Events

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2015 – more to be added

 

January

19th January – at the Town Hall. This is the evening when previous Mayors and Councillors will be made Alderman.

February

6th February – Town Hall – Beer Tasting

March

13th March – It will be held at the Community Centre in Caxton Close, Tiptree.- Quiz in Tiptree

April

16th April – Town Hall – The Mayor’s chain gang – 7pm – 8.15pm TBC

25th April – The Mayors Pub Crawl – From 7pm at the Hole in the Wall.

30th April – Town Hall – Mayors thank you reception from 7pm to 9.30 – 10pm

May

2nd May – Help For Heroes Cake Sale. Lion Walk Square -10:30 am for 11:00am Escorting Her Worship the Mayor and her Escort. Help for Heroes’ annual Colossal Cake Sale takes place in a variety of towns across the UK, including Winchester, Colchester and Salisbury, and there is still more to come!

9th May 2015 – The Hercules Olympia, Charter Hall, (www.herculesolympia.co.uk).

15th May – Town Hall – Moot Hall – Mayor’s Ball in the Moot Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm start

27th May – Colchester Town Hall – Mayor Making (TTBC)

June

6th & 7th June – Lower Castle Park – The Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre Market

Saturday 13th June – Lower Castle Park – The Royal Salute TTBC

Sunday 21st June – Walking the Wall of Colchester – From midday at the Hole in the Wall

July

4th July – Alresford Village Fete – More information to follow – Have a Go Archery

11th & 12th July – Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

18th July – Colchester Carnival – More information to follow

August

Friday 7th August – Testing of the Ales of New Town Pubs

Saturday 15th August – St Stanislas Memorial Dinner at the Britannia

Sunday 16th August – The Watch Summer Feast

September

Friday 4th September – Oyster Fisheries Ceremony – Abel to sing Sea Shanties to invited guests on the day

Saturday 5th September – Slow Food & Seafood Festival – TBC

October

 Friday 30th October – Oyster Feast at the town hall.

November

Thursday 5th November 2014 – Bonfire Night Low Castle Park – From 6pm

Sunday 8th November 2014 – Remembers Sunday – Town Hall  

December

2016
Wednesday 10th February – Thieves Dinner at the Town Hall

 

 

Further details may be sought from Master Craig Sutton (Strongarm)Sergeant at Arms, Event Co-ordinator.
The Colchester Town Watch

TEL – 07809 157349

 

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2014

 FebruaryMonday 24th February –Town Hall – Business Dinner – starts at 7 pm in the Mayoral Suite

March

Saturday 8th March- Town Hall – Rock & Curry Evening at 7 pm

Friday 28th March – Town Hall – The Chain Gang reception in the Mayoral Suite at 7pm

Saturday 29th March – Town Hall – Fashion Show in the Moot Hall

April

Friday 25th April – Moot Hall, Town Hall – Fashion Show in the Moot Hall (TBC)

May

Friday 9th May – Town Hall – Reception in the Mayoral Suite at 7 pm

Wednesday 14th May – Charter Hall – Colchester means business – Opening ceremony 9.30 to 10.00am to escort the mayor.

Friday 30 May – Town Hall – May Ball – The Mayor/Mayoress’ May Ball in the Moot Hall. Sparkling reception in the Mayoral Suite followed by dinner in the Moot Hall provided by ‘The Lemon Tree’. Dancing to the ‘Poachers’. Further details to come

June

7th & 8th June – Lower Castle Park – Colchester Medieval Festival

(Where ‘The Watch’ will also be organising ‘The Archer of the Fayre’ contest.)

Saturday 14th June – Lower Castle Park – The Royal Salute

Sunday 22nd June – Walking the Walls of Colchester in continuance of an ancient tradition. All welcome to join in, with refeshements provided. Starting from the Hole in the Wall pub at midday.

July

5th and 6th July – The Colchester Military Tournament (CMT)

Saturday 12th July – School Summer Fayre TBC

12th & 13h July 2014 – Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Saturday 19th July – Colchester Carnival – More information to follow.

 August

Saturday 16th Aug. 7pm at the George. For the St. Stanislas Memorial Dinner

September

Saturday 6th September – Oyster Fayre – ‘Have A Go Archery’ and opening the Fayre with the Mayor of Colchester.

Saturday 13th September – Heritage day at The Stockwell – Noon – Show off weapons and armour, etc.

