PORLOCK TOWN CRIER
PORLOCK TOWN CRIER
Serving the ancient village of Porlock and the surrounding Porlock Vale, in the Exmoor National Park.
(Even though Porlock is a village, a Crier is generally referred to as 'The Town Crier')
Appointed to this Honourary Crown Office by Porlock Parish Council in October 2016, Grant Dennis is the present incumbent.
Porlock had a long history of Town Criers, but sadly in the decade or so prior to 2016 the post was vacant and filled only on an ad-hoc basis for the village carnival.
In late 2014 Porlock Parish Council resolved to formally bring back the Office of Town Crier.
It was in 2016 that the Clerk to the Council proposed that Grant be appointed after seeing his performances at Porlock Apple Press & Rural Crafts Festival, narrating the event and entertaining the crowds with some hearty singing!
Locally and Nationally significant occasions announced in the traditional way.
The audience are gathered-in by the ringing of a bell and the Cry 'Oyez!, oyez!, oyez!'
Porlock Town Crier can be seen leading the annual Porlock Carnival procession, and other community events such as Christmas Late Night Shopping and announcing Special Events.
Bookings for private events can also be made, such as weddings, birthdays and dinner parties etc. A wonderfully unique way to enhance your special event!
Please make your enquiry using the details on the contact page.
I am trying to raise funds so that Porlock can enjoy the benefit of the local Community Radio Station.
A one-off capital outlay is needed to purchase and install the broadcasting equipment so that Porlock can receive West Somerset Radio. At present the surrounding hills block the signal from the transmitter above Minehead, on North Hill.
The equipment will cost around £5000, and estimated ancilliary expenses of £500 to £1000 means the target amount of funding to raise is £5,500 to £6,000.
Please donate to help make this happen! See the Donate button below...
Confirmed dates when Porlock Town Crier can be seen carrying out his duties
(Keep checking back regularly for new dates as they are added & confirmed)
Saturday 3rd September 2022 - Porlock Carnival 5.30pm
(High Street, Porlock - in front Of St Dubricius Church)