By 2019 James Hervey-Bathurst
High Sheriffs in our region were invited by Chris Loughran, High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2018-2019, to meet on 29th October to discuss our roles and how we could work together and generally add value to society in our different counties. We assembled at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Sutton Coldfield, a fine Victorian building, with plenty of space for over twenty attendees.
After in introduction from Canon David Oakley, the rector, we had a range of short talks from our Chairman, Hugh Tollemache, Dame Christine Braddock, His Honour Mel Inman, Honorary Recorder of Birmingham and High Sheriffs in post who shared different aspects of their experience. As most of the High Sheriffs in nomination were present, it was a very useful programme, giving them insights into the challenges and opportunities they would have in their year in office.
We were particularly encouraged to look for candidates for the annual National Crimebeat awards: http://www.national-crimebeat.com/prizes/ . Crimebeat is The Youth Crime Prevention Charity of the High Sheriffs’ Association of England & Wales, something I will now be contacting local schools to discuss.
29th October 2019