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Gild Banquet Weekend 14th / 15th June 2014 This is to give you notice of the Gild’s Banquet Weekend in June, we would very much appreciate your support. The Banquet will be held on Saturday 14th June (7.00pm) in the Holmes Suite at Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester, LE2 0RA the city’s renowned banqueting establishment, located half a mile from the city centre near the railway station and close to several hotels. There is a carpark at the rear of the building in Prebend Street. Following a bucks fizz/wine pre-dinner reception, an appetising four-course menu, plus coffee and chocolates, has been selected, with vegetarian alternatives. Tickets cost £40 per head, please use enclosed booking form. A wine table offering reasonably priced wines will, of course, be available for dinner. The Freemen’s Service will be held on the following day, Sunday 15th June (10.30am), at Leicester Cathedral. The banquet is open to all members, their friends and relations. A booking form can be found in the centre pages. If you require any further information or require details of hotels please contact Mick Ayres on 0116 2242353 2


Number 66

February 2014

Patron: Colonel Robert Martin MBE DL President: The Lord Mayor of Leicester OFFICERS 2013 - 2014 Master: A. Chettle Deputy Master: M.E. Ayres Clerk: L.A. Roffee Chamberlain: M.B. Hill WARDENS L. Kirk, J.D. Lewitt, A. Marriott , B.W. Mudford, J.E. Tolton Co-opted: K. Harding & P. Staines 3


GILDHALL NEWS February 2014

Contents Editor’s comments Report by Tony Chettle, Master of the Gild Report by Bill Hargrave, Chairman of the Board of Deputies Report on the FEW by Michael Ayres Subscriptions by Maurice Hill, Chamberlain of the Gild

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Future programme - dates for your diary Friday 28th February, Long-alley Skittles Night at the Coach & Horses Saturday 22nd March, Cheese & Wine Evening at the Holt Sunday 30th March, Open Morning at the Holt. Wednesday 16th April, Common Hall (AGM) at Leicester Town Hall Sunday 1st June, Visit to Cutty Sark and Camden Lock Market Saturday 14th June, Annual Gild Banquet at Devonshire Place. Sunday 15th June, Annual Freemen’s Service at the Leicester Cathedral Sunday 29th June, Freemen’s Garden Party at the Holt

Contributions to the Gildhall News The History of the Freemen of Leicester - part 9 by John Tolton Leicester Freemen - WW1 Commemoration by Lynn Roffee Freemen’s Travels by Lynn Roffee

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For Amusement Only Water in the Carburetor

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Have you changed your address?

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Forms included with the Newsletter Booking form for Long-alley Skittles Night on 28th February 2014 Booking form for Cheese & Wine Evening at the Holt Booking form for Visit to Cutty Sark and Camden Lock Market Booking form for Annual Gild Banquet at Devonshire Place. Renewal form for Annual Subscriptions Standing Order form for Annual Subscriptions Application for Membership & Associate Membership of the Gild Gild products order form 4


Editor’s Comments A belated Happy New Year to you all. This time last year (mid January) in Leicestershire it was -5°C and covered in snow. Today it is sunny and 7°C, I hope that means we may have missed the snow, but don’t hold your breath. Probably it will be white over when you read this. If you have a story that would be of interest to other members, please put pen to paper, or finger to e-mail. We don’t need a book, only a short article, possibly one or two pages long. It could be longer if it’s enthralling!! Preferably I would like to receive them as an attachment to an e-mail if possible, but pen and ink is acceptable.

