REMINDER LETTER FROM MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
(Sent with this covering letter)
for the year 2010/2011
(1st Nov 2010 to 31st Oct 2011)
May I respectfully remind you that our records show that you have not yet paid your annual subscription for this 2010 / 2011 period.
I do hope therefore that you will not be offended by this reminder and look forward to receiving your subscription payment of £10.00, or £8.00 for senior citizens, at your earliest convenience.
Please do NOT send cash. It would however, be much appreciated if you will kindly make your payment by cheque, postal order made out to Stafford Freemen's Guild and send it to our treasurer, address opposite.
Payment may also be made by bank transfer. We would be grateful if you could issue a bank standing order using the details below.
Best wishes and trusting in your continued support.
Guild Membership Secretary
2001 Information letter and questionnaire.
Below is a copy of the letter sent to Guild Members and intended to be sent to all burgesses.
Up to date information is difficult to obtain and any information about burgesses who have changed addresses, left the area, died, changed names etc will permit us to avoid embarrassment or waste resources.
You may e-Mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish, or write to the secretary who's details are on the home page.
You will, we hope, be aware of the existence of the "The Freeman's Guild", with membership open to all persons who have been sworn in as Burgesses of the Borough of Stafford.
As someone who's name appears on the Roll of Freemen, we would like you to join the Guild and to participate in our activities. If you are already a member of the Guild, you will know that we have had a successful and enjoyable programme of events. Most recently the conducted tour of the Palace of Westminster, for only £10, including transport to London, was an excellent day out.
The activities to date have been mainly social and certain members feel that we should expand our role to more practical community activities. It is also felt that such activities would help to maintain our traditional role as guardians of the standards and traditions of Stafford. There are some 250 people currently eligible to join, many in responsible and influential positions in the Borough, and many with a great deal of knowledge about the County Town and its history. As such, we should be a significant voice in the community.
There have been several suggestions for such activities and some of these are listed below. We would like to know if you would be prepared to help in any (or all) of these enterprises. We would also like to hear any other ideas you may have on appropriate activities for the Guild or Freemen in general.
If you are not prepared to participate, it would be helpful to know: a) why not, and b) what your objectives were for your status as a Burgess of the Borough when you were sworn in. Maybe, we have missed the point of your decision to seek membership of this ancient office, so we could then try to address your needs. [We would like to think that the accusation "that it was a means of getting an hour off work", applies to very few of our number.] The membership fee of £5 (£3 OAPs) should hardly present a problem, but if it does we can probably come to some arrangement.
Some years ago, a major campaign was mounted to save the Freemen's allotments on Coton fields from being sold for development. The Burgesses, at that time, achieved a significant victory in preserving the long held right of freemen to work such plots of land. The current trustees do a great job in ensuring that those rights remain in tact, indeed, many of the preserved allotments are now a great credit to those who work them.
However, in the recent years (50 is recent in our history), Stafford has undergone many changes, not all for the better. In many cases there has been no reaction until it is too late. Interesting buildings have gone, or been ruined; traffic development has destroyed landmarks, (what happened to Gaol Square?); pubs have lost their characters, even their identities; and housing developments threaten to destroy the atmosphere of historic sites like The Castle. Even filling up pits may affect flooding as we have seen recently!
These are just some thoughts on possible additional roles for the Guild. We will continue the social programme, support the Mayor on civic occasions, back the allotment trustees, encourage the Council to continue the practice of Swearing in Burgesses, and sell Jack Kemp's excellent book.
If you can help us with any of these new ideas, please inform our secretary.
We look forward to hearing from you.
SIGNED (Hon Secretary of the Guild)
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