Shrievalty Service at Hereford Cathedral

This traditional service is an important occasion in the High Sheriff’s year and is attended by the judiciary and by those who administer the law and who render voluntary service.  My service, preceded by a lunch in the College Hall, was planned jointly with the Precentor, the Revd Canon Andrew Piper, and my chaplain, the Revd Neil Patterson, and was conducted by the Dean, The Very Revd, Michael Tavinor.  Lessons were read by the Lord Lieutenant and His Honour Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC, the Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford.

Those attending included a selection of neighbouring High Sheriffs, the Under Sheriff of Herefordshire, Jeremy Wilding MBE, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane PC, and a distinguished group of High Court, District and Circuit judges as well as the Chair of the Herefordshire Magistrates Bench.

It was very good to have such an enthusiastic congregation, who sang the well-known hymns with great energy, and to have been able to refresh them afterwards with tea and cakes in the Shire Hall.

The Cathedral Choir and organist performed up to their usual high standards.

James Hervey-Bathurst