Stafford Burgesses

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This is the place to learn about the past and present activities of holders of this ancient office.

The Web site for the Coton Fields Allotments - the major asset of Stafford Burgesses is

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This Company of Freemen or Burgesses is a historic and ancient body committed to the County Town of Staffordshire:
The Borough of Stafford

The Stafford Burgess is an occasional publication to tell Burgesses and others what we have been doing recently. To see the latest, (dinner), issue of  click this link

For a quick summary of the Burgesses' organisation, activities and responsibilities click here
To learn more about Stafford Burgesses click the links below.

We regret to announce the death on May 10th of one of Stafford's most charismatic characters ,

T Merlin Maddock, MBE,

Charity worker, Craftsman, Inventor, Harp-maker and Benefactor, Burgess of Stafford
and resident of Pontycymer South Wales.
His funeral was at the Tabernacle Chapel, Pontycymer at 1 p.m. on Friday 22nd May. 

It was a moving and emotional day.
Over 200 packed into the chapel across the road to hear heartfelt and amusing tributes.
The Burgesses' Banner was processed before the coffin as he requested.

A Merlin Harp was played at the start of the service.

 We know it's not conventional to take pictures of coffins, but when did he do anything conventional?

 Sadly, the door closes on the Magic Workshop.

 Interred next to his mother who died giving birth to him. Reunited after 80 years.

 Probably the only person to turn up at the pearly gates with his own home made harp!

Rosanna Lewis, who lives nearby and helped to look after Merlin, has set up a "Just Giving" page to collect money for the Parkinson's Society in memory of Merlin.

To donate, please click this link.

Stafford burgesses were well represented at the installation of the new Mayor of Stafford.

At the installation ceremony in the gatehouse theatre, on the  parade and march past, then at the civic reception.

  The start of the parade. Pictures courtesy of Peter Rogers

16th May 2015

  Passing the saluting base.

More pictures later.

Visit to Caverswall Castle

        Pictures later

Skittles Evening

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Stafford Burgesses were amongst
the sponsors for a visit on March 21st by

Carol Anne Duffy
Poet Laureate and former Stafford resident.

Musical entertainment was by the
George Galway Jazz Quartet

The event was organised by the
Friends of St Mary's Church Stafford.

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for details

Pictures Courtesy of Paul Milgate

Stafford Burgesses in the Audience

Carol Anne Duffy

George Galway

The Burgesses Banner by the
1790 John Geib Organ Case.
Court Meeting of the Freemen of England and Wales
The Stafford Master and Deputy attended the meeting, which was held at the very impressive Northampton Guildhall.
The pictures, (courtesy of Nick Johnson), show the Executive and Wardens in the Council Chamber and again with other delegates in the Godwin Room.
Another enjoyable Skittles Night at the Cons Club on 13th March 2015
After three rounds of bowling

Reg Harris

with 49 was the overall winner and

Ann Cooper

won the ladies' trophy

with an impressive 38.


For more pictures,
(Courtesy of Ray Spurway),
click here

The Guild Annual Dinner was held at the Post House, Stafford on Friday 30th January 2015.
Some 70 Burgesses and their guests, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford, gathered for a very pleasant evening. Good food and good company were followed by some toasts by the Master and the Mayor. A raffle saw the usual strange distribution of prizes and the evening was rounded off by some excellent entertainment by "Ricky", who stepped in at the last minute. Overall, it was another successful event arranged by our Social Secretary Ray Spurway, to whom we express our thanks.
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After the Battle of Britain Commemoration 2014

At St Mary's awaiting the Battle of Britain Event

There was a Swearing-in Ceremony for new burgesses on Thursday 31st July 2014 in the County Council Chamber, Martin Street, Stafford
Fourteen burgesses were sworn in at this ancient ceremony, (pictures later).

The Guild was well represented at Mayor-making on May 10th 2014. Despite the traditional rain it was a splendid occasion marking 400 years since the installation of Mathew Craddock, the first Mayor of Stafford.

Stafford Guild is in the North Midlands Area of the Freemen of England and Wales. Click here for details

The Master and Deputy attended the FEW Court Meeting on Saturday 15th March 2014 at the Freemen's Holt in Leicester

The Courts are where the business of FEW is conducted and reports received from Officers and Wardens.
Sadly they are not well attended, but the picture below shows some of those at the latest meeting.

Stafford Guild is a member of the Freemen of England and Wales

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