Geoff Crambie Colne’s Second 21st Century Freeman

COLNE Town Council hosted a Civic Reception on Friday, 15th February in honour of town historian, Geoff Crambie, and to formally bestow upon him the title of Freeman of Colne.  Mr Crambie now joins Olympic Gold medalist, Steven Burke, as the second living Freeman of the town.

After celebratory drinks and a buffet with Mr Crambie’s family and friends and in the presence of Pendle’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ken Hartley, Freeman Steven Burke and Colne’s town Councillors, the speeches began.

Council Chairman, Cllr Paul Foxley gave a fascinating speech exploring the entomology of the word “Bestow”, explaining that it was entirely fitting to use it for Mr Crambie as it derives from Middle English, “be” meaning “devote to” and also Old English “stow” meaning “place”.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Hartley gave a speech lauding Mr Crambie’s achievements while displaying a remarkable depth of knowledge of Colne’s history himself.

A letter was read out from Pendle’s MP, Andrew Stephenson.  Mr Stephenson sent apologies for his absence and added: “Without doubt Geoff, you are a living and breathing Colne institution and I hope this prestigious award will go some way to demonstrating what high esteem the residents of Colne hold you in.”

Mr Crambie then delivered a masterly speech in his trademark rambling style, packing in numerous amusing anecdotes from Colne’s past.  He concluded emotionally that the receipt of this honour means that for the rest of his life he will be “Ten feet tall with pride at being a Freeman of Colne”.

Cllr P Foxley then presented the elaborate, illuminated scroll and casket which was created by specialist heraldic artist, Robin Utracik.  A facsimile now hangs in Colne Town Hall.


Job Vacancy – Finance and Administration Manager

Finance and Administration Manager to oversee the office administration and to support and advise the Responsible Finance Officer, in preparing financial information for the running of a busy and aspirational Town Council.

30 hours per week- Salary: £17,500 to £19,500 per annum depending on experience. (Full Time Equivalent of £23,333 to £26,000) – we will consider flexible working hours for the right candidate.

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Notice of Public Tender – Colne Grand Prix PR and Marketing

Closing Date 22nd February 2019

You are invited to quote for services as a detailed below to enable Colne Town Council to deliver the Marketing and PR requirements associated with this event. 

Attached to this brief is copy of last years programme in order to provide a quick overview of how this has previously been promoted and detailed below is an overview of the event by way of more context. 

PR Brief for Colne GP 2019 | PDF

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Town Council to Make Geoff Crambie Freeman

COLNE Town Council met for an Extraordinary Full Council last Tuesday to debate making its second Freeman of the town since it revived the practice after a 46-year lull for Steven Burke in 2016. The citizen that Councillors chose unanimously to honour was town historian, Geoff Crambie.

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Two New Councillors for Waterside

THE Town Council welcomes its two new councillors for Waterside – Cllr Alice Mann and Cllr Jamie Hargreaves following the recent by-election.

The Liberal Democrat councillors will attend their first Full Council meeting on 21stAugust when they will decide which committees they intend to join.

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