The calendar of town crier competitions is now available to view on the AHGTC website
Electronic communication is self evidently not as effective as shouting in the high street whist wearing a feathered tricorn. Anybody who disagrees with the preceding may leave this website at once, thank you.
Nonetheless, it has been generally agreed by wiser heads than ours that there might be something to be said for modern communication technologies and that this digital malarky may well have its place. To that end the Guild now has its very own twitter feed.
Follow us to find out about Guild events, competitions, comings and goings, the promotion of prestigious public pronouncements and all things ‘crierish’.
Twitter… It may even catch on.
For the third time in a row, Ken Knowles has won the Town Crier Competition at Haslemere and taken the Tennyson Trophy home to Lichfield.
The competition, which is held every two years attracted criers from afar as Cheshire, Devon and Wales who competed over two rounds of proclamations which were judged for volume, clarity, diction and inflection.
Ken (in red but without his hat in the middle of the picture) was delighted to have won and gave fulsome praise to the host crier Christian Ashdown (centre wearing top hat) for putting on what all agreed was an excellent and enjoyable competition.
It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that Pete Robbins, a friend of the Guild for 25 years, passed away on Saturday 23rd April.
His funeral will take place at the West Wiltshire Crematorium at Semington on Monday 9th May at 2:30pm.
Criers welcome in regalia.
Please contact Trevor Heeks on 01225 782774 if you are planning to attend or for more information .
It is with great sadness we learn that Derek Jackson former Tetbury Town Crier has passed away. His funeral is 11.30am on Thursday 25th February 2016 at West Wiltshire Crematiorium, Semington, BA14 6HL. His Daughter Gillian Miller has let us know that it would be lovely if some Guild members could attend in full regalia - please let Gillian know if you will be attending on 07771 983176.
We are sad to report the news that Brenda, wife of David Wathen, Town Crier of Gillingham, Dorest has passed away.
A thanksgiving service will be held at Gillingham Church on 18th February, at 2.30 pm. Bright colours to be worn, no regalia.
I am writing to you as the founder of the Campaign - 'Ringing for England'. I was in contact with you earlier this year and thought I would set out the aims of the Campaign again in the hope your Guild would consider being able to participate in some way. The Campaign is not political and not necessarily religiously focused. Its aim is to encourage as many ringers to ring out from as many towers as possible throughout the land to celebrate St. George, England's Patron Saint, on April 23rd every year. We have just celebrated our 5th successful year. In the past RforE has been invited on to nearly all the BBC Regional Radio stations, have had messages of support from the present Mayor of London, The Archbishop of York, the Bishop of London, and many others and been the subject of articles by many local newspapers and media. Two years ago it was the main item on The Archers, last year Country Life featured the Campaign and this year RforE managed to get almost an entire episode devoted to ringing on BBC The One Show on April 23rd this year. Whilst the above sets out how it is growing and gaining a wider audience not just amongst the ringing fraternity, the reason for making contact with you is that I would so love to encourage your Guild to be part of spreading the good word within our cities. Every year all the country's cathedrals that can ring do ring. The exceptions being Salisbury, Ely and Norwich who do not have bells and some who might not be able to on the day for lack of ringers but that is unusual. Next year, 2016, is a Leap Year which jumps to a Saturday so we are expecting many more ringers to take part and this should also help recruit new comers to ringing. This is a once a year project and Town Criers are a magnificent example of a visual and vocal illustration of Englishness (though of course not specifically.) If you should take part I will do all I can to bring your endeavours to the attention of the media for your Cryers will be a hugely colourful addition to the day. The Campaign is now attracting interest from The Churches Conservation Trust, The Landmark Trust and English Heritage who are actively engaged with RforE to organise events for next year together with the Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain. My Best Wishes, Libby Libby Alexander Ringing for England Campaign - April 23rd 2016
Clevedon, North Somerset is searching for its new Town Crier,
Saturday the 12th of September in Queen’s Square. Starting 11.30am
They are also looking for local criers to help promote the event. Please contact Jo Lawrence
If you would like lunch at £5 per head before the AGM at Newton Abbot on
Sunday 6th September please notify Ken Purchase by 15th August.
Phone 01626 353063
Agenda etc. for the AGM and conference will be available on the day.
There will be no elections this year as there were only enough nominations
to fill the Board vacancies.
This year the Guild’s AGM takes place in Newton Abbott on 6th September following the criers competition the previous day (5th September). Ken Purchase reports that so far only 5 people have confirmed attendance at the AGM which is a definite cause for concern.
Please do contact Ken as a matter of urgency to let him know that you are attending. The AGM is a chance for all criers to raise matters of importance and shape the future direction of the Guild.