BISHOP’S CASTLE TOWN COUNCIL
The first Bishop’s Castle Town Council Civic Awards were launched by Mayor Karen Bavastock in 2015 and an award ceremony was held in the council chamber in September. The awards proved to be very popular and it is hoped they will continue to be awarded in recognition of public service every year.
Download the 2016 leaflet and application/nomination form >>Civic Awards 2016 leaflet<<
In the spring of every year, Bishop’s Castle’s 12 Town Councillors elect the mayor for the forthcoming 12 months in a public ceremony called Mayor Making. The deputy mayor is also elected.
The occasion, mirrored by other towns all over the country, is the formal annual meeting of the council.
The newly elected mayor and deputy leave the Council Chamber to be robed and their return is announced by the Town Crier.
The council’s maces and pikes are on display. After the mayor’s speech, it is traditional for him or her to invite everyone present to adjourn for refreshments.
Mayor’s Sunday & the Queen’s Birthday
Mayor’s Sunday in Bishop’s Castle is the traditional celebration of the newly elected mayor and usually involved a morning parade to St. John the Baptist Parish Church led by the town’s Drum and Bugle Band.
The mayor, councillors and their guests are accompanied by the council’s mace & pike bearers, town crier and the local uniformed groups with their standards. After the church service, parade returns to the Town Hall.
This year it was decided to combine Mayor’s Sunday with a celebration of the Queen’s Official Birthday organised by the Town Hall Trust and Town Council.
Guest of honour was the High Sherriff of Shropshire Chris Holmes JP who was present throughout the day’s activities. The church service was followed by a lunch in the Church Barn, hosted by the church, and then by Civic Pride afternoon at the Town Hall where tea, cake and strawberries with cream were served. People were also invited to visit the Tudor Home of Nigel & Michelle Gaspar at 8-10, Church St.
The “Insight” booklets into the heritage of Bishop’s Castle – four so far on the Town Hall, Clocks and Clockmakers, the Tudor Home at 8-10, Church St. and Bishop’s Castle Railway – were launched and there were guided tours of the recently renovated 18th century Grade 11* listed hall.
To mark Queen Elizabeth’s “Real” Birthday on April 21st, the Mayor, Karen Bavastock planted two Queen Elizabeth rose bushes in containers either side of the Powys Arms plaque in the Old Market Place.