A new mayor has expressed his deep honour and privilege to serve once again in the role.

At the Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, May 21, Cllr John Dean was elected as the new mayor of Chickerell.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr Dean highlighted several exciting projects that the council is looking to advance.

Among these projects is maximising the use of open spaces and green gym equipment to promote community health and wellness.

Another project highlighted in his acceptance speech was enhancing the natural beauty and biodiversity of Chickerell by planting wildflowers as well as developing wildlife habitats to support environmental sustainability and protection.

Cllr Dean would also like to see continued improvements made to play areas to ensure safe and enjoyable recreational spaces for children and families.

Additionally, Cllr Dean emphasised progress on larger projects already in motion which include extensions to the cemetery and Willowbed Hall, as well as addressing the healthcare needs of residents by securing a health centre in Chickerell.

Cllr Dean received the chain of office from the outgoing mayor, Mike Jolliffe, who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service to the community. Cllr Dean expressed his gratitude for Mike Jolliffe's contributions and commitment.

Dorset Echo: Supporting Cllr Dean in his mayoral duties will be Mayoress Mrs Gillian Dean and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andrew Reid. 

Cllr Dean looks forward to hosting his first community event, a short service of Remembrance at St Mary's Churchyard, followed by refreshments at Chickerell Sports Pavilion as part of the area's programme to commemorate D-Day 80 on Thursday, June 6. 

Those wishing to attend are invited to register via the town council's website or call 01305 767458.

Keen to engage with his community, Cllr Dean will also be pleased to receive invitations to attend local events.  He looks forward to meeting the many residents and participating in community activities throughout his term.