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13th September 2017

Owen Collier attends our Market on a Wednesday.

Owen Collier, Best Dressed Crier at Dartmouth – Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Saturday at Alcester – Warwickshire Saturday 15th April

Left Tony Evans,(Nailsworth) , Michael Reddy the newly appointed Town Crier of Warwick
and Owen Collier.

The Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Cllr Mary Champion and Owen Collier, Town Crier of Royal Wootton Bassett attended Ethel’s 100th birthday at the weekend.  [25th March]

Guild of Mace Bearers AGM

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February 2017

The Mayor of Nailsworth, Johnathan Duckworth, presented a silver plate inscribed with the town coat of Arms

to Tony Evans Town Crier commemorating his  25 year service to the people of the town.   A bouquet of flowers was presented to Jenny Evans.

William Turberfield, Town Crier of Ledbury, was present along with George Carpenter Wootton under Edge [Not Shown in photographs]  along with Owen Collier, Chairman of the Ancient & Honorable Guild of Town Criers.


Owen Collier at the Market on 1st February 2017.  Owen is at the market most Wednesday to support the traders.
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img_6368 Owen Collier attended Seaford’s first town criers’ contest at Martello Tower on Sunday 16th October 2016. Photograph by kind permission of Tony Miller.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Town Crier Competition in Royal Wootton Bassett on 17th September 2016. Town Crier 2016 007
 Happy 95th Birthday to Phyllis, seen here with Owen Collier presenting the Royal Wootton Bassett Coat of Arms brooch. 009[2] copy 2

Congratulations to Muriel & David Haines seen

here proudly showing their Royal Wootton Bassett Lapel

badges on their Platinum Wedding Anniversary with Owen Collier at Ashgrove House, Purton on Wednesday 31st August.


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Topsham Town Criers Competition

August 27th 2016

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On Saturday 13th August 2016

Owen Collier won 2nd Place

at Seaton.

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On Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Kingsbridge, Devon,

Owen Collier   was placed 3rd in

The Kingsbridge Town Criers Competition which  included overseas Criers. Well done Owen.

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Owen Collier with Kingsbridge Town Crier Roger Pinder

Wareham Town Crier Competition

11th July 2016

Well done Owen and Sheila who won best dressed

couple at Wareham, Dorset.

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Owen Collier “crying” at the

S W in Bloom Judging Day


Well done Owen Collier who won the

Best Dressed Crier at

The Cotswold Town Crier Championship at

Tetbury on 2nd July 2016.



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Well done Owen who won Best Dressed Crier

at Crewkerne on 11th June 2016.

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Owen Collier with   The Worshipful Mayor

of Exmouth, Brian Cole.


Well done Owen in winning 2nd Place Overall

as well as Best Dressed Crier at

The Garth Gibson Memorial Competition held

at Exmouth on Saturday 4th June 2016

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Owen Collier at the re-opening of Chillies on the 10th May 2016


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Owen and Sheila Collier

at Ilminster Town Crier Competition

on 7th May 2016


2nd May 2016

Well done Owen Collier who won the trophy for  the best dressed   Town Crier at the South of England Town Crier Championship at Blandford Forum in Dorset on Monday 2nd May 2016.

21st April 2016

The Loyal Company of Town Criers of which

the Town Crier of Royal Wootton Bassett is a

member gathered at the gates of

Buckingham Palace today to perform

a 90th Birthday proclamation at 11.00am.

Owen Collier, The Town Crier of

Royal Wootton Bassett was proud to

make a 90th Birthday proclamation

on behalf of fellow members

of The Loyal Company at the

Town Hall precinct at 11am today.

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The Guild of Mace-Bearers in Yeovil
with The Mayor Councillor Mike Lock ,The Mace-Bearer Bruce Trigger (Now Prime Warden ) and
members of the Guild
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October 2015


Owen hosting one of his very popular ghost

walks.       £170 was raised by donations for

Help for Heroes.

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At the National Town Criers Championship

at Hastings on Saturday 17th October 2015

Owen Collier was voted Best Dressed

Town Crier.



Italia in  Piazza

2nd October 2015

Wiltshire Town Criers Championship &

Cotswolds Open Competition – September 2015

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Owen was 3rd at the Seaton Town Criers Competition on 8th August 2015.
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Owen at the recent re-opening of the historic Cross Keys pub in Royal Wootton Bassett with one of the new publicans.


DSCN5839 copy Owen Collier with Richard Thomas, Macebearer, The Worshipful Mayor of Llandovery, Councillor Dorothy Burgess, Meiron Jones, Macebears and Mayors Consort Andy Burgess.



Owen at the Ridgeway House

NCHOD Coffee Morning.

June 2015.

Owen  in medieval costume

advertising the Living History day

which will be on

Saturday, 13th June 2015.

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Owen Collier attended the  Axbridge Civic Awards

on 1st March, 2015.


