The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace was one of 5 Nottinghamshire residents to be honoured as Broxtowe Borough Council admitted new Freemen and Aldermen of the Borough last night (24 January).
In Broxtowe, Sir John has championed the Council’s development ambitions for the area, including the development of Beeston Town Centre, as well as supporting Broxtowe based businesses.
He has also lent his support to projects like the Bennerley Viaduct and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tree Planting at Bramcote Hills Park, where he met with the Mayor and students with learning disabilities.
Joining Sir John were The Royal Engineers Works Groups, who were given the status of Freeman of the Borough in 2009 under their previous title of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group. Since then, they have exercised their freedom by holding regular Freedom Parades in the Borough’s four towns. Broxtowe Borough Council have officially re-awarded their Freeman status under their new title.
Three former Councillors were awarded the title of Aldermen of the Borough at the ceremony. Janet Patrick, for her 12 years of dedicated service to the people of Broxtowe as a Councillor and the establishment of a monthly Memory Café in Beeston to provide support for people with dementia.
Lynda Lally, for over two decades of dedicated service on the Council and her passion for her local community. She was heavily involved in key developments in the Beeston area including the construction and opening of Tescos and the extension of the tram network. Lynda also re-established Beeston Carnival and successfully ran with the help of the fantastic group of volunteers for fourteen years.
Finally, David Grindell, who was a Broxtowe Councillor for eight years during which time he was involved in many projects to improve the local area. As Mayor, David raised £5,000 for Middle Street Resource Centre, £5,000 for Durban House Community Hub and raised awareness of the White Ribbon campaign. He also ran a successful Christmas Hamper Appeal and attracted £10,000 of funding from the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) Cost of Living Crisis Fund to provide items to help people keep warm and reduce their energy bills during the winter.