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Nominations for Hungerford's Freedom of the Town awards 2015

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Inaugurated in 2012 by the mayor at the time, Martin Crane, the award is intended “to promote good citizenship by recognising as role models those in our midst who by their actions and demeanour have demonstrated exceptionally loyal service to the benefit of the town”.
Mr Crane said at the time: “Each year we shall consider awarding this Freedom to those, who in the opinion of our citizens have made a significant contribution to the well-being of Hungerford.
“Our town is blessed with many who through their selfless actions have given so much to our community and by
identifying a few with this award, we are also giving our thanks to the many who volunteer to the huge benefit of the whole town.”
Last year there were a record 17 nominations for the 2014 Freedom of the Town of Hungerford awards.
But in the end, it was Ron Tarry, Robert James and Dr Hugh Pihlens who stepped up to receive the accolade from
Lt Col Stefan Crossfield of 6 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) at the Town Hall.
Nominations for this year’s awards should be received by the town clerk Claire Barnes no later than March 1.
Those nominating a candidate will be asked to suggest why they should receive recognition, providing as much detail as possible within a maximum of 250 words.
Forms are available from the town council office in the library building or online at www.hungerfordcouncil.co.uk
Nominations will be judged by a small panel comprising the town clerk, town mayor Dennis Benneyworth and six non-councillors, who have themselves provided longstanding service to the town.
Their decision will be presented to the full council for ratification and the awards will be announced at the Town Public Meeting on Thursday, March 19.
Other previous recipients include Rod Desmeules, for his organisation and maintenance of the renowned Christmas lights, floral displays and flagpoles; the late, former town mayor Gwynneth Bullock, for her support for social events, church activities and twinning events; Kathleen Walker, for her work with the Women’s Institute, Croft Hall, Luncheon Clubs and CHAIN; Betty Grant for her lengthy and outstanding contribution to the community; the late town crier and bellman Robin Tubb; CHAIN founder member Bill Acworth; Tuesday Club founder member John Holister and British Empire Medal recipient Jack Williams.

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