Owen Collier attending the

Guild of Mace-bearers Conference Southampton 2015

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Christmas Lights & Shopping Event

5th December 2014      


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DSC02265 copyBest AmbassadorCongratulations to Owen Collier, our Town Crier, who won the “Craner Cup for Best Ambassador” at Seaton on the 30th August, 2014.   Owen said he was very honoured and proud to receive this cup which is given to the Crier it is felt is the best Ambassador to their town.
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Well done to Owen Collier, our Town Crier, who won
The Wessex Chamber of Commerce
Wiltshire Town Criers Championship at
Calne on Sunday, 22nd June 2014
thus regaining the title of
Wiltshire Champion which he first won in 2012



Willow Tree Blessing
16th June 2014
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Mayor Making
Saint Bartholomew
& All Saints Church
16th May 2014

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Sunday 23rd February 2014

Attending H.M.S. Ledbury Freedom Parade

26th / 27th / 28th February 2014

Attending The Guild of Mace-bearer’s Annual


The Christmas Lights and
Shopping Event
6th December 2013
was opened by
Felicity Montague


Civic Service 2013

Civic Service 2013

Well done Owen Collier who wonBest Dressed Town Crierat Liskeard in Cornwall onSaturday 28th September 2013

Owen Collier, Town Crier for Royal Wootton Bassett receiving his Letter of Appreciation at the Mayor’s Civic Service on 13th October 2013.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!Town Crier ExhibitionFrom Friday 20th September 2013,visitors to Royal Wootton Bassett’s library will be greeted by a model in full Town Crier regaliaand guarding a set of stocks as part of an exhibition of the town’s Town Criers Down the Ages.The exhibition, which was officially opened on Monday 23rd September 2013 at 10.30 amby Town Crier Owen Collier and Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett,Councillor Linda Frost, will display an array of items demonstrating the powers and role

of the Town Crier from past times to the present day.

Wiltshire Town Crier Cup
The Wiltshire Champion
1st Mark Wylie – Calne, Wiltshire
2nd Trevor Heeks -Trowbridge ,Wiltshire
3rd Graeme Feron -Ramsbury ,Wiltshire
Best Dressed Crier Fred “Boots” Deacon
Memorial Cup to Trevor Heeks
held on Saturday 21st September 2013
at Royal Wootton Bassett
Congratulations to Mark,
the new Wiltshire Champion.
Owen Collier attended the official opening of the newly refurbished post office in Royal Wootton Bassett on Thursday 29th August 2013.

On  Saturday 21st September 2013 Town Criers from around the County of Wiltshire will gather in Royal Wootton Bassett to compete for The Wiltshire Cup to see who will be crowned ”Wiltshire Champion 2013”
Well done Owen Collier who won the best dressed Town Crier at Kingsbridge in Devon on Saturday, 27th July 2013Well done Sheila Collier who won the Best Dressed Escort on 17th August 2013 in Knighton, Powys.
Owen at Hocktide Dinner in April 2013
It is the custom for “new comers” known as Colts attending the Hocktide Dinner to be “shod” by the local blacksmith.

Congratulations to Owen Collier who has been named Prime Warden of the Guild of Mace Bearers

Photographs taken at the special ceremony where Owen Collier was installed as the Prime Warden of the Guild of Mace Bearers on 7th February 2013.


Turn The Town PinkOwen Collier joins in with the spirit of the town, raising money for breast cancer research.5th October 2012
Town Crier Competition at LiskeardPictured are :-Owen Collier, Town Crier of LiskeardCouncillor Tony Powell, The Mayor of Liskeard, CornwallChris Smirthenwaite, Town Crier of Liskeard
including, of course, Junior
Town Crier CompetitionSeptember 22nd 2012
Battle of Britain Memorial Day Ledbury HerefordshireSunday 16th Sept 2012From left to rightEnid Turberfield Escort Ledbury , Bill Tuberfield Town Crier of LedburyWing Commander Don Rule M.B.E , Owen Collier Royal Wootton Bassett

The Town Crier of Royal Wootton Bassett – Roll of Honour 2012

1st Place 7th May 2012 South of England Town Criers Championship at Blandford Forum,Dorset
Best Content of Cry.Second Round 2nd June 2012 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Town Criers Competition, Oxford
1st Place 17th June 2012 Wiltshire Town Criers Championship, Calne
Best Dressed Town Crier 14th July 2012 Town Criers Competition, Wareham
Best Dressed Town Crier 8th September 2012 Town Criers Competition, Newton Abbot
3rd Place 3rd October 2012 Callington ,Cornwall Town Criers Competition held on Wednesday 3rd October

Town Crier of Callington, Dennis Cook. Mayor & Portreeve Cllr Jeremy Gist with Owen Collier

Town Crier of Callington, Dennis Cook. Mayor & Portreeve Cllr Jeremy Gist with Owen Collier