Wareham Town Crier
Wareham Town Crier

Wareham Town Crier
Jacquie leads Wareham Carnival parade

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Before Christmas 2006, Wareham Town Council interviewed 5 applicants for the post of Wareham town crier, and Jacquie Hall was the successful applicant. She was appointed to this honorary position on January 1st 2007.

Jacquie can be seen in the centre of town, and at the market on the Quay, on a Saturday morning. Jacquie has also accompanied the Wareham Mayor during the Beating of the Bounds in Poole Harbour, and greeted guests at the Mayor's various charity events. Her duties include many civic duties during the year, which includes the Civic Parade, Mayor Making, Mayor's Reception and Christmas Party, and Remembrance Day parade.

Jacquie enters into Town Crier competitions around the South and abroad, promoting Wareham and the surrounding area. She has come first at Melksham, and had a creditable equal third at Lyme Regis, and a second at Ilminster. The judging criteria includes volume, clarity, inflection and diction.

She runs the annual Wareham Town Criers' competition on the green by the river on the second Saturday of July, when many criers visit our lovely town, and make a very colourful addition to the atmosphere. She is now retired from Purbeck District Council where she worked for 29 years, and she was a Dorset Button for 28 years. She now sings with the Wareham Whalers, again home and abroad, promoting the art of sea shanty singing.

If that wasn't enough, she is also secretary of the Wareham Twinning, and of the Dorset Twinning Association. Her spare time is also taken fundraising for Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation, and volunteering at the Museum

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Wareham Town CrierDave Wheatley