Welcome to Alcester Court Leet
News and Headlines
2014 - 2015
- The Court Leet Church Service October 26, 2014 @ 3:00 pm.
The newly elected High Bailiff, Court Leet Officers and their Ladies meet the community at this traditional Church Service. It will be preceded by a parade through the Town by local organisations which starts at 14:30 from Bleachfield Street. The service will start at 3.00pm.
- Court Leet Dinner November 14, 2014 @ 7:30 pm.
The traditional Court Leet Dinner, hosted by the High Bailiff, with a guest speaker. Tickets from Vaughan Blake.
- Alcester Court Leet Mop Fair, Tuesday 7th October 4pm. Read the Proclamation here.
- Alcester Court Leet Annual Court Thursday 9th October at 7:30 pm in Alcester Town Hall.
- Find the answers to the Street Market programme Quiz.
- Come to the Court Leet 1940s Night Supper, Dance and Cabaret on Friday 6th June 2014. It will be held in the Greig Sports Hall.
Download the flyer and application form...
- Family Fun Day with Minnie and Mickey Mouse
Alcester Scout and Guide Centre, Moorfield Road
Saturday 7th September from 1pm. Read more
- Court Leet Quiz and Fish & Chip Supper. Firday 12th July, Town Hall. Quizmaster was Stephen Godfrey. A great night enjoyed by one and all.
- River clean by Gunnings Bridge 30th June. A benefit to the Alcester Community.
- Discover the answers to the "Name the Famous George - ians" Quiz.
Click here to open the answer sheet.
- New - read the High Bailiff's Facebook Blog - click here (no login required)
- Read the Altrincham "Charge" or description of Court Leet Officer duties as written hundreds of years ago.
- Court Leet Past bailiffs from 1424
- Court Leet vintage news archive
Oh yez, oh yez, oh yez, Our Next Event is...
On 9th October 2014
The Annual Court Leet in Alcester Town Hall
elected the new High Bailff Vaughan Blake
and new Low Bailiff Tim Forman
together with their Court Officers
Crying in the new High and Low Bailiffs October 2014
(front l-r) High Bailiff - Vaughan Blake, Town Crier - David Parkes
and Low Bailiff - Tim Forman
Back row (l-r) Immediate Past Bailiff, Steven Brown and Constable, Martin Burden
What does the Alcester Court Leet do today?
- Maintains the traditions and ceremonies that have been particular to the area of Alcester over the last 700 years
- Organises and participates in many events for the benefit of the community of Alcester
- Raises funds for distribution to local organisations and charities.
Ceremoniously dressed officers can be seen participating in, or re-enacting their ancient roles at events throughout the year, bringing to people today glimpses of Alcester’s colourful past.
The Court Leet originated in England in the Court Baron, a Court authorised by the King and presided over by the Baron or landowner. It mainly dealt with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villeins (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor or Baron. Read more on the history page
Who are the members of the Alcester Court Leet?
The current Lord of the Manor is the Most Honourable Henry Jocelyn Seymour Marquess of Hertford.
Members of the Court Leet are all persons who have formally sworn the ancient Oath of Frankpledge.
New members automatically become Jurymen of the Court.
Court Leet Officers are elected annually from and by the Jurymen at a ceremony held each October in Alcester Town Hall.
Elected officers wear the traditional ceremonial robes of their office on all formal Court occasions.
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