Mayor Choosing 2023
The meeting was live-streamed to St. Petroc’s Church community.
The proceedings started with songs sung by Loveny Male Voice Choir.
Bodmin’s Mayor, Cllr Phil Cooper, commented on the last year of his term of office.
Two charities, BRIN and Little Harbour, supported by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress, both received a cheque for £1,500.
Joy for BRIN and Alison for Little Harbour receiving cheques from Carolyn and Mimi
The huge success of the joint Fireworks committee led to £10,000 being distributed to charities. Another successful year for Alstock raised £7,500 for charities. Bodmin’s Beacon Beast Marathon shared £3,500 between 27 charities.
Sheila Chapman received the Outstanding Contribution Award in the Community Volunteer Award Scheme for her dedicated work for Bodmin Town Football Club. The Team Spirit award was presented to Phil Wrixon.
Phil Wrixon receiving his award from the mayor
Cllrs Pete Skea and John Gibb have both completed ten years of service to the community as councillors.
Cllr Pete Skea receiving his award from the mayor
Re-elected for a second term
Bodmin Town councillors elected Cllr Phil Cooper as Mayor and Cllr Mike Barbery as Deputy Mayor for a second term of office.
Cllr Phil Cooper signing the declaration of acceptance of office and holding a Bible to take the Oath of Allegiance
Cllr Mike Barbery taking the Oath of Allegiance
The mayor thanked his supportive family, Deputy Mayor and Terri, Mike's daughter and consort, councillors and the Community Services team.
He highlighted some achievements of the year:
· The council was instrumental in assisting the provision of warm spaces throughout the town and at Shire Hall.
· The council’s monthly markets.
· The work of the estates team.
· The partnership with Bodmin College and Falmouth University in delivering degree courses from Shire House from this September; the hard work of Mark Talbot (Bodmin College) and Peter Martin (Town Clerk).
· Helen at Bodmin Keep for launching the start of the Armed Forces Day flag relay.
Cadet receiving his award from the mayor
Mace Bearers Brian Connor and Phil Wrixon and Town Crier Terry Williams were re-elected.
The mayor thanked Rev’d Paul Holley for continuing in his role as Mayor’s Chaplain. He thanked him and the team at St. Petroc’s for all their support and the fantastic way they put this church at the heart of the community.
Bodmin’s Mayor finished his speech by saying: “Bodmin will continue to grow from strength to strength.”