Remembering Freda

Condolences have been sent to the family of Mrs Freda Roberts MBE, who died on 26 August.

Freda (pictured above) was well known in the local community and devoted to the people and parish of Aylesbury.

A former nurse, she was born and bred in Yorkshire. Freda moved to Aylesbury after she met her late husband Rupert while he was stationed in the county during the Second World War and visiting one of his comrades in hospital.

Rupert and Freda married and settled first in Aylesbury High Street before moving later to Southcourt, where they brought up two children.

Freda developed a soft spot for the town and its people and was first elected as a councillor for Southcourt on the Aylesbury Borough Council in 1963 before the local authority reshuffle in 1974, when it became a district council.

She was Mayor of Aylesbury three times, represented the former Bucks County Council, appointed a magistrate, been a school governor, made an alderman and was involved with a number of charities and organisations.

Freda also was fundamental in the re-establishment of the town council throughout the 1990s.

Mrs Roberts was awarded the title of Honorary Freewoman of the Parish of Aylesbury in 2016, an honour which is only awarded on rare and exceptional occasions, after serving the people of Aylesbury for more than 52 years.

Messages included those sent by the town mayor, councillors and council staff.