Mayor Of Salisbury's Christmas Card Competition

This year the Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Derek Brown OBE is holding a Christmas card competition and encouraging local children up to the age of 13 years old to design his annual Christmas Card.

The cards will be sent locally and to overseas destinations such as the Sister Cities in Maryland USA and the Twinning Cities of both Xanten and Saintes.


Cllr Brown said, "I want to see the brightest and most festive pictures the children can create. This is a very special Christmas card and will be seen across the world so it's an exciting opportunity to showcase your artistic talent."


Click here for the entry form or pick one up from the Information Centre in Fish Row, all entries must be submitted by 31 October.


Mayor Card Competition

Mayor's Diary 2017-18


Date Time Event Location
Wednesday 4 17:00 AGM Salisbury Women's Refuge Salisbury
Friday 9 14:30 Women's World Day of Prayer Salisbury
Sunday 22 11:00 St Georges Day Salisbury
Sunday 29 10:30 Salisbury Vegan Fair Salisbury
Saturday 10 19:30  Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Concert Salisbury
Sunday 11 16:30 Celebrate The Rule of Law in Wiltshire Salisbury
Saturday 17 17:00 Salisbury Musical Society Concert Salisbury
Sunday 18 12:30 Past Mayors Luncheon Salisbury
Monday 19 18:00 Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge Award Ceremony Salisbury
Thursday 22 09:00 BBC Wiltshire Unveiling of a Blue Plaque to Buddy Holly & the Crickets Salisbury
Thursday 22 13:45 Volunteer Recognition Awards Milford House Care Home  Salisbury
Tuesday 6 19:00 Public Speaking Competition St Osmund's RC First School Salisbury
Thursday 22 19:15 Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association AGM Salisbury
Friday 23 12:30  Western Section's Annual Luncheon Swindon
Friday 23 19:00 Civic Reception and Awards Presentation Westbury
Tuesday 27 09:30 Dementia Friendly Showcase Salisbury 
Saturday 13 16:25 Celebration & Unveiling of Community Mosaic for Greencroft Street Salisbury
Friday 19 13:15 Godolphin Prep School Visit to the Guildhall to meet the Mayor Salisbury 
Thursday 25 17:15 Salisbury Dementia Action Alliance Forum Salisbury
Friday 26 18:30  Brian Graham: Towards Music Salisbury
Saturday 27 14:00 Holocaust Memorial Day Event Salisbury
Friday 1 19:00 Cathedral Darkness and Light Service Salisbury
Saturday 9 13:15 Townswomen's Guilds Carol Service Salisbury
Saturday 9 18:50 The Hair Extension Cave Launch Night Salisbury
Monday 11 18:30 Bishop Wordsworth's School Carol Service Salisbury
Friday 15 18:00 An Evening with Sir Tony Robinson Celebrating the Life & Work of Sir Terry Pratchett Salisbury
Saturday 16 16:45 BBC Wiltshire Christmas Carol Service Salisbury
Sunday 17 13:45 Cancer Research Carol Service Salisbury
Sunday 5 14:30 We Will Remember Them - Royal British Legion Salisbury
Tuesday 7 19:30 Spire Gin Launch Downton
Wednesday 8 11:00 Launch of the Poppy Installation Salisbury
Saturday 11 10:00 Remembrance - Armistice Day Salisbury
Sunday 12 10:15 Remembrance Sunday Parade Salisbury
Tuesday 14 11:30 5th Battalion The Rifles Homecoming Parade and Family Celebration Bulford
Thursday 16 17:30 Switch on Christmas Lights Salisbury
Saturday 18 19:20 Salisbury Musical Society Concert Salisbury
Thursday 23 18:30 Christmas Market Opening Salisbury
Saturday 25 12:00 Signing of Armed Forces Covenant by Salisbury RFC Salisbury
Thursday 30 19:30 Casterbridge Wealth Launch Party  Salisbur
Sunday 1 11:45 Salisbury Half Marathon Salisbury
 Tuesday 3 18:00 Celebration of Achievement Evening St Edmunds Girl School Salisbury
 Friday 6 16:30 The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele at Evensong Salisbury
Saturday 7 14:30 Keep Fit Association AGM Salisbury
Saturday 14 18:00 ICS Diwali 2017 Event Salisbury
Sunday 15   CHARTER FAIR Salisbury
Friday 20 19:30 CARNIVAL Salisbury
Saturday 21 10:15 Salisbury Angel Festival  Salisbury
Friday 27 18:30 Launch of the Inaugural Salisbury Literary Festival Salisbury
Saturday 28 10:30 Poppy Appeal Launch Salisbury
Saurday 28 19:00 55th Charter Dinner and Dance The Lions Club of Salisbury & District Salisbury
Friday 1 15:30 Regus Cupcake Tasting Event - BUY TICKETS HERE Salisbury
Saturday 2 07:30 Alzheimer's Society Stonehenge Trek Salisbury
Thursday 14 18:30 SWGS Speech Day Salisbury
Sunday 17 09:45 Wilton Civic Service Wilton
Friday 22 14:30 Able Hands Together at Riverbourne Farm Salisbury
Saturday 23 11:45 Onam Celebration Salisbury
Thursday 28 16:30 Winterbourne Gunner Centenary Salisbury
Friday 29 17:00 Launch of the Bridge Tap Salisbury
Saturday 30 16:30 Launch of Tea & Cake of the 'Send a Cow' Photographic Exhibition Salisbury