Brian Mudford

Report by Tony Chettle, Master of the Gild Welcome to 2014, I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Let us hope that any severe weather gives us a miss! In our part of the world we have been fortunate up to now, I hope you have in your part of the world! The Christmas period was very busy for me, I had five Christmas dinners within the space of 8 days! I started off in York, then on to London, back to Leicester, on to Coventry and then back to York, and I still weigh the same! Since my last report there have been few activities, A Fish and Chip supper was held on the 8th November 2013 at Freemen’s Holt with a talk by Brian Johnson on the subject of WW1 Cemeteries and Memorials, very topical as this year is the Centenary of the start of the first World War. On the 10th November eight freemen attended the Remembrance Day Service at Victoria Park, during the service a wreath was laid by myself and Michael Ayres in memory of all Freemen who have given their lives in the Service of the Crown. On a personal note, my brother was killed in action in Normandy in 1944 and I lost many personal friends whilst serving in 45 Commando Royal Marines. 5


The Dean of Leicester. The Very Revd David Monteith has agreed to take on the role as Chaplain to the Gild and this is excellent news for the Gild, many thanks to him. I am attending two Swearing–in Ceremonies in January, I will report on these in the May Issue of the Gildhall News. I am standing down as Master on the 14th April 2014 but I will make a final report to you in the May issue. Have a good 2014 and I look forward to seeing you in the forthcoming year at our various activities

Tony Chettle

Report by Chairman of the Board - Bill Hargrave It has long been recognised that the board need to improve communications with the body of Freemen. The Gild magazine, albeit only quarterly, has over the years been the main vehicle to keep you informed. It has been decided that the board chairman would in future post a report every two months on the website. This brings into question the need for Chairman’s report in the Gildhall News (GHN). I am sure you will appreciate that articles posted on the website are available to be read within minutes of their publication. Articles published in the magazine contain news which may be up to 3 months out of date. For instance I will be attending a making free ceremony at the town hall on 30th January when one of the new freemen is a lady who is 106 years old. I cannot report on that fantastic occasion in the February edition because the closing date for articles is 19th January. The story and photographs of the ceremony will be available to freemen who use the website on 3rd February. This really does not help the cause of those people who do not have access to the Internet. Therefore it is important that the GHN does not face redundancy without some adequate alternative. So the debate as to the usefulness of the information provided in the GHN goes on. We need to know what you think. So whether by letter or phone, please let us know if you are one of the few people without Internet access and feel you would be at a disadvantage. 6


At the making free ceremony held on Saturday, 18 January 14 people were made free, see photograph on the outside of the back cover. Jennine Clarke (nee Ball) original freemen’s family name Bottoms Paula Dewberry. original freemen’s family name Gumley Aaron, Jack, and Ryan Jones family name Chawner. Mark Chiswell and Karen Fletcher family name Hames, Christopher Berdett & Nicola Handley’s family name Townsend. Jacqueline Banks, James and John Burns family name Boulter Sally Hayns family name Cave Sandra Halliday family name Gibson or Gybson. Once again I extend a very sincere welcome to them all.

Bill Hargrave

Report on the FEW (Freemen of England and Wales) by Michael Ayres There have been no meetings of the Freemen of England and Wales since my last report in the November issue of the Gildhall News. The next meeting of the FEW will be a Court meeting and will be held at Freemen’s Holt on Saturday 15th March 2014 the meeting will commence at 2:00 PM. All members of the Leicester Gild including associate members are welcome to attend The York Gild of Freemen Banquet weekend will start on Friday 4th April with a welcome supper. On Saturday night 5th April the Banquet will be held at the Railway Hotel. The Freemen’s Church service will be held on Sunday morning 6th April. Coventry Freemen’s Guild Banquet weekend will be held on the Friday 2nd May, with a welcome supper. The Banquet on Saturday 3rd May will be in the magnificent St Marys Hall. The Freemen’s Church Service will be held on Sunday morning 4th May. If anyone requires further information on these two events you can contact me on 0116 2242353

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Future events organized by the association can be found on the FEW Website: http://www.freemen-few.org.uk Individual Membership to the FEW is available to all Leicester Freemen including Associate Members by contacting the Membership Secretary. Eileen Forth. At 88 Whitethorn Close. Huntington. York. YO3 9EU Phone 01904 638361. Or Michael Ayres on 0116 2242353 Michael Ayres

