Major Patrick Darling
Patrick was born in Perth, Western Australia and raised in Northern Ireland. He was educated at Harrow, Edinburgh University and at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester where he was awarded the Silver Gilt Medal as the best potential farmer. He served as an Officer in the 15th /19th The King's Royal Hussars which became the Light Dragoons from 1981 to 1998 when he then moved to Sellack, near Ross-on-Wye where he now farms. His Army Career included 2 tours of Bosnia once in Command of an independent Squadron during the civil War; and once as a Military advisor to Carl Bildt the former Swedish Prime Minister and High Representative of Bosnia straight after the war. Most of the early part of his career was as part of the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany. He also had an Operational tour to Northern Ireland, rode on attachment to The Cadre Noir in Saumur for a year, was a tank Gunnery instructor at Bovington, Adjutant of the Queens Own Yeomanry in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, attended the Army Staff College and finished his career working in the 1st Reconnaissance Brigade. Patrick's interests are wide and varied, he has been involved and supported a considerable variety of groups and organisations throughout the county of Herefordshire.
The Declaration of Major Patrick Darling DL, MFH as High Sheriff of Herefordshire 2014/2015 took place at The Shirehall on the evening of Thursday 3rd April in front of the Lord Lieutenant and a distinguished group of Church, Judicial and Civic Dignitaries. During the ceremony the new High Sheriff swore allegience to the Crown and […]
On 22nd April a Parade was held at Suvla Barrack to mark the rebadging of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry Troop to become 10 Platoon, E Company, 6 Rifles. Both Commanding Officers witnessed the Parade and the Lord Lieutenant took the salute. In her remarks she drew attention to the long history of a […]
On Sunday 27th April 2014 The south Marches District Scout Council held their Annual St Georges Day Celebration Service and parade in Hereford Cathedral. The Scouts and Guides, who numbered around 1,000, paraded to the church with their banners behind the Cheltenham Pipes and Drums. The start of the service was marked by ASL Mathew […]
Archers from Wales Warbow came to practice at Caradoc on Sunday 27th April after church. The team was lead by Jeremy Spencer, Captain of the Marks, and the day organised by Brian Lee. It was a delight to practice this ancient skill. Echoes of the song the Silver Arrow “The book is read and the prayers […]
On 5th May Kate Justice did an interview for BBC Hereford and Worcester on the New High Sheriff.
By kind invitation of the Banks family a Flower Fair was held at Hergest Croft Gardens in aid of HOPE. HOPE is a local charity whose aim is the support of young people through a family health crisis. More may be found on www.hopesupportservices.org.uk . It was a glorious day and the gardens looked magnificent.
The Countess of Wessex visited Markyes Close in Ross-on-Wye. Markyes Close is a specialist residential home for Older people with learning disabilities and age related conditions such as dementia. The Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chairman of Herefordshire Council and the Mayor of Ross welcomed the Countess along with the manageress of Markyes Close, Gail Cooper. […]
Liz Parker, Community Fundraiser , Herefordshire welcomed guests to the Herefordshire Poppy Appeal Awards. The evening started with an impressive and moving presentation from Tom Moreland. Tom is an ex Ulster Defence Regiment Soldier who had fallen on hard times as the result of a breakdown and its associated problems. The Royal British Legion had […]
HRH The Princess Royal visited the Malvern Spring Show on Friday in her capacity as Patron of the Royal Three Counties Show. She spent several hours visiting the site and was greeted by representatives of the Three Counties including the Lords Lieutenant and High Sheriffs. There is a refreshing awareness that the Royal Three Counties […]
The Hospice Angels, a group of motor cyclists, set off from High Town en route for Erchless Castle to raise money for St Michaels Hospice and The Highland Hospice. The group is led by Mike Pullin and the trip was organised by Cllr Peter Sinclair-Knipe. The Angels were seen off by the Lord Lieutenant, High […]