I am willing to give talks to various groups, e.g. Women's Institutes, Town Women's Guild, Probus, Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Rotary, Luncheon Clubs, U3A, Church Groups, Residential Homes, Day Centres, etc., on the role of a Town Crier.
I give two separate talks.

The first talk is entitled "Town Crier; Part I - Something To Shout About"
  • what is the history of Town Criers?
  • how is a Town Crier appointed and for how long?
  • what do Town Criers wear?
  • how many Town Criers are there?
  • what is a Town Crier paid?
  • what are the duties of a Town Crier?

  • The second talk is entitled "Town Crier; Part II - For Crying Out Loud" and covers:-
  • where and when do Competitions take place?
  • what actually takes place?
  • what do Town Criers have to shout about?
  • how are the Town Criers judged?

  • Both talks last from 45 minutes to an hour, including questions. I come in my full regalia and conclude with a 'shout'.
    My fee is £40 plus travel expenses (at 20p per mile). However, the fee is negotiable for smaller groups.
    I don't have slides, or any other equipment, but would be most grateful for the use of a small table and chair.

    For a list of my currently scheduled talks, see Talks Scheduled.

    I have now given over 200 talks on The Role of a Town Crier.

    "His speaking voice - clear but not overloud - did not prepare members for that first 'Oyez!' which was truly and exceptionally stentorian" - Hale WI

    "Oyez, Oyez! Farnham Town Crier Jonathan Jones, dressed in his traditional costume, was a superb speaker at our May meeting" - Old Basing WI

    "Thank you for such a splendid, colourful evening. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone." - West Wimbledon Society.

    "Thank you so much for ... giving us such an amusing insight into the duties of a Town Crier." - Frensham and Dockenfield Local History Group

    "I must admit that I don't think I have laughed as much at a wives' evening" - Badshot Lea Wives Group

    "all that a good talk should be - informative, instructive and amusing" - Cranleigh Friendship Group

    "To have a speaker with a loud and clear voice coupled with a lively sense of humour and an interesting subject makes for an occasion that occurs quite rarely" - Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside

    "When he ‘did a cry’ at the end, it shook the building and could be heard in the next street! This brilliant speaker comes highly recommended" - Brendoncare

    I also give talks/performances on other topics - see Farnham Performer
    If you would like me to give a talk to your group then please contact me.