 October

Friday 30th October – Colchester Oyster Feast. The Watch will be in attendance to welcome the dignitaries and guests. We dress the stairs, and stand guard at the Colchester Town Hall

 November

Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Bonfire Night Low Castle Park – From 6pm

Sunday 9th November 2014 – Remembrance Sunday – Town Hall

Friday 21 November – Town Hall – Suffolk & N. Essex Law Society Annual Dinner

Friday 28th November 2014 – Star of Hope Charity Ball at West Homes Stadium in aid of Macmillan Cancer Trust. – Watch would be available to greet guests at the door, when arriving, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm

December

Sun 7th Dec – High St – Colchester Christmas Fair – High Street 11am to 5pm

 

 TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2013

January18th January 2013 – A Night in the Cells – 18.00 – in the Town Hall Court Rooms. Tickets for sentencing £10 each including refreshment: 9 Saints or Sinners on remand about to be sentenced and locked up for the night in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. Attend the trial on the evening of 18th January, heckle the guilty and witness the sentencing!

February

Thursday 7th February 2013 – VIP Grand Opening on the Stockwell. 7pm. – Town Watch to stand guard and test the ale.

March

Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Elizabethan Evening in aid of Headway Essex – At Colchester Castle – Watch to be present at the start of the event to form an impressive “welcome committee” together with costs/expenses etc. The other thing that I am thinking about is that the Watch will provide an escort to the Queen as she processes to the stage to start the proceedings. People will be arriving from 7.00pm and the Queen will process at 8pm.

May

Friday 10th May Fundraising Dinner.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – Mayor Making – Arrive at 10am to stand guard at the town hall step.

Tuesday 28th May — VIP Grand Opening on the Stockwell.

June

1st & 2nd June 2013 – The Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre Market – The Watch organise and run this national contest between the best English longbow archers in the land, in conjunction with the Colchester Medieval Oyster Fayre.

Sunday 9th June 2013 – AGM – Con Club. 12.30pm. Town Watch AGM.

Saturday 15th June 2013 – Royal Gun Salute (The Queen’s Official Birthday) – More information to follow.

Sunday 23rd June – Swearing of the Watchman’s Oath, followed by walking the Walls of Colchester – Midday.

Sunday 23rd June – helping celebrate a resident’s 101st birthday at Alderwoods Care home, Essex Hall Road – Time from 5pm – with the mayor.

30th June 2013 – Food & Drink Festival – Meeting the mayor on Sunday, 30th, at 2pm by gates at St Peters Street (lower castle park).

July

Saturday 6th July 2013 – Fordham Fair on the village green from 12 noon to 4pm.

13th & 14th July 2013 – Tewkesbury Medieval Festival –Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Saturday 20th July – Colchester Carnival – More Information to follow

Saturday 27th July – Garden Party at Fordham with archery practice, ale and good fayre.

August

Wednesday 28th August to Sunday 1st September 2013 – Pagan Camp – TBC.

September

Saturday 21st September 2013 – Wivenhoe Church Ale (TTBC) more information to follow.

Sunday 22nd Sep 2013 – A Military Music Extravagance which is to be held in Castle Park

November

Tuesday 5th November 2013 – Bonfire Night – more information to follow.

Sunday 10th November 2013 – Remembrance Day – As guests of the Royal British Legion, we are honoured to lay a wreath in memory of those men, women and children who died for us and to remember our absent friends.

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2012

FebruarySunday 26th February 2012 – Charity Double Head-Shave @ the Odd One Out Pub. Time 3:30pm – More info to follow

March

Thursday 1st March – Little Crown Pub – Birthday

Saturday 3rd March – The Mayors’ Ball will be held at William Loveless Hall, Wivenhoe, from 1900 on Saturday 3rd March.

Friday 9th March – Madam Mayor Chain Gang Event – The Town watch to stand guard outside the Oak Tree Centre to greet guests.

Saturday 17th March – Help For Heroes Cake Sale. at 10.45am the Mayor will be met at the Town Hall steps by the Town Watch and Pipe Band and they will escort the Mayor to Lion Walk for 11am. Help for Heroes’ annual Colossal Cake Sale take place in a variety of towns across the UK including Winchester, Colchester and Salisbury and there is still more to come!

April

May

Wednesday 23rd May – Mayor Making – the Watch will welcome our new Mayor Councillor

June

Saturday 2th June and Sunday 3th June – Archer of the Fayre. The Watch organise and run this national contest between the best English longbow archers in the land, in conjunction with the Colchester Medieval Oyster Fayre.

We were saddened to learn that one of our regular archers, Mrs Veronica Baily, died after a short illness on Tuesday 27th November 2012. We offer our condolences to her husband, Mick Baily, several times our ‘Archer of the Fayre’, and to their family.

Monday 4th June – Lighting the Beacon 10.30pm At the back of the Castle in Colchester Castle Park With Mayor of Colchester and Will Jenkins.

Saturday 16th June – The Royal Gun Salute (The Queen’s Official Birthday) – Town Watch to deploy un Honour Guard from 11.30am as guests arrive and the 11.50 to two deploy a Guard next to the Dais.

