High Sheriff's Justice Service 2020/21

It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel the High Sheriffs Justice Service scheduled for Sunday 21st March. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel and the vaccine programme is moving swiftly, I do not feel that we should meet in person at St Albans Cathedral in four weeks’ time and, with the planning required, I must make this decision now.

I am sad that the circumstances this year have not enabled me to build relationships with the traditional High Sheriff connections at the Judiciary and Constabulary. These two bodies have been tested as much as any and they have provided the highest level of service in very challenging circumstances. I thank you most sincerely on behalf of Hertfordshire for all you have done to keep our County safe and uphold the high standards of the law.

Although there have been disappointments to being your High Sheriff during a pandemic there have been many highlights too. My work has concentrated on the remarkable charity and voluntary sector we have in the county. I have met many, zoomed with even more, been proud to hand out our Hero of Hertfordshire Awards and collected some remarkable memories. Throughout our county there have been stories of people stretching out for their communities and supporting those less fortunate or in difficulty. In addition, there are our NHS and medical teams whose work has been tireless through day and night. It is with these members of our community that I offer my greatest thanks and appreciation.

At the Justice Service, there would be a collection for the Hertfordshire Community Foundation. If you would like to donate to HCF and support their work to give financial help to the smaller and most deserving charities in the county, please click here and you will link through to the High Sheriff’s fund.

Thank you all for your support to me, the Shrievalty and to Hertfordshire and I am sure it will not be long before we meet again.

February 2021

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