Chippenham Town Council celebrate Commonwealth Day, Monday 9 March 2020
We celebrated Commonwealth Day on Monday 9 March alongside 9 Regiment RLC, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, High Sheriff David Scott DL, Vice Chairman of Wiltshire Council Councillor Richard Gamble, Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, Deputy Police Crime Commissioner Mr Jerry Herbert, Royal British Legion Buglers, Chippenham Town Councillors and local school children.
Commonwealth Day, held on the second Monday in March each year, is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.
The soldiers from 9 Regiment RLC completed a march through the High Street towards the Town Hall. The regiment who are based at Buckley Barracks in Hullavington is one of the most culturally diverse in the British Army.
The Commonwealth Affirmation and Commonwealth message from HM The Queen was read aloud from HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton and the Commonwealth Flag was raised after, at 10am.
Primary schools from Chippenham and the surrounding area were invited into the Neeld Community & Arts Centre to enjoy entertainment from a Fijian choir and Nepalese Kukri Dance, followed by participation in engagement activities including fact finding about Commonwealth countries.
There was an opportunity for general public to return to the Town Hall between 12noon-1pm. They were able to speak with soldiers from 9 Regiment RLC, who represent 12 countries from across the Commonwealth region.
The Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Desna Allen said ‘It was an honour to be part of such an important event today. The Commonwealth has important values so it was wonderful to see the children of the local primary schools coming together to participate in the event.’
We would like to thank all of our guests and dignitaries. Our special thanks to Wessex Water for their flexibility and cooperation by making sure the High Street was safe and clear of any roadworks to ensure that the flag raising ceremony, an important Civic and Community event could take place.