Subscriptions Subscriptions are the life blood of the Gild without which the Gild would most probably cease to exist. We have just gone through a protracted exercise to collect subscription arrears and at the same time compile an up to date record of the Gild membership. The result of the exercise is we now have the required update of the Gild records, and we have collected nearly £700 arrears with only 10 members still owing money despite being sent personal letters (3% of the total membership). Just a reminder that the present subscriptions are £9 per annum for members and £6 per annum for associate members and payment is due on the 1st April each year. Our ambition is now to maintain the progress we have made and to achieve this we would request that you advise us asap of any changes of address etc., and continue to pay your subscription if at all possible on time. Remember these can be paid in any of three ways, By standing order using the form enclosed to set it up. By cheque made payable to “the Gild of Leicester Freemen” and sent to the Chamberlain. By cash at the Holt open morning on Sunday 30th March. At the open morning you not only can pay your subscription, but can enjoy having coffee and biscuits, meeting fellow Gild members, purchase from the range of Gild products and chance your luck in the raffle. – you could be a winner!! Maurice Hill Chamberlain

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Programme of Future Events Long-alley Skittles Night Friday 28th February 2014, arriving by 7.00pm Coach & Horses, Field Head, Markfield LE67 9RF Our Long-alley Skittles Night this year is again being held at The Coach and Horses, an Everards pub on the A50. Traditional skittles food will be served, there is a selection: Faggots, chips and peas, Steak & Ale Pie, chips and peas, and a Vegetable Lasagne, mixed salad and chips. Please indicate your selection on the booking form. The evening will be very relaxed as usual, there is a maximum capacity of 45, so don’t miss out and book without delay. The cost is only £8.00 each. Brian Mudford

Cheese and Wine Evening Saturday, 22nd March 2014 at 7:30pm A talk on “Made in Leicester” with Brian Johnson at Freemen’s Holt, Old Church Street, Aylestone With today’s media advertising we are all familiar with many of the large company names, some national, some international, but not many people realise that many of today’s well known companies originated in Leicester. In the 1960s Leicester was the second richest city in Europe, but sadly, many of the companies are no longer with us. Join us for an informative and well researched talk by Brian Johnson. After the talk, supper will be served, accompanied with wine, beer or soft drinks. Tickets are priced at £8.50 each and you are urged to make your booking early.

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Open Morning – Sunday 30th March 10.30 to 12.30 at Freemen’s Holt There will be an open morning as in previous years at Freemen’s Holt on the morning of Sunday 30thMarch where all Gild members and their families are welcome to drop in for a chat and a cup of coffee or tea. It also an ideal opportunity to pay your subscription for 2014 and to purchase any of the many Gild products we have for sale. Rising postage costs have caused the Gild Court to regretfully decide to charge postage for the delivery of Gild products and the Open Morning is an ideal opportunity for you to purchase your Gild products and to avoid the extra burden of postage. There will also be the usual raffle and maybe give yourself a chance to spoil yourself with a prize of a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine. We look forward to seeing you for a chat and listen to your comments.

Visit to Cutty Sark at Greenwich and Camden Lock Sunday 1st June 2014, coach departs the Holt 8.30 am Cost £28.00 Gild members, £30. 00 non Gild members and £25 children (under 16) All prices includes the £9.50 admission charge After a disastrous fire and at a cost of £50million the Cutty Sark was reopened to visitors in April 2012 thus beginning a new chapter in the extraordinary life of the last surviving tea clipper, the fastest and greatest of her line. She is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service. Venture aboard and beneath one of the world’s most famous ships. Walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her well over a hundred years ago. Explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on those epic voyages then marvel as you balance a 963 tonne national treasure on just one hand. 10


Enjoy the unique experience of sitting directly underneath the ship in the Even Keel café sampling the range of homemade cakes or try hot soup and sandwiches, get the kids involved and sign them up for the special ship’s apprentice lunch! We then move on to Camden Lock which is on the route home Camden Lock Market is the original arts and crafts market in Camden, having started on the site of the old timber yard some 40 odd years ago. Featuring some of London’s finest designer/makers, it has become the creative heart of London, with amazing, one of a kind shops and stalls. It prides itself on the quality of the products and services on offer. A visit to Camden Lock is not complete without sampling the unrivalled food from the Global Kitchen, mouth watering food from around the world. Book early using the booking form included in this issue, because this trip is quite likely to prove to be a sell out!!!

