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.
CUP Ceramics is an open access project aimed at all who want to make things in ceramics and work together so doing. We attend this fund-raising. They hope to launch this Autumn. CUP Ceramics.
Air Vice Marshal Mike Smart and Hereford Cathedral with their respective teams created a memorable celebration of this important anniversary. We heard accounts and poems that illustrated many aspects of the service – the bravery, especially in those early days, the dangers and tragedies, the excitement and joy too. Humour played its part with the […]
It would be impossible to overstate what a great charity this is. Its origins go back to 1856 when the then vicar of St. Peters’ in Hereford and his sister, Amelia, set out to help in a number of ways struggling families in the city. Today (to steal from their web-site) Vennture remains a Christian cross-church […]
Music in Herefordshire schools is now run by Encore Entreprises who took on the Herefordshire Music Service. Do look at their web-site to understand all that they do to bring music to our young people and help them to make music. We attend this concert to hear the Intermediate Concert Band, The Herefordshire Youth Brass […]
We joined Will Lindesay, representing the Lord Lieutenant, The Bishop of Hereford, the Dean of Hereford, the Mayor and Junior Mayor of Hereford and the Chair of the Herefordshire Youth Council to process from the west end of the cathedral to the Left Bank village for the opening ceremony of this festival. Take a look […]
From river frolics to dry land. This fair goes back to a Royal Charter in 1121. It has an interesting history and more information can be found here. The Bishop of Hereford was duly paid his rent in bushels of the best wheat and we very much enjoyed his acceptance speech. All the fun of […]
The County was honoured by the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The visit started at Lucton School, Leominster. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant presented a number of dignitaries to HRH before HRH laid a wreath at the school’s war memorial. HRH then took the salute and inspected the School Cadets before awarding a number of prizes […]
The County was honoured by the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra. The visit started at St. Michael’s Hospice, Bartestree. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant presented a number of dignitaries and some of St. Michael’s major donors before being given a tour of the Hospice which has recently been greatly expanded and changed. HRH met a number […]
The Office of High Sheriff is not much older than that of Mayor of Hereford. The Charter granted to Hereford in 1189 specifically says “So that no Sheriff of ours shall intrude in any wise upon them concerning any plea, quarrel or other thing related to the aforementioned town.” The office of “The Right Worshipful The […]
The West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association covers the activities of these forces in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. An almost complete set of Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs gathered to join the senior members of these forces at the Staffordshire County Showground. The President , Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of […]