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High Sheriff visit to Staffordshire Police Contact and Response Centre

I was delighted to have the opportunity, before the end of my year in office, to go back to Staffordshire Police HQ in Stafford, and be shown around the Contact and Response Centre where they receive over half a million 999 and 101 calls every year. That is about 1,500 calls a day on average, …

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High Sheriff attending the Ceremony to swear in 7 new Magistrates at Stafford Crown Court

Having previously attended the swearing in of new Magistrates on the Family Division I was particularly pleased to be able to attend this occasion on the 28th March, when 7 new Magistrates were sworn on to the Staffordshire Bench, and delighted to meet the new Chair of the Stafford Bench Adrian Robinson JP. The Magistracy …

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The High Sheriff’s Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 22nd March , at a ceremony in The County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford, ten Charities operating in Staffordshire received a High Sheriff’s Award. They were predominantly charities working in areas such as youth provision, care-leavers, prison-leavers and veteran support. which had come to my attention over the past year. I was delighted to …

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High Sheriff’s visit to Staffordshire Police HQ

On a bitterly cold day in February, Staffordshire Police welcomed us to their HQ, and we were shown their impressive Armed Response Vehicles and elements of their training and equipment. A highlight was seeing all the kit they have to wear, or carry, learning about tasers, and seeing live-action refresher training in progress with armed …

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The interment of Colour Sargeant Watchman V

Colour Sargeant Watchman V was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, buried with full military honours on 31st January outside Burton Town Hall during a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration of his life. He was the mascott of The Staffordshire Veterans Association, maintaining the traditions of The Staffordshire Regiment, and with his handler Major M.A.Woodcroft, had attended …

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High Sheriff’s Service to mark the opening of the Hilary Term of the Crown Court in Stafford

Tuesday 11th January saw my third and final Court Service, marking the opening of the Hilary Term at the Crown Court in Stafford. With the emergence of the Omicron Varient a visit to the courts was not possible, so once again HHJ Kristina Montgomery spoke in church, rather than in the Court Building. She reflected …

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Holocaust Memorial Sunday

On Sunday 30th January, led by Town Chaplain Rev John Davis, Stafford commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with prayers, readings and reflections at St Chad’s Church, with The Lord Lieutenant, The Mayor of Stafford in attendance. I was honoured to have been asked to contribute also.

Long Service Awards presentation at HMPYOI Brinsford

My Chaplain Rev’d Gerald Gardiner came with me to HMYOI Brinsford to attend their Long Service Awards Presentation on 14th December. The last couple of years, with Covid lockdowns, bubbles, and high levels of staff absence through self-isolating, have been very tough for prisoners and prison staff alike. It was great to see due recognition …

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