Civic events 2020/21
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.
Annual Town Meeting
Each year the Mayor hosts a themed Town Meeting at the Town Hall. This meeting is for the community of Chippenham, everyone is encouraged to attend.
Chippenham is twinned with Friedberg, Germany and La Fleche, France. When Chippenham receives an official visit from members of their Twin Towns, the Mayor hosts a reception for them. In 2020 we will be visited by both towns.
Each year a new Mayor is elected in May. The Mayor’s Investiture is an official ceremony where the incoming Mayor receives his/her Chains of Office and robes and officially becomes the Mayor of Chippenham.
This is an annual event which celebrates the Civic Life of Chippenham. It aims to include all Civic Organisations as well as Mayors of Wiltshire Towns and Dignitaries. There is a Church Service held at St. Andrew’s Church followed by an awards ceremony at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre where the Mayor presents Civic Awards. Civic Sunday will take place in July 2020.
Merchant Navy Day
On this day we remember Merchant Navy Veterans by holding a flag raising ceremony at the Town Hall. The Red Ensign Flag raises awareness of our island nation’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy Seafarers. Merchant Navy Day will take place on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
On Remembrance Sunday we remember and honour those who sacrificed themselves to protect and secure our freedom. There is a Church Service held at St. Andrew’s Church and a two minute silence held at the War Memorial in the Market Place. The two minute silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War. Following the wreath laying there is a procession down the High Street, past the Town Hall. Remembrance Sunday will be held on Sunday 10th November 2019, the Town Council will mark Armistice Day with a two minute silence outside the Town Hall on Monday 11th November 2019.