Hungerford Freedom of the Town Awards 2022

Hungerford 2022 Freedom OTT Recipients

Hungerford’s 2022 Freedom of the Town ceremony took place on Sunday 9 October in Hungerford Town Hall.  This year’s awardees were Martin Crane, Penny Locke and Jennifer Bartter and in attendance were many previous awardees as well as trustees of The Town & Manor.

Deputy Lieutenant Sarah Scrope presented the freedom medals and certifcates and Mayor Helen Simpson paid tribute to the community of Hungerford saying “volunteers are increasingly becoming harder and harder to recruit. Without the immense efforts from this army of dedicated people, our communities would be so much poorer. I cannot imagine how Hungerford would be without their care, kindness and compassion.

More, and more families will need support as they struggle to pay their rising household bills, sometimes needing to choose between keeping warm or feeding their families. A very gloomy prospect, but one which I know will be eased by the many volunteer groups, organisations and individuals (just like those being awarded today) who will rally, signpost, mentor and support those within our community most in need.”

Hungerford Town Council would like to thank Alex from Leverton Framers for their help with making up the three frames and mounts at very short notice on the Friday before the ceremony, following a last-minute amendment to the wording to read ‘God save the King’. The certificates looked extremely smart.

2022 Freedom of Town Awardees

Martin Crane OBE

Martin joined the Town Council in 2008 and during his time as Councillor he held the office of Mayor of Hungerford for a total of 5 years, longer than any other Mayor in the history of Hungerford, finally stepping down as a councillor in 2021.  This extraordinary commitment alone is deserving of this award.

His work on Tourism and bringing visitors to Hungerford was his passion and he succeeded in putting Hungerford on the map by helping the town become part of the Great West Way. He was instrumental in improving the High Street, campaigning tirelessly for the renovation of run-down buildings, and for introducing welcome signage. Martin established connections with local businesses and set up an annual event at the school to help leavers connect with local jobs and industry.

He continues to give his time in his 80s and is often seen out painting locks, weeding or planting trees with ARK and the church. He regularly mows the grass by the co-op garage and cuts back overgrown vegetation. He volunteers at Sunday School.

Penny Locke 

Penny works tirelessly to organise events, promote local charities and businesses. She is a positive force for good in the town and wider community and an extraordinary networker and connector. Along with her husband she produces Penny Post a weekly online newsletter and website promoting local events and organisations.

She started Hungerford Food Festival which has grown into regular monthly markets for local producers with an emphasis on sustainability and helping the environment. She is a member of the Hungerford Environmental Action Team and Hungerford Swapshop.

Penny has been involved with the local secondary school, John O Gaunt, as PSA Chair and helped run many fundraising events. She is also an ex-cub leader. Penny deserves official recognition for her exceptional contribution to the community over a number of years.

Jennifer Bartter

Jennifer has dedicated herself to the community for decades and aside from running the Bowls Club as membership secretary for a number of years, she is heavily involved with community support organisations.

She started and runs Hungerford Food Bank and despite this being a sharp learning curve, she goes out of her way to deliver food and other products to the housebound, isolated and homeless people in the town.  Without her, many families in Hungerford would not cope.

How to Nominate Someone for Freedom of the Town Award 2023

It’s not too early to make a nomination of someone you feel deserves recognition for their service to the community of Hungerford next year. Please click here for the nomination form.

Previous Freedom of the Town Award Winners

2012 Gwynneth Bullock, Rod Desmeules, Betty Grant, Robin Tubb, Kathleen Walker
2013 W.F. (Bill) Acworth, John T Hollister, J.C (Jack) Williams,
2014 Robert James, Dr Hugh Pihlens, Ron Tarry
2015 John Newton, Roger Beard
2016 David Clayton, Janette Kersey, Neale Marney MBE
2017 Beryl Fowler, Margaret Wilson
2018 HNS Barr, Chris Scorey, Catherine Wooliston
2019 Ted Angell, Christine Buck, Peter W Harries
2020 Roger Ballard, Derek Loft, Diane Loft, Steve Skipworth
2021 COVID – Mayors awards made to numerous individuals
2022 Martin Crane OBE, Penny Locke, Jennifer Bartter
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