Volunteer's ‘great honour' to be honourary freeman
Phil thanks those who help him to make Chesham a great place
Phil Folly, 68, is to become an Honorary Freeman of the Town of Chesham after councillors agreed he should receive the title at a recent meeting.
Mr Folly was put forward for the award by Chesham’s mayor Peter Hudson. The motion was proposed by Councillor David MacBean and seconded by Councillor Shane Willmoth at a Chesham Town Council meeting on Monday, April 25.
Mr Folly is chairman of Chesham Environmental Group, vice-chairman of Chesham Over 50s Positive Action Group, as well as being involved with many other groups including Friends of Chesham Cemetery, Friends of Lowndes Park, Chesham in Bloom and Age Concern Bucks’ Good Neighbours Scheme, where he drives people to things such as hospital appointments.
Mr Folly will be presented with his Honorary Freeman award at the Annual Town meeting at Chesham Town Hall on Thursday, May 12.
Mr Folly said: “When the Chesham Town Clerk Bill Richards asked me to see him in his office, I thought what I have done wrong now? It was a great surprise to find that I had been nominated to be the second Honorary Freeman of the Town of Chesham, and he asked if I would accept, which of course I did.
“Since 2010 I have been awarded the Chesham Mayoral People’s Award award for that year, and in 2013 I was the first Pride of Bucks community champion.
“Now to be awarded the Honorary Freeman of Chesham Town is a great honour. I understand I was nominated by some of the volunteers I work with throughout the year; I thank them, and all those who give their time and energy in all weathers to help make Chesham a nice place to live, and in helping me earn this honour.”
Mr Hudson said: “I cannot think of a more deserving person to honour from our community and I had no hesitation in sponsoring Phil Folly for this title. Phil has been volunteering in Chesham for as long as anyone can remember for a number of local groups. He literally encapsulates what it means to volunteer, to be community minded and to put others before himself. It will be a privilege to present the honour at the Annual Town meeting on Thursday, May 12 and I would encourage as many people as possible to join us to celebrate one of our towns heroes.”
At any one time, a maximum of four people may hold the title of Honorary Freeman or Freewoman of Chesham.
It is awarded to people who show an ‘outstanding commitment and contribution’ to the wellbeing of Chesham.’
Vince Crompton became the town’s first Honorary Freeman in May last year.
Simon Dodd from Nunn Hayward with Phil Folly winner of a Pride of Bucks award in 2013