Trustees Elections:

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The Results are in for the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to come and vote on Thursday 20th June, we had our biggest turn out ever.

Nicholas Lumley, Constable to the Town & Manor, said, “I was really pleased to see such an increase in turnout, as people are recognising the important work we do in the town. This is their chance to get involved in this charity and have their say and I am looking forward to welcoming the new Trustees to the Board.”

Here are the ten Trustees you elected, who will work on behalf of the people of Hungerford for the next three or six years.

Adam Winslet       264
Barbara Barr         245
Fiona Hobson       229
Ellie Dickins           206
Bruce Mayhew     200
Chris Scorey         192
Greg Furr              177
Philip Porter         172
Tyrell Bossom      164
Robert Hall           160

The next steps are for the Trustees to be sworn in by the Steward of the Hocktide Court, Greg Furr, at the next meeting of the Board on 16th July. The Trustees will then be asked to join further Committees to assist with the management of the Town & Manor, such as Finance, Buildings & Marketing, Fishery or the Land Management & Commons Committees.

Did you know…

The Town & Manor is unusual for a charity, as the majority of charities appoint trustees through an internal selection process, and not through a public election. This gives the Town & Manor a democratic mandate to continue its work, which aims to bring benefit to the residents of Hungerford now and long into the future.

The candidates

Below is your choice of candidates, with a short statement which you can read when you click on each name. Click here for the Notice of Poll.

Barbara Barr

I taught at John O’Gaunt school for 27 years. I have been a Commoner since 1981, a Trustee since 2006 and Constable in 2007/8/9. It was a privilege to serve as President of the St John’s Ambulance cadets, President and Chairman of the Town Band and currently as Chairman of the Camburn Educational Foundation. Proud to be a Hungerfordian, I’m willing to work for the town and its inhabitants.

Tyrell Bossom

I am 65 and have lived in Hungerford for 35 years. I have been a Commoner since 1994, was the Constable from 2000 to 2003, and have been a Trustee since 2000, currently with responsibility for finance. I run Crown Needlework, an independent retail shop on the High Street, with my wife Kathy.

Ellie Dickins

 I have lived locally for 22 years and have had a business in the High Street for over 20. I have been involved with the Town and Manor during all of my time here. I was Constable for the last 3 years and during that time, improved communications and updated the website and Facebook page. I am 50, have a background in sales and management, and am a Trustee and Chair of another charity. I wish to ensure the Town & Manor continues to benefit the residents and maintains the upkeep of the land and countryside that surrounds our beautiful town. Currently I am manager of the orchard and working on plans to create community events and will be launching our first batch of cider later this year.

Greg Furr

 I have been associated with the Town & Manor of Hungerford for almost 20 years in many capacities, including 3 years as Constable, Fishery Manager, Buildings Secretary and Steward of the Hocktide Court in 2016. I have experience of contract negotiation and property management during 40 years in business. I believe it is important to preserve the traditions of the past whilst working to protect the environment and the unique character of Hungerford for the future benefit of the community. The Town & Manor plays a huge part in making the town a wonderful place to live and work. I wish to continue to contribute what I can as part of the Board of Trustees.

Robert (Fluey) Hall

I am 48 and have lived in Hungerford all my life. I’m not a Commoner but have been a grazier for 6 years. I was Chairman of the Hungerford Round Table for two years, after a very successful career as the Southern Regional Marketing Manager for Barratt & David Wilson homes. I have just taken over and totally refurbished The Plume pub. I am very interested in bringing the Town & Manor and the people of Hungerford together to create a better awareness of the great work the charity does for Hungerford.

Fiona Hobson

I come from a family with a long standing history of service to Hungerford, and in particular The Town & Manor of Hungerford. I am passionate about the next generation gaining an understanding and interest in our heritage and to this end I instigated the Tutti Day crafts at Hocktide and have given talks to Hungerford Primary School. I am a local business person involved in community events, Chamber of Commerce, Town Team Hungerford and Visit Hungerford. I am the secretary of Hungerford United Reformed Church. I work well as a member of a team and bring passion and commitment to all that I do. I have organised a community Macmillan Coffee morning for the last 7 years. I was delighted to become the youngest serving Trustee at the last election and would love to be able to continue serving the town as a Trustee and so would be delighted if you would vote for me.

Robert James

Born May 1938 in Church Street and have lived in Hungerford ever since. Educated for 5 years in Agriculture. NDA followed by a career in Agriculture Supply industry and Farming followed by Travel Management. First elected as trustee 1971 and have served continuously since. Appointed Constable 1978/80 having undertaken all offices of the Hocktide Court. Appointed Steward of the Hocktide Court 2003/16. Appointed Hon Sec Commons & Land Secretary 1998 to date. My passion is for Hungerford and for the future close linkage of the ancient and unique charity of the Town & Manor of Hungerford & Liberty of Sanden Fee. My objectives have been and for the future remain, are the protection of the 500 acre estate it’s properties, rivers and canal by financial success, managing the sustainability of the environment, biodiversity, habitats and wild life that crowd into our valleys. I have had generous support from the town’s folk to date and I hope for even more support in future.

