The sun shone over Trowbridge for Councillor Graham Hill, Mayor of Trowbridge’s Civic Service on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

The afternoon started with a reception where the Mayor welcomed Wiltshire’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant Amanda Burnside, Mayors from across the county, representatives from his chosen charities, fellow councillors and family members for refreshments at the recently opened Parade House at the top of Wicker Hill on Fore Street, Trowbridge. From here the dignitaries assembled for a Parade led by the Trowbridge Mayoral Cadet bearing the Town’s Standard, who guided guests to St James’s Church for the evening church service.

The Service was led by Venerable Dr Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts and guests were treated to uplifting lessons read by Dr Andrew Murrison MP and Cllr Hill, prayers and hymns. The introductory address was given by Mayor Graham Hill who spoke warmly of his new role as Mayor of the town and introduced speakers from his chosen charities Storehouse Food Bank and Wiltshire Air Ambulance who both gave a wonderful insight into the valuable work they do for the local community.

During the Service, the important work of local charities was shared by speakers from Trowbridge Lions and Group 5, and St James’ Trust also issued cheques to local groups which had applied for grants and a collection was held for both the chosen charities and St James’ Trust.

After the service, the congregation gathered for refreshments at St James’s Church Hall.

photographs: Trevor Porter