Axminster's full of community spirit says town crier Nick Goodwin
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 21 November 2017
Town crier Nick Goodwin reckons Axminster has plenty to shout about. He says the town has some great shops, a wonderful Minster Church and is inhabited by friendly, generous people.
1 What is your favourite memory associated with Axminster?
Being appointed Town Crier of Axminster in 2007. I had always wanted to do something for the town and when I saw the historic position had been revived for the first time since Jack Soper, the previous town crier’s demise in 1951. I applied and against expectations I won the competition and have proudly served the town I love which has been my home for the past 26 years.
2 What do you like most about Axminster?
I love the friendliness, community spirit and generosity of Axminster’s people. Whether you are in the street, in the shops, or the pub or in the square on market day, people always have a smile and greeting. The so called ‘big society’ has always been here, long before politicians made it a by-word. We may not earn a lot of money in this town but people are so generous when it comes to good causes and community events. The Christmas lights in the town this year are going to be absolutely fantastic.
3 What is your favourite shop in Axminster?
Easy. The Sweet Shop located in Trinity Square owned and run by the delightful Angela and her husband. A fantastic selection of old-fashioned sweets that you had in your childhood stacked in big jars on shelves running from floor to ceiling. Make your choice of how many grams worth you want in money, hand over the jar and they’re weighed and bagged up. The shop always has an ever-changing display of goodies and establishments like these should have a preservation order on them, as they are part of our heritage.
4 How have you seen Axminster develop throughout the years?
I have seen the town grid-locked with increased heavy traffic, but sadly no relief road, and the demise of the cattle market after foot and mouth disease round about Millennium time. A lot of new housing developments have brought new people into the town but little low cost and social housing. I have seen our hospital and our police force being dismantled piece by piece, instead of being developed to help the increased number of inhabitants. Axminster Tools has continued to thrive. An hourly train service to London following double tracking the railway line. New blood on the town council and the Guildhall being looked after and managed properly at last.
5 What is your favourite building in Axminster?
The Minster Church on the Minster Green is my favourite building. So much of Axminster’s heritage and history stems from the original building which was founded in 786 AD. Inside it is a place to sit to take time to reflect and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity away from today’s mad world… as well as being a place to pray.
I have been fortunate to have been to the top of the tower and admire the views of the town and to raise the flag on the flagpole. Also in my capacity of Axminster Town Crier, I have done many a shout from the Green where the voice will bounce off the walls of the Minster and on a good day my dulcet tones have been heard all over town.