15 November 2019
At a special ceremony held on 23rd October, the Chairman of the Parish Council was delighted to award the Freedom of the Parish of Wickwar to two gentleman who have made an outstanding contribution to village life. Friends, family members, and colleagues past and present filled the Town Hall to watch Martin Summers and Ian Aldous receive their ceremonial scrolls. A touching tribute to both recipients was led by Councillor Gareth Fielding.
Martin Summers served on Wickwar Parish Council for 24 years, as a Councillor and later, Chairman. He also managed teams for Wickwar Wanderers Football Club for many years, and served as treasurer and oftentimes handyman, for Wickwar Community Centre. Ian Aldous served on the Parish Council for 13 years and has been active in supporting Wickwar Youth Club, Wickwar Wanderers Football Club, Wickwar Social Club, Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club and Wickwar Community Centre.
This is the first time that the Council has made this award, but we hope that it is not the last. Although now symbolic, historically the honour gives recipients the right to graze sheep or cattle in the parish, trade within the “city walls” and march troops through the parish with drums beating and colours flying. On behalf of the Parishioners of Wickwar, the Parish Council would like to offer its grateful thanks to both recipients.