Mayor of the council

The Mayor of Havant Borough Council for 2020-21 is Cllr Prad Bains.

The Mayor Making ceremony (including speeches and the presentation of chains) is available to watch on Vimeo.

Cllr Prad Bains

Mayor of Havant Borough Council for 2020-21

Invite the Mayor to your event

The Mayor can attend events virtually or in person.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please complete our online form.

To allow time for us to put in place the necessary arrangements for the Mayor's visit, we respectfully ask that you allow at least seven days' notice. 

The Mayor’s secretary, Anne Thurlow, will then respond to you to let you know whether the Mayor will be able to attend and to ask for any additional information.

If you have any questions prior to completing the form, please contact Anne via email on or phone at 023 9244 6152.

What does the Mayor do?

The role of the Mayor, other than as Chairman of the Council, arises from custom and practice. In 1974 the council (legally a district council) petitioned for the right to be called a borough and being granted that status, was and is entitled to call its chairman 'Mayor'.

The Mayor presides over council meetings, to ensure they are carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and interests of the community

Furthermore, the role of Mayor ensures that council meetings are a forum for debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which members who are not on the Cabinet are able to hold the Cabinet and committee chairmen to account.

A key community aspect of the Mayoral role is to promote public involvement in the council's activities, including attending functions and activities, arranged either to promote the borough, or for charitable causes.

Cllr Bains

What is the correct way of addressing the Mayor?

The correct form of address is: Mr Mayor.

The full title of the Mayor is: The Worshipful the Mayor of Havant.

The Mayoress of Havant

The correct form of address is: Madam Mayoress.

The full title of the Mayoress is: The Mayoress of Havant, Miss Sophie Scoltock.

The Mayoress of Havant is a honorary title.

The Mayor's Chaplain

The Mayor's Chaplain is: Canon Tom Kennar, Rector of St Faith's Church, Havant.

The Chaplain is chosen by the Mayor and is a honorary title. The Chaplain attends civic functions and is responsible for prayers before council meetings and saying grace before any civic dinners.

Mayor's charities

How to donate

If anyone wishes to donate to the Mayor's charity, they can do so by sending their donation to the Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal Fund using the following bank details.

  • Account number - 61706612
  • Sort code - 60 10 20

You can also donate by cheque. This must be payable to the 'The Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal Fund'.

The cheque must then be sent to: The Mayor's Secretary, The Mayor's Parlour, Public Service Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX.

What are the Mayor's charities?

For this Mayoral year, Cllr Bains has chosen to support Hannah’s Holiday Homes as his charity.

At the age of 8, Hannah was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and was treated at Southampton General Hospital. Sadly at the age of 10, Hannah passed away peacefully at her family home in Waterlooville.

During her illness she continued with family and friends to fund raise for the Piam Brown Ward, which is the Children’s Cancer Ward based at Southampton General Hospital, raising over £10,000 in just 3 years. Hannah’s Holiday homes was set up in her memory to continue her wonderful legacy. 

The charity provides a family holiday for children with cancer and life limiting illnesses. They own 3 luxurious holiday homes, one in the New Forest, one at Milford on Sea and the other on Hayling Island. 

The charity supports over 130 families per year, many of whom live within the borough and any funds raised will be ring fenced for Havant families. To date the charity has supported over 1350 children with cancer and their families.

Mayor’s cadets

Each Mayor selects local cadets to support them and attend some Mayoral events.

Mayor's cadets

This year Cllr Bains has selected cadets from each of the forces, as well as the police.

The cadets for 2020-21:

  • Naval Cadet - Junior Cadet Lisa Orchard
  • Marine Cadet 3rd Class - Freddy Stewart
  • Army Cadet - Lance Cpl Josh Loman of 8 Flight Leigh Park
  • Air Cadet - Flight Sergeant Poppy Metherell
  • Hampshire Police Cadet - Ben Sadler

Each cadet is presented with a signed certificate of appointment and a special cadet badge.