Bob Tabor

Bob Tabor

Bob Tabor was Declared as High Sheriff of Herefordshire on the 4th April 2013. The Declaration Ceremony was held in the Court at The Shirehall in Hereford. He has lived and worked in the County for 43 years. He has been married to his wife Bea for that time and they live at Llanrothal in the south of the County. After school, he spent a year at the School of Navigation at Warsash before joining the Shaw Savill and Albion Shipping Company as an Officer Cadet. He travelled around the world with many visits to Australia and New Zealand. On leaving the Merchant Navy he went into the Motor Industry and in 1973 he started South Hereford Garages Ltd. The business represents Audi and Volkswagen products in Herefordshire and adjoining Counties. Having led the company for 35 years, in 2008 he sold his shares to a management buy-in. In the mid-Nineties, he was Chairman of the Audi, Volkswagen National Dealer Council representing the National Dealer Body in the UK and at the European Dealer Council. Bob has been a Trustee of The Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust for 14 years and is also a Churchwarden at St Mary’s, Welsh Newton, South Herefordshire. Bob and Bea were brought up to respect animals and nature. They run a small farm and have a mutual love of animals and the countryside. Bob was introduced to sailing and motor cars at a very early age. He is a keen cruising yachtsman and has sailed across the Atlantic three times and around Cape Horn in 2006. He also has an interest in classic cars and raced in the Eighties and Nineties. In 2012 Bob was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire. In the same year, The Countess of Darnley asked him to organise a suitable vessel to represent Herefordshire in the Thames Jubilee Pageant. He set up a committee of ex-Naval Herefordians, which organised the building of The Hereford Bull, a replica River Wye Trow. The Hereford Bull successfully took part in the Thames Jubilee Pageant. The future for the Trow is that it will be operated as a tourist attraction as well as offering educational and training opportunities for young people. Bob continues to be involved as President. During his year as High Sheriff, as well as carrying out his civic duties, Bob has a particular interest in supporting the cause of road safety in the County and he will be working closely with the Road Safety Partnership, the Police and Fire and Rescue Services and Herefordshire Council. Bob would also like to use his Shrieval year to meet as many different people and organisations from around the County as possible. Both Bob and Bea really look forward to this.

Inaugural Nave Dinner at Hereford Cathedral

Bob and Bea attended the Inaugural Nave Dinner at Hereford Cathedral on Friday 17th May, the purpose of which was to raise money for the Cathedral.  It was a very successful and entertaining evening.

The Hereford Bull under sail

Maiden Sail for “The Hereford Bull”

Bob took part in the Maiden Sail of “The Hereford Bull” in the Sharpness Canal on Saturday 18th May.  This wonderful  Herefordshire historical vessel performed perfectly, looked splendid and was greatly admired by passersby.

Bob sounding the horn for the start of the race

Hope Valley Run

Bob sounded the horn to officially start the 2013 Hope Valley Run at Woolhope on Sunday 19th May.  The race is a 6 mile multi-terrain run through scenic Herefordshire countryside which includes woodlands, fields and ash paths with road at the start and finish.  The first Hope Valley Run was organised by Ronnie Scully in […]

The Installation of the 632nd Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Philip James Edwards

Bob and B attended the Installation of Councillor Philip Edwards as the 632nd May of Hereford and Mrs Bobbie Hadley as the Mayor’s Mayoress on Monday 20th May.  Councillor Len Tawn was elected as Deputy Mayor and Vice Chairman of Hereford City Council for the coming Municipal Year.  The Mayor announced the appointment of his […]

Annual Meeting of Herefordshire Council

Bob attended the Annual Meeting of Herefordshire Council at the Shire Hall, Hereford on Friday 24th May.  At the Meeting Councillor Olwyn Barnett was re-elected as Chairman of Herefordshire Council and Councillor Chris Chappell was elected as Vice Chairman.  The new Leader of the Council was named as Councillor Tony Johnson.  TheMeeting and lunch was […]

Welsh Newton Plant and Home Produce Sale

On Saturday 1st June, Bob attended the Welsh Newton Plant and Home Produce Sale at Dr Michael and Mrs Visser’s home.  It was well attended and Mrs Visser was ably assisted by local volunteers.  The money raised was in aid of the Parish of Welsh Newton and Llanrothal.

A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Coronation of Here Majesty the Queen

On Sunday 2nd June both Bob and Bea attended a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen at Hereford Cathedral by kind invitation of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley and the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor.  Also […]

Recital at St Mary’s Church, Welsh Newton

Bob and Bea attended a mixed Recital at St Mary’s Church, Welsh Newton, sung by Angela and Paul Badley on the evening of Sunday 2nd June.  It was very well attended by local people from the Borders Benefice.  Drinks and canapés were served in the interval and were generously supplied by Fay Visser, Gill Freeth […]

Herefordshire Volunteers of the Year Awards 2013

Bob and Bea attended the HVOSS Herefordshire Volunteers of the Year Awards 2013 on Monday 10th June at the Three Counties Hotel.  The Awards were very kindly sponsored by allpay.  It was a wonderful evening where very special Herefordians were recognised for their stirling and selfless work as volunteers. The Volunteer of the Year Award […]

Visit to Hereford Futures

On 13th April Bob was invited by Major General Ted Willmott CB, OBE to the office of Hereford Futures and he was given an outline of the remit for Hereford Futures and the present and future structure of the organisation.  He was then taken on to the site of the Old Cattle Market and was […]