John ‘Taff’ Lee

Sadly, The Manorial Court has learned that  John ‘Taff’ Lee died on 2nd February.

He became a Freeman of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade in 2014 and was very proud of that recognition. He served in the RAF for many years but had made Cricklade his home for around 50 years.

He was a very active member of the Royal British Legion and was the inspiration behind many of the events that the Court and the Legion had jointly undertaken over the years. He was such a community minded person and worked tirelessly within the Town. His passing is such a sad loss.

Our condolences go to his wife, Ingrid, and his children.

Clive Smith

High Bailiff of Cricklade

Kathleen Coole

Kathleen Coole, sadly passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 19th December 2021, following a long illness.

Kathleen was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1993 for services to the Town. The citation records that she served 32 years as a Town councillor, latterly as Vice Chair and 19 concurrent years as a member of North Wilts District Council.  She was an active member of the United Church and was actively involved in so many aspects of the Cricklade Community. There will be many people who have had their lives influenced by her kindness, caring and understanding personality. Continue reading “Kathleen Coole”

William Edwin ‘Eddie’ Wells

The Court is sad to report the passing of one of its long-time members, Eddie Wells.

Eddie served the Court as both Juror and Haywarden and was well known in Cricklade as a fine bowls player, funeral director, retained fireman and postman.

The Aletaster and High Bailiff attended his funeral on Thursday 17th June 2021 at St Sampson’s Church along with many of his friends and family.

He will be sadly missed.

C P Smith

High Bailiff of Cricklade

H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh

Cricklade Court Leet

On behalf of the Officers and Jurors of The Manorial Court of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade, I would like to express our deep condolences and great sadness to H.M. The Queen and the rest of the Royal family over the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Clive Smith

High Bailiff of Cricklade

9th April 2021

Events Cancelled

Sadly the commemoration event VE75  planned for Friday 8th May and the Beating the Bounds walk on Sunday 17th May have been cancelled. These are truly difficult times and we hope everyone remains safe and well.

Clive Smith

High Bailiff of Cricklade

Christmas Tree Festival 2019

Decorating the 2019 Christmas TreeSt Sampson’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019 – members of the Court decorate their Christmas Tree. In 2017 the theme was Christmas Carols. However, the theme this year is “Peace on Earth“.

The Cricklade Court Leet tree, number 6, is one of 30 being decorated by various businesses and organisations from Cricklade.

All the Christmas Tree Festival 2019 trees are on display in St Sampson’s Church over the weekend Saturday 30th November to Sunday 1st December.


Cricklade is fortunate to be a peaceful place to live. Free from oppression, fear and violence, unlike so many places around the World. Our hope and prayers are for everlasting Peace throughout those many areas of conflict on our planet. Resolution is only through talking to each other using those words of PEACE.


Dorothy Bloxham – Special Presentation

The High Bailiff of Cricklade, Clive Smith, made a special presentation to Cricklade resident Dorothy Bloxham, who celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday. She was joined by family members and friends from Open Door at the Jenner Hall this afternoon where there was also a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ with the music provided by members of The Cricklade Band led by Paul Hewer. Happy Birthday Dorothy!