The Mayor of Wells


The Mayor and Mayoress of Wells

Cllr Celia Wride and her daughter Sarah Wride.

On the 19th May 2018, Celia was elected the 645th Mayor of the City of Wells, and at the Mayor-making Ceremony her daughter Sarah was appointed the Mayoress. Councillor John Osman was elected the Deputy Mayor and Reverend Sam Denyer of the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert’s, Wells was appointed the Mayor’s Chaplain.

Celia returned to Wells in 2012, though she knew the City and general area well, having lived for sixteen years in Bishop Sutton, in the Chew Valley. She lives on Wookey Hole Road with her daughter, who is completing doctoral studies at the University of York, and Bertie, their West Highland/Border Terrier.

Celia joined the Bristol Police Service in 1969 as a Police Cadet, later serving as a uniform police officer and in the Vice Squad, Drugs Squad and at Headquarters C.I.D.. She took over her husband’s liquor licensing business following his sudden death in 1999 and worked at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum near Dorchester for several years when she moved to Dorset to be nearer her sister in 2006.

Celia was elected as a Wells City Councillor in 2015 and has served on the Planning, Finance and General Purposes, City Centre and Open Spaces, Archives and City Assets, and Staffing committees and the Wells in Bloom and City and Tourism Forums. She has acted as Vice Chair of the Staffing Committee and the Wells in Bloom Forum and chaired the Planning Committee. Celia is particularly proud that she was able to help in a small way to make the signage for our car parks more straightforward in the near future, to help set up the Wells Community Speedwatch, and to organise the Great British Spring Clean in March – she hopes to run regular volunteer litter picks within the City.


Celia has chosen to support two very worthy local charities this year: the St. John Ambulance, Wells and the Lawrence Centre, a day-care facility for the elderly. She is organising charity events throughout this year – and hopes to see as many members of the community there as possible!

In her acceptance speech, Celia promised to do her utmost to meet the responsibilities of so important a civic office and to take advantage of every opportunity this Mayoral year to promote this beautiful city, in which we are fortunate enough to live and work, and to which we welcome thousands of visitors each year.

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Photographs of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wells have been taken by Kevin Westwood, Town Hall Manager.

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