The clouds parted and the rain stopped Sunday ready for 10 Mayors and Consorts, 3 Chairs of councils, Leaders of District Councils, the High Sheriff of Somerset along with numerous other dignitaries, and over 100 family and friends to take part in the civic service to mark the Mayor Making of the Mayor of Chard, Cllr. Jason Baker.
The procession led by the Royal British Legion standard bearer and followed by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev. Georgina Vye, the Mace Bearer, Clive Sanders and the Town Crier, Stuart Cumming left the Guildhall to walk to the Church for the service at St Mary’s Church.
The service was both civic and joyful with the Wiveliscombe Town Band providing music as the procession entered.
Following readings from Mrs Sara Dowell and Mick Clark, the Mayor stood to take an Act of Commitment followed by the Commissioning of the Town Councillors. This was followed by the Town Crier proclaiming the news to the town and a reading by Leader of South Somerset District Council Cllr. Val Keitch.
The Mayors charities for the coming year are Cancer Research UK, Memory Café, The Project and Little Daffodils. A collection was taken for these charities.
The Mayor’s chaplain addressed the congregation before Father Dominic led prayers on behalf of Chard Churches Together and everyone left the church to a rousing rendition of ‘The National Anthem’ to head back to the Guildhall for tea and sandwiches.
The atmosphere of the day was one of positive energy and of working together.
Cllr Jason Baker would like to thank everyone who attended the service and thanks go to the organist and everyone at St Mary’s Church, Liz Johnson-Idan our Community Liaison Officer, Wiveliscombe Town Band, the Caretakers in the Guildhall and the Haymaker Inn who provided very welcome refreshments.