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We are Durham City Freemen

The Freemen of Durham are the members of the eight Guilds or Companies comprising Barbers, Butchers, Cordwainers, Curriers, Drapers, Joiners, Masons and Plumbers. These Guilds are all that remain of the sixteen in the Middle Ages of which there is written evidence going back as far as 1450.

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Announcements

Election of Wardens 2018

Following the end of tenure of Alan Dufton and Stuart Magee as Wardens of the Barbers’ and Drapers’ Companies respectively, I am able to confirm the following appointments.

1)  Fred Snowden was elected unopposed to the Barbers’ Company.

2)  As no candidates presented themselves for election from the Drapers Company,

Kathleen Vasey (a member of the Drapers’ Company), who is currently Warden of the

Butchers’ Company, has moved over to become Warden of the Drapers Company,

thereby leaving a Warden vacancy with the Butchers’ Company.

3)  In keeping with the election procedure as set out in Yearbook 2018 and posted on the

Freemen website, that states, “Where no candidates are forthcoming from the Company

with the vacancy, then any Member from any other Company may apply to become the

Warden for that Company”.

John Booth (a Member of the Plumbers Company) was appointed Warden of the

Butchers’ Company unopposed.

Summary of Appointments

Fred Snowden, Warden of the Barbers’ Company

Kathleen Vasey, Warden of the Drapers’ Company

John Booth, Warden of the Butchers’ Company

The first official meeting of the appointees in their posts, will be the Wardens Meeting on Tuesday 1st May 2018

Congratulations to the new Wardens and I look forward to working with them.

May I also take this opportunity to thank both Alan and Stuart for their help and support

as Wardens for their respective Companies, in the development of our organisation during the past three years.

Eric Bulmer

Chairman of the Wardens

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Eric Bulmer
Eric Bulmer
Warden, Chairman of the Wardens and Chairman of the Charitable Trust
Robert Elliott
Robert Elliott
Warden and Membership Secretary
Norman Hart
Norman Hart
Chair of Trustees
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The Freemen of Durham are the members of the eight Guilds or Companies comprising Barbers, Butchers, Cordwainers, Curriers, Drapers, Joiners, Masons and Plumbers. These Guilds are all that remain of the sixteen in the Middle Ages of which there is written evidence going back as far as 1450.