Town Clerk Retires after 32 years of service
After thirty-two year’s service of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council Clerk, Johnathan Bourne BA(Hons) PGCAP FHEA FSLCC, has decided to move towards his next life stage and will be retiring at the end of July.
Johnathan has been a loyal servant to many RWB Councils and many RWB Mayors during his career, and it is with deep regret that I will not be able to benefit in my full Mayoral year of his sage advice and depth of knowledge. However, I know that Johnathan has been looking forward to taking a step away from the day to day work of a busy town council executive and start to lead a less intensive life style, to have more time for his piano playing, chess (he has been County Chess champion four times) and, of course, his lovely family.
Johnathan’s understanding of the ins and outs of council business will not however be lost, as he plans to take a part time role as a tutor for De Montfort University. In this role, Johnathan will be able to pass on his experience and wisdom to the next generation of council officers and future executives.
Johnathan has seen the Council from meetings at the Civic Centre to Manor House and even now in the pandemic via zoom. He has been there as the back bone of the team and councillors from the start of Remembrance and Repatriations to the Sunset Ceremony. Supporting the towns celebrations for the Olympics, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, Annual Christmas Lights and the Town Carnival every May. From the first dedication of the Garden of Remembrance to the re-dedication last year. He’s been there to welcome new Councillors from every party and every background, from the outset of their tenure, through difficult challenges and, finally, to when they too find it right to step back. He has been a solid guide to ensuring so much that has been done here is conducted with dignity and a high standard, with which our town has become associated.
I and the whole Town council wish Johnathan a long and enjoyable retirement, and hope that he and his wife, Deborah, will continue to make Royal Wootton Bassett their home town for many years to come.
Cllr Nic Hughes
Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett