The calendar below shows all of the official engagements which the Mayor is currently scheduled to attend. If the Mayor is unable to attend an engagement the Deputy Mayor can attend on their behalf and take on the role and responsibilities of the Mayor. Please contact the Civic Office.
PLEASE NOTE: the Google Map links in the Google diary below may not be 100% accurate. If you are interested in attending one of the public events listed in this calendar please use the actual address and postcode provided and do not rely entirely on the Google Maps location.
If you would like to enquire about booking the Mayor for an event you should send in a request for an attendance at an event or engagement at least 14 days in advance. Where possible you should telephone to check the date is available before requesting the Mayor's attendance. You will need to confirm your request in writing or online.
To do this you can contact the Civic Office in any of the following ways:
- Online: You can request a Mayoral Engagement by completing the form below and emailing it back to us
- By email: please contact the Worthing Civic Office (see contact details at the end of this page)
- By post: addressed to: The Mayor, c/o Worthing Civic Office, Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA
Please be aware:
- that submitting a request does not guarantee that the Mayor will be able to attend - attendance will be subject to confirmation at a later date
- when your request is received in the Civic Office we will confirm the Mayor's attendance
- if you are sent an engagement form to complete, please complete it and return it at least seven working days before the engagement
In all cases: Please provide as much detail on the form to ensure that the Mayor is fully informed about your event:
You can send the completed form back as an e-mail attachment to the Worthing Mayor's Assistant:
- Worthing Mayor - engagement booking form - to type into (38KB)
- Worthing Mayor - engagement booking form - to hand write (234KB)
Please complete and email this form to:
By Act of Parliament The Mayor has precedence in all places within the Borough of Worthing, with the exception of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family, or The Lord Lieutenant of the County when representing the Crown.
Please remember to enclose any background information about the function and provide any agendas, programmes, any suggested speeches / words and copies of lessons to be read in Church.
Please provide information about the organisation, eg Annual Reports, Terms of Reference, minutes, newssheets, etc.
Please also state if there are to be any other VIPs invited, for example Royalty, Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Forces or Religious Personnel etc.
Please note that when the Mayoress is not able to attend an event the Mayor may be accompanied by a guest or a Ward Councillor, or he will attend the event on his own.
Please ensure that a responsible person is delegated to greet the Mayor (and/or the Mayoress) on arrival and that the Mayor is then accompanied - not necessarily by the same person - for the whole event.
At events held within the Borough, the Mayor's precedence requires that he should be seated to the immediate right of the President, Chairman or Host. The Mayor's Consort, if present, may be placed on the left of the person presiding or on the right of the Mayor.
Toasts and speeches
If you wish the Mayor to propose or response to a toast or make a speech, please submit the relevant details with mayoral engagement form. Details should include at what point he should speak, speech length and whether formal/informal, to whom he should refer etc. Ideally please submit in writing what you would like the Mayor to say.
Please note that although the local media (radio, TV and newspapers) are notified by the Civic Office of the Mayor's engagements you are requested to ensure you carry out your own publicity. However please note that this does not mean they will attend all engagements!
During his year the Mayor will be supported by Fr George Butterworth, Chaplain of the Sussex Army Cadet Force.
The Mayor and the Mayoress should be met at the entrance to the Church and conducted, usually, to the front right pew. (At funeral services, it is normal for family mourners to occupy the front right hand pew and for the Mayoral party to take the left). It is courteous for the congregation to rise at the Mayor's entry and at his departure. If you wish the Mayor to read a lesson (or anything else) then please enclose a copy with the Mayoral engagement form.
Visits to schools or meetings
Where appropriate, the assembly should rise upon the Mayor's entrance and again on his departure.
Please reserve a parking space for the Mayor's car as near to the reception entrance as possible. Please indicate arrival point (ie main entrance) and supply map of venue/local area (if appropriate). The Mayor is the driver.
Mode of Address
When writing, the envelope should be addressed:
- The Worshipful The Mayor of Worthing,
Councillor Lionel Harman,
Worthing Town Hall,
When starting a letter:
- Dear Mayor
When being formally announced at a function:
- Very formal:
The Worshipful (The Mayor of Worthing), Councillor Lionel Harman
The Mayoress of Worthing Councillor Karen Harman
The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Lionel Harman
Mayoress Councillor Karen Harman
When speaking directly to the Mayor or Mayoress:
- Mr Mayor
- Madam Mayoress
When the Mayoress is present:
- The Worshipful the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Lionel Harman and The Mayoress of Worthing Councillor Karen Harman
Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Sean McDonald.
If the Deputy Mayor is attending on behalf of the Mayor, he deputises for him in all respects and should be accorded the same precedence as the Mayor himself.
See also: Deputy Mayor
Refreshments - please note
Mayor and Mayoress:
- The Mayor and Mayoress have no dietary requirements or alcohol preferences
- The Mayor and Mayoress drink tea/coffee and non-sparkling bottled water
- The Deputy Mayor has no dietary requirements and no alcohol preference
If appropriate the Mayor would prefer to receive flowers or a donation to the Mayor's chosen charities:
Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor
Will Nyss has been elected Youth Mayor for 2020-21 and Henny Sonneman-Petty as the Deputy Youth Mayor.
The Youth Mayor or Deputy Youth Mayor will accompany the Mayor or Deputy Mayor on selected engagements.
The Youth Mayor or Deputy Youth Mayor will be accompanied by the Youth Council Chaperone who will assist the Youth Mayor or Deputy Youth Mayor enabling the engagement to run smoothly.
If possible it would be appreciated if waiting accommodation is made available during the engagement and if they could also be included in the catering arrangements.
Should you wish to invite the Youth Mayor/Deputy Youth Mayor to your event:
- Shirley Robinson-Viney,
Youth Mayor Chaperone for the Youth Mayor/Deputy Youth Mayor
telephone: 07970 592 433
See also: Youth Mayor & Deputy Youth Mayor
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If you have any queries about any aspect of the Mayor's visit please contact the Civic Office, Worthing Town Hall.
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Worthing Civic Office
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Page last updated: 17 March 2021