The title Honorary Alderman is the highest award that can be made to a former councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the council.
Becoming an Honorary Alderman
We can award this honour to a councillor on their retirement from the council. It is an entirely honorary position, bringing no special rights, but is intended to reflect the esteem of the wider community.
To be eligible, the councillor must have made a significant contribution to the council and the people it represents.
The position of Honorary Alderman is non-political.
Process of awarding the honour
- Honorary Aldermen are proposed and seconded by serving members of the council
- there must be support for the nomination by not less than two-thirds of the members voting at a special council meeting
- on being made an Honorary Alderman the councillor is presented with a ceremonial scroll
|Name||Represented||Date serving||Date made Honorary Alderman|
|Mr. Keith Hudson (deceased)||Hawkinge||1995-1999 (chairman)||May 1999|
|Mr. Terry Preston||Dymchurch||1973-2007 (chairman 2005-2007)||May 2007|
|Mr. Robert Howard Clegg Bliss||Sandgate||1995-2013||May 2015|