The Bobby Van will be parked up today by our market on the High Street. The trust works in partnership with Wiltshire Police to provide a home security service and online safety service for over 60s. The Bobby Operators would love to meet residents and provide advice on how to secure your home.
Johnathan Bourne, first Freeman of the Town
On Thursday 29th July 2021, Johnathan Bourne was presented with the Freedom of the Town at a small service in St Bartholomew’s and All Saints Church, Royal Wootton Bassett. The award was presented in recognition and enduring gratitude of his service as Town Clerk for 32 years.
The joyous ceremony began with an opening prayer by the Reverend Canon Jane Curtis, a speech from the Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls which was followed by a fantastic cry by our very own Town Crier Owen Collier who read out the scroll wording.
Johnathan Bourne was presented with a framed copy of the scroll as well as an antique key, symbolising the freedom to enter and leave the town, kindly gifted by Councillor Steve Bucknell.
Guests were treated to music beautifully played by pianist Maximo Lopez, an alumni of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. The service ended with a delicious buffet provided by Delicias Catering.
The Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls said:
” I was very pleased to officiate at this unique event awarding Johnathan Bourne with the freedom of the town. This was a very appropriate award as Johnathan had achieved a great deal for the town during his 32 years as Town Clerk”.
The Town Council would have loved to extended the invitation to all the community, regrettably due to the restrictions still in place for events such as this, the celebration was restricted to invitation only.
Johnathan Bourne to receive the Honour of Freedom of the Town
In September 2020, Councillors of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council unanimously agreed that Johnathan Bourne should become the first freeman of the town in recognition and enduring gratitude of his service as Town Clerk for 32 years.
Due to the pandemic, Councillors postponed the ceremony. Now that some restrictions have been lifted, the celebration has been organised for Thursday 29th July 2021.
The Town Council would have loved to extend the invitation to all the community, regrettably due to the restrictions still in place for events such as this, the celebration is restricted to invitation only.
Photographs will be uploaded onto our social media, followed by a further press release.
For further information, please contact Councillor Steve Walls, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett at the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council office on 01793 850222
Joshua Toll, our Community Projects Officer, has just returned from his marathon cycle ride, stretching 910 miles, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in aid of Cancer Research UK and The Oddballs Foundation.
Part of a team of six, all friends, Josh set out on a scorching day at 7am on Friday 2nd July 2021. Their route took in the breath-taking beauty and varied scenery of the numerous counties they have had to cross, with over 43,500ft of vertical climbing taking 13 days to reach their destination of John O’Groats. No support vehicle accompanied them, everything they needed for survival was carried on their bikes. They cycled in all weathers, with their longest ride covering 101.5 miles and took them 8 hours and 45 minutes to complete.
Josh says of his adventure “The UK is actually quite big when you’re sat on a bike. Having cycled through 21 counties in 3 countries through blazing sun and torrential rain, it did make quite the adventure. There were good days and bad days but it was all worth it having raised money for these great causes. Any further donations are welcome and hugely appreciated because I won’t be doing that again! I’ll be sitting on a pillow for a while longer yet”.
The group were hoping to raise £3000 towards their chosen charities and are so pleased this has already been exceeded, but anymore towards these worthwhile charities is always needed and appreciated.
If anyone wishes to donate then please visit the following link:
Councillors and Staff would like to say huge congratulations to Josh for this amazing feat, and hope he recovers quickly from his momentous effort to raise funds for such worthwhile causes.
Stephen Nash, the Town Clerk of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council has today, Tuesday 20th July 2021, left the service of the Town Council. We wish him well in his future career.
For the immediate future, any questions and concerns should be addressed to Michelle Temple, Administrative Services Manager & Acting Town Clerk, or Kalpesh Patel, Accountant & Acting Responsible Finance Officer.
Councillor Steve Walls
Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council Meetings 22nd July 2021
Residents can view the Agendas for the meetings on the Council Meetings calendar found on the home page.
The poppy wreaths situated at the War Memorial in the High Street had started to rust, Centaur Stripping have done a great job shotblasting them and Autocolour resprayed them, a massive thank you to both. They are now back at the War Memorial.
Latest News from Various Organisations
We have received latest news from various organisations including the following:-
- Carers Support – Carers Cafe back in venues
- Wiltshire Police – Domestic Abuse – Voice of the Abuser / Shoppers Beware – Mobile phone deals could be a scam
- Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services – Increase in Online and Telephone Scams
Further information can be found on our Facebook Page.
Personal statement from Councillor Michael Cotton
Following a Town Council meeting held on 8th July 2021, Councillor Michael Cotton has asked that the following personal statement be published.
At the Town Council Meeting on 8 July I made a statement about the colours on the proposed Mural to be painted in Royal Wootton Bassett. I wish to categorically state that I do not have any animosity towards the LBGT community and none was intended. I apologise for any offence caused, it was certainly not intended.
Councillor Michael Cotton
Full Council Meeting – Thursday 8th July 2021
Residents can view the Agendas and Appendices for the meetings on the Council Meetings calendar found on the home page.