to Trowbridge to take part in the annual civic reception which was followed by a civic service, the main theme of which was the Magna Carta anniversary. The order of service also included a hymn called Magna Carta which was written by a Trowbridge parishioner especially for the event.

Finally the month concluded with the Mayor being invited to open the Cross Keys after extensive restoration, following the fire two years ago. The local Branch of the Royal British Legion along with a sizable crowd of local residents and Councillors attended a delightful opening party. The new owners have treated the role the pub played in the repatriation ceremonies with dignity and respect, and have dedicated a room to that part of its long history. The Mayor would like to wish publicans Jon Pennycott and Phil Thompson and their manager Kirstie Mingham every success for the future.

Mayor & Mayoress

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 Mary Champion

Deputy Mayor

I was delighted to attend the Wilton Carnival Procession on Saturday 4th July. I would like to thank my hosts, Cllr Phil Matthews, his wife Christine and their daughter for a wonderful day [Mayor & Mayoress of Wilton]. The highlight for me was the horse and carriage ride from the Community Centre to the shopping centre. The only drawback was that I spent too much money!

Cllr Mary Champion

 June 2015

A busy weekend, as I spent Saturday 6th June at Tedworth House with Help for Heroes, my charity for this year.  Help for Heroes attracts around 4% of all monies donated to military charities. Of every £1 donated around 88p goes directly to our veterans including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan of whom 75,000 may need support in the future.

We were told about the work at the 4 recovery centres and a variety of different projects run by the charity. During the course of the day we toured the facilities and heard from two veterans who had been helped by H4H one of whom suffered from PTSD and one who was told he would never walk again. He showed the meaning of grit and determination by not only climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but also walking to the Everest base camp. These two veterans have given me the inspiration to work as hard as I can this year to raise money for this deserving charity.

On Saturday evening, along with the Mayors from Swindon and Highworth, I was invited by the High Sheriff, Lady Gooch, to her charity concert at Christ Church in Swindon in aid of Swindon Cares. Rousing performances by the Wiltshire Police Band and a musical group named “Ten in a Bar” made for a great evening. Indeed the concert was recorded and will be broadcast on BBC Wiltshire radio. Proceeds from this evening went towards two charities in Swindon, Dash and Hop Skip and Jump.

Mayor, Cllr Ferries

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May 2015

My first month as Mayor has been very busy, starting with judging, with my fellow judges, the floats entered into our town’s Carnival and may I say what a difficult task! Everyone had put in so much effort and I must congratulate all who took the time and imagination to make their costumes and decorate their floats so brilliantly. Well done to the Carnival Committee for another successful carnival and they were even able to order the sunshine, once again!

We were very much delighted that our friends from our twinning town, Blain, were able to be part of the Carnival procession, too. It was great to meet them as they visited our town and we had such fun at the Barn Dance that our Twinning Committee put on for our visitors to enjoy.

The following day, Sunday 16th May, the Ride of Respect came through our High Street.  Another day that residents of Royal Wootton Bassett came out to show our community spirit, once again.

Judi, the Mayoress, and I have had the pleasure of attending Mayor Making in the towns of Devizes & Chippenham, the 100th Birthday Celebrations of local resident, Dora Spackman and the Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

On another day, Owen Collier Town Crier and I met a party of Royal Navy Personnel from HMS Ledbury who were doing a charity cycle ride from their ship, docked in Portsmouth, to Ledbury. The ride itself was challenging as the weather on the day we met them was windy and wet with frequent hail storms.

And finally, on Sunday 31st May I was pleased to present medals to the winners of the Royal Wootton Bassett Sprint Triathlon, in its second year of running, at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Cllr Ian Ferries, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett

 

Cllr Ian Ferries, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett would like to thank everyone who attended Mayor Making on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at St Bartholomew & All Saints Church and hopes everyone enjoyed the occasion.          His charity for the forthcoming Mayoral year is Help for Heroes.

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