The Civic Service marking Cllr Tudor Thomas’ year as Mayor of Abergavenny took place at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

The service was attended by the Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Agnes Xavier-Phillips representing the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent’s Office, and Mr Philip Alderman, High Sheriff of Gwent, alongside two of his High Sheriff Volunteer Police Cadets.

Mayors from surrounding Monmouthshire Towns and Councillors from Monmouthshire County Council also attended, alongside Abergavenny Town Councillors, representatives from many of the local community groups, and the Mayor’s family.

The service was conducted by Fr John Connell, with readings by Cllr Tudor Thomas Mayor, Cllr Teslyn Davies, Deputy Mayor, and the address was given by Fr John Humphries.

In his address Cllr Thomas emphasised what an honour it is to serve the community of Abergavenny, who have experienced such a challenging time during this Pandemic, many facing the loss of family and friends.

He praised the way the whole community had pulled together and risen to the challenge of supporting the more vulnerable and quoted the fine examples of the Street Monitor Scheme and the Gateway Church’s Hot Meal Initiative.

During the year he aims to focus on “People” and the Town Council have already joint funded a new Youth Centre demountable building with Monmouthshire County Council as well as continuing to support many community initiatives such as Abergavenny Community Enterprise.

His chosen charities are Cyfannol - Women and Men’s Aid, Abergavenny Foodbank and King Henry VIII Hardship Fund.