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    23 December 2021

    Mayor's Diary 23/12/21

    Mayors Diary 23/12/21

    A dedicated team of 28 volunteers are helping a Wells artist create a huge ceramic mural she has designed.
    It will be five feet high and 10 feet wide depicting three notable benefactors who made on impact on the city:


    • Bishop Bekynton who gave Wells the free supply of water that flows through the city centre. He also built the north side of the Market Place, Penniless Porch and the Chain Gate.
    • Dean William Turner, known as the Father of English Botany, who built the famous garden between Wells Museum and the Old Deanery.
    • Herbert Balch founded Wells Museum and provided many of the exhibits.


    The artist is Philippa Threlfall who has been making relief murals in ceramic since the 1960s. She invited the Mayor and Mayoress to see how the work is progressing. Her studio is in a medieval cottage not far from Wells Cathedral. The property had been turned into a cider house in the early 17th century called Ye Blacke Dogge, so Philippa and her late husband Kennedy named their business Black Dog.

    Wells Rotary invited the Mayor and Mayoress to a formal dinner on 17th December at Wells Golf Club where the Mayor gave a speech thanking the city’s Rotary club for their work in the local community and Rotary International for its campaign to eradicate polio, a disease which particularly affects children, across the world.

    The Wells City Band performed a concert of carols and music from the movies in Wells Town Hall on 18th December. Afterwards the Mayor thanked them for a wonderful performance and said our little city was fortunate to have such a high quality band.

    Mayor's Diary

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