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Herefordshire Group Training Association - Annual Apprentice Awards Evening

Herefordshire Group Training Association – Annual Apprentice Awards Evening

The HGTA http://www.hwgta.org/ is the champion of vocational training in Herefordshire, with over 550 apprentices training with companies where they learn engineering, business administration, customer service, accountancy. Others can also attend courses on management, leadership and first aid, so that a total of 2000 people have passed through 250 different courses in the last 12 […]

Visit to Lady Hawkins School, Kington

Visit to Lady Hawkins School, Kington

. On 11th November, I was invited to Lady Hawkins School, Kington, to be part of the unveiling ceremony of large carved limestone rock, erected in front of the school as a memorial to pupils from the school who had died in wars from 1914 to date. I shared the unveiling with Bob Widdowson, the […]

The High Sheriff's Lecture

The High Sheriff’s Lecture

Sir David Calvert-Smith His Honour Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC and I co-hosted the annual High Sheriff’s lecture on 8th November in the Shire Hall. It was largely organised by Erica Manley, Event Coordinator and Fundraiser at Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust https://www.herefordcathedral.org/hereford-cathedral-perpetual-trust with the ticket proceeds from nearly 90 guests divided between the Trust and the […]

Visit of the Prince of Wales to Ross-on-Wye

Visit of the Prince of Wales to Ross-on-Wye

The Mayor of Ross, Councillor Jane Roberts, and her Deputy, Councillor Daniel Lister, invited the Prince of Wales to mark the start of a year to mark the 250th anniversary of the Revd William Gilpin’s promotion of two-day package tours down the Wye to Chepstow. The official reception party included the Lord Lieutenant, the Chairman […]

High Sheriffs’ Association West Midlands Regional Meeting

High Sheriffs in our region were invited by Chris Loughran, High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2018-2019, to meet on 29th October to discuss our roles and how we could work together and generally add value to society in our different counties. We assembled at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Sutton Coldfield, a fine Victorian building, […]

Installation of The Mayor of Hereford

Installation of The Mayor of Hereford

Lucy and I attended the mayor making ceremony in Hereford City Hall on 13th May when Councillor Kath Hey was made 638th Mayor of Hereford. The ceremony took place in the presence of Councillors and council officials as well as other mayors from the market towns and County Councillors.  The Council staff were attired in […]

Opening of Hereford May Fair 2019

Opening of Hereford May Fair 2019

One of the current Mayor of Hereford’s last official duties before handing over to her successor was to open the May Fair on 7th May. I was delighted to attend, having last been to the Fair as a child, and to witness the ceremony involved. We processed with several civic dignitaries from the Town Hall […]

Malvern Firefighters' Memorial Day 2019

Malvern Firefighters’ Memorial Day 2019

Last Saturday was St Florian’s Day, the patron saint of fire fighters. St Florian had a distinguished role in the Roman army where he trained a special group of soldiers to fight fires; he was executed for his Christian beliefs in about 304 and, as a martyr, he is patron saint of Austria. He is […]

Berrington Hall event with National Trust, Toni Cook and SHYPP, Toni Cook and the National Trust

Berrington Hall event with National Trust, Toni Cook and SHYPP, Toni Cook and the National Trust

For the last 9 weeks (three hours every Wednesday afternoon), the National Trust team at Berrington Hall https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall has been working on a project led by Toni Cook to involve local young people introduced by SHYPP-Supported Housing for Young People Project https://www.wmhousing.co.uk/my-landlord/shypp/ to tell the stories of Berrington Hall in poetry and prose. Last night, […]

Civic Service of Thanksgiving

Civic Service of Thanksgiving

Lucy & I attended the service of thanksgiving for Sue Boulter’s year in office on 14th April at St Peter’s Church, Hereford. She has been the 637th mayor of Hereford and has much enjoyed her year’s work: the church dates from the Middle Ages. We met in the Mayor’s Parlour where several other mayors from […]