Court Leet News
The Court Leet Elections October
The new High & Low Bailiffs are elected and also the Officers of the Court. They will serve until the following October.
Once all the ‘villeins’ of the Manor of Alcester were commanded to attend. Now it is open to anyone to come and see the ancient ceremony of the Elections that have been taking place in Alcester for over 700 years.
To be eligible to serve on the Court you must live in the Manor of Alcester or its environs, and be male.
Some men signed the ‘View of Frankpledge’ and became jurymen. This doesn’t mean that they will automatically become an Officer of the Court, but offers the opportunity to be informed of the goings-on of the Court and to become more involved should they wish.
Alcester Court Leet Family Fun Day
The Family Fun day will take place on a Saturday in September in the usual place; the field next to the Scout hut and tennis club in Moorfiled Road.
Alcester Court Leet Street Market June 1:00pm to 5:00pm
There is a theme each year.
Fancy dress judging will take place at 12:15 at Bleachfield Street car park.
Please come and join us.
Alcester Pancake Races
Tuesday in February
The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races will be held in Alcester High Street and start at 12:30. The Races included:
- Parent and Toddler
- Junior school
- Men’s under 18
- Ladies under 18
- Men’s Open over 18
- Ladies Open over 18
- Pub / Works relay
Prizes included chocolate eggs, lollies, cash and certificates.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day ( also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes.
Why are Pancakes Eaten on Shrove Tuesday?
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
- View photos of previous year’s Pancake Races click here
Court Leet Ale Tasting – Inner 1
The ale tasting will start at the Three Tuns 19:15 and then move on to the Unionist Club for 19:40, the Bear at 20:05 and finally the Holly Bush at 20:30.
Hopefully the ale will be clear, at the correct temperature and fit for the the people of the Manor of Alcester.
Court Leet Coffee Morning and Town Criers Competition
The streets of Alcester came alive with the some of the loudest voices in England, as the Heart of England Town Criers competition came to town.
More than 20 members of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers gathered in the town centre to compete for the title of Heart of England Champion.
Event organiser and Alcester town crier, David Parkes, said: “I feel very proud to be Alcester’s town crier and play my part in keeping this ancient English custom alive. It is a particular privilege to host the competition and I was proud to welcome visitors to this lively spectacle.”
Alcester has hosted the competition now for 40 years, and the procession down the high street at 1pm came as no surprise and was definately worth watching.
Judges for the competition were on the look out for dress, diction, inflection, volume and clarity when they marked the criers.