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Haywards Heath Town Council

Haywards Heath Town Mayor

The Town Mayor is elected by the Town Councillors annually and holds office from the Full Council meeting held in early May until the following year. The Town Mayor has the responsibility to promote and uphold the character of Haywards Heath and encourage public involvement in the Council's activities as well as the duties of presiding over meetings of Full Council and of representing the town at Civic and ceremonial functions. The Mayor also has the opportunity to raise funds during the Year of Office for his/her named charity.

The Haywards Heath Town Mayor for the Municipal Year 2017/18 is Cllr James Knight, alongside his deputy Cllr Alastair McPherson.


          Town Mayor, Cllr James Knight and Mrs Laksanaree Knight


The Town Mayor, Cllr James Knight

The Mayor, Cllr James Knight, has been a Councillor in Mid Sussex for six years following on from 21 year's experience in IT, working for American Express.  His interests include sports, politics and charity work.  Cllr Knight has been a Rugby Referee in Sussex for over 20 years, was a partner of a business in Haywards Heath and played an active part in the 'Save the Princess Royal Hospital' campaign.  The Mayor is married with two grown up sons and has recently become a very proud grandfather for the first time.

Combining his passions for Sport and Charity Work, Cllr Knight has been an active supporter and former Chairman of the Haywards Heath Bike Ride.  Through this involvement, he was able to help raise money for the local charities and to buy defibrillators for the town and surrounding areas of Haywards Heath, leaving a Bike Ridge legacy for the whole community.


The Mayor's Charity                                                                  

I am delighted to choose Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity as my chosen charity for my term of office.  With the forces sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn turning 100 this year and the fanastic work the charity does for children and families in the local area diagnosed with cerebal palsy, I intend to work hard to promote and raise funds for this charity.  I have witnessed first hand the progress the children make with the early intervention sessions and the tremendous support that the charity also provides to the families and I know that this charity provides a lifeline to many families in the local area.  To learn more about the wonderful work that the DVLCC do, learn more about the services and support they offer or to donate to my chosen charity, please click here.



Inviting the Mayor to your function

The Town Mayor likes to support as many of the  local community organisations as possible.  If you would like the Mayor to attend or open an event eg fete, AGM, concert, play, open a new building etc please email maria.horne@haywardsheath.gov.uk




The Mayor and his wife with Haywards Heath Lions President, Denys Hutson, at the Lions Charter House Anniversary Dinner - June 2017


Mayor, Cllr James Knight with Call The Midwife Actress, Judy Parfitt at the Dementia Day event in Haywards Heath - May 2017





The Mayor, Cllr James Knight with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Alastair McPherson at the Annual Meeting of the Council: May 2017






The Mayor at the Haywards Heath Business Lunch Club: May 2017





Monday 16 November

The Mayor with some of the school children who helped design the artwork on the hoardings at Haywards Heath Train Station. The theme is 'Sussex Dialect'


The hoardings is the result from Solum's commissioning of over a year's workk by artist Carlo Garde-Martin, who developed the designs with students from Warden Park, Central Sussex College, St Josephs, Harlands, Bolnore Village & Blackthorns schools.

Saturday 28 November 

The Mayor with some of the Winners of the Best Dressed Window. Winners:

1st  Calliope in the Orchards
2nd Fun pots in Sussex Road
3rd Grape & Grain in The Broadway


St Joseph's Christmas Card Competition in The Orchards
17 & 18 November 2015
Pictured above are the winners 
Early Years FS - Madeline Purse, Marah Tesorero, Marcus Turk
Key Stage 1 - Sophia Siguencia, Elsie Tibble, Holly Reilly
Key Stage 2 - Madi Cabral, Alba Carreira Sanchez, Nico Sadia

St Joseph's Christmas Card Competition in The Orchards 17 & 18 November 2015. Pictured above is the overall winner Annu Lukose

Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2015

Tuesday 10 November - The Mayor Presented the pupils from Warden Park Secondary School, with Certificates for helping at the Carers Event.

The Mayor Presented the Winners of The Orchards Mother’s Day Competition - Alex Wilmore, Alyssia Read (both aged 12) and Carla Sneller wrote the three winning accolades to their ‘Best Mums in the World’ 

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: Delegations from France,Italy and UK

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: With Wilfrid and Eva, Traunstein Town Council.

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: The Five Mayors, Haywards Heath, Traunstein, Wesseleing, Pinerola and Gap,Signing of the Guest Book.

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: The Mayor of Hayward Heath and the Mayor of Traunstein, Christian Kegel.

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: Addressing the guests at the Mayors Dinner.

Sunday 27 September 2015 - The Mayor attended a Swoovathon Fundraising Event for the Nepal Earthquake Disaster, organised by Esther Featherstone (far left) 

Traunstein Visit 8 Oct to 11 Oct 2015: The Exchange of Library Books between Haywards Heath and Traunstein.

Family Football Fundraising Day in aid of the Shoreham Disaster Sunday 27 September 2015
The Mayor with Tamzin Wood, who wrote the 'Thinking of You' Poem, and her family.

St Swithen's Church - Civic Service, Act of Remembrance for VJ Day 16 August 2015

Barn Cottage Fun Day - Rained Off - 13 August 2015

Play Day Victoria Park - 5 August 2015

The Adventures Art Club - King Edward Hall - 24 July 2015

Ashenground Ground Community Centre Open Day 27 July 2015

Haywards Heath In Bloom Judging 6 & 8 July 2015

RSA The Drawing Room @ 54 - 19 July 2015

St Wilfrids School Summer Fete - 13 June 2015  

Worth School Lord Alton of Liverpool
17 June 2015

Great Ormond Street Hospital - The Orchards - 6 June 2015

Great Ormond Street Hospital - The Orchards - 6 June 2015

Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride - 31 May 2015

Our German Friends Visiting Haywards Heath - 3 June 2015

Belle Vue Country House 25 years Celebration 23 May 2015

Lions - It's A Knockout @ K2 Crawley - 29 May 2015                        



To see a list of past engagements that our Mayor has attended this past year please click the links below: To Follow Shortly

Mayors Engagements 23 May to 8 July 2015

Mayors Engagements 19 July to 11 October 2015



Neighbourhood plan

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The Mayor

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Haywards Heath Town Council.

40 Boltro Rd Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BA
01444 455694