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 Herefordshire, including the new Junior Mayor for Hereford, had gathered as well as a civic delegation from Jaworzno in Poland. We processed to the church for a service taken by the Revd Andy Morgan, supported by Prebendary Rob North, the mayor’s Chaplain. Sue has supported youth charities in her year and so there were two presentations from Aspire www.aspireliving.org.uk  and Close House https://closehouse.org/ , which is located next to the church in the old vicarage.

Nat Hone, my predecessor as High Sheriff, read a lesson. Music was provided by piano, a youth group and organ (for the National Anthem only). We visited Close House after a delicious tea in the church at the end of the service and saw the excellent work that the charity does on behalf of local young people. It was an inspiring service and visit.

James Hervey-Bathurst