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Royal British Legion County Rally

Saturday, 10th June 2017 To Llanwarne for the County Rally of the Royal British Legion for Herefordshire. We gathered at the War Memorial for the Commemoration, Last Post and Silence, and Reveille. The Northfield Caledonia Pipes and Drums then marched off, as we all made our way to Christ Church, Llanwarne, for the Service conducted […]

General Election Polling Day

Thursday 8th June 2017 General Election Polling Day, for which as High Sheriff I was Returning Officer for both our County constituencies. Robert and I arrived at the Hereford Leisure Centre just after the close of the polls at 10.00 p.m. I had had a very thorough briefing from Colette Maund, Herefordshire Council’s Head of […]

Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum

Monday, 5th June 2017 To the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum at Suvla Barracks, Harold Street. A fascinating briefing by Colonel Andy Taylor, the County Colonel of The Rifles and the Curator of the Museum. Andy traced the history of the Regiment from the Herefordshire and Radnorshire Rifle Volunteers, formed in 1861, via its existence as […]

Tudorville Service of Remembrance

Sunday, 4th June 2017 It was a great privilege to attend a Service of Remembrance at Ross-on-Wye Town Cemetery, Tudorville, to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the ending of the Falklands War. This was an intensely moving ceremony, which took place at the graveside of Private Timothy Jenkins of 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3PARA), […]

Royal Garden Party

Thursday, 1st June 2017 To Buckingham Palace for one of The Queen’s Garden Parties. Beautifully organised as always, with the Royal Household’s great skill at making everyone feel valued and welcome. A baking hot day (so good that High Sheriffs are not expected to wear their uniform to Garden Parties!). The Queen and The Duke […]

Eardisland and La Vieille Lyre Twinning Anniversary

Saturday 27th May 2017 To Eardisland, to take part in the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the twinning of Eardisland with a remarkably similar community in Normandy, La Vieille Lyre; like Eardisland, a vibrant rural community, concerned with apples, cider, and beef (as well as tourism). What I had not realised was the ancient […]

Young Police Cadets Passing Out Parade

Friday 26th May I was able to snatch a sandwich at home before setting out again for Withington Primary School for the Passing Out Parade of Young Police Cadets. This was a fascinating experience: the result of the County’s first Young Cadet Scheme involving Year Six pupils aged 10/11 who are in their last year […]

Duchess of Cornwall visits Jamie’s Farm

Friday 26th May 2017 Our third Royal Visit of my term of office – Herefordshire is doing very well! This was the visit by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to Jamie’s Farm, near Rowlestone, of which she is Patron. Jamie’s Farm is a splendid initiative, which helps disadvantaged children to flourish at home, in education […]

Electoral Service Visit

25th May 2017 A fascinating meeting at the Town Hall with Colette Maund, Head of Electoral Services, and Erica Hermon, Deputy Head of Law and Governance, of Herefordshire Council. By law, a High Sheriff is the Returning Officer for the County Constituencies within the County for which she or he is High Sheriff. In Herefordshire […]

Falklands Anniversary Royal Marine Band Concert

Saturday 20th May 2017 An unforgettable evening in the Cathedral to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands War, the local Servicemen killed in action and the loss of Hereford’s own ship HMS ANTELOPE. The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Plymouth, provided the music, which was outstanding, with talented soloists as well as pieces […]