At the Mayor Making ceremony on May 13 Deputy Mayor Mervyn Hall will be sworn in as Marlborough’s 709th Town Mayor. Mervyn Hall has served on the council for six years, has been Deputy Mayor twice and Mayor once before.
Mervyn told marlborough.news: “It’s a busy job. I represent the town at hundreds of events during the year and certain times of the year are busier than others. The run-up to Christmas is very busy starting with the switching on of the Christmas lights. I attended eleven carol concerts last time I was mayor and there was no time to take a holiday !”
Nevertheless, he enjoys the role: “I do it because I like chairing the council and getting things done. This council is achieving a lot in terms of projects and events.”
This year there are already several big events planned in the town. A new blue plaque for Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children, will be unveiled at the library on June 8 and there will be a Civil War re-enactment on the Common on July 27 and 28 together with a living history re-enactment in the Priory Gardens.
The Mayor’s Civic Service will be held in St Mary’s Church during that weekend and will have a seventeenth century flavour. After the service a wreath will be laid near the Castle and Ball which has a plaque commemorating the Civil War battle in the town. Mervyn has a keen interest in history and is secretary of Marlborough’s History Society as well as a trustee of The Merchant’s House.
Plans for the year ahead include the completion of the Neighbourhood Plan, new play equipment for Manton Jubilee Field and the refurbishment of Manton Village Hall. Work is being carried out in the basement of the Town Hall to create storage for the museum and to build a disabled toilet.
There are plans to develop the Community and Youth Centre and Town Hall as venues. A new tourism officer will be appointed to engage with the Great West Way project in order to attract more tourists to the town. The council will also have to cope with the devolution of services from Wiltshire Council.
Mervyn Hall has chosen the Jubilee Centre and the Scouts as the Mayor’s Charities. Each organisation will be given the use of the Town Hall for a day to raise funds.
Deputy Mayor Mervyn is looking forward to his year as mayor: “I get to go to lots of events, meet lots of people and find out more about all the organisations in Marlborough. I enjoy it even though it can be hard work.”