Town Council Civic Service was held on Sunday, 18th September
at St. Mary's Parish Church. The Town Councillors made
their 'Promises' during the service as follows:
'Mr. Mayor, you have been raised to this office in order
to guide and steer the Town Council of Ross-on-Wye, to
represent the town to other people and places, to serve
the people of Ross and do all in your power to ensure
that we live in peace and security.
you promise to carry out your duties to the best of your
ability to the good of all and to the honour of God.'
'I do. I commit myself to being a servant of the people
of Ross in the name of Christ.'
'Councillors, you have been elected to office, not for
your own satisfaction or profit but to care for this town
and people. Will you govern wisely, administer the finances
with care and do nothing that will harm Ross or its people?
Will you work together, consult each other and carry out
your duties with one thought in mind; to do good to those
whom you are elected to serve?'
We pray that God will help us to fulfil our duties following
the example of Christ in a spirit of fellowship and mutual
'As we pray for the council of this town we also commit
ourselves to live together in peace, to care for our neighbours,
to cherish our town, to support those who care for the
poor and ill, to remember those whose task it is to keep
the peace and to ensure that the needs of all are met.
Let us pledge ourselves to the service of God and this
community of Ross-on-Wye.'
'Lord God our father, we offer ourselves to you, praying
that your strength and grace will so steer our lives that
our town may be blessed with peace and prosperity and
be a place of welcome for all visitors. Guide us by your
spirit, give us wisdom, make us compassionate, and keep
us faithful and loving in all things, now and always,
in the name of Christ. Amen.'
During the service, a new mayoral chain was dedicated
and presented to Mayor, Gordon Lucas. The original chain
was unable to accommodate any more names of mayors and
new links for the chain were no longer available, so it
was decided that a new chain should be purchased.
below are Ross Town Council in the Corn Exchange Chambers
and visiting mayors. The new mayoral chain and presentation
are also pictured.
photographs of this event are available in the Wyenot
News photograph gallery.