GRASSROOTS: History made in Holymoorside and Walton

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History was made in the Parish of Holymoorside and Walton when the local council conferred Honorary Freedom on Councillor Norman Wragg.

When Parliament passed the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act in 2009, councils were given the right to grant Honorary Freedom in their area of jurisdiction.

At a meeting of Holymoorside and Walton Council it was unanimously agreed that Honorary Freedom be conferred upon Councillor Norman Wragg in recognition of his service and contribution to Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council.

Councillor Wragg has served on the council for 48 years and has had three terms of office as Chairman. The council chose to present councillor Wragg with the freedom scroll at their parish Christmas event at Holymoorside Village Hall. Parish chairman Councillor Martin Thacker MBE presented the scroll saying: “A record of 48 years of public service is a tremendous achievement. Councillor Norman Wragg has made a significant contribution to the community throughout that time and continues to do so today.”

The Parish Council is proud and honoured to confer Freedom on such a worthy recipient.” Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were guests of honour at the Chesterfield & District Townswomen’s Carol Service on 5 December, in the Central Methodist Church, Saltergate.