A shout always starts with 'Oyez, Oyez, Oyez', which is Norman French for 'Listen' and concludes with 'God Save the Queen'.
 
When taking part in Town Crier competitions, I am required to perform a 'home' shoutand which is my opportunity to extol the virtues of Farnham and why I so much enjoy living here.
 
Greetings from the good people of Farnham, a quintessential market town,
Forty miles south west of London, nestling on the North Down,
Famous for its Castle, home to Winchester's Bishops of yore,
Whose deer roamed free in Farnham Park, along with the wild boar.
Approached from Castle Street, with its Georgian architecture renowned,
With fine dwellings, ancient almhouses and market stalls still to be found.
 
Our wealth traditionally based on wheat, wool, cloth and hops,
But now much visited for our fine restaurants and shops.
 
Our famous sons include William Cobbett, author of 'Rural Ride',
And Johnny 'The Boot' Wilkinson, hero of the victorious 2003 World Rugby Cup side.
 
 
When givings talks on my role as a Town Crier, I will usually conclude with the 'Bellman's If', based on Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If'
 
If you can keep your voice when all about you are losing theirs
        or sounding very hoarse.
If you can shout with champions, old and new,
        keep calm and stay the course.
If you can call with volume that aids hearing,
        with intonation clear and varied pitch.
If you can stand with confidence and bearing
        and perform your shout without a single hitch.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
        with seventy five to a hundred words of fun,
Yours is the contest and a chance to win it,
        but - which is more - you'll be a Bellman my son!