Queen's Platinum Jubilee Proclamation - by our Town Crier!


Further to our recent announcement that our very own Bognor Regis Town Crier, Mrs Jane Smith has written the Town Crier Proclamation for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, we are now pleased to announce that the official 'Guide to Taking Part' in the weekend of Celebrations for this momentous event, is now available to view and download from: queensjubileebeacons.com 

The Guide will be updated at the end of every month, to include any relevant updates and further information, as more local communities, individuals and organisations register to take part.

On 2nd June 2022 at 2pm, Our wonderful Town Crier, along with 145 other Criers throughout the United Kingdom and around the Commonwealth will be reading our Jane's proclamation - and we couldn't be prouder!


Town Crier invited to London for arrival of Commonwealth Globe!

 

 

Bognor Regis Town Council were once again full or pride and admiration, as our wonderful Town Crier, Jane, was personally invited to attend the Tower of London Ceremony for the arrival of the Commonwealth Globe, for safe keeping at the White Tower, until the lighting on the Principal Beacon on June 2nd.


On attending the Ceremony, Jane said "It was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious, and once in a lifetime event. As well as some of the fantastic people I had the chance to meet, it was also great to see the National Air Cadet Band marching the Globe of Nations in. What an experience!"

Be sure to come along to the lighting of Bognor Regis' own Beacon on 2nd June, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and to hear Jane read aloud the Proclamation she wrote for this very special event!

 


Bognor Regis Town Crier Wins 'Best Dressed'


A MASSIVE Congratulations to Jane, who took home the 'Best Dressed Town Crier' prize at the 68th National Town Crier' Competition in Hastings, over the weekend!

Four year's on from last winning this coveted prize at her first Town Crier Competition, Jane was delighted to be named 'Best Dressed' once again!

On behalf of all at Bognor Regis Town Council, thank you Jane for continuing to do Bognor Regis proud!!

If you'd like to book our award winning Town Crier for an event, please contact the Town Crier's Secretary by emailing: rebeccavervecken@bognorregis.gov.uk or by calling: 01243 867744

 

 

Original Pearly King's and Queen's Harvest Festival 2021!


What an honour for our Jane to have been asked to appear for a second time, at the Original Pearly King's and Queen's Harvest Festival! Back for 2021, Jane was asked to indicate the start of the Festival and special Service (which also included a Christening!), with a rousing 'cry' outside the Saint Martin- in the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square. Surrounded by Pearly King's and Queen's donned in their traditional buttons and pearls, visitors in London for the London Marathon would have most certainly been bedazzled at their site! A big thank you to the Original Pearly King's and Queen's for inviting Jane and to our lady Town Crier herself for continuing to ensure Bognor Regis is firmly on the map!

Ilminster Town Crier Competiton 2021!

It was fantastic to see our Town Crier, Jane Smith representing Bognor Regis at Town Crier competitions again! On Saturday 18th September, Jane took part in one of the largest competitions of its kind in the country - Ilminster! Parading from Ilminster Arts Centre to the Market Square, the streets were awash with colour and noise! Everyone at Bognor Regis Town Council wishes Jane all the best for the rest of the 2021 season! Here are a few photos from a truly enjoyable day: 

 


The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons

Bognor Regis Town Crier joins the Official Pearly Kings & Queens for 'Harvest Festival'


 It is with great pride that our Jane was asked to attend the official Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival on 6th October 2019.

With an array of Pearly royalty behind her, Jane performed her cry in Trafalgar Square, to invite visitors to attend the prestigious Harvest Service.

Congratulations to Jane for this amazing opportunity to promote and show off our fabulous Town Crier and even more importantly- our Town too! 

 

 

 

Bognor Regis Town Crier has a busy month in May!

 

Town Crier in May

 

 

 

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Bognor Regis Town Criers inspires Salisbury City Council

It is with great pride that we can announce our very own Bognor Regis Town Crier was asked by Salisbury City Council to spread the word, exhibit her talents, and encourage future Town Criers to apply for the post of Salisbury Town Crier. Such a compliment that our Town Crier is considered by other councils to be a shining example  

Town Crier in Salisbury

Bognor Regis Town Crier

Bognor Regis Town Crier

65th National Town Crier's Competition - October 2017

The National Town Criers' Championship is the oldest Town Criers' competition in the country and is organised by Hastings Borough Council. This year the performances of the Town Criers was judged on clarity, diction, inflection and volume. Entrants were also judged for their fit of costume, bearing and overall appearance and it was our Jane that was presented, by the mayor of Hastings, with the trophy for Best Dressed Town Crier. Many congratulations to Jane on a winning success after only three month into the role - you have done the town of Bognor Regis proud! 

jane smith being handed her trophy

 

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BOOKING THE BOGNOR REGIS TOWN CRIER

Jane is available to attend a range of events including coffee mornings, fetes, festivals and parades. The role of Town Crier is a voluntary one and no personal allowance is received by the postholder from the Town Council.

Individuals/Organisations wishing to benefit from the services of the Town Crier are asked to contribute towards out-of-pocket expenses. Bookings within the six wards of Bognor Regis will be charged £20 plus VAT, payable in advance, to cover travel expenses and administration costs. Events outside of the six wards will incur an additional charge to cover travel expenses to locations further away.

If the event requires Town Crier services for over 1 hour then an attendance fee of £20 for each additional hour will be payable, in cash, on the day of the event. For events that are free for the public to attend, and that raise the profile of Bognor Regis , the attendance fee may be waived. However, the administration charge will still be payable.

Print a copy of the booking form here. Terms & Conditions can be found here.

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Bognor Regis Town Council appoint a Town Crier - July 2017

The Town Council are pleased to announce that Mrs Jane Smith has been appointed to the honorary role of Town Crier for Bognor Regis. Applicants to the role were interviewed at the Town Hall, by a panel comprising of Members and Officers from the Town Council, at which a trial cry was performed. Jane's inaugural appearance was at the Town Council organised 'A Drive Through Time' event held in West Park on Sunday 16th July 2017.


History of Town Criers in the United Kingdom 
The town crier, or bellman, can be traced back to medieval times when they were the main method used in communicating news with the people of the town, since many of them could neither read or write. Royal proclamations, local bylaws, market days, latest news and any other important information were all proclaimed by a town crier throughout the centuries. However, proclaiming the news was not their only role. Historically town criers also patrolled the streets at night, acting as peace keepers and arresting wrongdoers, whereupon the town crier would take these rogues to the stocks for punishment. Town criers were protected by law as anything they did was done in the name of the monarch and, therefore, to harm a town crier was considered treason. This was a necessary safeguard to protect the town crier who sometimes had to deliver unwelcome news such as tax increases. The saying "don't shoot the messenger" was a real command! 

"Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!"
Usually seen carrying a large handbell, to attract people's attention, the town crier begins each cry with the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!". 'Oyez' (pronounced 'oh yay') comes from the French ouir ('to listen') and means "Hear ye". The cry would then end with the words 'God save the King' or 'God save the Queen'. Having read out the message to the townspeople, the town crier would then attach it to the door post of the local inn. The term 'posting a notice' comes from this act and is the reason why many newspapers are often called 'The Post'. 

 

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