Nat Hone

Nat Hone

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.

Visit to Hereford & Ludlow College – 27th March 2019

Next door to the Sixth Form College is the Herefordshire & Ludlow College. On the web-site is listed three campuses – Hereford, Ludlow and Holme Lacy. Hereford, which used to be what was called a Technology College, offers a wide range of courses well beyond technology in the old sense – full and part time, […]

Faure’s Requiem – 27th March 2019

This event was driven by the Cathedral School but brought together school choirs from all around the county in Hereford Cathedral. In the first half, we heard classical pieces by Mozart and Debussy before a new piece called Night Sky, written by Judah Moore, a Hereford Cathedral School, musician of what was obvious talent. We […]

Herefordshire Music Fund Relaunch – 28th March 2019

Some years ago, Jonathan Godfrey OBE, then Principal of the Hereford Sixth Form College (now a Director of the Hay Festival), launched a fund to provide bursaries for music tuition, primarily for Sixth Form College students. This has now been relaunched as a separate charity managed by Encore, the organisation that provides music services to […]

Visit to the Hereford College of Arts – 29th March 2019

We visited the Hereford College of Arts and saw around both its campuses, on Folly Lane and on College Road. We were told about the College and its ambitions by Abigail Appleton, the Principal.  The College was founded in the mid 19th Century so has had time to build a formidable reputation. It is independent, […]

Visit to the Wye Valley NHS Trust – 29th March 2019

Wye Valley NHS Trust (“WVT”) is the provider of healthcare services at Hereford County Hospital, which is based in the city of Hereford, along with a number of community services for Herefordshire and its borders. It also provide healthcare services at community hospitals in the market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Bromyard (but not Ledbury […]

Official Launch of the West Mercia new Victim Advice Line – 1st April 2019

To Hindlip Hall, HQ of the West Mercia Police which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire,  joined by Cassian Roberts, outgoing High Sheriff of Worcestershire and Josh Dixey, newly minted High Sheriff of Shropshire, for the Official Launch of West Mercia’s new Victim Support Line. They have, in effect, taken in house, the service previously offered […]

Herefordshire Youth Music Concerts – 2nd and 3rd April 2019

On Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Shirehall, Hereford, the Herefordshire Youth Music held their Spring Concerts. On Tuesday, we heard the Brass and Concert Bands. First on were the Intermediate Concert Band with four pieces including Modest Mussorgsky’s  A Night on a Bare Mountain. Next was the Youth Brass Bands with eight pieces. I […]

SSAFA AGM – 4th April 2019

This will be the last entry from this High Sheriff as the baton is passed to the next High Sheriff, James Hervey-Bathurst, tomorrow night. I attended the 2018 SSAFA AGM a couple of days before my declaration so I am starting and finishing with this event. It is a perfect sample of what we have […]

A Festival of Artist Blacksmithing, Hereford – 5th April 2019

A Festival of Artist Blacksmithing was organised by Hereford Bid and the Hereford College of Arts.  This runs from 5th to 14th April at various venues in Hereford City. mostly in the Maylord shopping centre and is a mixture of exhibitions and presentations and the opportunity to have a go yourself. Paul Mikula, a South […]

Declaration of James Hervey-Bathurst CBE DL as High Sheriff of Herefordshire – 5th April 2019

James Hervey-Bathurst CBE DL , in Court number 1 at the Shirehall in Hereford, made the oath as laid down in the 1887 Sheriffs Act before The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire The Dowager Lady Darnley, the Vice-Lord Lieutenant and many of the Deputy Lieutenants, neighbouring High Sheriffs and many past High Sheriffs, The Vice Chair […]