Uckfield Town Council to appoint a town crier

Volunteers for the post of town crier will be sought by Uckfield Town Council.

Councillors believe the crier can be out and about in the town promoting events “on the day”.

The job would be voluntary.

Last night’s (August 22) town council meeting agreed the post should be advertised.

The decision represents a U-turn for the council which voted against the idea on March 9, 2015.

Members felt the use of a crier to promote the Weald and Field event showed the value of a crier.

A report to councillors stated: “The ‘Uckfield-the future’ group have already paid for the civic regalia for the role of the ‘Uckfield is Open’ Crier with the funding they were allocated to arrange and promote activities/events taking place in the town during the highway improvement works.

“The regalia has therefore been purchased already and is available for use. The only equipment required is a hand-bell.”

Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Uckfield Central, operated as the crier for the Weald and Field event and was widely acclaimed for her performance.

Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said the cost of a crier would be insignificant.

“It could be very advantageous for the town.”

Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said he was against having a crier when the issue was last discussed.

“Having seen Cllr Ward do it, and how people interacted with her, it worked really well for Weald and Field.

“It changed my perspective on it.”

He said using a crier on the day would remind people that an event was under way.

Councillors noted the success of the town crier in Hailsham and believe the crier will not be called on too often.

In West Susses, when Burgess Hill Town Council appointed a town crier, a “cry-off” of three candidates was held in the town centre in front of a juding panel and members of the public.

*Cllr Ward declared an interest in this item and left the room during the discussion.

Councillors present at the meeting were

Deputy mayor: Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town

Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Independent, New Town
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central.

There were apologies from:

the Mayor: Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North

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