Mayor's Speeches 2017 - 2018

13 May 2017 Mayor’s Acceptance Speech at St Thomas’s Church

20 September 2017 Allotments Ceremony

23 September 2017 Onam Celebration

7 October 2017 Keep Fit Association 60th National AGM

14 October 2017 Indian Community of Salisbury Diwali Event

27 October 2017 Launch of the Inaugral Salisbury Literary Festival

28 October 2017 Launch of the Poppy Appeal

28 October 2017 Salisbury and District Lions Club 55th Charter Dinner and Dance

16 November 2017 Christmas Lights Switch On

23 November 2017 Official opening of the Salisbury Christmas Market

3 December 2017 Special Full Council Meeting - Freedom of the City

Mayor's Diary 2018-19

Date Time Venue Location
Monday 21 18:30 Sherborne Town Council Mayor Making Sherborne
Wednesday23 18:30 Chippenham Town Council Mayor Making Chippenham
Thursday 24 10:30 The Onward Club Scout Hut Salisbury
Thursday 24 18:45 Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Medal Evening Salisbury
Friday 25 18:30 Private View of Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows Salisbury
Tuesday 29 18:30 Malmesbury Town Council Robing Ceremony Malmesbury
Thursday 31 17:00 Cycle Wiltshire Event Salisbury
Saturday 2 08:45 Third Anniversary of Salisbury Park Run Salisbury
Saturday 2 10:00 City of Bath Mayor Making Salisbury
Tuesday 5 14:20 Salisbury Singing for Lung Health Groiup Salisbury
Thursday 7 15:00 Celebration of he 2000th Edition of Salisbury & District Talking Newspaper Salisbury
Friday 8 17:30 History At Large Salisbury
Saturday 9 09:30 East Dorset District Council Civic Day Wimborne
Saturday 9 17:00 Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust 25th and NHS 70th Celebration Salisbury
Sunday 10 10:00 Devizes Town Council Mayor Making Devizes
Sunday 10 15:00 Salisbury Cathedral Evensong to Commemorate Centenary of the End of WW1 Salisbury
Saturday 16 11:30 Rowdeford School Fete Rowde
Saturday 16 15:00 800th Anniversary Celebrations of the Bishops Place Salisbury
Saturday 23 13:30 Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship Salisbury
Sunday 24 09:20 Marlborough Town Council Mayor Making Marlborough
Sunday 24 14:15 Yeovil Town Council Civic Engagement Yeovil
Thursday 28 17:50 Leehurst Swan School 'Other Worlds' Sci-Fi Arts Evening Salisbury
Sunday 1 10:00 Armed Forces Day Salisbury
Sunday 1 13:30 Phoenix Stars Showcasse Salisbury
Sunday 1 17:45 Disney's Beauty and the Beast World Record Attempt Salisbury
Tuesday 3 10:00 ILC Coffee Morning Semington
Wednesday 4 11:00

