Chesham welcomes its first Freeman of the Town
Chesham Town Council is delighted to announce that, at a Special Meeting of the Council held on Monday the 27th April, it was unanimously agreed that Mr Vincent Crompton is admitted to be an Honorary Freeman of the Town of Chesham.
While the powers to grant such status has been around for many years, such powers lay only with the district and county councils. However, the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 granted powers to town and parish councils to confer the title of ‘honorary freeman’ or ‘honorary freewoman’ to persons of the town. The Town Council first considered adopting the power in the autumn of last year and adopted the appropriate criteria at the Council meeting in November.
In early April the Council received its first nomination from the Chiltern Chamber and endorsed by the current Mayor, Cllr Fayyaz. The Chamber stated that, as an organisation, it was delighted and honoured to nominate Vince Crompton to be the first recipient of this status. The Chamber’s submitted letter referred to Mr Crompton’s ‘achievements and selfless commitment to the communities of Chesham’. Most notably, the Chamber highlighted his work as the Chairman of Chesham in Bloom since 2012 and that, under his stewardship, Chesham won the highly coveted and prestigious regional Gold Award from the Royal Horticultural Society. The Chamber also alluded to his personal effects planting hanging baskets and weeding across town; being founder member of the Chesham Allotments Group and serving as Chairman for several years and acting as the membership secretary of the Chesham Horticultural Society. As well as the environmental aspect to Mr Crompton’s community work, the Chamber also highlighted his work for older people including donating and cooking lunch at Christmas for the elderly at Trinity Baptist Church; being Trustee and Vice-Chairman at the McMinn Centre and visiting and cooking for housebound older persons across town.
At the Council meeting, there was unanimous, cross-party support for the nomination and, accordingly, Mr Crompton will be formally admitted as a Freeman of Chesham at the Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 14th May and receive a scroll from the Mayor. The Public are cordially invited to attend the meeting with starts at 7.30pm, where, as well as being able to hear about the Council’s activities over the last 12 months and ask questions thereof, they will also be able to witness the announcing of this year’s winners of the prestigious People’s Award and Business Awards for Chesham.