Make your trustee vote count as Hungerford Town and Manor goes to the polls again

It’s election time once again for Hungerford Town and Manor and Liberty of Sanden Fee as the charity seeks to appoint five new trustees to the board.

Six candidates are vying for the five vacant posts, so the charity must hold a poll on Thursday 16th June to decide who will ultimately be elected.

Those with the most votes will join the board for a term of six years, working alongside five existing board members, who will remain in office until 2025.

Peter Joseph, The Constable of the Town and Manor said “As a Trustee, you have a wonderful opportunity to influence our agenda to the benefit of the Charity, Hungerford and its residents, while upholding the historical traditions and preserving the ancient rights of the Commoners.”

Ellie Dickins, CEO and Returning Officer for the election, said it was an exciting time to be joining the board, adding: “As we start to properly emerge from the pandemic, the charity recognises there is much to be done in support of the local community, as well as the small and medium-size businesses that do so much to drive the local economy.”

The candidates

The six candidates have now submitted their nomination papers, which had to include two signatures, one from the person who nominated them and another seconding their candidacy. They are:


Last elections

The last Trustees’ election was held in June 2019, when 10 members were elected to the board for terms of either three or six years. Five of those 10 are standing down in rotation for a new 6-year term.

Who can vote

Voting in the election on June 16th is open to a select group of the town’s electorate living in what the charity defines as the Area of Benefit within the former ancient parish boundary.

Eligible voters live in the Hungerford Town tithing and tithing of Sanden Fee, which covers the majority of Hungerford, excluding an area to the north of the River Dun. In common with parliamentary elections, eligible voters must also be 18 and on the electoral roll.

The election process The Town and Manor of Hungerford uses is unusual, as the majority of charities appoint their trustees via an internal selection process rather than through a public election. The charity sees holding a public vote as a vital part of ensuring they have a democratic mandate to continue their work.

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, Ellie Dickins, at  ellie@townandmanor.co.uk

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