Civic life, according to civiced.org, can be defined as 'the public life of the citizen concerned with the affairs of the community and nation, as contrasted with private or personal life.' In other words, civic life is all the stuff that is going on across the country, day in day out, for the good of the community. The fancy civic dinners and the engagement consultations in drafty halls. The fetes, and the fairs, and parades - and the litter picks, the neighbourhood committees, and the town council meetings.
Before I became involved in local politics there were so many aspects of civic life I had no idea about. I'd never heard of the high sheriff, for example, and I had no idea what the difference was between a borough and community council.
Serving as Mayor gave me chance to learn so much more about the intricacies of public life - who's who and what's what - and I figured it might make for an interesting blog series to share what I've learned with anyone and everyone who stumbles across my little corner of cyberspace!
☆ High Sheriff.
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