Our first engagement of the day was to attend Shrewsbury Girls High School to talk about the Mayorality to year nine students. The session was to explain what the Mayor did, How the Mayorality was formed and to answer questions from the students in relation to the Mayorality as well as the Mayoress and myself as the Mayor.


As most of you who either read the Shrewsbury Chronicle, or my blog will know that I have asked each of the schools within Shrewsbury that contain year 9 students, if they would like to take part in our Mini Mayors project. This Mini Mayor for the Day is a chance for two year9 students to see what being a Mayor is like, what it is all about, the back room working that makes up the team. We attend normal mayoral engagements with the agreement of those we are visiting, the Mini Mayors day is not a jolly, but in fact an important part of their curriculum, Democracy Week/Month.  I had about fifteen minutes to explain that Shrewsbury for hundreds of years had been answerable to the Freemen of the Town and that they collected the taxes and in effect governed the people of Shrewsbury as well as visitors to the Town.

The 1835 Municipal Corporations Act came into being by the Government of the day, who had decided that the people of their own towns should be allowed to elect their own local governance. One stipulation that was necessary for a town to be allowed to govern under this Act was that the town had to have been awarded a Royal Charter previously. Seeing that Shrewsbury had two Royal Charters one by Richard 1st (the Lionheart) and the other by Charles 2nd it was soon governed by elected people (Councillors) and the leader of the Council was the Mayor, as it is today. The Freemen make the Mayor a honorary Freeman of the Town, keeping the tradition of Freemen or Burgesses within the town. The Freemen are still the protector of the Mayor and Town and swear an oath to that fact when enrolled. I hope to complete a project where I can write down the role of Freemen (Burgesses) of Shrewsbury from around 1200 to the modern day. It is not an easy task as it is full of details that take some understanding and then re-writing in a way that is more digestible, easier to understand.

I explained that the post is not about me Tony Durnell Mayor, but about the Mayorality and its history and future, I or any Mayor bring their own personality to the position. We  have a small team in support such as the Mayors Secretary and the Mayors Officer, the Mayors Officer also drives us to our engagements ensuring we get where we should be at the correct time and that we end our visit at the right time to proceed to our nect engagement. The Mayors Officer is there to protect the Chains of Office of both the Mayor and Mayoress, he is not there to protect the persons but the Office.

At the end of my talk the students fired some questions towards me, year 9 students never cease to amaze me, as they always come up with questions that you are not expecting, I should have learnt to expect the unexpected by now, but I never will, and it is great that they do keep me on my toes.. They were a great bunch and both Tricia (the Mayoress)  and myself enjoyed our short time with them.

Above pictured with some of the year 9 students after our talk.

After we left those who had shown an interest in becoming a Mini Mayor for the day were informed that they had to write out why they should be picked to represent their school, along with the reasons why they would like to spend the day with the Mayor and Mayoress, attending the engagements with them, as well as how they would present that back to their peer group after being Mini Mayor for the day.



Our next and final engagement of the day was the re-launch and open day of the Vicarage, a nursing home on the Common at Bayston Hill. The Vicarage is part of Ephraims Care Group who have four other care home around the West Midlands.

We were given a guided tour of the new build that had been done to modernise and re-equip about half of the whole care home. They have at the moment due to all the work being done around 40 residents, but they can hold up to 50 now that the work has been finished.

We were given lunch and I handed out awards to many staff memebers and volunteers, most of those had been with the Care Group for many years, showing that the Ephraims Care Group also care for its staff and voulunteers.

The place is light and has plenty of room to move about as well as some very home comforts for their residents including small sitting rooms with side kitchens for drinks and snacks to be made.

Above: Caught in the act eating again. What was that story about weighing Mayors at the start of their year and again at the end of their year, bet you that I will buck the trend!!!

As per normal of late, at the end of our visit the heavans opened and it was a dash for the car trying not to get wet. We had an enjoyable visit and a very infromative one as well, and we wish the Vicarage well in the future, as this type of care home is very much in need.



A feature all about good positive stories, a must read if you want to put a smile on your face and be Proud of Shrewsbury, and become Part of the Team.

Make sure you get your copy this week and read the article. Thank You.  Tony


Click on the following link to go to the Shrewsbury Town Council’s Web-site.   Thank you. http://www.shrewsburytowncouncil.gov.uk/shrewsburytowncouncil

Click on the following link to go to the SHREWSBURY/ ZUTPHEN Twinning Web-site. Thank you. http://www.shrewsburyzutphentwinning.co.uk/live/welcome.asp?id=3506#page_content 

Please click on the following link to go to the KLAGENFURT Austria web-site. Thank you.



I will be joining Royal British Legion representatives in the Square at 10.45 for a two minutes silence. So please come and join us so that we can share this special moment together to remeber those who died in both World Wars as well as all the other conflicts including those taking place in Afganistan.

Also there will be a Rememberance Parade that I will lead on Sunday 13th November, leaving Shrewsbury Castle at 09.15. Also in attendance of this civic procession will be other dignitaries along with members of the R.A.F. Army, Navy and Service organisations. Music will be provided by the First Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Bugles, Pipes and Drums.

Followed by a service at St Chads Church, this is then followed by the wreath laying in the Quarry at the War Memorial.

Followed by a march past along St Chads Terrace

So please come and see this take place, line the route. This is the 90th anniversary year of the Royal British Legion and they are needed now more than ever, so your support at this time is really important if the RBL are to be able to support those who need that help.

Please click on the following link to go to the Royal British Legion Shropshire Web-site. Thank you for your support.   Tony


Please have a look at the MAYORS CHARITY SPRING BALL page as I have added a preview of what the menu of the evening should look like. Please click on the following link to take you there. Thank you.





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