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Police Patrol – 31st January 2019

Superintendent Sue Thomas, Senior Police Officer in Herefordshire, arranged for the two of us to go out separately on patrol (after attending a drugs briefing). I was assigned to a patrol in Hereford while Mrs High Sheriff went to Ross-on-Wye. Details of our patrols would not be appropriate but were full of excitement of the […]

The Hereford Cathedral School’s performance of Oliver – 30th January 2019

This evening was pure enjoyment, with as good a performance of the musical, Oliver, as one could hope for, performed by the young people of the Hereford Cathedral School with only Fagin played by Ben Abbott, the producer and a bit more senior. Those of us of a certain age remember Lionel Bart’s Musical when […]

Visit to the Green Dragon – 29th January 2019

The Green Dragon in Hereford, in the past a key social centre for the city, is under new management, and one with great plans to restore the hotel to its former glory. We were shown around by Julian Vaughan and Christian Dangerfield who led the local consortium that had bought the hotel. Julian has spent […]

Attendance at the Crown Court in Hereford – 29th January 2019

I attended The Crown Court at the Shirehall in Hereford on various days during this week. Sheriffs are meant to look after judges but in reality. HH Judge Pierce-Higgins QC, looked after me and explained the process. Although most of the time was spent on one particular case, I was impressed by how much other […]

The High Sheriff of Worcestershire’s Charity Lunch – 27th January 2019

The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Cassian Roberts and his wife, Jane, held a lunch to raise funds for the High Sheriff’s fund held by the Worcestershire Community Foundation. After an excellent Lunch, the Right Hon. Sir Andrew MacFarlane, President of the Family Division, gave us a review of the workings of the law, which has […]

Launch of Vital Signs 2018 for Herefordshire – 25th January 2019

At the end of the Symposium, the Herefordshire Community Foundation launched the publication of Vital Signs, a concise analysis of the perception within the County of its strengths and weaknesses compared to other comparable areas. It includes a number of useful statistics about the County to help paint a picture. Here is a link to […]

Social Care Symposium – 25th January 2019

The High Sheriff’s symposium was held at the Shirehall Hereford on 25th January 2019. Here are the introduction, programme and bios of the speakers and panel that went out with the invitation. Social Care Symposium What is it about? Social care is the theme for my year as High Sheriff. Modern British Society has delegated […]

Creatures of the Mappi Mundi – a talk by Yinka Shonibare CBE – 24th January 2019

Hereford Cathedral hosted an exhibition of Art by Yinka Shonibare CBE, commissioned by Meadow Arts. The works are described as “patchwork, appliqué,  embroidery and Dutch wax printed cotton textile.” The works were assembled by the Hereford College of Art. The works were inspired by the mythical creatures that are to be found on the Mappa […]

Visit to Longlands Care Farm, Whitbourne – 23rd January 2019

Longlands Care Farm is taking in young people, from 11 to 18 years old who are unable to engage, for one reason or another with traditional education. There is a limit to how broad a provision can be made within a school. The Evans family, owners of the Longlands Farm over many generations and encompassing […]

Visit to the Royal National College for the Blind – 22nd January 2019

We visited the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and were welcomed by Professor Tamar Thompson, the Chair of the Board of Governors and taken around by Mark Fisher, the Principal and Lucy Proctor, the Chief Executive. Earlier in the year, we attended the celebration of the 40th Anniversary since the RNC moved […]