Also on the 10th May Bob and Bea were invited by John Treanor of Kingspan Insulation to attend HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to their facilities in Pembridge. Kingspan Insulation is a market leader in the manufacture of premium and high performance rigid insulation products and insulated systems for building fabric and building services applications which are sold worldwide. In meeting the excellent management team Bob and Bea were able to understand why Kingspan is such a worldwide success and such a large contributor to Herefordshire.
On the 10th May Bob and Bea were privileged to be invited by Mary Simpson at the Teme Valley Youth Project to be in attendance at the visit of HRH The Princess Royal. Bob and Bea were introduced to Her Royal Highness who asked Bob about the progress of the River Wye Trow “The Hereford Bull“. Her Royal Highness was shown around the Project which is a local voluntary organisation which provides fun learning activities and opportunities, information and support for young people aged between 11 and 25 years old living in North Herefordshire and South Shropshire. Bob and Bea were struck by the amount of hard work which has been put into the Project, the initial enthusiasm and dedication of those people who started the Project and the support it receives from volunteers.
Bob and Bea hosted a lunch in College Hall, The Cloisters, Hereford Cathedral on Tuesday 7th May by kind permission of the Dean. Bob wanted to use this lunch to provide an opportunity for people from businesses, the farming community, Herefordshire Council, Support Services and education from across Herefordshire to meet and exchange views. The weather was perfect and guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the Dean’s garden followed by lunch in the College Hall.
Bob introduced the lunch by welcoming everybody from across the County and then spoke about the importance of the Cathedral to Hereford. He made the point that it is everyone’s responsibility to help maintain the mission, fabric, music and education of the Cathedral for the benefit of future generations. He also talked briefly about the Office of High Sheriff and it’s relevance in the modern world.
Central to Bob’s year as High Sheriff will be his support for the Safer Roads Partnership and their work to improve road safety in the County. After lunch both Rod Reynolds from the Safer Roads Partnership and Neil Hawley from the Institute of Advanced Motorists gave very enlightening talks on the statistics of road accidents in the County and what individuals and companies can do to improve the situation. Especially interesting was their advice for businesses to reduce their insurance and repair costs as well as safeguarding their driving staff and the general public.
It was an enjoyable and enlightening afternoon and gave much food for thought!
The High Sheriff and Mrs Tabor were delighted to attend the Presentation of a British Empire Medal to Mrs Wendy Price at Llangrove Village Hall on Saturday 4th May by HM Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley. It was a very happy and relaxed event with friends and family in attendance to support Wendy. The Medal was presented to Wendy in recognition of the wide-ranging and incredible work she does voluntarily for children and young people. Just some of the work Wendy does involves the Guides, the Brownies, the Rainbows and Leapfrogs. She also runs pre and after school clubs, a holiday club and Pathfinders and has been doing so for the past thirty years.
After the Presentation, tea and cakes were served by the Guides.
The High Sheriff and Mrs Tabor attended the Herefordshire Poppy Appeal Awards 2013 on Thursday 2nd May at the Herefordshire College of Technology. The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the Countess of Darnley and were in recognition of money raised for the Herefordshire Poppy Appeal by cadet forces, youth organisations, local businesses, supermarkets and schools. There was also a presentation of Long Service Awards to Poppy Appeal Organisers and Collectors.
Organised by Liz Parker , Royal British Legion Community Fundraiser for Herefordshire, the evening was a huge success and a very enjoyable event. To date, the Herefordshire Poppy Appeal Total is £191,304 for the year to 30th September 2013, which is an amazing figure and demonstrates how generous the people of Herefordshire are – especially for such a worthy cause.
The Royal British Legion helps not only those who serve in the armed forces but also the families of serving personnel both past and present. Attendees at the Awards ceremony were privileged to listen to a moving presentation from Neil Harrison who has benefited from the wonderful Battle Back Centre. This provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick Service men and women from all three Services. The Centre aims to promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery and helps people to achieve their best possible recovery and return to Service duty or make a smooth transition to civilian life.
On Wednesday 24th April 2013 Bob went to the British Red Cross Great Spring Gardening Event at the Whitfield Estate and was met by Eleanor Mason, Community Legacy Manager for the British Red Cross. It was a wonderful event with crowds of people visiting the many plant, garden furniture and equipment stalls as well as food, craft, clothing and accessories stalls in the main marquee. Bob had a delicious lunch in the restaurant marquee and had the opportunity to chat to lots of people from all over the County. The many volunteers helped make the day a huge success which raised much needed funds for the British Red Cross.
Bob paid a short visit to the Hinton Community Centre on the evening of 16th April 2013 to view their facilities and to meet the Committee members prior to their AGM. He was met by Pip Westwood. Hinton Community Centre supports community and employability initiatives and is a local resource centre at the heart of the South Wye community. They host projects around employability, including work clubs and training courses as well as projects on healthy living, confidence building and activities for people with disabilities. Bob was very impressed by the facilities and the volunteers running the Centre and he thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
Civic Service of Thanksgiving for the Mayoral Year of Councillor Brian Wilcox and his Mayoress Mrs Lynda Wilcox
Bob and Bea were delighted to attend a Civic Service of Thanksgiving at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 14th April 2013 for the Mayoral Year of Councillor Brian Wilcox and his Mayoress Mrs Lynda Wilcox. The Service at the Cathedral was beautiful and attendees looked splendid in their Civic Robes and Chains of Office. Bob and Bea especially enjoyed the magnificent singing by The City of London Chamber Choir, directed by Christopher Field and accompanied on the organ by Graham Barlow (Hereford Cathedral Choir being on Easter Holiday.). A very special surprise was the Choir of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Hereford who added so much to the event. The Collection was for the Mayor of Hereford’s Charities 2012/13 – The Haven and Robocap. The Sermon was given by The Reverend Tony Hodder, Chaplain to The Mayor of Hereford. The Service was followed by Afternoon Tea in the Assembly Hall, Town Hall, Hereford.
On Thursday 11th April 2013 Bob and Bea attended the Declaration of Office as High Sheriff of Worcestershire of Nicholas Wentworth-Stanley at the Shirehall in Worcester and a reception afterwards. They were delighted to attend in the magnificent Court at the Shirehall and to meet Past High Sheriffs and other dignitaries from neighbouring Counties.
The Declaration of Bob Tabor DL as High Sheriff for Herefordshire 2013/14 took place at the Shirehall on the evening of Thursday 4th April in front of the Lord Lieutenant and a distinguished group of church, judicial and civic dignitaries.
During the ceremony the new High Sheriff swore allegiance to the Crown and to uphold and support the judiciary. The Court was presided over by His Honour Judge James Tabor QC, brother of the new High Sheriff. Mr Chris Hillyard JP, Chairman of the Bench Witnessed the Declaration. Mr Tabor appointed Reverend Prebendary Sam Ashton as his Chaplain and Mr Jeremy Wilding as the Under Sheriff for the Bailiwick of Herefordshire.