Honorary Freeman Awards

Parish Council Presents Honorary Freeman Awards

Three parishioners have been recognised by Shipley Parish Council for their work and contributions to the Parish Council and local community. Clive Charman, David Meadows and Bob Phillips accumulated over 80 years of combined service to the Parish Council during their time in office. Many hours were spent studying planning applications, attending site meetings, listening to members of the community and liaising with District and County Councils.

Together with their Parish Council work, the three awardees continue to give their time to various local organisations and community events. The title of Honorary Freeman was awarded at an evening event attended by the awardees and their families and was kindly sponsored by The Countryman Inn. An Honorary Freeman is a title that arises from medieval practice of granting respected citizens’ freedom from serfdom. These days, it is a title given free of responsibility but in recognition for significant contributions to Parish Council and the community.

During the presentation, Shipley Parish Council Chairman, Jamie Coad said of the awardees “They are true role models to any Parish Councillors and a very tough act to follow. However, I don’t just want to acknowledge their services to the Parish Council but also to pay homage to their work in the community both within Shipley Parish and the wider District. Their involvement and work within various local organisations has touched the lives of many of us….probably without us even realising.” 


Pictured from left to right:

Bob Phillips, David Meadows, Jamie Coad and Clive Charman