Lavish ceremony planned to hand over keys to Colnbrook Village

Colnbrook Views has learned there is to be a lavish award ceremony next week to confer the award of Freeman of the Parish on two parish councillors.

Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss was the guest speaker at the International Womens' Day event at the Hilton, Reading, earlier this month

Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss (centre) was the guest speaker at the International Womens’ Day event at the Hilton, Reading, earlier this month

The ceremony will see serving councillors Ray Angell and Kishurbhai Laxman presented with the keys of the village in the self-styled ‘Freeman of the Parish’ honour on Friday, May 9.

The Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss, is set to be the guest of honour, and the the High Sheriff and High Steward are understood to have also been invited.

Mrs Bayliss’ family run the Slough Express so the ceremony is expected to be a high profile event.

Cllrs Angell and Laxman will be the third and fourth to be awarded the honour in Colnbrook, after former chair Laurie Tucker and current chair Peter Hood.

The main function room at the Hilton, Poyle Road

The main function room at the Hilton, Poyle Road

Cllr Laxman, from Wraysbury, was thanked for his “wise contributions” to the parish at Christmas while Cllr Angell was described as “the engine room of the Council”. Both have been at the heart of the village for many years.  The decision to make confer the honours was made at a parish council meeting six weeks ago.

But don’t expect to find any mention on the parish website.  While the ‘great and good’ of Colnbrook have apparently been invited to attend the evening ordinary residents are not.  The event is strictly by invitation only.

The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Hotel on Poyle Road.

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