On Monday 16th October 2023, Abergavenny’s esteemed Town Mayor, Councillor Anne Wilde, and Principal Officer Sandra Rosser, embarked on an educational journey to Cantref Primary School. Their mission: to ignite young minds and provide Year 5 students with an insightful glimpse into the roles of a Mayor and Councillor.
Cllr. Wilde, a passionate advocate for community engagement, shared her remarkable journey into public service and the motivations that led her to become a Councillor. The students were not merely spectators but active participants in this learning experience. They had the rare privilege of donning the majestic civic robes traditionally worn during significant town events, such as the Remembrance Parade. Moreover, they were introduced to the Ceremonial Mace, a symbol of authority at these solemn gatherings.
The highlight of the day was a simulated ‘council meeting,’ orchestrated by Cllr. Wilde herself. The young minds were presented with three compelling scenarios, offering them a taste of how real council meetings transpire and decisions are made.
Cllr. Wilde was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and their ability to grasp the core principles of a council meeting. She observed, “The children demonstrated exceptional understanding of the meeting dynamics and the art of making decisions in the best interest of Abergavenny. We may have uncovered potential Town Councillors of the future among them!”
Abergavenny Town Council is proud to support educational initiatives that empower young minds and foster civic engagement. The visit to Cantref Primary School was an inspiring opportunity to encourage the leaders of tomorrow and deepen the connection between our community’s youth and local government.