Robert James has a long history of service to the Town & Manor of Hungerford. He was a Tutti Man in 1967, Trustee since 1971, and Constable from 1978-80. In addition, Robert has been Commons & Land Secretary since 1998, Hocktide Court Steward from 2002-2017, and still serves on the Fishery and Finance Committees.
Involvement in the Town & Manor is something of a family tradition. Robert’s grandfather, Ernest Frank James, was a Tutti Man (in 1938), Fishery Secretary and Trustee. It was Ernest who ran James & Co. at the Great Western Mill.
Robert has a great interest in the history of Hungerford.
Robert was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List 2017-2018. The award was presented by the Lord Lietenant of Berkshire, James Puxley at a cermony at Reading University on 22 Mar 2018. His citation was red by the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Sarah Scrope.