Chamber welcomes newly formed Dorchester Town Council

Members enjoying breakfast at the Dorchester Corn Exchange

Over 80 people attended this month’s networking breakfast as members met the new Mayor Councillor Richard Briggs and newly elected councillors for Dorchester Town Council.

Dorchester Chamber President Steve Farnham thanked all the councillors for their public service to the town that helps to make Dorchester great.

Newly elected Mayor Councillor Richard Biggs, said the relationship between the council, businesses and the community was all about building partnerships and this year there would be a greater focus on tackling the climate emergency.

Mayor Councillor Richard Biggs added: “We need to step up and work with you all to find ways to decrease our carbon footprint so everyone benefits.”

The networking breakfast was held at the Dorchester Corn Exchange.

The first chair of the recently formed Dorset Council, Councillor Pauline Batstone, said she would work to ensure the council has a new image and help bring together all parish and town councils in the region. She also plans to focus on a number of themes for her one-year stint as chair.

“I want to work with young people and children to ensure they have a voice and understand the decision-making process in local government,” said Councillor Pauline Batstone. “I also wish to work with voluntary bodies and support the promotion of the economy within the region.”

Cllr Richard Biggs, Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr Pauline Batstone, Chair of Dorset Council and Steve Farnham, President of Dorchester Chamber for Business

All speakers stressed the importance to keep regular engagement between the council and businesses, local organisations and residents.

A big thanks to this month’s sponsor David Upshall Insurance who talked about its chosen charity MIND.

During the meeting Debbi and Derek Dalley, owners of The Old Tea House, were presented with certificates for winning the business costume competition at the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair.