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Alan, Paul and Tony at Well House farmyard, Tirley, Gloucestershire drinking Plumpton Wine. This puts me in mind to addressing ourselves as Tupman, Snodgrass and Winkle of the ‘Plumpton Club’. (after Dickens ‘Pickwick Club’) ‘These Passing Years’ From a beer on a sawdust floor in the Half Moon Pub A trip to Lewes could be great fun, Tony and I, we knew when to run! Or a frothy coffee in a Brighton bar, We now drink fine wines in Tirley,…

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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Remains of Clare Castle home of our patrons the De Clare’s, Earls of Gloucester On Tuesday, 4th July, I had the great privilege and pleasure to accompany a group of Gloucester freemen and women on a venture to Clare and Sudbury in Suffolk. We were driven, in a mini-bus by President Mr Lee Hensley. The journey from west to east being around 170 miles to Clare. (340-50 m. round trip). Although there was heavy rain at times we had a…

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Notice of Retirement from FEW Executive at the Forthcoming AGM Bedern Hall York, 18 March 2023 Report to the FEW Executive and to the Court Meeting by the VP/DP FEW business and internal activities have continued to be quiet and are virtually at a standstill with the exception of a few specific enquiries. Gilds/Guilds have been regathering and indicate a restored interest in their activities. Following an area warden’s concerns regarding the legitimacy of Freedom – for clarification, I have…

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For Guidance Aide Memoire ‘Entitlement’ to Freedom The Municipal Corporations Act, 1835, effectively and initially disbanded the freemen of borough towns and cities and removed their governing powers. Subsequently, the law allowed the freemen to regain their personal ‘right’ to retain the title of ‘freeman’. This being a customary right of liberty given to those in perpetuity. It was a successional title that provided the opportunity for legitimate children of the freeman to be admitted to freedom at adulthood. Customary…

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I was kindly invited to say a few words to the newly admitted Freemen at Gloucester on Friday 7th October 2022. This was in the presence of the Mayor, Councillor Howard Hyman, the Deputy Mayor and the Sheriff of Gloucester along with the City Marshal, the City Sword Bearer and the Master of Ceremonies. The President, Mr Lee Hensley, of the Gloucester Freemen presented the candidates with certificates for their achievement.

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Accession Proclamation at Sudbury of King Charles III Photo by courtesy of Mrs Fiona Wheeler Photo by courtesy of Mrs V. Herbert The Proclamation took place outside the doors of the Town Hall with Freemen Michael Wheeler and Barry Hibble as Macebearers.

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Vice President’s Report to the FEW AGM (by Zoom) September 2022 This has been another limited year, caused by the restrictions of an ongoing Covid Pandemic. Following the last AGM, myself and the Area Wardens have met with some confusion, particularly over the positions of the Officer without Portfolio (nomination) and of clarity concerning the ‘Working Group’. Political difficulties over its membership have prevented an in-depth examination of FEW procedures. Nevertheless, some outline preparations have been started and terms of…

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