I am very honoured to have been asked to be High Sheriff for the year 2018-19. The office of High Sheriff dates from the 9th century and is the second oldest secular office after the Monarchy. The first King of England was Egbert in 827. The first Bishop of Hereford was Putta in 676 so even older. The earliest sheriff whose name we know is Ralph de Bernai in the 11th century. Since then, there have been well over 600 different holders of the office in Herefordshire. Back then, the Sheriff had great powers that they practised, some for good and some not so good. The modern High Sheriff has no practical power but hopes to use the prestige of this ancient office for the good of our County. I was born and brought up in Bosbury. My family have a connection with the house where we now live since the 1830’s. I have a degree in engineering and worked for 5 years in agricultural machinery in Ludlow, just next door. I then took an MBA from the business school at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. My career since then has been in private equity, much of it in London. My interest has always been in smaller companies with high growth potential, in the Information Technology and Life Science sectors. I have worked with and on the board of a number of such companies. Since moving back to Herefordshire, I have been involved with various County based institutions. I was Treasurer and am now lay chair of Bosbury PCC; member of the Ledbury Deanery Synod and its standing committee and a member of Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Board of Finance where I chair its Investment Advisory Group. I am chair of the Bosbury Parish Hall committee and chair of Governors of The Elms School in Colwall on the edge of the County. I am very pleased to be following my late Mother in the office of High Sheriff. She held it in 2000-2001. I am very honoured that her Chaplin, The Rev Ros Trafford Roberts, has agreed to be my Chaplin. I am also very pleased that Jeremy Wilding of Gabb & Co. has agreed to be Undersheriff during my year. Jeremy has been held this office for the last 6 High Sheriffs. I shall be working as a team with my wife, Laura and assistant, Julia Savagar. Laura and I have three children, all girls now all grown up but may accompany their aged parents from time to time. Although Herefordshire Sheriffs at the time of Magna Carta (1215) may have been somewhat suspect, I am conscious that I am following in the footsteps of some formidable holders of the office in the recent past.
On 13th April in the High Court in Hereford, Thomas Nathaniel Hone made his declaration to take over the role of High Sheriff of Herefordshire from the Reverend Lady Lisvane in front of the Right Honourable Sir Andrew McFarlane and many distinguished witnesses.
Service of Dedication to Commemorate the Fallen of the Falklands War of 1982, Ross-on-Wye on 14th April
The High Sheriff attended the service of dedication to commemorate the Fallen of the Falklands War in 1982. Three soldiers are remembered. Private Timothy Jones, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment Guardsman Gareth Griffiths, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Guardsman Colin Parsons, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The service took place in the Market Place where those assembled […]
Laura and I attended the celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the cooperation agreement between Hope Support Services and St. Michael’s Hospice. Hope Support Services, http://www.hopesupport.org.uk/, is a charity that started in Herefordshire but aims to develop nationally. It offers support serves to young people who have a loved one who is seriously ill or worse. […]
The High Sheriff attended a function aimed at raising awareness in the local business community of this wonderful charity which is “dedicated to providing chances for people of all ages and abilities to make all sorts of music together, because it is one of the most powerful ways to improve people’s lives and well-being, and […]
Laura and I attended the declaration ceremony of David Price as High Sheriff of Powys at the Strand Hall in Builth Wells. Each Bailiwick does these ceremonies a little differently but all require the incoming High Sheriff to swear an oath written in English that is not entirely clear. Before I was swore my own […]
The High Sheriff was asked to be dressed in full 18th century Court Dress for this great fun occasion. Bromyard have devised a Heritage trail from the Heritage Centre via St. Peter’s Church, the Alms houses and the Falcon Hotel (that was part of the carrier/coach and mail system when the horse was the only […]
The County was honoured by the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex and was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant, the Dowager Countess of Darnley, who then presented HRH to a number of county dignitaries and their partners. Air Vice Marshall Mike Smart escorted HRH to the “Weeping Window” display of ceramic poppies that had been set […]
It was a pleasure to attend this event and to see so many young people taking part. Hereford Cathedral School Whitecross School
I was unable to attend the opening of the Hereford Labyrinth, on the South side of the Wye in Hereford opposite the Cathedral. I joined the party at the Kindle Centre next door to Asda just over the bridge on the South side in Hereford and was then given a tour of this impressive Community Facility […]
Barton Court, a beautiful Georgian House near Colwall, north of Ledbury, has been turned into an events venue and place to stay. This was their launch. Barton Court.