At a Full Meeting of Trowbridge Town Council on Tuesday May 21st, Councillor Dennis Drewett came to the end of his year as Mayor of Trowbridge. On the evening, he presented cheques totalling over £4,400 to representatives of his chosen charities, the money having been raised during the twelve-month period. At the same time, Councillor Drewett expressed his gratitude to all those who had supported him during his time as Mayor, and for their contributions to his charities.

Bath Cancer Support Unit – BCUSG raises money to support cancer treatment at the RUH in Bath and is run solely by volunteers. Since it was formed in 1985 over £4.5 million has been raised and spent on providing a range of facilities including state-of-the art-equipment, a new reception area and a day treatment ward, new toilets for patients plus a quiet room where diagnosis can be discussed with patients. Routine expenses have covered newspapers, refreshments, information packages, headscarves and wigs.

Michael Taylor of BCUSG receives a cheque from Councillor Drewett


Friends of the Down Cemetery – This charity assists Wiltshire Council in helping keep the graves at the Down clear of overgrowth. Its volunteers are currently in the process of collating all grave inscriptions and burial records and making them available to the public. They are also looking at ways to restore damaged graves and mausoleums. As part of their work they are looking at ways to improve the area as a wildlife haven and documented species found there.

Happily receiving a generous donation, Robert Wall, chair of Friends of Down Cemetery


Friends of Biss Meadows – Formed in early 2009 with the aim to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment of the Country Park and its water course through promoting its activities and encouraging others to join them in this work. The initial group could see the opportunities of the Park by providing a well-maintained and welcoming natural space as well as engaging with partners independently to develop the park through the group’s own aspirations offering nature-related activities as well as large open spaces for general public use.

Lynn Drewett is pleased to receive a cheque on behalf of the Friends of Biss Meadows


Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF) is an independent charity supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community. TCAF runs a growing number of weekly youth cafés in which we provide non-formal education and life-long learning skills (drugs/alcohol/sex). During school holidays, TCAF continues to provide youth drop-ins, with activities including abseiling, canoeing, arts and crafts. TCAF operates three drop-in youth cafés, an outreach session in central Trowbridge for young people and a one-to-one referral service at John of Gaunt school; on average 60 young people use one or more of our facilities/services every week, with a reach of over 250 young people. TCAF are also the host charity for the Community Hub at BA14 in The Shires. This offers residents of Trowbridge and Wiltshire to access information of local services available such as Victim Support, Wiltshire Sight, Trowbridge Lions and many more.

Councillor Bob Brice receiving a cheque on behalf of TCAF


At the same meeting, the position of Mayor of Trowbridge for the year 2019-2020 was handed over to Councillor David Cavill. Councillor Peter Fuller, Leader of the Council, became Deputy Mayor. Councillor Cavill will be making an announcement regarding his own chosen charity for his mayoral term toward the end of May.