To book Jean please contact her by email or telephone:
07871 081 267
At a Council meeting this summer Witney Town Council formalised a position of Town Crier for the town. An informal competition, devised by former Mayor Cllr Enright at last year’s Witney Carnival, resulted in the appointment of Jean Postlethwaite Dixon to the volunteer position, who was confirmed in this role at the meeting for the municipal year.
Although Witney, is not on record as having had a Town Crier before, the role in England dates back to Mediaeval times when many people could not read or write. Town Criers were a vital means of communication and a loud voice was essential as they proclaimed all manner of essential information, news and bylaws, edicts and proclamations. These days we have more “easy on the ear media” to get the message across and Town Criers now perform more of a ceremonial and supporting function.
Jean is currently just one of a handful of Criers in Oxfordshire and works in parallel with the Mayor attending functions that are official Town Council business to which she is invited by the Town Clerk.