The Town Crier
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Crier & Swordbearer, Owen Collier has held the position of Deputy Town Crier and the full position of Town Crier since 2000 on a voluntary basis. He accompanies the Mayor on many ceremonial occasions.
The public can see the Town Crier on the High Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays, come rain or shine to promote the Charter Market on Wednesdays, Town Museum, local community groups and businesses.
He is an Honorary Member of RWB Chamber of Commerce and currently is the Chairman of the The Ancient & Honorable Guild of Town Criers and competes in Town Crier competitions across the County.
To find out what the Town Crier has got up to in 2017 – 2018 click here.
Please click to read a brief history of the Town Crier – Download.
Owen held Ghost Walks on Thursday 12th November 2019 and Tuesday 29th October 2019, both nights were brilliant. Owen would like to thank all who came and donated. £200 was raised for the Mayor’s Charity, The Richard Jones Foundation and £66 for the Museum and Heritage Group.
On 14th November 2018, Town Crier, Owen Collier raised £58.00 by taking the Wiltshire Walking Group on a very enjoyable Ghost Walk. Monies raised goes to the Town Hall Museum.
The biennial Town Crier Competition was held on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Well done to everyone, despite the weather, a lovely day was had by all. Owen would like to express his thanks to A.D Rains Coaches, The Crown & The Angel Hotel, David Radway, Apsley House for the Trophies, ASF signs for supply of gifts, Robins Diary for supply of water and the Memorial Hall Committee for their help and support as well as Bassett Bar & Catering, The Judges, and staff of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and finally everyone who came and supported on the day. A special thank you goes to Owen’s lovely lady, Shelia Collier, for all her dedicated help and support for the last 18 years!
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to Tom Gahan, our Junior Town Crier, who has retired at the grand old age of 12. Wish him every success for his future.
Here are some of the events that Owen has attended this year.
CONGRATULATIONS ALL ROUND TO OUR TOWN CRIER ‘OWEN COLLIER’
(Owen is on the far right in the programme picture)
This Weekend Owen came 2nd place on Friday in Salcombe, Devon, 2nd place in the Armada cup and 3rd place on Sunday in Kingsbridge, Devon for Town Crier competitions.
This Weekend was particularly special as Friday’s cup was Owen’s 100TH CUP OR TROPHY WON on Behalf of Royal Wootton Bassett.
WELL DONE OWEN!! 👍
Mayor Making 2018 – Thursday 10th May 2018 at St Bartholmew & All Saints Church