The Gild Annual Banquet Saturday 14th June 2014 Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester This year will be the fifth year that the Gild have held their Annual Banquet at Devonshire Place and all freemen, not just Gild members, are invited with their family and friends. It is an ideal way for new freemen (and that includes lady freemen) to find out what we are all about and what makes us tick. The event has been a great success in previous years; attended by freemen not just from Leicester but from many other guilds up and down the country. The Gild Court has received nothing but plaudits from those who attended in the past, so much so that some of the visiting freemen from other Guilds consider our banquet to be the highlight of the year. Tickets this year will be priced at £40.00 per head. Devonshire place is an excellent venue providing top class food accompanied by top class service and, of course, the company is also top class. The Banqueting Hall is set out with round tables which make for 11


easy conversation with your neighbours and ensures that no-one is left out at the end of the row. A number of us attend banquets organized by other Freemen’s Guilds and wherever we go we are made welcome, and we like to reciprocate. Freemen from whichever town or city they hail from are friendly, and I like to think that we are as well. The following morning, Sunday 15th June, the Freemen’s Annual Church Service will be held in St Martin’s Cathedral and all freemen and their families are invited to attend regardless of whether or not they attended the banquet. If you would like to reserve your places at the banquet please complete the booking form in the centre of the Gildhall News and return it to Mick Ayres at the address on the form.

2014 Garden Party This year the garden party at the Holt will be held on Sunday 29th June please make a note in your diary. After much discussion it was agreed that the only way the garden party could be improved upon would to make it an annual event, but this is not practical. We will be continuing with the format generally as before with the introduction of some new entertainments. The organising committee have already been formed and held their first meeting, but at this juncture have not agreed upon which charity we will be supporting this year We do have one major problem and are seeking your help. The committee members are primarily residents of the Holt plus members of the Board and we all have the same problem, that of age. When making a note in your diary, will you also consider the week before and the week after the event because we are looking for volunteers to help with the setting up and taking down of tents and equipment and anyone who is prepared to donate possibly one hour on the day to man one of the attractions as part of a team. More details will be included in the next issue of the Gildhall News along with details of admission tickets. Maurice Hill 12


Contributions to the Gildhall News ***************************** History of Freemen – Part 9 - The Tudor Period Henry VII took away the right of freemen to vote by creating a close corporation of 24 burgesses and 48 comburgesses by an Act of Parliament in 1489, and this state of affairs remained the same for exactly 100 years. However, during the intervening period life had its ups and downs for the freemen. The day after the accession to the throne in 1509 Henry VIII granted to the Mayor and burgesses of Leicester a pardon for all offences whatsoever, murders, homicides, felonies, robberies, burglaries, abjurations, rapes and abductions of women, etc committed before April 23rd 1509: also for the escapes of such offenders, and escapes of clerks attainted and convicted, and of all prisoners, and of all accessories to the same: pardon of all insurrections, rebellions, confederacies, concealments and improper words against the king’s majesty and his predecessors etc. A blanket pardon such as this was not a reflection of the nature of the burgesses of Leicester, nor its inhabitants at large, but a common gesture of an incoming sovereign. Religion played a major part in the life of the people of Leicester and children were subjected to strict religious teaching. A bylaw was passed in 1580 ordering that every child over eight should be taught the Lord’s Prayer, the Articles of Belief, and to answer certain points of the Catechism; idiots alone were exempt. Parents were fined for neglect; members of the 24 at 1/- each, members of the 48 at 6d each, and commoners at 3d each. with an alternative of 3 days imprisonment. A town preacher was appointed in 1547 who would give lectures on Wednesday and Friday at St Martin’s between 7.00 and 8.00am and one person from every house had to attend every sermon under a penalty of 4d. In 1575 the number from each household was raised to two and the fine to 1/- which went to poor relief. Sunday observance was taken seriously to such an extent that men were forbidden to carry water for brewing purposes on Sunday under pain of imprisonment. Butchers were forbidden to sell meat on Sunday after 7.00am until divine service was over and millers and corn-carriers

