Cannon on north wall

Civic and ceremonial

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are the chairman and vice-chairman of the council.

The Mayor for the 2019/20 council year is Cllr Brian Larcombe and the mayoress is Wendy Larcombe.

The Deputy Mayor for the 2019/20 council year is Cllr Jeff Scowen and the deputy mayoress is Cllr Belinda Bawden.

Cllr Larcombe and Cllr Scowen were elected to these positions by the council in 2019 and are currently serving their first term of office.

The Mayor's chosen charity for 2019/20 is Children's Hospice South West, which provides free care and support for more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West. More information about the charity can be found on their website.

The civic party is made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, town clerk, two macebearers and the town crier. The town crier is Alan Vian, who has served in this role since 2012.

All civic enquiries, including invites to attend an event, should be made to Kerry Weekley, administrative assistant on 01297 445175 or