Members snub Trowbridge civic charity do

Three Trowbridge town councillors snubbed the Mayor’s civic ball on Saturday and went for a meal.

Cllr Roger Andrews said he was upset at having to buy a £25 ticket for his wife for the event at the Civic Centre, which helped the town’s Storehouse Foodbank and counselling service Wiltshire RASAC.

He and Cllrs John Knight and Nick Blakemore went for dinner at Bruschetta. Cllr Andrews said: “We don’t do this job for the cost of a civic dinner, as it isn’t even a small reward, but it is an insult that town councillors’ partners had to pay to attend.” His companions were tight-lipped on why they were not there. Altogether 11 councillors out of 21 missed the event.

Mayor David Halik decided a free ticket would not allow councillors to bring a free guest. Instead, he reduced prices from £35 to £25 and raised £1,000.

He said: “I wanted to raise as much as possible for charity and reduce the price to allow more members of public to come. I can fully understand if some councillors and some of their partners felt this didn’t fully acknowledge their efforts.”

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10:32am Sat 22 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

Am I missing something here? CHARITY BALL, to raise money for charities.
Can someone please explain how a bunch of self opinionated, freeloading Councillors & their partners shipping up for yet another free meal contributes anything to a worthy cause.

Well done to the ones who didn't go, saved the charities the cost of their meal. Just a pity about their greedy selfish reasons.

Typical of just about everything involving Wiltshire council.
Am I missing something here? CHARITY BALL, to raise money for charities. Can someone please explain how a bunch of self opinionated, freeloading Councillors & their partners shipping up for yet another free meal contributes anything to a worthy cause. Well done to the ones who didn't go, saved the charities the cost of their meal. Just a pity about their greedy selfish reasons. Typical of just about everything involving Wiltshire council. frankie007
  • Score: 23

6:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

eureka+ says...

good... so you found out at long last that there is no such thing as a public tooth fairy.. get over yourselves and show why you are doing the job.. I'm sure it is not for personal gain.. or is it like some of you have already demonstrated the principle (and are currently out of a job).
good... so you found out at long last that there is no such thing as a public tooth fairy.. get over yourselves and show why you are doing the job.. I'm sure it is not for personal gain.. or is it like some of you have already demonstrated the principle (and are currently out of a job). eureka+
  • Score: 4

9:57pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cucumber says...

I was invited to the ball and the Goose was simply divine!!
I was invited to the ball and the Goose was simply divine!! Cucumber
  • Score: -1

9:05pm Sun 23 Mar 14

VodaVirgin says...

So for a measly £12.50 a head these Councillors made their point - They do not do charity work! Vote the morons out.
Glad to hear the goose was divine.
So for a measly £12.50 a head these Councillors made their point - They do not do charity work! Vote the morons out. Glad to hear the goose was divine. VodaVirgin
  • Score: 11

9:24am Mon 24 Mar 14

brandx says...

Will they resign?
Will they resign? brandx
  • Score: 5

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