Cllr Darshan Mann is Eastleigh’s new Mayor.

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Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann
Pic: Chris Balcombe.

Councillor Darshan Mann has been invested as the Eastleigh’s Mayor for 2019 – 2020 at the Mayor Making ceremony at the King’s Community Church, Hedge End last night becoming the Borough’s first Sikh Mayor.

The former Ford worker used to run the corner shop on Archers Road and since retiring in 2009 he has worked part-time at Asda.He has been a Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for seven years representing Eastleigh South.

Cllr Mann is also a trustee of the Asian Welfare & Cultural Association which includes helping to organise the popular annual Mela festival.

In a statement the new Mayor said he was “really excited” about his Mayoral year and was looking forward to meeting lots of local residents organisations and businesses as well as supporting his nominated charities”

This year’s Mayors Charity appeal will be in aid of One Community’s Visiting Scheme, the Eastleigh Lions Minibus Appeal and Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap.

Mayor Mann added:

 “I also give thanks to my political colleagues for the challenge, support and trust over the years – and for electing the first Asian and Sikh Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh.”

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies was unable to attend the ceremony as she was taking constituents on a tour of The House of Commons but the MP told Eastleigh News that she was looking forward to sharing community engagements with Mayor Mann and thanked outgoing Mayor Cllr Bruce Tennent for all his good work over the past year.

Councillor Cynthia Garton, who represents Hedge End South was invested as Deputy Mayor.


Mayor Darshan Mann and Deputy Mayor Cynthia Garton
Pic: Chris Balcombe.

During the Mayor Making ceremony the Council also conferred the title of Honorary Alderman to Carol Boulton and Cliff Simpkins and also recognised the community work of two local residents Sri Kandiah and Audrey Steele by conferring them with a Citizen of Honour award.

Citizen of Honour awards are given by the Council every two years in recognition of long and exceptional service for their community. Recipients receive a Citizen of Honour badge and certificate.

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Mayor Mann confers Citizen of Honour awards to Audrey Steele and Sri Kandiah

Sri Kandiah has been active in his local community since moving to Eastleigh nearly 50 years ago.  He has been a Trustee of One Community for nearly 30 years, and Chair for the past 14 years.  He  retired as Chair and Trustee of One Community at the end of March.

Audrey Steele has been volunteering and helping her local community for manyyears. This includes making scarves and mittens for the North Sea convoy during the Second World War and knitting clothes for new born babies at Southampton General Hospital. She volunteered for the Scouts for many years and raised thousands of pounds for them. She was one of the first people to volunteer at Wells Place Centre when it opened and has visited an orphanage in Brazil twice with other members of Eastleigh Baptist Church and has recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann said:

“I’m delighted that one of my first duties as Mayor was to bestow Citizen of Honour awards to two such deserving recipients as Audrey and Sri.”