Saturday 23rd June – COLCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL 2012 – The Town Watch to meet the Mayor at the main gates to the lower castle park for 10.30pm time to open the event and then walking the mayor around the event.

Sunday 24th June – Swearing of the Watchman’s Oath, followed by Walking the Walls of Colchester – Starting 12pm at Balkerne Gate, turning north down Balkerne Hill, and in a clockwise direction, stopping at the east wall for refreshments. Finishing back at the Balkerne Gate. All welcome, in medieval costume or not.

Saturday 30th June – Colchester Carnival – More information to Follow

July

Sunday 1st July – New Town Open Gardens. at the Odd One Out

13,14, & 15th July – Battle of Tewkesbury Weekend. This event remembers the Battle of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, during the Wars of the Roses, on 4th May 1471. The battle was fought betwwen the Yorkists of King Edward 4th and the Lancastrians of Prince Edward and his mother, Margaret of Anjou. The Yorkists prevailed. We are honoured to accept the invitation of the Mayor of Tewkesbury to escort him or her, along with our own mayor, to open the Fayre. This is Europe’s biggest medieval fayre.

August

Fri 17th Aug – St Stanislas Memorial Dinner at the George Hotel. More information to follow

September

Thursday the 13th September – Treasure hunt around town with the Mayor of Colchester – More info to follow (Times 6pm till 10pm)

October

Friday 30th October – Colchester Oyster Feast. The Watch will be in attendance to welcome the dignitaries and guests. We dress the stairs, and stand guard at the Colchester Town Hall.

November

Monday 5th November – Bonfire Night. We arrest Guy Fawkes and make sure that he receives his just punishment in the flames of the fire.

Saturday 24th November – The Town Watch Annual Feast.

December

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2011

Friday 10th March – Madam Mayor Chain Gang Event – The Town Watch to stand guard outside the Town Hall steps to greet guests.Saturday 2nd April 2011 – Help For Heroes Cake SaleEscorting the mayor and her Escort.

Help for Heroes’ annual Colossal Cake Sale take place in a variety of towns across the UK including Winchester, Colchester and Salisbury and there is still more to come!

Saturday 23rd April – St George’s Day. The Watch to assembled and stand gaurd out side St Peters Church at 10am.

Wednesday 18th May – Mayor Making – the Watch will welcome our new Councillor Helen Chuah and her Escort Councillor Mike Hogg.

Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June – Archer of the Fayre. The Watch organise and run this national contest between the best English longbow archers in the land, in conjunction with the Colchester Medieval Oyster Fayre.

Tuesday 7th June – Freedom of The Borough Parade – The Watch to stand guard outside the Town Hall

Saturday 11th June – The Royal Gun Salute (The Queen’s Official Birthday)

Saturday, 25th June 2011 – Swearing of the Watchman’s Oath, followed by Walking the Walls of Colchester . Start 10.00am at the Town Hall.

Leaving 10.00am at the Town Hall, marching to Balkerne Gate, turning north down Balkerne Hill, and in a clockwise direction, stopping at the east wall for refreshments. Finishing back at the Balkerne Gate. All welcome, in medieval costume or not.

Monday 29th August – Myland Fayre. More info to follow.

Saturday 17th September – Wivenhoe Church Ale – King George V playing field The Colchester Town Watch, the Colchester Waits and the Stilt Walkers

Saturday 8th October – Condom Rally – More info to follow.

Friday 30th October – Colchester Oyster Feast. The Watch will be in attendance to welcome the dignitaries and guests. We dress the stairs, and stand guard at the Colchester Town Hall.

Saturday 5th November – Bonfire Night. We arrest Guy Fawkes and make sure that he receives his just punishment in the flames of the fire.

Wednesday 9th November – The Turning-on of the Christmas Lights – The Colchester Town Watch will be there to stand guard as Councillor Helen Chuah, Mayor of Colchester, turns the High Street Christmas light on at around 4.30pm.

Sunday 13th November – Remembrance Sunday. As guests of the Royal British Legion, we are honoured to lay a wreath in memory of those men, women and children who died for us and to remember our absent friends.

Friday 18th November – SNELS Annual Dinner at the Colchester Town Hall 7pm – The Town Watch to stand guard outside the Town Hall steps to greet guests.

Wednesday 7th December 2011 – Silver Oyster Pub 2pm till 3pm – A Guard/Display.

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2010

Saturday 30th January – Curry Night. The Watch attended Cllrs Hogg and Chuah’s charity event and performed some musical entertainments for the occasion. In aid of the Mayor’s charities and a Malaysian Schools charity.Monday 15th Feb – The Odd One Out (public house on Mersea Road) 25th Anniversary. The Watch turned out to oversee the celebrations for landlord John Parrick’s 25th year – and to check that the beer was up to the usual high standard of the house.

