Civic Service 2018 - a Celebration of Schools & Education
On a beautifully warm summer Sunday, 24 June 2018, invited dignitaries and Wiltshire Mayors, community groups and our local parishioners joined Town Mayor Lisa Farrell and Town Councillors in a service of celebration led by Rev. Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy at St Mary's Church. Dr Janneke Blokland, Assistant Chaplain at Marlborough College and students from our local schools took part in the service, with a song - 'Genies and Rainbows' from Preshute Primary School Choir, a reading by Ellie Slater, Head Girl of St John's Academy with student Frankie Griest playing a piano piece, Marlborough St Mary's choir's rendition of 'Why We Sing' and pupils reading a prayer.
The congregation and guests were then invited back to the Town Hall to see a display put on by the schools and Marlborough College showing how education has changed over the years, with some fascinating pictures and documents loaned by Rob and Angie Dickens looking back at the history of education in Marlborough. Refreshments and some fabulous cakes were provided by Sandra Bull and her wonderful team from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Those attending included Councillor James Sheppard, Vice Chairman of Wiltshire Council, Deputy Lieutenant Mr Deepak Gupta and Mrs Gupta, Under Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mr David Lewis, Lt. Col. Simon Puxley from 4MI Battalion, and Mayors and their consorts from Malmesbury, Swindon, Salisbury, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett, Chippenham, Calne, Warminster, Highworth, Westbury and the Deputy Mayor of Amesbury. Representatives from the Rotary Club, Marlborough & District Lions Club and Marlborough & District Dyslexia Association came along together with the Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh and his wife, and head teachers Anne Schwodler from Marlborough St Mary's, Claire Graham from Preshute Primary and Tom Nicholls, Assistant Vice Principle from St John's.
Our thanks go to everyone who helped prepare for and take part in the service.