The Reverend Lady Lisvane

The Reverend Lady Lisvane

It is a great privilege to be invited to be High Sheriff of Herefordshire for 2017-18, and to take up a post which, after the Monarchy, is the oldest secular office in the country. There have been High Sheriffs, originally directly responsible for law and order (and for collecting taxes!) for more than a thousand years. I have had connections with Herefordshire for 40 years and I have lived and worked here since the birth of our elder daughter 34 years ago. During that time I worked as a business consultant, latterly concentrating on leadership and management; as a non-executive director in the NHS and as a trustee for various Herefordshire charities. I am currently the Chairman of the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance. In 2013 I was ordained into the Church of England and I now work as an assistant priest in the Borderlink benefice, which has eight churches along the south side of the River Wye from Cusop to Preston-on-Wye. I am the third woman priest in England to be a High Sheriff, and the first in Herefordshire.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Herefordshire Council AGM lunch

Friday 19th May 2017 Lunch following the Annual Meeting of Herefordshire Council. The Council meets every three months or so rather than once a year, of course, but this meeting begins the Council’s formal year, with the election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, and the Leader of the Council, and the appointment of Councillors […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]