Civic honours

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Dear Waverley Borough Council,

Please provide me with a list of individuals, groups of people and/or bodies, who have been awarded the freedom of your council area, or any similar award or designation.

By similar award or designation, I mean an honorary civic award bestowed by the council on an individual, company, group or military unit with the intent of recognising their contribution to the local area. This would exclude formal civic offices eg Mayor. I am interested in receiving the information for any period for which you hold the records.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Cross

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Dear Helen Cross,

Request for Information – AI2/5388

Thank you for your email to request information which has been processed
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
Please see the response below.
Roll of Honorary Freemen of the Borough:
M.F. Chastell, FCIS, MI Mgt           1998  
H. Denningberg, MBE                     2007  
Grant of Honorary Freedom of Entry:
The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment           2011

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Chloe Santer
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Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, Surry. GU7 1HR



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