Long-serving Town Council secretary Trish Carpenter retired from her position in February this year, so Mike from the Information Services Team asked her a few questions about her time with the Council, and what the future holds for her . . .

How long have you worked for Trowbridge Town Council, and what brought you here?
In total, I’ve spent 18 years working here, with a short break of about a year. As a Trowbridge resident for many years, I wanted to work with and for the town and its people, not only providing what I hope has always been an efficient service to them, but also to Town Councillors and the Committees on which they have served.

How many Mayors and Councillors do you think you have worked under?
During my time with the Council, it’s been my pleasure to have looked after the diaries of 17 Town Mayors. I honestly can’t count the number of Councillors, but all I would say is that some have served on the Council since before I joined.

What would you say was your most memorable moment during your time here?
In 2011, the Town Council moved into the newly-refurbished Civic Centre, having been based in Fore Street for so long – it was a fantastic feeling to be in our new premises, and to be able to work more closely with the other teams who make up the great organisation that is Trowbridge Town Council.

What or who will you miss the most?
Don’t get me started – I’ll get all teary! I have to say the staff and Councillors are who I’ll miss the most: they’ve become like a second family to me over the years, and I’m happy to be able to say that I’ve made a lot of enduring friendships, especially those from our twin town of Leer in Germany.

What are your plans for the future?
I’ll be keeping busy initially by working voluntarily for Alzheimer’s Support at their day centre – I’ll be cooking meals for staff and service users alike. However, my first mission is to raise money for a new cooker, which the centre badly needs, so if anyone reading this would care to make a donation, they can contact Jill Mitchener, Day Club Manager, on 01225 775023 or at jillm@alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk. I’m also hoping to get to travel a bit more with my husband Stuart, and I’m also looking forward to spending a lot more time with my gorgeous grandchildren!

Town Council Chief Executive, Lance Allan said “We will all miss Trish very much and wish her well in her retirement, enjoying her grandchildren and her holidays. Trowbridge has benefitted from Trish’s work as Council Secretary, a significant member of the team that has been making Trowbridge better for many years.”

Our photograph shows Trish with Lance Allan, Trowbridge Town Council Chief Executive, and Town Crier Trevor Heeks