Thame mayor celebrates the year ahead with civic service

Guests at the mayor of Thame's civic service
Guests at the mayor of Thame's civic service

A civic service to celebrate the year ahead in Thame took place on Sunday July 24.

Cllr Linda Emery, the mayor of Thame, organised the service at St Mary’s Church.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Alan Garratt with the address given by the Reverend Graham Choldcroft.

Ahead of the service, the church choir performed as the invited dignitaries processed into the church.

During the service, the scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1:13 A Time for Everything was read by former Thame mayor Jeannette Matelot Green.

Prayers were then led jointly by St Mary’s Church warden Helena Fickling and deputy mayor Cllr Nichola Dixon.

Representatives from the mayor’s chosen charities The Thame Youth Cafe and the Red Kite Children’s Centre gave short presentations on their objectives.

Money raised from the offertory collection was split between the two organisations.

Cllr Emery said: “I am delighted that so many people were able to celebrate with me.

“It was a truly memorable day and I am grateful for all the support I received.”

Dignitaries from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire attended the service.

These included John Howell MP, a number of Thame town councillors, Erroll Bateman from the Thame rotary club and mayors from Abingdon, Farringdon, Henley, Witney and Aylesbury.