Town Crier

Are you the new Town Crier?

To mark the turn of the new millennium, Leighton-Linslade resurrected the ancient role of Town Crier, a voluntary role to represent the parish of Leighton-Linslade. Since then, the role has been held by Peter Hailes (2000 – 2003), Martin Hallet (2003 – 2006) and Peter Hailes again (2006 – 2019).

Peter has informed us of his wish to step down from this role during 2019, and so the search is on to find the next Town Crier for the parish of Leighton-Linslade.
If you are interested in applying for the voluntary role of Town Crier, the application process open to all between Friday 1st March and Sunday 31st March and is explained below.

It is the expectation of Leighton-Linslade Town Council that the Town Crier would be available for the following dates;

Saturday 13th April (1030hrs – 1300hrs) – Round 2 & 3 Application Process
Sunday 2nd June (1030hrs – 1130hrs) – Big Lunch Opening Ceremony
Saturday 27th July (1030hrs – 1300hrs) – Canal Festival Opening Ceremony
Saturday 5th October (0945hrs – 1015hrs) – Living History Day Ceremony
Friday 29th November (1830hrs – 1915hrs) – Christmas Festival Stage Party

Plus additional events to which the Town Crier may be invited to cry at external to Leighton-Linslade Town Council organised events.

The services of the Town Crier are provided free of charge for official council business and any other charitable organization, school, club, etc. within the Parish of Leighton-Linslade. Travel expenses will be recompensed using the allocated Council budget.
If another council or organization out of the area requested the services of the Town Crier, then modest traveling expenses could be charged, and this will be by arrangement between Town Crier and host organisation.

If a commercial enterprise wanted the uses of the Town Crier, then a realistic charge would be made, and the proceeds given to the Town Mayor’s Charity.
A costume suitable for the role will be provided by Leighton-Linslade Town Council who will also incur all reasonable cleaning costs.

If you have any questions about the role of Town Crier, or would like to know more information about the application process, the role or its commitments, please contact us on 01525 631920 or by emailing us; info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

Application Process

Round 1
– Applicants must submit a short video of themselves performing the sample cry (below) to info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk between Friday 1st March (0000hrs) and Sunday 31st March (2359hrs).

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

It has been decreed that on this, the first day of the third month in the year two thousand and nineteen, the search for a new Town Crier for the Parish of Leighton-Linslade in the county town of Bedfordshire will commence.
As a parishioner of Leighton-Linslade, I wish to humbly apply for the voluntary role of Town Crier.

I believe this application video best demonstrates the criteria for application.
Should I be successful, I agree to uphold the values and principles of this esteemed position at all times.

Should I be successful in being shortlisted for the position, I will attend the next stage of the competition on the thirteenth day, of the fourth month in the year two thousand and nineteen in the high street of Leighton-Linslade.
God save the Queen.

– Applicants will be shortlisted on Monday 1st April by Leighton-Linslade Town Council, with applicants selected for round 2 contacted on or by Tuesday 2nd April.
– Applicants will be judged according to the judging criteria as per below which includes; Volume & Clarity, Diction & Inflection, Presentation & Engagement and Accuracy

Round 2
– Applicants will be sent a cry to be delivered, live, on Saturday 13th April from 1030hrs at the Market Cross in Leighton Buzzard high street.
– All applicants will be sent the same cry, at the same time (to the email address used for their original video submission) to allow rehearsal to take place prior to the day. Applicants will receive this on or by Tuesday 2nd April.
– An order of cry will be determined on the day (Saturday 13th April) through a fair ballot. All applicants’ names will be placed into a hat and drawn at random to determine the order of cry.
– Applicants will be judged according to the judging criteria as per below which includes; Volume & Clarity, Diction & Inflection, Presentation & Engagement and Accuracy.
– Three applicants will be selected by a panel of local judges to proceed to the final cry, which will take place from 1200hrs on Saturday 13th April. In the event of one of the judges being known to one of the applicants, the decision of Leighton-Linslade Town Council shall be final.

Round 3
– Applicants will be passed a cry at 1115hrs to be delivered from 1200hrs, live, on Saturday 13th April at the Market Cross in Leighton Buzzard high street.
– All applicants will be passed the same cry and the same time and will be expected to return to the High Street for 1200hrs, ready for the delivery of their cry.
– An order of cry will be determined on the day (Saturday 13th April) through a fair ballot. All applicants’ names will be placed into a hat and drawn at random to determine the order of cry.
– Applicants will be judged according to the judging criteria as per below which includes; Volume & Clarity, Diction & Inflection, Presentation & Engagement and Accuracy.
– The successful applicant will be selected by a panel of local judges to be offered the position of Town Crier at 1230hrs on Saturday 13th April. In the event of one of the judges being known to one of the applicants, the decision of Leighton-Linslade Town Council shall be final.