The Freemen and Freewomen of the City warmly welcome you to our official website. We hope that you find the information here very helpful and interesting. You will find that going through the pages, that some of them require a password, as these pages are for Freemen and Freewomen of Gloucester only.
The Freemen and Freewomen of the City is run by a Committee of Freemen and Freewomen, with four main roles of President, Vice President, Honourary Secretary and Honourary Treasurer. The rest of the Committee are there to help with the smooth running of the Guild.
We have put together some questions and answers below which are frequently asked . We hope that these help you. Look out for us at future City events including, Gloucester Carnival and Gloucester Day.
Q. WHAT ARE FREEMEN?
Q. ARE FREEMEN AND FREEMASONS THE SAME THING?
A. NO - both the Freemen and Freemasons are completely separate Organisations.
Q. HOW DO I BECOME A FREEMAN / FREEWOMAN?
A.Not many people know or understand that there are two ways to become a FREEMAN / FREEWOMAN of the City of Gloucester.The first way is Hereditary, from Father to Son, for example. In 2010 it also became possible for ladies to take up the freedom in this way and they are known as FREEWOMEN.
The second way is to become an HONOURARY FREEMAN / WOMAN and this is gifted by the City Council to individuals, at their discretion. This honour cannot be passed on.
Q. WHEN WERE WOMEN ALLOWED TO ACQUIRE THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY?
A. In 2010 Government ruling stated that Freeman Guilds should allow Daughters of Freemen, ( past and present ) into the Guild (sadly not all guilds do this) and since then, we here in Gloucester, have been very proud and honoured to welcome our Female members.
Q. I AM ENTITLED TO BECOME A FREEMAN / FREEWOMAN, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?
A. If you know that you are entitled to Claim for the FREEDOM of the City of Gloucester, we have now set up an enrolement page, which will inform you of what to do next and which Documents are required.
Q. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A FREEMAN, BUT MY FATHER DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE IT ON. DOES THAT MEAN I AM NOT ABLE TO TAKE IT ON?
A. If you can prove that your Grandfather held the FREEDOM of the City, you can now take it on, whether you are Male or Female. This is classed as missing one generation.
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