The High Sheriff of Shropshire

The High Sheriff of Shropshire

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David Stacey, High Sheriff of Shropshire 2015-16

RAF Cosford Annual Reception.

It seems to be RAF season.  The timing of this reception was ideal because it coincided with the announcement that the future of the base was secure.  It was also the 50th Anniversary of the Defence School of Photography being based at Cosford.  Annabel and I had a long and fascinating chat with one of… :—-> Read Full Article Here

RAF Shawbury. Station Visit

A visit, with Mayor Kenny, to see what happens at RAF Shawbury  – which is much more than I appreciated.  We had a tour of aircraft maintenance and storage,  the air traffic controllers training facility and a session in the helicopter training simulator.   Mayor Kenny may have looked the part with his RAF-style moustache but… :—-> Read Full Article Here

West Mercia Police Cadets. Induction Parade, Hindlip Hall, Worcester

The new recruits gathered at Hindlip Hall.   This great initiative isn’t a recruiting pipeline for the West Mercia Police but takes a mixture of high achievers and young people with challenges.  The cadets develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship, while supporting their local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive… :—-> Read Full Article Here

River Severn Shrewsbury – The Severn Mile Swim

Shrewsbury owes its very existence to the River Severn, the river is an integral part of the town and it is becoming cleaner every year as the arrival of otters illustrates and it’s great to see lots of people swimming in it again. The decision to enter this race was not made lightly, Annabel and… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Wellington Methodist Church. Wellington

The Methodists really to know how to belt out a hymn and so the Civic Service to celebrate Leon Murray’s mayoralty was a noisy uplifting affair.  Both Leon and his wife Barbara give an enormous amount to Telford and Wrekin and have earned the respect of the whole community.  It was a great event and… :—-> Read Full Article Here

St Barnabas Church, Shrewsbury.

The Shropshire Rural Community Council are now The Shropshire Rural Community Charity and this was an event to recognise the efforts of the volunteers in the Good Neighbour Schemes that they support.   There were presentations on staying fit and healthy, PR, and a great talk by Ian Wallace who has been one of the key… :—-> Read Full Article Here

The Library of Birmingham.

What a fantastic venue for the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Jonnie Turpie’s, Garden Party.  The library is an amazing building with a wonderful roof terrace where guests could look out over the whole of Birmingham – a city that has got more and more of a buzz.   Lots of speeches but – aagh… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Summer Fete. Worthen.

Picked up by a Rolls Royce no less.  The roller didn’t have a reverse gear so when we came across another car on the narrow Lordstone Lane it led to an interesting Mexican stand-off. The people of Worthen and Brockton come together for this fete and a lot of people clearly go to enormous trouble… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Shrewsbury. The Big PURR Project.

Canines being my pet of choice,  I had to think twice before accepting the invitation to help launch the fundraising appeal for an ambitious new cat rescue centre in Shrewsbury –  two million quid required to build chalets with curtains and sofas for our feline friends plus a community hub, hospital (for cats) and education… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Packwood Haugh School. Ruyton-XI-Towns. High Sheriff’s Event – the theme of which was the “Opportunity and Challenge of Old Age”.

I am not very good at drinks parties so, rather than hosting one I decided to put together an evening with five speakers talking on subjects connected to the theme for my High Sheriff’s year  –  “The Opportunity and Challenge of Old Age”.    More than 250 people gathered in the Mitchell Theatre at Packwood Haugh… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Coleham Junior School. Magna Carta Event.

An assembly of Coleham Primary School in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, celebrated the anniversary of Magna Carta with a signing of their school charter.    What a great idea for helping bring Magna Carta to life.   The usual suspects were there – The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Vice Lord Lieutenant, the Leader of the Council, and me… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Carers Week Tea Party. Mereside Centre, Shrewsbury.

This was a tea party put on by Celia Macintyre, Diane Cuff, Gail Bonella-Foster supported by other members of Shropshire Rural Community Council and lots of enthusiastic volunteers.   It was put on as part of Carers Week – an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face and the contribution… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Nicholas Vincent on Magna Carta. Hereford Cathedral

Annabel and I ventured over the border for  a marvellous evening put on by the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Edward Harley, in aid of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust.  Following hot on the heels of my visit to the British Library Magna Carta exhibition,  Nicholas Vincent gave a fascinating insight into Hereford’s role in the… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Magna Carta 800. The British Library

Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta and its legacy: two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, (the latter two on display in… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Telford Fire Station

I finally caught up with Tim Hughes of White Watch, to present him with the High Sheriff’s Good Citizen’s Award that he was unable to receive on the 18th May.   It was a pleasure to be able to congratulate him in person on his marathon running and fundraising activities for the Air Ambulance.   Hard man… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Buckingham Palace for the Royal Garden Party

Not very well planned it must be said – I was at Buckingham Palace with Annabel and our son Jack, on the day that Prince Edward visited Adams Grammar in Shropshire. I gather HM Lord Lieutenant coped without me. We had a wonderful time on a lovely spring day and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Buckingham… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service – Medal Ceremony

