Shipston Town Crier ‘Home Cry’ Competition
OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ! Totally Locally recently invited Shipston residents to compose a ‘Home Cry’ for Town Crier Marion Lowe to perform at her ‘Cry’-ing competitions, both locally and Nationally.
The winning entry was penned by Jean Jones who has lived in Shipston since 2002 and loves being part of the local community. “Shipston is a wonderful place. It has enough shops to find what you need, but is not too big to lose that small town feeling”.
Jean is no stranger to writing, having taken her first job age 16 as the only female reporter on her local newspaper in Christchurch on the South East Coast, back during the Second World War. She returned to journalism later in life as a part time reporter at the Banbury Advertiser.
An active Committee Member of Shipston’s U3A, Jean enjoys many and varied interests including poetry, literature and philosophy.
Shipston’s U3A was established in 2013 and currently has 286 members and around 35 active interest groups, with more being formed all the time. Monthly meetings take place at Townsend Hall, with a full programme of activities available throughout the week ranging from Archaeology to Wine Tasting. For more information please visit http://u3asites.org.uk/shipston-on-stour/home.
Shipston on Stour has enjoyed having a Town Crier since Alan Noyce reintroduced the tradition in 2009 during his term as Mayor to help the town develop a sense of self and celebrate all that our thriving community has to offer.
One of only 25 female Town Criers in the UK, Shipston’s Town Crier Marion Lowe says “I was so impressed by Jean’s ‘Cry’ and will be proud to perform it at my next competition”. The Alcester Town Crier competition has been taking place on Easter Saturday since 1970’s and is a colourful celebration of this historic tradition. Why not put the date in your diary and watch Marion perform the new Shipston Totally Locally Town Cry.
“OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ,
Listen to all I have to say.
It’s worth a trip to spend an hour
In the little town of Shipston-on-Stour.
A real traditional market town,
The best in the country, up and down.
The Cotswolds rolling all around,
No pleasanter town could ever be found.
Shipston is the place to come.
Blow the trumpet, beat the drum.
Personal service in all the shops,
From antique furniture to lollipops.
So Shipston is the place to shop.
So shop and shop until you drop.
Then a home-made cake with your cup of tea.
Shipston is the place to be.
The centre of England as it’s always been.
So lift your words in tones serene,
And loudly sing GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.”