A historic Leicestershire community dating back to 1107

Board of Deputies at the AGM held March 2017

(From  left to right) Deputies: Paul Ross, Susan Cave, Andrew Marriott, Robert Staines Peter Bates and Barry Daniell, (seated) Christine Brookes, Wayne Manship, Lynn Roffee, (Chairman), Maurice Hill and Brian Mudford

How to Become a Deputy


Any hereditary Freeman of the City of Leicester who is resident within the County of Leicestershire can apply to be appointed as a Deputy (Trustee).

The only exceptions to this are:-

Anyone who has been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty unless the conviction is spent.

Anyone who is an un-discharged bankrupt.

Anyone who has previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the court or the Charity Commissioners.

Anyone who is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

Anyone who is either a beneficiary or an employee of the Charity.

Anyone who is a relative of an employee of the Charity.

A deputy nomination form needs to be completed by the applicant (contact the Clerk for more details). This needs to be proposed and seconded by two Freemen of the City of Leicester who also reside in Leicestershire. Applications are then considered by the Board of Deputies.

There will be an election if more than 21 Deputies are nominated at the time of the AGM. An election of the Deputies shall take place on the second Tuesday in the month of March as necessary. If the number of valid nominations is less than that of the vacancies then no election is necessary.




Leicester Freemen's Estate Charity & Trustees


The Leicester Freemen’s Estate is a registered charity and the board members, referred to as Deputies, are trustees to the charity. The current board are pictured above at the 2017 AGM. Scroll down for individual pictures.

The Board of Deputies is the governing body of the Charity, responsible for establishing and implementing the aims and objectives contained in its mission statement, and for its on-going management.

Mission statement

“To administer and manage the Leicester Freemen's Estate Charity for the benefit of Freemen of the City of Leicester, their widows, widowers and future generations of Freemen.”

Up to 21 Deputies may serve on the Board and during 2017 the Board was made up of 14 Deputies who met quarterly to review the workings of five sub-committees. Responsibility is delegated to the sub-committees. Four of the five sub-committees met every six weeks to focus on various aspects of the Charity: General Purpose, Planning, Welfare, Property & Estates. The Finance sub-committee met monthly throughout the year. All Deputies serve on the Board and are also appointed to other sub-committees at each AGM.

As of 1st January 2018 there were 13 Deputies who sat on the Board.


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Meeting Dates


Board meetings of the Deputies are held in the community centre at Freemen’s Holt on a quarterly basis on the first Wednesday of March, June, September and December (except where this falls on a bank holiday) starting at 7.30 pm prompt.

Board meetings are open meetings that Freemen, their widows or widowers are welcome to attend.  

The dates of these meetings for the current year are:

Board Meetings

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Wednesday 4th December 2019


Annual General Meeting 2019

Tuesday 19th March 2019

The Board of Deputies

Support Staff

Jane Hammond


Jane Hammond joined the Charity in May 2015 as Assistant Clerk to the Board of Deputies. Jane took on the role of Clerk to the Board on 1st June 2017 following the retirement at the end of May of Lynda Bramley.

Due to personal reasons, Jane resigned from the Charity and finished work on 1st October 2018. The Chair and the Board of Deputies would like to thank Jane for her hard work and support during her time at the Charity.

The Chair, Board of Deputies, residents and staff would also like to take this opportunity to send their best wishes to Jane and wish her every success for the future.

Clerk Retires after 13 years with Charity

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Last year I decided that I would retire as Clerk to the Deputies after what will be almost 13 years in post. The job was more than I ever expected; varied, challenging, demanding but very rewarding and I feel that I have made some special friendships.  My husband Glyn retired 9 years ago after we moved house and I think it’s time to join him, although I have planned lots of activities to keep me busy.

It was very satisfying working for the Board of Deputies and also for the residents at Freemen’s Holt and I would like to thank everyone for their support. I met and enjoyed the company of many Freemen and their widows who do not live at Freemen’s Holt but who visited for social events, lunches or to attend the garden parties held over the years. I will miss their company too.

When I started working at Freemen’s Holt we decided to get another dog. Since the day I started work, Taz was with me. He knew where every dog treat was kept, in every bungalow, and where he could get a drink or some special fuss. He knew which bungalows he could go into and which he had to stay outside. At 15 years of age he so deserves his retirement too.   

 I hope that my successor, Jane Hammond, receives as much support and that she gets as much pleasure from the role as I have. The years fly by so quickly I really can’t believe that it has been almost 13 years; so many Christmas dinners and other special memories to cherish. There has been laughter and tears with many residents and their families, some of who feel like family to me. I will miss them all. Thank you to everyone.

Lynda Bramley

Clerk to the Deputies (until 31st May 2017)


New Recruit to the Administration Staff

Sharon Lewis-Clarke was recruited as Assistant Clerk to the Board of Deputies. Sharon started work during May 2017 and soon got to know the residents living at Freemen's Holt. 

Sharon has worked with the deputies supporting some of the committees in recent months and has gained a good understanding of the administration of the Charity.  

The Chairman and the Board of Deputies, staff and residents would all like to extend a warm welcome to Sharon and wish her every success for the future.