The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Olivia Honeyman, officially celebrated her induction as the 2022 - 2023 Mayor at a Civic Service that was hosted by Seaford Baptist Church on Sunday 31st July. The Service was opened by Seaford Town Crier, Peter White, who acted as Mace Bearer and bore Seaford Town Mace before the Mayor of Seaford and VIP guests. The Service was conducted by Members of Seaford Quakers and led by Ali Campbell, an elder at Seaford Quakers.

Mayor standing up giving adress to congregation in a church in Seaford East Sussex

Figure 1 Seaford Mayor Cllr Olivia Honeyman giving her Mayors Address at her Civic Service at Seaford Baptist Church on Sunday 31st July.

 

Many distinguished local dignitaries, representatives from local charities and members of the public were able to attend and support the Mayor’s first official event of the year.

The service included:

  • Five brief readings on the theme of Service and Civic Responsibility.
  • Three readings came from the Quaker faith & practise book: Faith and Practice.
  • Two readings from the Bible.
  • Each reading was followed by a brief period of silent reflection in the Quaker manner.
  • Two short conversations between our new Mayor with representatives from Seahaven Storehouse and Waves Seaford, on how their work exemplifies today’s themes.
  • A Mayor’s Address.
  • Refreshments were served afterwards in the Church Hall.

The event was very well attended by regional and local dignitaries. In attendance were: the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Stonor DL; Freemen of the Town, Mr Laurie Holland, Mr Keith Blackburn and his wife; The Serjeant at Mace, Mr Peter White; the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Pragnell; and Vice Chair of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Galley, the Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Lizzy Deane; the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Pat Rodohan; the Mayor of Peacehaven, Cllr Lucy-Jo Symonds;  the Deputy Mayor of Newhaven, Cllr Pinky McLean-Knight; the Mayor of Crowborough, and Cllr David Neeve. Other guests included representatives of the emergency services, local service organisations and local charity representatives from the Mayor’s chosen Charities, Members of Seaford Quakers, and the public.

Mayor of Seaford stands with local East Sussex Dignitaries

Figure 2 Seaford Mayor Cllr Olivia Honeyman with Local Dignitaries L -R; Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr David Neeve; Deputy Mayor of Newhaven, Cllr Pinky McLean-Knight; Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Stonor DL; Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Olivia Honeyman; Freeman Keith Blackburn; Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Pat Rodohan, Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Lizzie Deane; Mayor of Peacehaven, Cllr Lucy-Jo Symonds, and Freeman Laurie Holland.

 

Town Crier Peter white congratulated Cllr Olivia Honeyman ‘on a successful and unique service’.

The Mayor is quoted as saying – ‘We choose the theme of Service and Civic responsibility, as this was appropriate for the role of being a Cllr and Mayor.  The service was very well supported by the Vice Lord Lieutenant, local Chairs, neighbouring Mayors, members of the Seaford Quakers, friends, family, and members of the public who came to the service.  I interviewed members from Seaford Storehouse and Waves Seaford, to enable the congregations to learn about the work of the charities and spoke about Refuge in my Mayors address. 

In my Mayors address, I talked about the lovely countryside and the Seafront that we are surrounded by, the various community groups, the places of interest, the importance of supporting local businesses. I spoke about the charities that I had chosen and why, along with my chosen theme Healthy Living.

Many thanks to all of those who helped with the refreshments in the hall afterwards, it was wonderful to meet new people, and introducing them to each other. Thanks to Morrisons for their donation of some of the food and drinks. A lot of hard work and planning went into a successful civic service, thanks to everyone involved in making the service a success'

 

With thanks to the generosity of the congregation, a retiring collection of £239.80 was collected and shared equally between the three Mayor’s charities; Seahaven Storehouse, Waves of Seaford and Refuge.

 

Parts of the service were live streamed onto the Seaford Town Council Facebook Page with the full service recorded from the Baptist Church, available on Seaford Town Council’s YouTube channels.