I could never have imagined being a member of the Town Council, let alone being elected to be Mayor of Devizes, when we walked into our beautiful Market Place 36 years ago, fell in love with the town and decided to make it our home.
In 2001, when the issue of the Market Place trees arose, I found myself getting involved in the local affairs. I took part in the fight to save Devizes Hospital, becoming secretary to DASH2, and in 2013, much to my surprise and delight, I was elected as a Town Councillor for South Ward.
If a couple of the qualities necessary to fulfil the role of Town Mayor are love of and pride in our wonderful town, then I can assure you that I have both in abundance. I am privileged to be trusted with this responsibility, and will do my best to fulfil that trust over the next twelve months.
Amongst the many things the Mayor must take responsibility for, there is a tradition of using the office to help raise funds for local charities. The first of my three chosen charities is Wiltshire Victim Support, as I am very aware of the amazing work their staff and volunteers do, largely unsung, to help victims of crime and domestic violence. Secondly, although I wish they did not have to exist, supporting the Devizes & District Food Bank seems the least I can do to help. Finally I would like to support Devizes Town Youth Football Club’s “free of charge” football programmes, one for 3-6 year old boys and girls, and another for girls between 7-16 years old, which encourage children to learn how football can progress not only their sports skills, but also their emotional and social development.
Councillor Judy Rose
Mayor of Devizes