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were forbidden to carry malt or meal until after evening prayer was over in most parish churches. There are numerous recording of punishment in the borough records in the 16th century; of offenders, both male and female, receiving whipping and carting. Offenders would be forced to wear a frontlet on which would be written the nature of their offence and then be carted around the town and through the open market. Further punishment would be to attend the service at St Martin’s clothed in a white sheet and stand bare headed and bare footed and holding a white wand and ask for God’s forgiveness and the people’s prayers. Leicester was quite slow in accepting responsibility for orphans and it was during the 16th century when the wardship of orphans was made clear. Other boroughs in England had accepted the responsibility beforehand, some as early as the 12th century. Guardians could not be appointed without the consent of the governing body of the borough and usually with wardship went an apprenticeship. The master of the apprenticeship would keep a full account of all expenses incurred during the term of the indenture; clothing and keep; and the account rendered to the borough on the orphan’s majority. The laws only applied to the sons or daughters of freemen and the next of kin, if franchised, had the first refusal, and failing all kinship the ward came to any approved franchised man. Land was given by the Bishop of Carlisle to provide a free school in the parish of St Margaret but the land was sold by John Beaumont, the Recorder, who was later disgraced for corrupt practices. The Vicar of St Martin’s and one other were sent to London to retrieve the land donated by the Bishop. In 1573 the Mayor and burgesses bought from the Crown all the building materials from St Peter’s Church and erected a substantial school house with windows and doors and covered with slate. Attendance was free for the sons of freemen but children of strangers (unfranchised people) had to pay a fee, which went towards the stipend of the under-usher. The building still exists today and as part of the Highcross Shopping Development was converted into a restaurant. Provision was also made for the relief of poor people by the Burgesses of Leicester. Certain people were given a license to beg for alms and the licensed beggars were authorized to wear the town’s badge on their sleeves. During the latter years of Henry VIII’s reign a statute was 14


passed that a poor man’s box should be kept into which all fines for the infringement of certain bylaws should be paid. In 1568 an act for the relief of the poor over and above the collection by statute was passed by the borough. This ordered each of the 24 at his wedding should pay to the collector for the poor in his parish 2/8d and each of the 48 pay 1/ 4d. Commoners were ordered to pay 8d on their wedding. The yearly accounts of the collectors were laid before the mayor and with three or four of the more senior members of the 24 the collected money distributed as they saw fit. A licensed collector was also employed to visit the inns with a locked box asking for alms and emptied weekly by the mayor and distributed. Any strangers wishing to settle in Leicester had to pay a bond of £200 as a guarantee that neither he nor his family would be a burden on the town. Very few charitable bequests were made in the Tudor period for the relief of the poor but one such bequest was made by the Earl of Huntingdon contributing money for the purchase of coal at a fixed price of 6d or 8d a hundredweight. In 1589 a new governing charter was obtained by the burgesses from Queen Elizabeth in which the 24 burgesses and 48 comburgesses were combined to form a corporate body with the name forever of the Mayor and Burgesses of the Town of Leicester. The charter reduced the status of freemen in that they were no longer referred to as burgesses (although they still enjoyed burgess’s rights) and were not involved directly with the government of the town. It was, however, still necessary to be a freeman in order to carry out a trade in Leicester. A large part of the charter of 1589 listed the areas of land and properties in Leicester and in the County that formally provided revenue for the crown that from the date of the charter entered the coffers of the borough. A further charter in 1599 clarified the role of the corporation and functions of the personnel of the corporation, but more of that in the next Gildhall News.

