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Hereford Mayor-Making

Monday 15th May 2017 The Mayor-Making at Hereford City Council. Jim Kenyon came to the end of his term as Mayor, and Councillor Sharon Michael was elected the 636th Mayor of Hereford in a colourful ceremony at the Town Hall. Sharon has chosen as her Mayor’s charities Blood Bikes, an organisation of volunteer motorcycles who […]

Leominster Mayor-Making

Saturday 13th May To Leominster in the evening for the Annual Meeting and Mayor-Making of Leominster Town Council. A fascinating mix of ceremony and informality, with the Sergeant at Arms and the Mace Bearers in attendance, and less conventional office holders such as the Ale Taster and the Bread Weigher, dressed in Elizabethan costume. In […]

Orchestral Eucharist in Hereford Cathedral

Sunday 7th May I attended the Orchestral Eucharist at the Cathedral. This is an annual Service for the Cathedral’s Feast of Consecration. Although there is some debate about the precise year in which the consecration of the Cathedral took place, the date of 11th May (or the nearest Sunday) has for centuries been the occasion […]

The River Carnival in Hereford

Saturday 29th April I was welcomed by the Dean of Hereford at the Apple Pavement outside the West end of the Cathedral, and then walked in procession with the Bishop of Hereford, led by the Town Crier, Jim Kenyon the Mayor, in his robes, the Junior Mayor Tofi Folayan, the Dean, the Sword Bearer and […]

HRH The Princess Royal

Friday 28th April The second Royal visit: HRH The Princess Royal flew into Longlands, a centre for Riding for the Disabled and a care farm. Longlands was set up 15 years ago by the inspirational Julia Evans, and now has both permanent staff and a large team of volunteers providing alternative education to break cycles […]


Thursday 27th April The AGM of SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) took place at The Kindle Centre, Hereford. This featured case histories of Service people and their families who have used SSAFA in the last year. It was heart-warming to hear about the help that SSAFA was able to provide, and […]

Great Spring Gardening Event – British Red Cross

Wednesday, 26th April 2017 The Great Spring Gardening Event for the British Red Cross. This was held in the delightful surroundings of Newport House, near Almeley, and was faultlessly organised under the chairmanship of Debra Tritton, the British Red Cross President for Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, who was also our host for lunch. The BRC […]

Kington Civic Service

Sunday 23rd April The Kington Civic Service. Lunch at Hergest Croft Gardens hosted by the Mayor of Kington, Elizabeth Banks and her husband Lawrence was attended by the new High Sheriff of Powys and other civic guests, and lunch was followed by a Service at Kington Parish Church led by the Revd Ben Griffiths, the […]

High Sheriff of Powys Declaration

Friday April 21st To the Judge’s Lodgings in Presteigne for the Declaration of the new High Sheriff of Powys, Sue Thompson. The ceremony took place in the beautifully restored Victorian Courthouse where the Declaration in the even older Prayer Book English sounded quite at home. Fittingly, the blessing by the High Sheriff’s Chaplain was in […]

Duke of Kent visits Herefordshire

Thursday 20th April The first Royal visit of my Shrieval year; I was in attendance as HRH The Duke of Kent visited Prometheus, a company based near Leominster, supplying state-of-the-art, pre-hospital medical equipment for use especially in trauma cases. The company trains healthcare professionals as well as lay people, and its world-wide reputation and export […]