Citizenship Ceremony

Saturday 7 11:00

Assuson Foundation Trust

Saturday 7 18:45

The Angel and the Fallen

Sunday 8 14:00

Music in the Park

Sunday 8 16:00

Concert and Plaque Unveiling

Wednesday 11 19:00

Wiltshire Scout AGM and Celebration

Friday 13 18:00

Salisbury Trust for the Homeless Garden Party

Saturday 14 10:00

Appleford School Speech Day

Tuesday 17 19:25

AGM of Samaritans of Salisbury and District

Wednesday 17:30

Salisbury BID Umbrella Launch

Saturday 21 10:40

Southern Cathedrals Festival Eucharist and Lunch

Saturday 28 10:50

First Draw of the St Thomas's 2020 Club for its Quest Appeal

Sunday 29 11:00

Street Food Sunday

Wednesday 1 11:00 Citizenship Ceremony Salisbury
Wednesday 1 12:00 National Playday Salisbury
Wednesday 1 14:00 The Learning Curves Princes Trust End of Course Presentation Salisbury
Friday 17 11:30  Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Steve Lugg Funeral and Civic Procession Ferndown
Saturday 18 13:30 Salisbury Allotments & Gardens Association Salisbury
Saturday 18 16:00 Xanten Young Timers Motorcyle Group Return Visit Salisbury
Friday 24 12:00 South Wilts Mencap Annual Sports Day Games Salisbury
Saturday 25 19:45 PUSH Community Opera Salisbury
Wednesday 29 12:00 Picnic in the Park Salisbury
Saturday 1 10:00 Immaculate Tots Childcare Opening Salisbury
Sunday 2 14:30 Chippenham Town Council Civic Sunday Chippenham 
Monday 3 11:00 TUC South West Health and Safety Conference Salisbury
Wednesday 5 11:00 Citizenship Ceremony Salisbury
Sunday 9 11:00 Salisbury Car Fest Salisbury
Sunday 9 15:00 Evensong with Collation and Installation of the 82nd Dean of Salisbury Salisbury
Thursday 13 18:30 South Wilts Grammar School Speech Day Salisbury
Friday 14 14:00 Guildhall Heritage Open Day Tour Salisbury
Friday 14 17:50 Headway Informal Music Presentation Salisbury
Saturday 15 11:30 York House Day Nursery Grand Opening Salisbury
Sunday 16 14:00 Mayor of Wilton Civic Service Wilton
Tuesday 18 18:30 Wiltshire Community Foundation Annual Celebration 2018 Salisbury
Friday 21 14:00 Mayor of Sherbourne Rifles Event Sherbourne
Monday 24 16:00 Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust AGM Salisbury
Wednesday 26 18:30 Wessex Museums Partnership NPO Celebration Salisbury
Saturday 29 13:00 Girlguiding Annual Review and Celebration Salisbury
Sunday 30 10:00 Salisbury Food and Drink Festival Salisbury
Monday 1 09:30 Five Rivers International Older Peoples Day Salisbury
Tuesday 2 14:30 Silver Sunday – a fortnight of events in Salisbury to mark international older people’s day which is 1st October Salisbury
Thursday 4 14:00 Silver Sunday – a fortnight of events in Salisbury to mark international older people’s day which is 1st October Salisbury
Saturday 6 14:30 Coffee and cake Salisbury
Saturday 6 17:10 English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth Festival Evensong Salisbury
Sunday 7 12:00 Salisbury Half Marathon 2018 Salisbury
Monday 15 10:00 Go Run For Fun Salisbury
Tuesday 16 10:30 What Next? Future Choices 2018 Careers Fair Salisbury
Saturday 20 16:00 Arundells and St Thomas's Chruch Salisbury
Friday 26 19:00 Opening New Premises Money & Millie Salisbury
Saturday 27 17:00 Nepalese Diwali Celebration Event Salisbury
Sunday 28  15:00 Civic Service Salisbury
Tuesday  30 Mental Health in Dorset Dorchester
Sunday 4 15:00 We will Remember them Concert Salisbury
Tuesday 6 10:00 Mayor’s Salisbury Remembers Opening Salisbury
Thursday 8 17:30 Projection of falling poppies Salisbury
Thursday 8 18:00 Godolphin Remembers 1914-1918 Salisbury
Saturday 10 17:00 Diwali Event Salisbury