John Tolton

WW1 Commemoration As you know the Board of Deputies have agreed to a commemoration which is to be held over two days at The Holt. This is to allow Freemen and their families, who may be unable to attend on the 5th August 2014, 15


another chance on Saturday 9th August. There will be an exhibition on both days with the names of Leicester Freemen who served during WW1. Service records, pension and medal roll records, where available, will be used to provide further details about an individual serving Freemen in WW1. The two days will include presentations and talks on different topics. The Leicestershire Branch of the Western Front Association have been invited and other local knowledgeable people to give different talks and presentations on WW1 on both days. More details in the next addition of GNH and on the Website. The research is going well but taking time. Thanks to the Cave, Martin, Ross and Tolton families for details of their ancestors including letters, photos etc. We have over 95 names of Leicester Freemen, some with service records, pension and medal cards details. We would like to have as many names as possible of these men. Can you help in any way? a name and regiment, address plus any other details you may have. If you have your ancestors medal’s, their regimental number will be on the medal and it makes the research easier. We don’t guess if it’s the right person; we need be certain. Did your Freemen ancestor have a sister who was a nurse working in a military hospital; casualty clearing stations abroad or convalescent home? Do you have an ancestor who joined the services under age and, if so, do you have any details you provide us with? Do you have a story that was passed down to you about your ancestors in WW1 and are you willing to share it? The information found from both research and the details provided by you will be kept by the Charity on a database. Hopefully as time goes on more information will be added to the database. Please put these dates in your diary and support the commemoration of what these brave men, and others, did for our country. Refreshments will be provided. If you can help in any way or on the day/s please let me know Telephone: 0116 2696381 or email: lynnroffee@hotmail.com) Thank you Lynn Roffee

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Freemen’s Travels Whilst recently visiting our Son, James in Melbourne, Australia, I came up with the idea of having our photo taken, together with the Gildhall News, somewhere special. There were lots of places we could have done this. I thought the Eureka Skydeck88 was a special place given that it’s the tallest Building in the Southern Hemisphere. Skydeck88 is on the southern banks of the Yarra River, and you can get 360 degree floor to ceiling views of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne Cricket Ground, The Shrine, Botanical Gardens and everything in between. During the day you can see the Dandenong Ranges and by night a spectacular skyline. Skydeck is the only observation deck in the world with the ‘The Edge’ a glass tube which projects 3 metres out of the building which you can stand in, whilst suspended 300 metres above the ground. For the not so faint hearted, when can step through the airlock onto ‘The Terrace’ you will be exposed to the elements, though it can be very windy you do get a good view of The Edge in action.” As you can see in the photo inside the rear cover, I am with my husband, Brian, and I have a paper copy of the GHN, which I borrowed to take with me. Have you been anywhere special with your copy of GHN? If not, and you are planning a special trip, don’t forget to take the latest copy of GNH. It can be paper or if you receive an emailed version, a printed copy. E-mail a copy of the photo to the Editor for inclusion in the next issue of the GHN. Lynn Roffee

Water in the carburetor WIFE: “There is trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor.” HUSBAND: “Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous “ WIFE: “I tell you the car has water in the carburetor.” HUSBAND: “You don’t even know what a carburetor is. I’ll check it out. Where’s the car? WIFE: “In the pool” 17


Have you changed your address ? In the event that is necessary to inform the Gild or the Board of any change in circumstances then the information should be sent to: Lynda Bramley Clerk to the Board Leicester Freemen’s Estate 32 Freemen’s Holt Old Church Street Aylestone Leicester LE2 8NH Telephone: 0116 – 283 4017 E-mail: leicester.freemen@talktalkbusiness.net Leicester Freemen web site: www.leicesterfreemen.com

Copy for the next issue should reach the Editor by th Friday 18 April 2014 For your News and Views write to : Brian Mudford 11 Huntsman Close Markfield Leicestershire LE67 9XE Telephone 01530 245414 e-mail: brianmudford@tiscali.co.uk

