Civic events 2020/21
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.
In 2020, it will take place on Saturday 27 June.
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.
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.
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.
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.