Honorary Alderman Titles Given to Two Local Councillors at a Special Council Meeting

On Tuesday 25 July, a Special Council meeting was held to present former Councillors Peter Moule and Jeremey Pearce with Honorary Alderman titles.

Both were nominated by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Lewis Cocking, who wished to recognise their service and exceptional contributions.

The Council has a practise of conferring Honorary Alderman status on past members and to date only eleven former councillors have been awarded the prestigious title which is achieved after a Councillor has stepped down with 20 years or more of continuous service, or by nomination by the Leader in recognition of exceptional service carried out irrespective of the service period.

Peter Moule was first elected as a Councillor in 2004 and served the Goffs Oak Ward for 19 years until May 2023. He was Vice-Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Committee as well as Member Champion for Business. During his work as a Councillor further to serving on the Planning and Regulatory Committee Peter also served on Finance and Personnel, Scrutiny, Local Development Steering Group and Local Plans Group committees.

Upon receiving the Honorary Alderman title bestowed on him by the Mayor, Peter Moule gave an emotional speech where he thanked his fellow Councillors and Council officers stating: “Thank you very much. I know that I have left this Council in very good hands with all the new Councillors and everybody else involved”.

Jeremy Pearce who was second to receive his award, was elected as a Councillor in May 2003 and served the Goffs Oak Ward for 18 years until May 2021.

He was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2006 to 2010, and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Community Safety. Jeremy was also a Member Champion for Older People. As well as serving for most committees of the Council, he was also Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory, Planning and Licensing, as well as Finance and Personnel for which he also served as Vice-Chairman. 

Further to his work and contributions within the Council, Jeremy served many external organisations including Hertford Regional College, Cheshunt Common Rights Trust, Lea Valley Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Hertfordshire Local Government Association, Broxbourne Health Forum and the Community Development Agency for Hertfordshire.

His passion and dedication to the community he served continues to reverberate through his tireless work at the Broxbourne Foodbank. 

Addressing all who were present Jeremy proudly stated: “Can I just say what a wonderful Council this is…” he continued: “I’d like to thank everyone at the Council… and I wish you the best for the future. Thank you so much.”

Speaking with great admiration for both Honorary Alderman, Councillor Lewis Cocking, Leader of Broxbourne Council said: “Since being elected in 2016, I have only witnessed this special meeting to confer the Honorary Alderman on a few members, it is therefore an absolute privilege to recommend two more former Councillors who are well deserving of this title. 

“I would like to congratulate them on this special achievement and wish them both the very best for the future.”

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Published: 27th July 2023