Saturday 10 19:30 Concert Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 Salisbury
Sunday 11 08:30 Remembrance Sunday Salisbury
Tuesday 13 09:20 Yeovil Mayors Civic Day Salisbury
Wednesday 14 19:00 Institution and Induction of Rev Andy Bousfield Salisbury
Thursday 15 11:00 Coffee, cake and combat stress Salisbury
Thursday 15 17:30 Christmas Light Switch On Salisbury
Saturday 24 19:00 International Staff Band Salisbury
Sunday 25 09:55 Salisbury Salvation Army 140th Anniversary Celebration Salisbury
Sunday 25 16:00 Christmas Sunday Market Opening Salisbury
Wednesday 28 10:00 Safer Cities Summit 2018 London
Friday 30 09:00 South West Armed Forces Covenant Champions Conference 2018 Tidworth
Saturday 1 10:00 Jaeger Store Opening Salisbury
Sunday 2 10:45 Verwood Mayor's Christmas Reception Verwood
Monday 3 12:00 Salisbury Trust for the Homeless Salisbury
Wednesday 5 11:00 Citizenship Ceremony Salisbury
Thursday 6 17:00 Debenhams - Support event-talk to staff and charity volunteers Salisbury
Saturday 8 14:00 Salisbury Football Club Salisbury
Saturday 8 16:30 BBC Wiltshire Christmas Carol Service Salisbury
Monday 10 14:00 Goldies Christmas BIG SING Salisbury
Wednesday 12 11:30 The Prince's Trust Team Programme Salisbury
Friday 14 15:20 Crib Service at Salisbury Women's Refuge Salisbury
Sunday 16 13:30 Salisbury Committee Cancer Research UK Carol Service Salisbury
Monday 17 12:00 Christmas raffle Salisbury
Thursday 20 19:20 South Wilts -Carol Service Salisbury
Sunday 23 14:10 Gillingham's Carol Service 23rd December 2018 Gillingham
Friday 18 19:00 Spire FM Local Hero Awards Amesbury
Monday 28 18:30 Scouts Top Awards Salisbury 
 Wednesday 27 12:30  Western Section's Annual Luncheon  Swindon
 Thursday 28  19:15  SSTA AGM River Bourne Community Farm 
Saturday 2 19:00 EDDC Chairman's Gala Dinner Ferndownn
Sunday 3 10:00 Charter Sunday Salisbury
Monday 4 15:30 British Empire Medal award ceremony Salisbury
Wednesday 6 10:30 Citizenship Ceremony Salisbury
Thursday 14 10:15 Gillingham's Civic Day Gillingham
Friday 15 19:00 2019 Mayoral Ball Malmesbury 
Sunday 17 15:00 High Sheriff Rule of Law Service Malmesbury 
Friday 22 10:00 Salvation Army Church visit Salisbury
Friday 22 19:00 Mayor's reception Melksham
Saturday 24 18:45 Mayoral Civic Dinner and Dance Trowbridge Town Council
Tuesday 26 19:00 Salisbury Campaign for Real Ale Salisbury
Friday 29 08:45 New Store Opening Salisbury
Monday 1 18:00 The Salisbury Rotary Club Salisbury
Wednesday 3 10:30 Citizenship ceremony Salisbury
Wednesday 3 19:15 SAYM Spring Showcase Salisbury
Sunday 7 09:15 CIVIC SERVICE Highworth
Sunday 7 14:15 Civic Service Verwood
Thursday 11 12:00 Cloisters reopening Salisbury
Wednesday 17 17:30 Women's refuge Salisbury
Thursday 25 10:45 Map of Australia Chalk Badge - Anzac Day Service Salisbury
Thursday 25 14:00 Salisbury Hospice visit Salisbury
Friday 26 09:00 RMT 76th National Bus Workers Industrial Organising Conference Salisbury
Friday 26 11:30 Founder’s Day Salisbury
Saturday 27 08:45 Send off for Stars Appeal Trek to the
Great Wall of China.
Sunday 28 10:30 St Georges Day Salisbury
Sunday 28 12:30 Workers Day Memorial Ceremony Salisbury
Sunday 28 14:00 St George’s Day Procession & Service Salisbury
 Wednesday 1  10:30  Citizenship ceremony  Salisbury
 Saturday 4  10:00  Downton Cuckoo Fair  Downton
 Saturday 4  19:00  Mayor's Ball  Salisbury
 Thursday 9  19:00  Mayor making  Salisbury
Friday 10 10:00 The Pantry Partnership Wootton Bassett
Saturday 11 15:15 Salisbury South Wilts Scouts Salisbury
Thursday 16 18:45 Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Medal Evening Salisbury

