From Warwickshire to Staffordshire. The service was held at the Collegiate church of St. Mary’s, Stafford, another beautiful church about which you can learn more here. Another feast of music and words and a new group of people to meet and talk.
The service sheet reminds us that one of the most important roles of the High Sheriff is to look after visiting High Court judges. These visits are becoming rarer outside large conurbations because financial constraints are forcing centralisation on the judicial system. High Sheriffs are meant to be apolitical so have to be careful about criticism but all High Sheriffs to whom we have talked report a similar concern about the dilution of local justice.