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

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.

Mayor's Diary 2022 - 2023

DateTime EngagementLocation 
Sunday  15th 10:15 Mayor Making Civic Service Salisbury
Wednesday  18th 19:00 Investiture of the New Mayor of Chippenham Chippenham
Saturday 21st 18:30 Salisbury Hospice Charity Celebration Walk Salisbury
Tuesday 24th 18:45 Malmesbury Robing Ceremony Malmesbury
Thursday 26th 18:00 Invitation to Private View of Island Life Exhibition Salisbury
Sunday 29th 10:00 Salisbury Motor Show Salisbury
Wednesday 1st 11:00 Fun in the Park Salisbury
Thursday 2nd 11:00 Stroke Club Cream Tea Salisbury
Thursday 2nd 14:00 Cedar's Care Home Queen's Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Langford
Thursday 2nd   Devonshire Road Street Party Salisbury
Thursday 2nd 21:15 Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting Salisbury
Friday 3rd 12:00 Lower Bemerton Recreation Ground Jubilee Party Salisbury
Friday 3rd 15:30 Harper Rd Street Party Salisbury
Friday 3rd 10:00  Bishops Drive Road Street Party Salisbury
Friday 3rd  12:00  Cornwall Road Street Party Salisbury 
Friday 3rd  12:00  Empire Road Street Party Salisbury 
Saturday 4th 12:00  56a The Close Jubilee Garden Party Salisbury
Saturday 4th  14:00 Pembroke Road Party  Salisbury 
Saturday 4th  15:30 Salisbury Cathedral Thanksgiving Service Salisbury 
Sunday 5th 12:00  Harlequins Cream Tea  Salisbury
Sunday 5th  14:00 Harnham Jubilee Picnic  Salisbury 
Sunday 5th  11:00 Balmoral Road Street Party  Salisbury 
Sunday 5th 13:00  Burford Avenue Street Party Salisbury 
Sunday 5th  13:30  Harnwood Road Street party Salisbury 
Sunday 5th  15:30 East Street Street Party Salisbury 
Sunday 5th  10:00  Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - Market Place Salisbury