Memorial Safety

Why are we testing memorials?

In 2001 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a 'Be Respectful, Be Safe' campaign to try and improve the safety of cemeteries and churchyards. More recently, all local authorities that are responsible for cemeteries and churchyards are being asked to carry out safety checks on memorials, to ensure that they are in a good and stable condition and not likely to topple over. The safety checks are in line with advice from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC). Across the country there have been 21 serious accidents, including seven fatalities during the last ten years.

What do the safety tests involve?

All inspection and testing will be carried out by trained staff using a procedure recommended by the memorial mason industry and professional associations. The inspection consists of two stages: Visual inspection. This identifies those memorials that are too dangerous to test manually and a Manual test. This is a push/pull hand test to see if there is any movement in the memorial.

What happens if we find a problem?

We notify the deed holders of any memorials which we find to be unstable. We will place a safety notice on the headstone informing people that the memorial has been found to be unsafe and the action to be taken We could also fence the area off around the memorial or in very dangerous situations lay the memorial flat. Although the council has a duty of care to ensure the cemetery is safe, the responsibility for memorials lies with the owner of the Deed of Grant of Exclusive Rights of Burial. We recommend that you should contact the memorial mason that supplied the memorial as soon as possible to arrange for it to be fixed and made safe. A stonemason will ensure that work carried out on the memorial is done to the proper professional standards issued by the National Association of Memorial Masons. We fully appreciate that this may be upsetting for bereaved families and we are very sorry for any distress it may cause. Memorials are a lasting tribute to our loved ones and through careful testing to ensure their safety, we would like to work with you to ensure that all the memorials in our cemeteries and churchyards remain a fitting tribute for years to come.

Can I repair the memorial myself?

Yes. You are fully entitled to undertake work on the memorial yourself as long as you use an approved Memorial. Don’t forget you must also inform the Council that you are getting the memorial repaired. The work to be carried out by a stonemason working to the national guidelines. If you organise the work yourself and inform us of this we will continue to test the memorial annually to ensure that the memorial remains safe.

What will the Council not do?

The council will not: remove the memorial from its site; lay the headstone flat on the ground, except in exceptional circumstances when the memorial is likely to present a serious hazard soon.

What will happen if memorial owners cannot be traced?

Where a memorial has failed the testing and the grave owner cannot be traced the council will make the memorial safe as appropriate. Care will be taken to ensure, where possible, that inscriptions are not affected. This will enable a full repair at a later stage if required.

What have we done to inform visitors and owners of memorials?

Notices were placed on gates at the entrances to the all cemetery and closed graveyards, and around the grounds to let people know in advance that this work will be taking place. In addition notices have been posted in local newspapers.

Will we need to carry out testing again in the future?

Yes. The testing of memorials will need to be effectively monitored and will require an ongoing programme based on the first round of testing. After a period of six months from us originally notifying you that the memorial had failed testing, we will contact you again to ask what action you have taken to make the memorial safe. If you tell us that the memorial has been made safe, we will update our records.

For further information please contact Neil Lucas, the Crematorium and Cemeteries Manager, on 01722 342860 or

Click here for the Memorial Safety Policy.

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