The “Civic Year” runs from May to May each year.
Public Notices are placed on Town Noticeboards and in the local Press in advance of the actual dates as below.
The annual Town Council Meeting and Mayor-Making Ceremony are held in early MAY. This may vary in election years (every 4 years). A new Mayor is elected annually by the Town Councillors.
An annual Civic Service is a religious church service, taken by the Mayor’s chosen Chaplain and will sometimes be incorporated with another celebration such as the Battle of Britain, or Harvest Festival. The date is not fixed in the calendar and each Mayor will choose their own date to invite local dignitaries and the townspeople to a thanksgiving service for the civic work of the councillors and the town.
The Mayor also usually hosts a Civic Dinner to which they will invite other Mayors and Councillors, but it is also open to all townspeople. The date of this event varies – more details can be obtained by emailing the Mayor's Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembrance Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to the 11th NOVEMBER. There is a Civic Ceremony held at the War Memorial on the corner of the High Street and Pierremont Avenue. This usually begins at 10:45am with local dignitaries, military representatives and local organisations laying wreaths after the Remembrance Service. All residents and visitors to the town are very welcome to attend and join in with the Service.
The Annual Town Assembly
– an open meeting for townspeople to raise issues on town business and to ask questions - is usually held in MARCH.