High Sheriff of Hampshire 2018/9 Community Awards Now Open

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The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2018-19 Mark Thistlethwayte has launched this years’ High Sheriff Community Awards calling for public servants, individuals, volunteers, charities and community groups to submit their entries for the annual honours. Designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire, the awards aim to inspire to make the county a better and safer place for all residents.

The High Sheriff, Mark Thistlethwayte, said: “The High Sheriff awards are for those who deserve special recognition for their good work and who go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday activities, in the area of law and order related projects that enhance safety and cohesion in local communities. This is an important part of the High Sheriff’s role and I look forward to recognising the hard work of local people and local organisations that work so hard to make their communities a better and safer place to live and work. If you would like to make a nomination, please download and complete the form from the links below.”

 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 law and order – keeping the Queen’s Peace. Other unpleasant tasks remained the duty of the Sheriff including overseeing executions until the death sentence was abolished in 1965, and in the reign of Queen Mary Tudor (1553-58) Sheriffs were charged with the burning of heretics – a gruesome responsibility which they tried to avoid.

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive for HIWCF commented “HIWCF is delighted to partner the High Sheriff of Hampshire in organising these annual awards, enabling hard working individuals and community groups to gain a mark of respect for their impact on the lives of local Hampshire residents. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted during February next year and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on 13th March 2019 at the Great Hall in Winchester. HIWCF is also pleased to administer the Hampshire Shrieval Fund on behalf of the High Sheriff which awards grants recognising local community groups that carry out excellent work to keep people safe in Hampshire.”

If you would like to make a nomination for a group or local individual in Hampshire, please download the Nomination Form below, both Word and PDF file formats are available:

Please email your completed form to marketing@hiwcf.com by 4th February 2019. We look forward to receiving your nomination.

The Office of the High Sheriff

If you wish to take a look at some of the recent work of the High Sheriff please see www.hampshirehighsheriff.org.uk

For more information, please contact hs@bucklandcapital.com