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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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BBBF Reunion 2022 at Cirencester Park and the RAU The Reunion took place 23 and 24 August 2022, in the convivial company of the Earl of Bathurst and was much enjoyed by all.

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Freemen of England and Wales An association of Freemen and Guilds in England and Wales Patron: The Right Honourable, The Earl Bathurst Alan Shelley BA DLA FRSA VP 21 July 2022 Warden’s Memorandum (1/22) As I reported to the Executive Trustees recently, our Association has been through a depressing period of disagreement, exacerbated by the restrictions caused by Covid. I believe that we can now close that chapter and begin to agree a few basic changes to our operations. Getting…

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GLAF Return to Alney Island, Gloucester, 30 June 2022 On a fine morning at 10.45 we met Nicola Chidley, PROW (standing in for Alan Bently) at the ‘Reserve’ carpark off Westgate. We were introduced to James Fotios, an officer of the City Council. James explained that he was relatively new to the job but would advise as best he could. Observations We walked the footpath closest the city toward the refurbished Docklands. The ‘Castle Meads’ are rich grassland meadows. I…

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‘Cirencester Park Estate’ A visit is being planned for the BBBF & Plumpton ‘Old Boys’ with Lord Bathurst at his wonderful Park and Farmland Estate. Subject to prevailing conditions, we may also visit the Royal Agricultural University. Subjects of interest for discussion: Agroecology, and the new methods of cultivation Future Farming, in the new Global Economy Actions in the light of shortages caused by the War in Ukraine Dealing with the outcome of Ash Dieback and other persistent blights Water…

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Vice President’s Report to the FEW Court 19 March 2022 at Leicester Fraternal Greetings to All. In the light of friendship and courtesy, I trust we can all look forward to a more harmonious year ahead. May I begin by reporting with great sadness, the passing of our good friend and colleague, Nick Johnson, Warden, and former Hon Secretary of FEW. Nick had been bravely battling with severe illness for some time, although this never prevented his interest in the…

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Tribute to Nick Nicholas Rutherford Sowerby Johnson 14th November 1949 – 17th February 2022 Ever amiable and popular with all, Nick was a proficient Hon Secretary of FEW and an excellent Area Warden covering both the East and Southeast of England. He had been bravely battling with severe illness for some time. Throughout which, he maintained an interest in FEW and retained his typical good humour. Nick, a retired police officer and freeman of Hale was accomplished in many ways….

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The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, retiring Dean of Gloucester, was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Gloucester at a Civic Service in the Cathedral, on Sunday 6th March, 2022. The very popular Dean Lake is leaving Gloucester after 11 years to become the Bishop of Salisbury.