It is really refreshing to start my September notes by saying ‘I’ve had a busy month’ , and as the lockdown eases, the schools go back and there is a return to work the life of a High Sheriff has also picked up pace. Of course, for some, this ‘return’ has been short lived but so many are making such a strong effort to get their businesses back on their feet and this is very much the case with the charities and voluntary sector.
For the first time I was able to entertain at my home, Munden, with the wonderful Muscle Help Foundation led by Michael McGrath DL. We so enjoyed this lovely bunch of young folk coming to our garden on a sunny day for their picnic, our first High Sheriff social engagement at home and such an inspirational group.
In making the most of the warm early autumn sun we have been to see as many outdoor events and activities as we can. There are so many gems to visit in this county and our day with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust walking their woods at Hertford Heath was certainly one. We also had a tour of the De Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney and celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the forming of the De Havilland Company.
In following an educational theme we took All Creatures Great & Small to reality with a visit to Oaklands College at St Albans with a fine collection of rare animals and farm livestock all proudly presented to us and then on to The Royal Veterinary College to learn how 2,500 students start their life as a vet. A highlight at Oaklands is their sports facilities and the Oaklands Wolves – looking forward to seeing them in action on the basketball court some time soon we hope.
I have great admiration for all the voluntary groups and charity in this county. Times are tough in a pandemic but the happy smiles and determined spirit we have witnessed at so many groups has been heart warming. We packed winter warmer bags with Small Acts of Kindness, saw so many volunteers in action with their groups at the South Hill Centre, listened to the issues at Watford Citizens Advice Bureau and held virtual link ups with many more. All these group provide so much support to so many and are a real credit to Hertfordshire.