Vol­un­teer's ‘great hon­our' to be hon­ourary free­man

Phil thanks those who help him to make Che­sham a great place

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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