HAVE you ever wondered what Herefordshire’s High Sheriff does? Here, we take a look at her April diary, for an insight into the daily duties of our High Sheriff, Patricia Churchward.


April 2: Meeting Sgt Russell Massie of Thames Valley Police, who works with the charity ‘Children Heard and Seen’ to make crucial improvements to the lives of families and children of prisoners.

April 3: The wonderful ‘Gang Show’ at The Courtyard.

April 4: Mandie Preece and team at Homestart, connecting families with volunteers to bring 360-degree support.

April 11: Two-Faced Dance Group performed thought provoking ‘Fish Boy’; an outdoor performance themed on our struggling River Wye and at our nationally acclaimed Skate Park on Holmer Road, seeing Daniel Dargue’s forged sculpture being unveiled. Many thanks, Holme Lacy College.

April 12:  Soldiers, Sailors and Air Forces Association AGM. A well-known charity supporting our war veterans.

April 12-15:  More High Sheriff Declarations! Lady Kathryn Silk in Tretower Church for Powys. Mrs Julia Mitchellin Staffordshire.

April 18:  A sobering meeting with Clare Evans, from the Suicide Prevention Team at Herefordshire Council.

April 20:  Attending the unveiling of the Verdun Oak Sculpture made by local Ed Elliot; grown from an acorn found on the bloody battlefield of Verdun WW1. Try and visit: prepare to feel emotion. Later, Herefordshire Light Infantry Officer’s Dinner.

April 21:  St George’s Day Scout Parade, Castle Green.

April 23:  Met Samantha Lewis at NMITE; our specialist Engineering & Technology university running condensed courses. Get qualified and into industry quickly. Later, Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets Awards at the Town Hall. Many impressive young people.

April 25:  Coffee in All Saints with Will Lindesay of HVOSS discussing volunteering opportunities, before meeting Paul Walker, council chief executive officer.

April 29:  Heard Sarah Lea’s exciting news of our improved Shire Hall, museum and learned about the commission of our new street murals, and Ledbury Police Station with PCs Jo Utley, John Meek and colleagues discussing police roles.

April 29 and 30:  Spring concerts with Encore Enterprises, engaging young people with instruments, orchestras, and personal music skills.

April 30: The Cartshed, Weobley. Traumatised individuals can quietly learn new skills in a beautiful setting.


High Sheriff of Herefordshire