There is no doubt that Trowbridge Mayor Councillor Denise Bates has had an exceptionally busy Mayoral year representing our town at over 125 events and raising money for her chosen charities. Last night at Full Council (Tuesday 17th May), Councillor Denise Bates, handed over the ‘baton’ to a new Mayor, Graham Hill who will continue her great work within our community.

Throughout the year the Mayor has been raising much-needed funds for local charities Dorothy House Hospice and Bath Cancer Unit Support Group and we are delighted to announce the final total was £7,000! All monies collected on behalf of the charities have been split equally between the two and during the Full Council Meeting each charity will be presented with a cheque.

Trowbridge Mayor Councillor Denise Bates writes:

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the Mayor of our County Town for this past year.

At my welcoming Civic Service held last July, I spoke about how our town had responded admirably to the difficulties wrought by the Covid pandemic, and acknowledged the numerous ways in which members of our community rallied to offer support and comfort to others.

My mayoral year has deepened my appreciation of the wealth of community spirit within our town.  I have had the rare and privileged opportunity to visit so many charities, voluntary groups and organisations.  I thank all of them for the warmth of their welcome.  I have been truly humbled by the immense commitment they have shown, and how individuals give selflessly and tirelessly of their time to support our local community.  I wish to extend my thanks to them for everything they have done and continue to do.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen our town come together to support the people of Ukraine.  A significant number of our townsfolk have contributed to charities supplying humanitarian aid and have volunteered their time.  Once again, our caring and compassionate community spirit has come to the fore.

I have been proud to represent our County Town at civic events throughout the year, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Service, the Armistice Day Commemoration, and the Remembrance Sunday Service.  A substantial focus of my year has been to raise funds for two important local charities, The Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG) and Dorothy House Hospice Care.  At our recent Civic Dinner, we raised the wonderful sum of £2364 for these worthy causes.  I am immensely grateful to the many people who have donated generously over the past year, including our two sponsors, Ford Trowbridge and Allsworth Carpets and Flooring.  I look forward to announcing the final figure raised on completing my term of office in May.

I must pay tribute to the officers at the Town Council, who have supported and guided me through the year with wisdom, dedication and enthusiasm. I must also thank the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Graham Hill, whose professionalism, support, and friendship has ensured we have worked together as an effective team.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to so many people for all the kindness, warmth, enthusiasm and support I have received over my term of office.  I will shortly hand over the chain of office, with sadness that my year has ended.  It truly has been a wonderful year, meeting and getting to know so many compassionate and dedicated people who live in our County Town.  It is a year I will never forget.  I wish to thank our town’s residents and my fellow councillors for entrusting me with this important role.

Councilor Bates, will still continue to represent her constituents within the Drynham Ward.