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Photograph taken after the Remembrance Day service at Victoria Park

Lynn Roffee and her husband Brian photographed with the Gildhall News at the Eureka Skydeck88 in Melbourne, Australia ( see page 17) 19


Group photograph taken after the Making Free ceremoney on 18th January 2014 of the fourteen new freemen standing behind Andy Chawner, a Freemen’s Deputy, Mick Ayres, Deputy Master of the Gild of Freemen, the Lord Mayor Cllr Mustafa Kamal, Tony Chettle, Master of thr Gild of Freemen, and Bill Hargrave, Chairman of the Board of Deputies.


BOOKING FORM

Long-alley Skittles Night at the Coach & Horses @ 7pm Friday 28th February 2014 Please reserve

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Food selection: Faggots_______Steak pie_______Veg.Lasagne_______ My name is

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Postcode……………………….Telephone……………………………. e-mail address............................................................................................................ I enclose a cheque/postal order for £…………….., made payable to “Gild of Leicester Freemen”. Please send to: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT. Tel: 0116 2895394 Applications will be dealt with strictly on a first-come, first served basis.

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Cheese & Wine Evening - talk on “Made in Leicester” Saturday 22nd March 2014 at Freemen’s Holt 7.30pm Please reserve

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My name is

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My address is

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Postcode……………………….Telephone……………………………. e-mail address............................................................................................................ I enclose a cheque/postal order for £…………….., made payable to “Gild of Leicester Freemen”. Please send to: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT. Tel: 0116 2895394 Applications will be dealt with strictly on a first-come, first served basis.


BOOKING FORM

Gild Gala Banquet Sarturday 14th June 2014 at Devonshire Place Please reserve................places at £40.00 each I will require.........vegetarian meals .........of us will be attanding the Annual Freemen’s Service at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday 15th June 2014 My name is ............................................................................................. Address................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................ .................................................................................................................. Post code.........................Telephone number.......................................... My guests will be: .............................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................

Please advise on any special dietary requirements or vegetarian meals against guest name e-mail address......................................................................................... I enclose a cheque/postal order for £...............made payable to “Gild of Leicester Freemen” Please send to: Mick Ayres, 31 Freemen’s Holt, Old Church Street, Aylestone, Leicester, LE2 8NH Telephone: 0116 2242353 E-mail: mickayres31@virginmedia.com Applications will be dealt with strictly on a first-come, first served basis. No bookings will be accepted after 1st June 2014.


RENEWAL OF GILD MEMBERSHIP FOR THE YEAR 1ST APRIL 2014 - 31ST MARCH 2015 I would like to pay the annual subscription for my membership/associate membership of the Gild for the year commencing 1st April 2014

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My name is (BLOCK CAPITALS).................................................... My address is (BLOCK CAPITALS) ......................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................... Post code...........................Telephone............................................. e-mail address................................................................................. I enclose a cheque/postal order for £................... made payable to “Gild of Leicester Freemen” Please post to: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT Any queries, please phone Maurice on 0116 2895394 PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION BY STANDING ORDER, PLEASE SEE OVER PAGE.


GILD OF LEICESTER FREEMEN (Kindly complete where marked by all dotted lines) To: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT Date………………………………..20.….. I, ………………………………………………..agree to pay my Annual Subscription to the GILD OF LEICESTER FREEMEN on 1st April each year by means of the signed Standing Order that I have sent to my bank. I understand that the annual subscriptions at present are £9.00 for a full member and £6.00 for an associate member, and that I can stop or amend this Standing Order simply by giving instructions to my bank. Signature………………………………………………………. Address………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………… Post code……………………………………………….

