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SSAFA AGM – 4th April 2019

This will be the last entry from this High Sheriff as the baton is passed to the next High Sheriff, James Hervey-Bathurst, tomorrow night. I attended the 2018 SSAFA AGM a couple of days before my declaration so I am starting and finishing with this event. It is a perfect sample of what we have […]

Herefordshire Youth Music Concerts – 2nd and 3rd April 2019

On Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Shirehall, Hereford, the Herefordshire Youth Music held their Spring Concerts. On Tuesday, we heard the Brass and Concert Bands. First on were the Intermediate Concert Band with four pieces including Modest Mussorgsky’s  A Night on a Bare Mountain. Next was the Youth Brass Bands with eight pieces. I […]

Official Launch of the West Mercia new Victim Advice Line – 1st April 2019

To Hindlip Hall, HQ of the West Mercia Police which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire,  joined by Cassian Roberts, outgoing High Sheriff of Worcestershire and Josh Dixey, newly minted High Sheriff of Shropshire, for the Official Launch of West Mercia’s new Victim Support Line. They have, in effect, taken in house, the service previously offered […]

Visit to the Wye Valley NHS Trust – 29th March 2019

Wye Valley NHS Trust (“WVT”) is the provider of healthcare services at Hereford County Hospital, which is based in the city of Hereford, along with a number of community services for Herefordshire and its borders. It also provide healthcare services at community hospitals in the market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Bromyard (but not Ledbury […]

Visit to the Hereford College of Arts – 29th March 2019

We visited the Hereford College of Arts and saw around both its campuses, on Folly Lane and on College Road. We were told about the College and its ambitions by Abigail Appleton, the Principal.  The College was founded in the mid 19th Century so has had time to build a formidable reputation. It is independent, […]

Herefordshire Music Fund Relaunch – 28th March 2019

Some years ago, Jonathan Godfrey OBE, then Principal of the Hereford Sixth Form College (now a Director of the Hay Festival), launched a fund to provide bursaries for music tuition, primarily for Sixth Form College students. This has now been relaunched as a separate charity managed by Encore, the organisation that provides music services to […]

Faure’s Requiem – 27th March 2019

This event was driven by the Cathedral School but brought together school choirs from all around the county in Hereford Cathedral. In the first half, we heard classical pieces by Mozart and Debussy before a new piece called Night Sky, written by Judah Moore, a Hereford Cathedral School, musician of what was obvious talent. We […]

Visit to Hereford & Ludlow College – 27th March 2019

Next door to the Sixth Form College is the Herefordshire & Ludlow College. On the web-site is listed three campuses – Hereford, Ludlow and Holme Lacy. Hereford, which used to be what was called a Technology College, offers a wide range of courses well beyond technology in the old sense – full and part time, […]

Visit to Hereford Sixth Form College – 27th March 2019

Peter Cooper, principal of the Sixth Form College in Folly Lane in Hereford met us to talk about the work of the College and give us a guided tour. Apart from the John Masefield secondary school in Ledbury and the John Kyrle School in Ross-on-Wye, there are no other sixth form colleges in Herefordshire and […]

The Vennture Volunteer Celebration Dinner – 26th March 2019

Vennture, the charity that ahs appeared in this year’s blog and has been supported by many previous High Sheriffs, had a dinner at All Saint’s Church Hereford, for its volunteers at which awards were given for outstanding contributions. They are all outstanding but some stood out even further. This is what Vennture does. A major […]