CIRENCESTER Town Council is now accepting nominations for honorary freemen and freewomen of Cirencester.

The council has the power to name up to seven freemen or freewomen at any one time, with recipients of the honour carrying it for the rest of their life.

The right to award this title to residents was given to the Council in 2010, to honour people who have served their community and the council in particularly noteworthy ways and has only been awarded to two individuals so far.

Both previous recipients, Norman Whereat and Aileen Calvert, were once mayors and both contributed huge amounts of their time to voluntary work in the town.

Considered Cirencester’s highest honour, freemen and freewomen have the right to use the title ‘Freeman’ or ‘Freewoman’, will be invited to civic events such as the Mayor’s reception and will have their names displayed in the CTC offices.

Nominations can be provided by anyone on the electoral register by completing a nomination form and forwarding it, in an envelope marked ‘Confidential’, to The Mayor of Cirencester, Cirencester Town Council, Bingham House, 1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2PP.

Any nomination must demonstrate that the nominee has done an exceptional or wide-ranging voluntary service to the town with the exception that they may not be serving councillors or council employees.

To download an application form go to