I became Farnham Town Crier by winning a competition held in 2003, as part of the Easter Extravaganza, held in Gostrey Meadow. The competition was organised by the then Town Clerk, Pat Evans, aided and abetted by David Peters, the Guildford Town Crier. David is also the Secretary of the Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Crier (AHGTC).
 
There had been a notice in the Farnham Herald earlier in the year announcing the competition, which was to take the form of two shouts. The first shout was written by the Farnham Town Council and was about the Easter Extravaganza and what was happening that year. The second shout was to be written by the entrant and would be about the attractions of Farnham and why people would want to visit. The panel of judges was to comprise the Mayor of Farnham, the Editor of the Farnham Herald, the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the Farnham Voluntary Services and the Town Clerk, assisted by David Peters. Entrants were requested to dress up to look the part. 
 
In the event, only three people were brave enough (or foolish enough) to put their names forward - two men and one woman. When the shouting was all over, and the bodies counted, I was declared the winner. That was over twelve years ago and I am now in my thirteenth year of office and still greatly enjoying the experience. Once elected as Town Crier, the position is normally for life, or for as long as both the Council and the Crier wish it to continue. 
 
As well as doing shouts and giving out leaflets in Farnham on a Saturday morning, I also get involved in civic events throughout the year, such as the Mayor Making ceremony. I also represent Farnham at Town Crier competitions throughout the year.
 
I turned 66 this year and have lived in Farnham for over 30 years, in the village of Upper Hale. I took early retirement in 2010, having previously worked for Vodafone in their Business Intelligence Division as an IT specialist. My wife, Sue, retired from working in the Farnham Library, and was previously a teacher at St Paul's School in Tongham. Unfortunately, my elder son Matthew died in 1998 from Meningitis whilst in his second year at Bath Spa University and is buried in St John's churchyard , Hale, Farnham. My other son, Timothy, lives in London and works for a charity.
 
I am heavily involved in amateur dramatics and have performed with most groups in the Farnham area, including Bourne Players, Boundary Players, Tilford Players and the Farnham Shakespeare Company. 
 
Since I started in 2008, I have delivered over 600 talks/performances. I regularly give talks and performances to WI Groups, as well as other Groups that use the WI Speakers Lists, on my role as Town Crier. I also give talks/performances based on literary themes such as Kipling, Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, etc. I do regular poetry readings at the National Trust's Sandham Memorial Chapel, which is in the village of Burghclere, just outside Newbury. I also do an annual lunch/lecture at Bateman's, the National Trust property located in the village of Burwash, East Sussex, which was previously Rudyard Kipling's family home.
 
I am a keen swimmer and swim most days, having had to give up running due to a problem with one of my knees, but not before I had completed the London Marathon on several occasions. I regularly swim at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Farnham.
 
Other interests are military history (I attended the Duke of York's Military School in Dover), local history and reading.

Last Updated: 26th January 2016.