Leominster Mayor-Making

Saturday 13th May
To Leominster in the evening for the Annual Meeting and Mayor-Making of Leominster Town Council. A fascinating mix of ceremony and informality, with the Sergeant at Arms and the Mace Bearers in attendance, and less conventional office holders such as the Ale Taster and the Bread Weigher, dressed in Elizabethan costume.
In a delightful speech, warmly applauded, the outgoing Mayor, Angela Pendleton, reported on a crowded year as Mayor of Leominster, and on raising £7,400 for her two charities: Dementia Friendly Leominster, and the Children’s Ward at Hereford County Hospital. Angela’s husband, Roger Pendleton, the present Deputy Mayor, was elected as Mayor of Leominster for 2017-18, and chose as his Mayor’s Charity the Janice and Peter McCaull Trust, which provides advice and assistance to young people in Leominster with programmes of physical and educational activities to advance them in life. I wish him all the best for his year of office.
It was good to meet a wide range of guests at the reception following the Mayor-Making, including Inspector Callie Bradley, who is the Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for rural Herefordshire and the Market Towns, with particular responsibility for improving the relationship between victims of crime and the police. As High Sheriff I have a particular role in supporting justice, law and order, so it was especially useful to be able to discuss a number of policing issues.