Having held the post of Deputy Mayor of Trowbridge for the previous twelve months, Councillor David Cavill was elected as Mayor for the year 2019-2020 at a meeting of the Town Council in the Civic on Tuesday May 21st. Leader of the Town Council, Councillor Peter Fuller was elected as Deputy Mayor for the current year.

At the meeting, Mayor Cavill thanked the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Dennis Drewett, for his efforts during the Mayoral year and also expressed his gratitude to those other councillors present for having elected him.

About David Cavill . . .

Throughout his life, David has spent time as a cabinetmaker, hod carrier, shopfitter, hospital ward orderly and mortuary attendant, eventually becoming a teacher, and for many years was head of departments in a number of large comprehensive schools. He became involved with the world of animal care in the 1970s, launched the Animal Care College in 1980 and with his wife, Angela, was headhunted by the world-famous Battersea Dogs Home in 1988 to both become senior managers, responsible for operations and staff training. He gradually became involved in publishing and writing (he has had several books published) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2007. David was elected in 2017 as a Town Councillor for Paxcroft Ward, and served as Deputy Mayor of Trowbridge for the mayoral year 2018-2019.

On Sunday July 21st a Civic Service will be held at St James’ Church where town Mayor Councillor David Cavill will welcome mayors and dignitaries from across Wiltshire, as well as community leaders, and fellow councillors. This is an annual celebration of the town, and will be conducted by the Reverend Dr. Rob Thomas, Rector of St. James’. Members of the public are also invited to attend – please be at the church for 5.30pm, in order for the service to commence at 6.00pm. For further information, please contact 01225 765072 or email info@trowbridge.gov.uk.

Councillor Cavill has also recently announced that his chosen charity for the mayoral year, 2019-2020, is Ruksak45218, which aims to combat childhood poverty by providing backpacks filled with essential items donated by the public. The Mayor hopes to help the charity reach their goal of ‘encouraging potential in the youth of today who are the adults of tomorrow’. Charity founder Rory Donaldson said “Ruksak45218 are delighted to have been chosen. We firmly believe in the potential of each and every young person and will work with young people, aged 5 to 18 and their families, to ensure no-one goes without these essentials in life.” To find out more about the work of the charity, please click this link.

At the same Council Meeting at which Councillor Cavill assumed the position of Mayor, Councillor Dennis Drewett bade farewell to his spell as Mayor, and presented cheques to his four chosen charities, sharing the amount of funds raised throughout his year in office. To find out more, click here.

Photograph of Councillors Cavill and Fuller used by kind permission of Trevor Porter: photograph of Councillor Cavill and Rory Donaldson courtesy of Mike Holden.