The High Sheriff of Shropshire for 2024-25

Brian Welti JP

Brian Welti JP was declared the new High Sheriff of Shropshire for 2024-25 on Friday 5 April, at the Shrewsbury Crown Court, Shropshire.

Brian’s focus for his Shrieval Year is to support RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution). As Brian explains “I want to do all I can to help The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Shropshire is a very rural and agricultural county and because of my own interest in farming, I want to emphasise the work they do and raise awareness of the issues faced by the farming and rural communities which are often hidden or misunderstood”.

Brian is also supporting Shropshire Community Foundation, Crimebeat and the Firefighters Charity, due to his links with the emergency services.

Hard work and dedication

The Role of a High Sheriff

The traditional role of High Sheriffs is to support those working on our behalf to uphold the King’s Peace including the judiciary, (the Crown, Magistrates and Coroners Courts,) the Police, Prison and Probationary Services and the Emergency Services.

I fully understand and appreciate those who work in these organisations, both the blue light and voluntary organisations such as the St Johns Ambulance, the Red Cross, West Mercia Search and Rescue and the Street Pastors, and I want to raise their profile and recognise and thank as many people as possible in these sectors for all they do on behalf of each of us.

Being appointed to a role with over 1000 years of history behind it is rather daunting, but also gives such an opportunity to shine a spotlight on those who make a difference, and those who are the unsung heroes.

As is customary, I will be seeking nominations for the High Sheriff Awards, so if you know of an individual, a voluntary or community group, or a business that is going the extra mile and who deserves the recognition, please do nominate them.

This county and society would not operate without the voluntary sector. The amount of time people give voluntarily is nothing short of incredible and I want it to be part of my mission to find them, recognise and thank them.

The Modern Role

Charities and organisations, both large and small will look for your support, to thank their people and to help promote their work.

Selection & Appointment

Possible candidates can be suggested by all panel members, and people can apply to be considered for the role.

The History

High Sheriffs were a vital third party to the shire courts of the Saxons, and in 928 Aethelstan, who was one of the first kings of All England.

Our Current High Sheriff

Always on the job

Much of the role for a modern day High Sheriff’s year is spent supporting and encouraging the voluntary and statutory organisations who work in these areas, and in Shropshire this means involvement with the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts including the judiciary, the Police, Prison and Probation Services and the Emergency Services.

Brian Welti JP was declared the new High Sheriff of Shropshire for 2024-25 on Friday 5 April, taking over from Mandy Thorn MBE DL who had discharged the role of High Sheriff of Shropshire with dignity and distinction, focussing on the importance of community during her year in office.

Photography Russell Davies

A bit more about me!

The People

The High Sheriff

The Under Sheriff

The High Sheriff's Chaplain

The High Sheriff's Cadets

Recent High Sheriffs

The county's finest

Care and support to the community

The Office of High Sheriff is apolitical and as such the High Sheriff is in a unique position to be able to bring people together within the county and to support the enormous contribution made by the emergency services, the armed forces, local authorities, church and faith groups and the voluntary community.

In a ceremonial capacity, the High Sheriff assists the Lord Lieutenant of the county with Royal visits, is the Official Returning Officer for parliamentary elections and has responsibility for proclaiming the accession of a new Sovereign.

The High Sheriff is a voluntary role and as such, Brian Welti JP meets the costs of his year in office himself, with no part of his expenses falling on the public purse.

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