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STANDING ORDER - PLEASE SEND TO YOUR BANK MANAGER To: The Manager…………………………………………..Bank PLC Address ……....………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………... ………………………………………………........... Postcode…………………………………………… Please pay to:Lloyds Bank TSB Bank PLC, Old Market Square Branch, Nottingham NG1 6FD (Bank Sort Code 30-96-18) For the account of the Gild of Leicester Freemen (Account No. 01409164) the sum of £………………. Commencing on 1st April 20.…, and yearly thereafter until further notice. Kindly make the payment with reference …………………………………(my surname and initial). Name of account to be debited....……………………………..….. Account No.........…………………………………………………. Signature………………………………………………………… Date

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GILD OF FREEMEN OF THE CITY OF LEICESTER APPLICATION FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP

Full Name______________________________________________ (BLOCK LETTERS)

Address_____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Post Code ________________Tel No. _______________________ e-mail address__________________________________________ I am a duly sworn Freeman of the City of Leicester and apply to be enrolled as a Member of the Gild of Freemen, for which I enclose the sum of £10.00 (Enrolment fee of £1.00 plus the first annual subscription of £9.00).

Signature

Date APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Full Name______________________________________________ (BLOCK LETTERS)

Address ___________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Post Code __________________Tel No. ____________________ e-mail address__________________________________________ I certify that I am the SPOUSE / WIDOW / WIDOWER / SON / DAUGHTER / GRANDCHILD aged 18 years or over (please delete where necessary) of Mr. / Mrs./ Ms. _____________________________________(Freeman of Leicester) Or I am a full member of the Guild of Freemen of_________________(City or Town) I apply to be enrolled as an Associate Member of the Gild, for which I enclose the sum of £7.00 (Enrolment Fee of £1.00 plus the first Annual Subscription of £6.00) Signature___________________________________________Date_____________ Please make cheques payable to ‘Gild of Leicester Freemen’ and send with this application to Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT


BOOKING FORM

Visit to Cutty Sark at Greenwich and Camden Lock Sunday 1st June 2014, coach departs the Holt 8.30 am Please reserve………. adult places at £28.00 each .......... child places (under 16) at £25.00 each ...........places for non-Gild members at £30.00 each My name is.…………………………..……...………………………………. My address is…....………………….....……………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………. Postcode……………………….Telephone……………………………. e-mail address........................................................................................ I enclose a cheque/postal order for £…………….., made payable to “Gild of Leicester Freemen”. Please send to: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT. Tel: 0116 2895394 Applications will be dealt with strictly on a first-come, first served basis.


THE GILD OF FREEMEN OF THE CITY OF LEICESTER GILD PRODUCTS ORDER FORM 1. Tie

- navy

………at £10.00 each

= £………….

- maroon

………at £10.00 each

= £………….

- green

………at £10.00 each

= £………….

- two ties (state colours) ...……at £19.00 two

= £………….

- three ties

…...…at £27.50 three

= £………….

2. Gild scarf

...........at £15.00 each

= £................

3. Key-ring

………at £5.00 each

= £………….

4. Lapel badge

………at £2.50 each

= £………….

5. Cufflinks

..........at £16.00 each

= £………….

………at £3.00 each

= £………….

…...…at £55.00 each

= £………….

.....….at £20.00 each

= £………….

8. Blazer badge

.........at £13.50 each

=£..............

9. Wall plaque, wooden

…..…at £24.00 each

= £………….

6. Gild pens

- new design

7. Arm badge - framed - unframed

10. Gown, made to measure, incl. delivery.....price on request

= £………….

(Chest ..........ins, height..........ft...........ins). 11. Register of Freemen- 1931-85

………at £4.00 each

= £………….

- 1986-96

………at £3.00 each

= £………….

TOTAL

= £…………. plus postage

I enclose cheque/postal order for the above total, made payable to: “GILD OF LEICESTER FREEMEN” NAME…………………………………………………………………………………….. ADDRESS………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………. POST CODE…………………………… E-MAIL ADDRESS:........................................................................................ Signed………………………………………………………………………………………. Please post to: Maurice Hill, 33 Mossdale Road, Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2UT Tel: 0116 2895394


Gildhall news feb 2014