Major Patrick Darling

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 HIGH SHERIFF’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

One of the great privileges of being High Sheriff is to see so much of the work of the unsung heroes of the county; those who give freely of their time and energy to make Herefordshire work. Their impact may be small individually but collectively it is these volunteers who make our county such a […]

From the left Steve Fisher (Headteacher), Stephen Williams, Simon Bounds, Jules Hudson, Richard (Squeezy) Burge, Patrick Darling (High Sheriff of Herefordshire), Chris Donovan.

WASSAILING AT KINGSTONE HIGH SCHOOL – SATURDAY 17TH JANUARY 2015

The High Sheriff attended the Wassailing event at Kingstone High School which was opened by the Escape to the Countryside presenter Jules Hudson. Parents, staff and governors were welcomed and invited to join in the first Wassailing to be held at the High School.  The event was organised by the Friends of Kingstone High School’s […]

CRIME PREVENTION FORUM LAUNCH – THURSDAY 29TH JANUARY 2015

As a sequitur of the Rural Crime Launch in May, the High Sheriff chaired the first of five Rural and Business Communities Crime Prevention Forums.  The event was well attended and presentations on rural crime and it’s prevention were made by Barry Sheldon, (Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner), Superintendent Sue Thomas, Inspector Bob Barnett, Detective […]

VISIT TO THE ROYAL NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR THE BLIND- WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2015

On Wednesday 4th February the High Sheriff visited the Royal National College for the Blind.  On arrival he was greeted by Mrs Sheila Tallon, the Principle and he was then given presentations by Stephanie Mackey on Independence, Teresa Allen on IT, Mr Mark Fisher on Student Support Services, Jane Crabtree onPhysiotherapy and Tony Larkin.  It was […]

RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE AWARD OF AN MBE TO SHEENAGH DAVIS – FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2015

The High Sheriff attended an event to mark the awarding of an MBE to Sheelagh Davis at the H.O.P.E. Family Centre in Bromyard.  Sheelagh Davis was awarded her MBE in recognition of the hard work and inspiration she put into creating the H.O.P.E. Centre along with support from her husband.  The charity offers tremendous support […]

POLICE COMMENDATION EVENING – THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

On the 12th February The High Sheriff attended Herefordshire Local Policing Awards Ceremony and presented a number of High Sheriff’s Awards including one to retired Inspector Paul Crumpton.  The evening showed off the incredibly high standard of public service that the Police Force in Hereford give to us.  It was an honour to be part […]

VISIT TO BARRS COURT SCHOOL – FRIDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2015

The High Sheriff visited Barrs Court School and was received by the the Head Teacher Lisa Appleton along with Karen Aird.  He then attended the school assembly where he gave a short talk on the role and duties of a High Sheriff and the Magna Carta.  He then joined the students in singing the school […]