In a ceremony attended by about 50 people at Hungerford Corn Exchange on 19 June, the 2019 Freedom of the Town awards were presented to Ted Angell, Chris Buck and Peter Harries (see citations below). Following some introductory remarks by the Mayor, Helen Simpson, the awards were presented by The High Sheriff of Berkshire, Lucy Zeal.
Mr Ted Angell
Ted is well-known for his voluntary work on behalf of CHAIN particularly his help with organising the Handy Bus. He is an unsung dedicated driver. He arranges the driving rotas, transport for day trips and to Morley lunches. He is praised for his concern both for his drivers and his passengers. He helps with the Over 80s parcel fund at Christmas and has been a long-time member of the Hungerford Allotments Association which he now chairs.
Ted goes the extra mile. Carrying shopping home, taking prescriptions to the surgery and collecting from the chemist and even getting shopping when others are unable to cope because of illness.
Ted is such a great help to the residents of Hungerford, and those that he has helped refer to him as such a very kind, helpful and courteous man, for whom nothing is too much trouble.
Mrs Chris Buck
Chris carries out a variety of fundraising events raising money for Macmillan cancer each year, and for equipment for a school in Tanzania.
She is the director of music at St Lawrence’s Church. She plays the organ for church services, the choir, funerals and weddings and for both the United Reformed church and the Methodist church. Chris helps raise money for the church through organising the flower festival and concerts. She helps in the children’s ABC group and with costumes for the Carnival and Extravaganza. She helps with cream teas for the church fete, with Monday lunches in the church, she plays at the Mother’s union and sang at the Christmas Concert at Redwood House.
Chris works very hard for the community and has so done so for the last 30 years.
Mr Peter Harries
Peter is a valued member of the community and has been a volunteer for various organisations for many years, including being one of the main drivers for CHAIN, carrying out hospital runs, and serving on the Bowls Club and Hungerford Club. He was a town councillor and served as Mayor for two terms.
Peter is now a trustee for the Hungerford Library and Community trust and spends many hours a week promoting the trust, fundraising, organising events and attending meetings. He has carried out much of the practical renovation work needed internally in the library building and is always ready to lend support to other members of the team.
Peter is an active member of the community. He is always available at the end of the phone and is a very caring person, ready to help anyone who needs it in the town.