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Baddesley Ensor Parish Council are awarding three recipients ‘Freedom of the Parish

Published on Thursday, 16th December 2021

Three recipients will each receive a Freedom Scroll that bestow the honour on them to thank them for their hard work and support.

Baddesley Ensor Parish Council are awarding three recipients ‘Freedom of the Parish’.   This is the highest honour that a parish council can bestow.   While today the award is purely a civil recognition and thanks,  in times past Freedom of Parish gave the recipient the rights to:  graze sheep or cattle on common land, trade inside the city wall, and also the right to walk troops through the parish with drums beating and colours flying.

Three recipients will each receive a Freedom Scroll that bestow the honour on them.   The scrolls were awarded by Parish Council Chair, Councillor Mrs Karen Barber on Wednesday 15 December at the conclusion of the Baddesley Ensor Christmas Lunch – an annual celebration for senior residents of the parish.

The recipients are:

Desmond Ternan and Rose Ternan.     Des and Rose will each be granted Freedom of the Parish personally for services to our community.  During Covid Des and Rose have as volunteers sourced the ingredients for, prepared, and cooked 7,061 (seven thousand and sixty one) hot three course meals for elderly and covid vulnerable residents.  These meals have been prepared at Baddesley Ensor Village Hall and delivered by a volunteer delivery network to residents of our Baddesley as well as our neighbouring communities.     To cater for those who were struggling with the challenges of covid, we expanded the service last year and started to also produced ‘cooked chilled’ meals for people to refrigerate and cook within two days of delivery, this enhanced chilled food service meant that Des and Rose and the Parish Council were rightly subject to any incredibly rigorous food safety inspection by NWBC Environmental Health that looked in detail at all of our food preparation and storage practices, we passed with the highest rating of ‘5’.     We have also received Covid grants from NWBC and WCC to support this meals service, which we’ve used to buy disposable and a new cooker and a cook chill cabinet.

To source the ingredients for, prepare and produce for delivery 7,061 three course meals is an astounding achievement.

David Gayton.   David Gayton is a local resident who is being recognised for his services to charity and good causes locally over numerous years.   David is part of the Gayton W.H & Sons Bakery at Maypole Lane.    David is a real unsung hero, whose charity works are done without publicity or fanfare.  In addition, Gaytons Bakery is recognised as fundamentally important service for our resident community of Baddesley and Grendon that has provided continuity of normality and friendly service throughout the Covid restrictions.