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First females elected to Alcester Court Leet after campaign for gender equality





THREE women made history in Alcester on Thursday, 6th October as the first females to join the Court Leet.

Traditionally a male-only organisation, the group’s rules were changed last November after a two-year campaign for equality.

A sixth-form student at St Benedict’s Catholic High School, the partner of a current Court Leet officer and the first woman to serve on Henley Court Leet, were elected as officers at the annual elections at the Town Hall in Henley Street.

After 24-months of debate, protest and campaigning, Alcester joined other court leets in the area, including Henley and Warwick, to allow members irrespective of gender.

New Alcester High Bailiff Mark Venables with newly appointed officers Sharon Constable and Tracy Parkes Photo: Mark Williamson. (59927865)
New Alcester High Bailiff Mark Venables with newly appointed officers Sharon Constable and Tracy Parkes Photo: Mark Williamson. (59927865)

Faye Burden, Tracy Parkes and Sharon Constable – who all live within the town – will now be donning their ceremonial red robes, white gloves and frilled jabots (the lace accessory) in the positions of bread weigher, fish and flesh taster, searcher and sealer of leather, respectively.



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