The Mayor of Bath

Introduction to the Mayor of Bath Website

The 793 Mayor of Bath is Councillor Manda Rigby 


Remember from home - A message from the Mayor, Cllr Manda Rigby.

At this time of year, especially, we remember all those who have died in the service of their country. 

Royal British Legion volunteers are busy sorting out the wreaths, poppies, and collecting tins, ready for distribution.  However, this year, the Poppy Appeal has had to adapt to the threat of Covid-19 and are calling on the public for their support like never before.  Many of the collectors are unable to volunteer for health and safety reasons.  The Legion has unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely.  Please visit to give a donation or make a purchase from the official shop.

In Bath, there are no street collections being held this year, and no Poppy Depot.   However,

Mr Richard Moxey, Community Champion, and management at Morrisons, London Road,  have generously organised the Bath Poppy Appeal volunteers to have a daily collection at their store.  Please support the Poppy Appeal when you visit, every poppy counts. 

Each year over 100,000 ex-servicemen and women, including their dependants, are helped by the Royal British Legion.  Although the survivors of the Second World War are fewer each year, the needs of those remaining increase.  It is important to remember that the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal also aids those who were involved in Korea, Malaya, Borneo, the Falklands, the Gulf, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Due to health and safety concerns, everyone is encouraged to 'Remember from home' please.

On Sunday 1 November the Dedication of the Field of Remembrance will be held in the Abbey Church Yard.

On Remembrance Sunday 8 November the Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held at the City's War Memorial, Royal Victoria Park, at an undisclosed time to avoid gatherings in large numbers.   Anyone who would like to lay a wreath can do so informally.

The Royal British Legion Remembrance Service will be held at Bath Abbey at 3.00 pm.  Tickets need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite or through the Abbey Office.  Seating is limited to ensure social distancing.  (There will be no Parade,  March Past or Civic Procession prior to the Service). 

Alkmaar Barrel Organ Civic Reception

The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Manda Rigby) hosted a Civic Reception via Zoom on Thursday 17 September 2020 to mark the loan of the Alkmaar Barrel Organ to the City of Bath. Click on the link to watch the event.

Bath Alkmaar Civic Reception


The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath (Cllr Manda Rigby) chatted with Stephen Bird MBE, Head of Heritage Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council, on 15 September 2020 about the re-opening of the Roman Baths on 6 July 2020 following easing of the Coronavirus lockdown, the Victoria Art Gallery & Fashion Museum. Click on the link to watch the meeting.

Mayor of Bath Interview with S Bird


The Mayor, Cllr Manda Rigby had the pleasure of meeting with the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Jos Clark  to discuss the issues and challanges that the Lord Mayor has faced during the Covid-19 lockdown. Click on the link to watch the meeting. 

Meeting with Lord Mayor of Bristol




The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Manda Rigby) and Paul Gillis, editorial and commercial photographer, have made their final decisions for winners of a Photographic Competition.

There were well over 100 entries received for this competition, the first time the Mayor had run a photographic contest. The response to the 19+ age group was absolutely overwhelming, and so the Mayor asked for an additional winner by public vote in this category.  

The Mayor said Im calling this, it was a success. We have had contact with many people previously unknown to the Mayoralty, and invitations have come directly as a result of the competition. We are finding the need for public service is greater during tough times. The photos were amazing, and spoke to many things we became more aware of in lockdown... nature, our own spaces, exercise, connections both personal and remote, food providers... all ways we combatted our own loneliness. We had such a hard job in judging, we really did, and all entrants should feel very proud of their work. In the end, although there were some truly superb other photos, for me the winners were the ones which artistically illustrated the theme, and provoked a reaction. The photos will be lodged with the Record Office as a permanent reminder of Bath in 2020.

Under 11 age joint Category Winners.

Isaac Hills-Denley & Theo Morley

12- 18 age joint Category Winners.

Fenn Bertin & Oscar Talbot

19+ age Category Winner

Vanessa Rew

Highly Commended

Tania Orgill, Claire Jackson, Tonya van Gieson, Hannah Brightman, Susan Sloman, Clive Dellard, Marilyn Kirby, Sue McGoldrick, Carole Brazukas, Simon Lees, Cara Petersen. 

19+ age Category Public Vote Winner

Eden Allen



On Thursday 3 September the Mayor had the pleasure of meeting with Les Redwood, CEO of Citizens Advice B&NES to discuss the issues and challanges that CAB have faced during the Covid-19 lockdown. to watch the meeting. 

Mayor's meeting with Citizens Advice B&NES CEO Les Redwood


Meeting with Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, Imam at Bath Islamic Centre.

The Mayor recently held a Zoom meeting with Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, Imam at Bath Islamic Centre to discuss the issues the centre has faced during the Covid-19 lockdown. To watch the video.

Mayor's Interview with Imam Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour 



Please click on the attached links for information relating to the ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN 19/20.

Click here to see the notice of the period for the exercise of public rights.

Click here to see the approved and signed accounting statements section 1 and 2 of the AGAR.


Interview with Bath Newseum

On Thursday 16 July the Mayor held a zoom call with Richard Wyatt founder of Bath Newseum to discuss her experiences as Mayor during lockdown. Click the link to see the interview. 



On Saturday 20 June the Mayor gave an interview to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Ali Vowles on her theme for the year "Combatting Loneliness, Bath the Friendly City". To listen to the interview click on the link below.

Mayor of Bath BBC Radio Interview

Further Reading

Mayor's Awards

Norman Bath

The Norman invasion of 1066 brought with it a change of ruler and a change of fortune for the town. In 1088 Bath was involved in a revolt against the rule of King William II. Using Bristol as a base, rebel Norman bishops ravaged Bath and the surrounding a

Saxon Bath

It was almost 200 years before the Saxons gained full control of the south of England after the withdrawal of the Romans. In 577, there was a great battle to the north of Bath at Dyrham. The Saxons triumphed, killing three local kings and taking the three

"Floreat Bathon" May Bath flourish