High Sheriff Awards
The High Sheriff of Hampshire launches the High Sheriff of Hampshire Awards every Autumn to recognise those going beyond the call of duty in the field of law and order in their everyday activities. Nominations can be made for those that deserve special recognition for their work on projects that enhance safety and cohesion in our local communities.
Every year, the High Sheriff calls for individuals, volunteers, public servants, charities and community groups to submit their entries for the annual honours, that are designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire communities. The awards aim to inspire to make the county a better and safer place for all residents and nominations can be made by downloading, completing and returning the form below, once the awards are open later this year.
The Role of the High Sheriff
The High Sheriff is one of the oldest Crown Offices, dating back to before the Battle of Hastings. As the Sheriff’s powers increased, they were considered to be a threat and in 1540 Henry VIII created Lord Lieutenants to take over the military duties. To this day both the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are appointed by, and are representatives of, the Sovereign with the High Sheriff being responsible for keeping the Queen’s Peace. High Sheriffs support the High Court judges, together with the rest of the judiciary and all those involved in law and order, including the voluntary sector. As the office is independent and non political High Sheriffs are well-placed to bring together a wide range of people within the communities they serve, offering encouragement and connection where it is most needed, honouring the pledge made at their declaration – to “truly and faithfully support the Judiciary and all who maintain The Queen’s Peace, who administer justice, and who protect and support their fellow citizens.”
High Sheriff Awards Ceremonies for 2020 and 2021
The High Sheriff of Hampshire Awards for 2020 and 2021 have unfortunately been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, despite efforts to set a date for the awards, Covid-19 restrictions have not been lifted and former High Sheriffs Mrs Sarah Le May and Revd Sue Colman, are hoping to reschedule from September 2021.
The photographs below show former High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2018/2019, Mark Thistlethwayte, during the award ceremony in March 2019, at the Great Hall in Winchester.