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January 28, 2020

I was privileged to attend 2 commemorations in Hertfordshire, and to visit the Bosnian community as well, over the weekend of events when we remember both the Holocaust and genocides since. The theme this year from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is “Stand Together”. 

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December 21, 2019

I have continued to visit some of the charities and voluntary groups that make such a difference to life in Hertfordshire and as always am so impressed and inspired at all that they do for others.

Mind in Mid Herts have excellent partnerships across the county and, alon...

December 20, 2019

I have been fortunate to go to lots of carol services and Christmas concerts, and celebrate this time of year with music and singing.

The Willow Foundation, set up by Megs and Bob Wilson in memory of their daughter Anna, create Special Days for young adults with life th...

December 13, 2019

One of the few remaining powers of the High Sheriff is to act as Returning Officer in a General Election. Once the date for the election had been announced, I chose to exercise my reserved powers and declare the result for the St Albans constituency.  This looked as if...

December 7, 2019

The Sleepout has been an annual event in St Albans for a few years now, and Oaklands College were wonderful and supportive hosts this year. There was good spirit and creative cardboard construction, and fortunately for us no rain!  Music groups entertained us during th...

November 30, 2019

I started the month by having the great privilege of handing out certificates to new citizens at a Citizenship ceremony at the Old Courthouse in Hatfield. There were about 20 new citizens, plus their families and friends who had come to support, and they have all chose...

November 29, 2019

I went to Watford Police Station to ride along with Watford Intervention Team E on their afternoon and evening shift.  I met first with Chief Inspector Matt Phillips who told me about the challenges of local policing in Watford and the partnerships they have with other...

November 18, 2019

A church service was traditionally held at the beginning of the Court Assizes and this has developed into an annual Justice Service, organised by the High Sheriff, at which we give thanks for our system of law and order and acknowledge with gratitude the contributions...

October 31, 2019

October appointments have included visits to charities, to courts of different sorts, Awards ceremonies and Justice Services.

I started the month with a visit to Purcell School of Music, whose brass players will perform at my Justice Service.  We are lucky to have this...

October 25, 2019

I travelled to the furthest south west corner of Hertfordshire to spend a lovely day in Three Rivers with Chair Paula Hiscocks.

We started by meeting Interim Chief Executive David Hill and Head of Community Partnerships Andy Stovold. Andy gave a presentation on how Thre...

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