Dignitaries, charity representatives, councillors and members of the public gathered on Sunday 21st July 2019 for the Mayor’s annual Civic Service.

Led by Town Crier Trevor Heeks, Mayor Councillor David Cavill, Mayoress Mrs. Angela Cavill and a number of dignitaries paraded through the Town Centre followed by a church service at St. James’ Church. They were also joined by a number of visitors from Leer, Trowbridge’s twin town in Germany, who were in the town for the 30th anniversary celebrations of the association between the two towns.

The Trowbridge Youth Band welcomed the congregation into the church with a wide variety of music: for a few of the band it was their first performance.

The Civic Service was conducted by Reverend Dr. Rob Thomas and gave all an opportunity to reflect on our town, how we are trying to work with our community to make it a place of nurture for all of our residents. Also, Dr. Andrew Murrison MP read a lesson.

Mayor Cavill thanked all present for attending and supporting the community through their time and donations. The message he gave was clear: children are our future and as such, our community has a responsibility to ensure that they are cared for and have the basic necessities available to them.

With this in mind, Rory Donaldson, from ruksak 45218, the Mayor’s chosen charity, spoke about their mission. Through donations, their aim is to reduce childhood poverty within our community by providing rucksacks that are filled with essential items such as bedding, clothes and toiletries – those essentials which many of us take for granted.

After the service, all were invited to refreshments at St. James Church Hall.

A total of £596.71 was raised for the Mayor’s chosen charity.

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With special thanks to Trevor Porter and Leykers.