Saturday 13th March – Help For Heroes Cake Sale. Escorting the mayor and mayoress.

Friday 23rd April – St Georges Day. On Sunday 25th April, the Watch assembled at the War Memorial in High Street to lay a wreath at the statue of St George.

Friday 14th May – Mayor’s May Dinner. The Watch w Escort. The new Deputy Mayor will be Councillor Helen Chuah and her Escort Mike Hogg. At the formal ceremony the councillors, wearing robes, traditionally process to the Moot Hall to formally vote for the new Mayor and Mayoress (Escort in this case!). After speeches of thanks and acceptance the outgoing mayor (Councillor Henry Spyvee) will hand over the robes and badge to Councillor Lewis and he will hand over the Deputy Mayor’s robes and chain to Councillor Chuah. Following the ceremony the councillors will adjourn to the Council Chamber to approve membership of committees for the coming year followed by nomination of chairmen and deputy chairmen as well as other items of business. At the ceremony the newly elected mayor, Councillor Sonia Lewis will declare her ‘theme’ for the year and name the charities which will benefit from fundraising carried out during the year. In the audience will be invited guests as well as representatives from the University, Garrison and the Police.

Saturday 5th June and Sunday 6th June – Archer of the Fayre. The Watch organise and run this national contest between the best English longbow archers in the land, in conjunction with the Colchester Medieval Oyster Fayre.

Saturday 12th June – Royal Gun Salute. Royal Gun Salutes mark special royal occasions. On these days salutes are fired from locations in London and other authorised stations in the United Kingdom and the Union flag is hoisted on government buildings. In London, salutes are fired in Hyde Park and at The Tower of London however, on state visits, at the State Opening of Parliament and for The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Green Park is used, instead of Hyde Park. The number of rounds fired in a Royal Gun Salute depends on the place and occasion. The basic salute is 21 rounds. In Hyde Park and Green Park an extra 20 rounds are added because they are a Royal Park. The Watch will attend the Colchester event in Castle Park. We thank our High Constable, Councillor Ray Gamble for helping to make this possible.

Saturday 19th June – Walking the Walls of Colchester. Our traditional annual circumnavigation of our walls, accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, councillors and commoners. All are welcome to join us and to witness the Watch swearing their oath of allegiance to the borough and to its people. Midday at the Town Hall to start.

9,10, & 11th July – Battle of Tewkesbury Weekend. This event remembers the Battle of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, during the Wars of the Roses, on 4th May 1471. The battle was fought betwwen the Yorkists of King Edward 4th and the Lancastrians of Prince Edward and his mother, Margaret of Anjou. The Yorkists prevailed. We are honoured to accept the invitation of the Mayor of Tewkesbury to escort him or her, along with our own mayor, to open the Fayre. This is Europe’s biggest medieval fayre.

Monday 30th August – Stanway Fayre. 12.30pm to 16.30pm. Escorting the Mayor to open the fayre.

Saturday 25th September – Lexden History Day. Escorting the Mayor.

Friday 29th October – Colchester Oyster Feast. The Watch will be in attendance to welcome the dignitaries and guests. We dress the stairs, and stand guard at the Colchester Town Hall.

Friday 5th November – Bonfire Night. We arrest Guy Fawkes and make sure that he receives his just punishment in the flames of the fire.

Sunday 13th November – Remembrance Sunday. As guests of the Royal British Legion, we are honoured to lay a wreath in memory of those men, women and children who died for us and to rembember our absent friends.

Saturday 20th November – The Turning-on of the Christmas Lights – The Colchester Town Watch will be there to stand guard as Councillor Sonia Lewis, Mayor of Colchester, turns the High Street Christmas light on at around 4.45pm.

Wednesday 1st December – Ode to Winter. To accompany the Mayor’s walk around town in celebration of Winter and Christmas.

TOWN WATCH EVENTS for 2009

  • Saturday, 14th February – Wedding at Mersea
  • Friday, 20th March – Chain Gang at the Town Hall
  • Sunday, 26th April – St George Parade, from St Peter’s Church at 10.30am
  • Friday, May 1st – Mayor’s Ball
  • Wednesday, May 20th – Mayor Making.
    • We will welcome our new Mayor Henry Spyvee and Mayoress Vivien Spyvee
  • Saturday & Sunday, 6th and 7th of June
    • Colchester Oyster Fayre, The Town Watch are running the Archer of the Fayre competition
  • Saturday, 13th of June
    • – The Royal Gun Salute (The Queens Official Birthday)
  • Sunday, 21st June –
    • Swearing of the Watchman’s Oath, followed by
    • Walking the Walls of Colchester – all invited to join in with a circumnavigation of the 3000 metre long, 2000 year old Roman walls, starting at Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street at 1300 hours. Stout shoes and bottles of water recommended.