Chairman of the council

Chairman of the Council - Councillor Wendy Makepeace-Browne

Councillor Wendy Makepeace-Browne was elected as Chairman of Hart District Council at the Annual Meeting on 17 May 2018.

The Chairman is the First Citizen of the District and as such takes precedence over all citizens. The only exception to this rule is when Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant visit the District. 

Local authorities that have been granted Borough status by the Crown have no more powers than District Councils, but the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Borough Councils have the right to be styled "Mayor" and "Deputy Mayor".

The Chairman represents the District at all civic ceremonial events and wears the official Chain and Badge of Office as the symbol of authority. This is normally worn at all official functions within Hart. The Badge of Office is worn on a ribbon at functions outside the District, when invited in an official capacity, although there are some exceptions to this which are usually specified in the official invitation.

The Chairman also chairs full meetings of the Council in accordance with Standing Orders and conducts the meeting in a fair and impartial manner. The nominated member is formally appointed to the Office at the first meeting of the Council in the Municipal Year. A Chairman cannot be a Member of the Cabinet, although may be a Member of any of the Council's committees or policy and review panels but only in their capacity as an ordinary Member of the Council.

The Chairman welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations such as

•  Schools
•  Businesses

Due to demand it may not be possible for the Chairman to attend every event to which he/she is invited.

We will contact you within one week should the Chairman be available to attend your event.

Please contact the Chairman's Secretary on 01252 774143 if you wish to invite the Chairman to your event.

Chairman's Charities

Cllr Wendy Makepeace-Browne will be continuing the previous Chairman's ‘Heart of Hart’ campaign and her chosen charities cover both ends of the age spectrum.

121 Youth Counselling

A free counselling service to 11-25 year olds in Hart and is funded by a charitable trust - Hart Voluntary Action Group.  It is estimated that 1 in 10 young people have problems that are classified as mental health issues. 14-19 years is considered a crucial age in a young person’s life - half the adults with long term mental health problems were first diagnosed before the age of 14, three quarters, by the age of 20.  121 Youth Counselling aim to step in early, offer young people a life-line by listening to their worries and stresses, guide them to develop coping strategies that will set them up for life and start to change outcomes.

  • 50 minutes to talk about anything that is troubling them in a confidential and friendly environment
  • Open to anyone 11-25 years old who lives in Hart, goes to a local school, or is registered with a Hart GP surgery
  • Sessions available in Fleet, Hook, Odiham and Yateley

Hart & Rushmoor Live At Home Scheme

Independence, health, support, good company - these are all things that everyone values in their lives.  When you live in your own home, it can be especially important to know you have a support network on your doorstep, geared towards your area, your community, and you.

For over 25 years, the national charity MHA has run Live at Home, local schemes promoting independence and wellbeing for people, aged 60 and over, who live in, and want to remain in, their own homes. Each scheme is unique, tailored to its area and, of course, it’s members. What all schemes have in common, though, is their dedication to keeping people aged 60+ living healthily and happily in their own homes.  The newly expanded Live at Home Scheme in Hart & Rushmoor offers a range of activities, such as:

  • Regular telephone support and/or visits from a befriender
  • Advice and information on local services and activities
  • Signposting and quarterly newsletter
  • Lunch and social clubs

Fundraising Events

If you have any ideas for an event to raise money for the Chairman's charity, please contact the Chairman's Secretary on 01252 774143.


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