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Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council

We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

t: 01793 850222


t: 01793 850222


Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett

Councillor Nic Hughes was elected as Mayor on Thursday 11th June 2020 at a virtual Full Council meeting. Due to the coronavirus pandemic a robing ceremony was not able to take place.

Councillor Marion Sweet was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Please click on list for Past Mayors.


The Mayor may be paid an allowance to meet the expenses of his office (LGA 1972, ss 15(5) and 34(5). The Local Government Act does not stipulate the type or category of expenditure for which the Mayor may use the Civic Allowance. However, it is commonly described as recompense for the expenses of maintaining the dignity of the Office.

Furthermore, general items include:

  • Clothing and partners clothing
  • Donations to local charities (under s137 power)
  • Poppy wreaths
  • Collections
  • Personal hospitality (including lunches and dinners)
  • Attendance to engagements
  • The Mayor’s official Christmas card


To enable the Mayor to raise funds for local charities, the Council relies on local businesses donating prizes to be used on raffles and tombolas. The Mayor may feel it necessary to visit local shops, pubs and businesses around the town to ask for prizes as sometimes the local shop owners/businesses prefer a more personal approach and consequently more likely to support the charity.

The Mayor has chosen ‘Brighter Futures Charity’ for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as his Charity for his Mayoral Year. He will organise various fundraising events throughout the year. Keep an eyes out on the website, facebook and notice boards for details.


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 office on 01793 850222, or email: or come in to see us at 117 High Street, RWB SN4 7AU.

Coronavirus: The Mayor & Deputy Mayor are not accepting invites, in accordance with current Covid 19 guidance and regulations.

National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March 2021- The Church of England working with Marie Curie and HOPE held a national day of reflection marking the first anniversary of going into lockdown. As part of this all were asked to keep a minute’s silence at 12 noon and to light up our buildings, or to shine a light into the sky, or to stand outside with a light, or to light up our windows at 8pm that same evening to remember all those who have been affected by Covid-19 over the last year. The following prayer was read out  Take a minute to reflect | Marie Curie National Day of Reflection  Residents whilst out shopping or exercising were encouraged to tie a ribbon (yellow if you have one) on St Bartholomew & All Saints Church railings as a sign of prayer and support for all who are bereaved.

Photos below show Mayor & Mayoress visiting the church yesterday to tie a yellow ribbon on the railings of the church.

Remembrance Sunday Photo of Mayor

Mayor Cllr Nic Hughes and Mayoress Cllr Sue Hughes marked the 2 minute silence on their doorstep on Sunday 8th November 2020, where they were accompanied by 2 Sea Cadets in full uniform from a neighbouring house. All of course socially distanced.

Mayor and Mayoress re-open Royal Wootton Bassett Police Station on 29th July 2020

Mayor, Nic Hughes with the Mayoress, Cllr Sue Hughes re-opened Royal Wootton Bassett Police Station on Thursday 30th July 2020, see photo above.

This was his first event and he very much looks forward to more. An article was published in the Swindon Advertiser, click to find out more.

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