Freemen Rules

Rules for the appointment of Freeman

We, the Lord of the Manor and Officers of the Manorial Court for the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade (herein after referred to as ‘the Court’) hereby declare the desire of the Court to appoint Honorary freeman of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade. We further declare that :-

1. The position of Freeman, being honorary, shall confer no rights or privileges on the holder.
2. The Court will confer Honorary freedom on a person who in the sole opinion of the Court has given either outstanding voluntary service for the benefit of Cricklade or has performed an outstanding act which deserves the recognition of the Town.
3. Not more that twelve Honorary Freeman shall be living at any one time.
4.1  At a suitable date, not less than ten weeks prior to a Public Court Leet, notice will be published advising Court members and burgage holders of the nomination process and criteria. Any burgage holder who considers that a resident of Cricklade fulfils the criteria and deserves to be recognised as a Honorary Freeman, will need to contact any member of the Court who, should they so wish, act as proposer and sponsor for that nominee. Nominations for appointment shall be submitted by one proposer and five supporters (all of whom shall be officers/jurors of the Court) to a meeting of officers to be held prior to a Public Court Leet for the purposes of determining the business to be discussed thereat..
4.2  Elections for the Appointment of Freeman shall be determined by a secret ballot at a meeting when not less than eighteen* officers/jurors shall be present. For a nomination to be accepted a minimum of three quarters of those present must be in favour.

[*NB 18 represents 70% of the Court. ¾ would require 14 officers/jurors at least to accept the proposal]

4.3 The Lord of the Manor shall not vote and shall agree to undertake the duties of teller at such election. (In his absence the Steward shall forego his vote and so act).
4.4 The Lord of the Manor shall, in any case, have the power of veto over a proposed appointment.
5. Appointments shall only come into affect after confirmation by the Lord of the Manor acting on the recommendation of the Jury at a Public Court Leet.
6. If it desires, and, having good reason so to do, the Court may, at its sole discretion, cancel, or withdraw any nomination or appointment of Honorary freeman.
7. The term Honorary Freeman shall be deemed to refer to persons of either sex and appointments thereto shall be open to all persons regardless of sex, creed, or nationality.
8. A Roll of Honour shall, with the agreement of the Trustees, be placed in Cricklade Town Hall to display the names of all Honorary Freemen.
9. The Court may, from time to time, amend these rules or issue supplementary standing orders by a simple majority of not less than twelve officers in formal meeting and subject to confirmation by the Lord of the Manor

Approved and ratified on behalf of the officers/Jurors – 21st February 1987

Revised and amended 14th July 2011 – agreed 29th September 2011

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