Mayor's Blog

Councillor John Bicknell


Councillor John Bicknell moved to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1992 and became actively involved in local politics as a member of the Liberal Democrat party.

Friday, 15 June 2018.


In the past two weeks I have had a very varied selection of civic duties to attend, from the Contemporary Arts Fair at the Town Hall, which raised money for Shakespeare Puppies, part of Guide Dogs for the Blind, then a series of visits on behalf of the Municipal Charities to their residents, along with trustees of the charity.  The Municipal Charities currently provide housing to 49 residents, mostly elderly and of limited means, some in the historic Guild Cottages, and others elsewhere in the town.  It was a great experience to meet them, and to hear all of their fascinating life stories.

I also had the privilege of hosting a visit from the Mayor of Warwick, who brought representatives from their twinned towns in France and Germany.  We were able to show them around the Town Hall, then, thanks to former mayor Joyce Taylor, gave them a guided tour of Stratford and Holy Trinity Church.  For many of them it was their first visit to England, and I think they all enjoyed the experience of being shown around our beautiful historic town, and gaining an insight into its past.

Finally, along with my mayoress Diane, we attended a Garden Party hosted by the Bishop of Coventry, at his impressive residence in the city.  It was a good opportunity to meet with many other civic heads from Coventry and Warwickshire, and to fly the flag for the town.

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Monday, 4 June 2018.


Councillor John Bicknell was pleased to be elected Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon on 17 May, with Diane Walden as his Mayoress.  Since becoming mayor, John has given an interview to local radio station Welcombe Radio, taken part in the activities of the various branches of the Warwickshire Scouts at their annual jamboree at Bramcote Barracks, celebrated Civic Sunday at Holy Trinity Church, presented High School student Ellie Sloan with a certificate to mark her work as the Civic Photographer for the past year, and enjoyed the 10th Wool Fair at Shipston on Bank Holiday Monday.

John's charities as mayor will be Springfield MIND, the Shakespeare Hospice, and Lifeways.  As well as promoting these charities, John hopes to encourage the council to engage with local issues of public concern, and has attended a workshop held at the District Council on the subject of Begging, Rough Sleeping & Homelessness, an item he wishes to bring to the Town Council for discussion.