Bruce Mayhew

A retired dentist, I have lived in the High Street for 40 years. I have been a Trustee for 25 years and a member of the Fishery, Commons and Buildings Committees. Having been Constable for 4 years and Tuttiman on two occasions I am well versed in the historical practices of our Town. I am absolutely passionate about our lovely town and committed to the Trustees who are making it an even better place to live, work and visit. I started the Hungerford Round Table as well as being President of our Rotary Club just 3 years ago. I like to move with the times, such as taking on new ways to communicate with the local population, such as Facebook. I am not only knowledgeable about our Town, but also wildly enthusiastic.

Philip Porter

 I have thrown myself into the life of Hungerford and am a great supporter of the Town and Manor, participating as a member of the Commons and Fishery committees. I am currently the Hayward and can be seen on a daily basis monitoring the cattle on the Town & Manor land. Having grown up in Snowdonia, I was involved with livestock from an early age, this is a responsibility that I embraced enthusiastically. Preserving the unique attributes of the town, its high street, the common land, the river, the orchard and so much else is close to my heart and the opportunity to contribute to this effort would be a privilege.

Nicholas Schlanker

 I am 55 and have lived in Hungerford for the last 8 years. I am originally from a rural community in North Cumbria. My first job was working on a pig farm, although these days I work as a technology consultant. I am a Trustee of a local homeless charity and keen to help forge closer links between Town & Manor and the local community.

Christopher Scorey

I am 65, a semi-retired local businessman, and have lived in Hungerford for 42 years. I have been a Trustee since 2012. My particular interests are the Common, Freeman’s Marsh, Hungerford Marsh and the Croft. As a non-commoner dog-owner living near the Marsh, I am keen to continue representing the views of all users of these important open spaces.

Jonathan Welfare

 I am currently a Trustee of the Town and Manor. I am not a Commoner but live in the town. I was influential for much of the recent introduction of modern best practice in the Town and Manor’s affairs. I have extensive working experience of charity management, finance, land management and conservation; all essential to the responsibilities of the Town and Manor.

Adam Winslet

I am 46 and a Hungerford resident of 22 years. I run my own business, am hands-on and like to get things done. I am also an Arts for Hungerford committee member, a member of Hungerford Chamber of Commerce and Smarten-Up Hungerford. My skills includes singing and organising events. I have raised more than £20,000 for various charities

Who can vote

Those eligible to vote are the inhabitants, over the age of 18, within the Area of Benefit and whose names are on the electoral roll.  The area of benefit is defined as the Town tithing and tithing of Sanden Fee (this is essentially Hungerford town centre, aside from the area to the north of the River Dun, see the map below). Who can vote in the elections

Quick reminder about the Charity

The Town & Manor of Hungerford is a local charity whose purpose is to manage its assets, now and in the future, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hungerford. To achieve this, the charity works with four statements in mind:

  1. Manage the land and buildings in a financially and environmentally sustainable way.
    2. Provide financial support to groups, causes and projects, within the area of benefit.
    3. Uphold the unique traditions of Hungerford.
    4. Preserve and protect the ancient rights of the Commoners.

What is expected of a Trustee

Trustees have overall control of the Charity and are responsible for making sure it is doing what it is intended to do. As a Trustee, there are 6 main duties that you would be responsible for:

  1. Ensure the Charity is carrying out its purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hungerford.
    2. Comply with the Charity’s governing document and the law.
    3. Act in the Charity’s best interests.
    4. Manage the Charity’s resources responsibly.
    5. Act with reasonable care and skill.
    6. Ensure the Charity is accountable, Acting as a Trustee of a charity also comes with collective and personal responsibility.

Trustees can be held personally liable if they cause financial loss by acting improperly, or if there is a third-party legal claim against the Charity, which the Charity can’t meet. Understanding these liabilities and risks is part of understanding what action the Charity should take to manage such risks.

What commitment is required

In order to fulfil the duties mentioned above, there is a considerable amount of time that Trustees are expected to commit to giving. The Charity holds monthly meetings of the Trustees – usually on the third Tuesday evening in the Town Hall.

In addition to attending this monthly meeting, Trustees are expected to join one or more of the sub-committees, depending on their skills, interests and experience.

Currently the following sub-committees are convened:
• Finance
• Buildings & Marketing
• Land Management & Commons
• Fishery

Trustees are also expected to play their part in helping and participating in the Hocktide events and the Hocktide Court and Court Leet.

How to become a Trustee

  1. Pick up, or download a Nomination Paper from the Clerk’s Office in the Town Hall, Hungerford.
  2. Complete Nomination Paper, including the names and signatures of the people nominating and seconding your candidacy.
  3. Return the Nomination Paper to the Returning Clerk, Jed Ramsay, at the Clerk’s Office in the Town Hall by 12 noon on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
  4. If the election is contested, a poll will take place on Thursday 20th June, 2019.
  5. The results will be announced shortly after and the successful candidates will be ranked in order of the number of votes received and then asked in turn if they wish to stand for a term of 3 years or 6 years (5 Trustees will be 3 years and 5 for 6 year terms).

Notice of Election 2019

Find out more

If this is of interest and you’d like to become a Trustee, you can find out more from any of our existing Trustees or our CEO, Jed Ramsay, at

A Tithing map showing the town and manor of Hungerford

The Tithing Boundaries of the Town and Manor of Hungerford and the Liberty of Sanden Fee