Serving the community

At the discretion of the Parish Council, local residents can be awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Hertford Heath. The most recent recipient and only the fourth person to receive the award was Bob Akers of Trinity Road. 

bob akers 375Bob receives his award from Nigel CoxBob has lived in the village all his life and has always been involved in local life. In his time, he has been chairman of the parish council, president of the horticultural society and organiser of the annual firework display.

Keen on sport, he’s also participated in football, cricket and more recently, carpet bowls.  He still finds time to support the senior citizens group.


Widower Bob, a retired engineer says, “I have got my roots here. I know most of the people. I like village life and I find I'm interested in the village. My house backs on to a woodland and I really like that - it's peaceful.

We have a saying that you must live here 30 years or you're still a newcomer. But a lot of new people have come to the village and they support the activities which is great really. I think you never appreciate what you've got until you go away. When I come back, I realise how lovely it is. We have got so much going for us in this village."

At the Annual Parish Meeting in 2017, Bob Akers was presented with a scroll to commemorate the event by Council chairman, Nigel Cox in recognition of his outstanding contribution to many local groups and committees.  He has served the community for seven decades.


Earlier recipients

The first award was made to the late Fred Harrington who served on the Parish Council from 1947 to 1991 and was the first Chairman of the new parish of Hertford Heath was formed.

The second award was made to Lilly Bean who, as well as serving for many years on the Parish Council was also a magistrate and Justice of the Peace. Lilly worked for the over sixties and the Horticultural Society, and was a school governor at Hertford Heath School. Lily died on 25th April 2001.

In January 2000 Gerald Nix was the third person to be honoured in such a way.  Gerald died in February 2007.


Each freeman receives a hand-made scroll.  These were originally created by Mary Bourne and more recently by Khristine Thurley.

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