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.
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 […]
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 […]
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), […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]