Annual St John Ambulance Carol Service

We were invited by the President, Lady Darnley CStJ, to attend this service in St Martin’s Church, Hereford.  It was led by the Chaplain-Designate, Bishop David Thomson, assisted by the Chaplain, the Revd Martin Loveless and the Ven Ron Hesketh, National Chaplain & Almoner, the St John Fellowship.  The organist was John Eden. It was […]

Parliamentary Elections Returning Officer

One of the official duties reserved for the High Sheriff is to declare the election results as Returning Officer for the county, if he or she wishes to do the job.  I did, so attended at the invitation of the Herefordshire Council Chief Executive, Alistair Neill at the counting station in the Hereford Leisure Centre. […]

Attending Hereford Crown Court

I was invited to attend Court by His Honour Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC when he was hearing a sexual assault case.  I sat in on the second morning of the trial, which was held in the Number 1 Court in the Hereford Shirehall, a Grade II* Listed building by Robert Smirke. Daniel briefed me on […]

Hereford Cathedral School Combined Schools Carol Service

This service, organised by the Hereford Cathedral School, gives pupils from schools all over the county the chance to perform in the Cathedral and Lucy and I were the gusts of Paul Smith BSc, Headmaster. Schools included Cross Ash Primary School, who sang “Once in Royal David’s City” in Welsh, St Paul’s Church of England […]

Street Pastors/Vennture, Hereford

The Hereford Street Pastors patrol the centre of Hereford on Saturday nights and any other party nights to help young people as required, but usually as they are returning home after enjoying themselves in one of the city’s bars or night clubs.  They provide a very useful service which fills a gap where no criminal […]

Diocesan Service of Farewell for The Right Reverend Richard Frith, Bishop of Hereford

This was a very well-attended service to mark the retirement of Bishop Richard and his wife, Kay. Worship was led by the Dean, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor, and the Cathedral Choir sang at their best, with some help by a music group from Church Stretton Parish church as the diocese, of course, includes Shropshire. […]

Herefordshire Community Foundation AGM

As the HCF looks after the High Sheriff’s Fund, from which donations to local charities are made, I was invited to attend the AGM, held in the Fred Bulmer Centre, Hereford.  It was chaired by Frank Myers MBE. The HCF made 197 grant donations in the year ending 31st March 2019, a total of £380,226, […]

Visit to YSS

Visit to YSS

James with Cayden I visited YSS https://www.yss.org.uk/our-work-in-herefordshire at HVOSS (No Wrong Door) in their new premises at 1 Union Walk, Hereford.  We followed a visit by the charity’s Patron, The Princess Royal, who had been there on 8th November. The Chairman, David Chantler OBE, introduced Lucy and me to the wide range of services provided […]

Service of Remembrance & Hope for those affected by Road Traffic Accidents

RoadPeace is a national charity that recognises the importance of remembering family and friends who have died in road traffic accidents.  Services of commemoration are held every year on the third Sunday of November, so I attended the Herefordshire service held in Hereford Cathedral. The service was conducted by the Dean and attended by Bob […]

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 […]