Mayor's Chaplain 2017/18

The Mayor’s Chaplain is chosen by the Mayor and is an honorary title. The role of the Chaplain is to offer spiritual guidance to the Mayor as and when required and to assist in organising the civic service, other civic occasions and prayers or suitable thoughts for the occasion at council meetings. The Chaplain is usually seated near to the Mayor at these events.

The Mayor’s Chaplain can also act as a focal point for religious or Faith groups in the area and to advise the Mayor on religious and other matters. The residents of the area will not all be of the same belief and the Mayor’s Chaplain can explain the differences and similarities of belief and practice. Attending a religious or other service of another faith is the outward show that he or/ she is the Mayor of all the people and of the right to worship freely. It is therefore important that the support that the Chaplain gives to the Mayor helps the Mayor to understand and lead all sections of the community.

Revd Arthur Botham

Chaplain webpageI am the vicar of St Gabriel’s Church in the Parish of Popley with Limes Park and Rooksdown. I have served here for the past twelve years and along with my wife Marilyn have come to know and love this community. We have two grown up children and five grandchildren and believe strongly in traditional family values.

I am now absolutely delighted to be invited to act as Mayor’s Chaplain for 2017/18. I look forward to the opportunities that this will bring to support the wider community and to be alongside and support the Mayor and the council in their work and service across our borough. Please feel free to contact me at or on 01256 324734.

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  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    8.30am to 4.30pm