A gathering of 250-300 fire officers and their families attended the awards which were held at Severn Theatre. John Redmond, Chief Fire Officer, who bears a striking resemblance to Robbie Williams, gave a good speech, and Sir Algernon Heber-Percy HM Lord Lieutenant, Councillor Stuart West, and Councillor Chris Mellings handed out the awards. Six firefighters… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Crown Court

The Regina v Evans – a historic sex abuse case with His Honour Judge Barrie presiding.   The defendant was accused of sexual abuse of his grand-daughters when they were little girls.   Too young to be able to go through the court process, no charges had been brought at the time. Now, more than a decade… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Mayor’s Sunday – St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury

The Mayor and Mayoress, Past Mayors, Aldermen, Mace and Sword Bearers, Magistrates, Freemen, Members of the Council, and the MP for Shrewsbury and his daughter, amongst others, assembled at Shrewsbury Castle at 9.30am before processing through the rather sleepy streets of Shrewsbury. The lively band got a few people out of bed and there were… :—-> Read Full Article Here

The Severn Hospice

From the Garden Event to the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury where I was met by Paul Cronin, Chief Executive, and former chair and new friend, Peter Paulson. They both gave me a considerable amount of time. What a wonderfully, light, calm and inspiring place it is and what an impressive operation it is. Two thirds… :—-> Read Full Article Here

British Red Cross Great Summer Garden Event

My visit to the Red Cross Great Summer Garden Event didn’t start terribly well. Having left my wallet behind in the rush to leave the house they had to lend me £50 so that I had something to spend on some of the great things that were on sale. Debra Tritton, President of Herefordshire, Shropshire… :—-> Read Full Article Here

The General Election.

Since 1254 the High Sheriff has been the Returning Officer for their county (which is why at most counts the result is announced by the Acting Returning Officer as the Sheriff can’t be in more than one place at the same time). It was a huge privilege to be involved in the election and to… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Wave-Length Social Marketing

In Shropshire, there are around 1000 people of working age, who face additional challenges, and who have been unemployed for ten years of more. Based in Telford, and sponsored by Telford-based TTC (who put on speed-awareness training courses), Wave-Length Social Marketing support people with mental health problems, learning difficulties, and those who are socially challenged,… :—-> Read Full Article Here

St Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury

St Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury. With 200-300 people “meeting” at the church on a Sunday, St Barnabas’ is one of the most thriving churches in the county. Whilst the evangelical approach is very different from that of the liberal Anglican tradition in which I was brought up, one cannot but be impressed by the outreach… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Shropshire Army Cadet Force

Shropshire Army Cadet Force. Surely the ultimate youth club! Still well funded, the activities that cadets enjoy are remarkable, including abseiling, caving, kayaking, open canoeing, rock-climbing, mountain walking, skiing, mountaineering, diving and white-water rafting.  I joined the Lord-Lieutenant at the Official Opening of the Church Stretton Detachment’s new Detachment Hut. There was some fabulous music… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Men in Sheds

Isolation and loneliness are particular problems for older men, who are often reluctant to go to day centres and can feel patronised by volunteer visitors. Consequently it was fascinating to meet with Tony Wilson to learn about the Men in Sheds movement across Shropshire. Groups of men come together to set up workshops where they… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Victim Support Milestone Awards

This afternoon I had the honour of presenting the Victim Support Milestone Awards to three fantastic volunteers at the Lord Hill Hotel. I very much enjoyed meeting them all and the large number of proud family members who came to share the occasion. The fabulous Claire Kirk has been a volunteer for over twenty years… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Shrewsbury Samaritans

Annabel and I entertained three members of the Shrewsbury branch of the Samaritans to lunch.   As a former Samaritan’s volunteer, I was able to catch up on developments and also to plan the summer fundraising party that I will be hosting on behalf of the charity.

BBC Shropshire Radio

This morning I appeared on the Jim Hawkins show with Ryan Kennedy standing in.   It gave me the opportunity to talk about the role of High Sheriff and my plans for the year and “the opportunity and challenge of old age” – the theme for my shrieval year. I was able to talk about the… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Shropshire Rural Community Council

I met of the Shropshire Rural Community Council including Julia Baron (Chief Executive), Diane Cuff (Head of Service, Family Carers and Community Well-Being), Daphne Simmons (Wise and Well Team Manager), Rachel Whitney (Development Officer Sight and Hearing Loss).   I learnt more about their work to improve the quality of life in the county and strengthen… :—-> Read Full Article Here

Monkmoor Police Station

I met with the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, David Shaw and Superintendent David McWilliam at Monkmoor Police Station. Some 1500 people are reported missing in Shropshire each year, a significant proportion from the many care homes in the county that house vulnerable young people from across the UK. I learnt about the burden… :—-> Read Full Article Here

High Sheriff of Herefordshire

I attended the installation of Edward Mortimer Harley as High Sheriff of Herefordshire in the Shirehall Number One Court. One of many Harleys to have occupied the office, the first being John Harley in 1549!