• 2021 Lockdown Update

    2021 began in the same way as my term as High Sheriff began – in the midst of a nationwide Lockdown! Thankfully skills have been learned along the way,  and so despite the restrictions, there have been some great opportunities to ‘see’ and highlight more of all Hampshire has to offer to enable law and order to be valued and upheld, so that as many communities and individuals as possible are able to flourish safely.  Law Sunday Virtual Fringe Event In early January, in partnership with Winchester Cathedral, a new, Virtual Experience, held within the beauty and splendour of the […]

  • December 2020 update

    Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance  December got off to an exciting start, with a virtual tour of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance station along with ‘visits’ to training facilities and on board a helicopter! The skill, dedication, wisdom, and courage of the staff was more impactful and poignant for seeing all that was displayed from the warm comfort of my own home, which made for a sharp contrast. I commend the tour to you – link here  – It was impressive, professional, and engaging. From the descriptions of the training, the views […]

  • November 2020 Update

    Despite the 2nd lockdown, November was a full month with both virtual and Covid safe actual visits to charities and other organisations.  I was honoured to attend our local Remembrance Sunday Service in Oakley and lay a wreath in honour of the police who served in the Wars.  I also recorded a short reflection for the Mayor of Basingstoke’s Remembrance Day service.  It was a month of Annual General Meetings for Winchester charities which gave good insight into the way they have responded with creativity and compassion as they have worked out how to provide ongoing excellent care even […]

  • October 2020 update

    Hampshire Healthy Families – Barnardo’s I met on Zoom with Suzanne Shields, the Basingstoke lead for Barnardo’s Hampshire Healthy Families partnership with Southern Health Foundation. Suzanne opened the door on the vast range of initiatives which sit under this banner:                                                                                Five To Thrive (a Parenting Approach) for parents/carers of babies aged between 6 weeks to 6 months; Baby Talk for parents/carers of […]

  • 11th Oct – Law Sunday Choral Mattins – Winchester Cathedral

    With deep gratitude to Winchester Cathedral for all their hard work in ensuring a Covid safe service of worship, Law Sunday Choral Mattins went ahead on 11th October, albeit in a very different form to any Law Sunday in living memory – and I suspect any Law Sunday Choral Mattins Winchester has ever seen!  Despite a very small congregation, a very distanced and relatively sparse procession, and no congregational singing, it was an especially appropriate gathering – to be together giving thanks for and praying for all who contribute to the safety and security of Hampshire in these very unusual […]

  • September 2020 update

    Early in September I met with two Hampshire city wide initiatives where it was heartening to hear about charities connecting together for the greater wellbeing of their cities. Both these groups have responded and risen to the great challenges that Covid has placed on all their various resources. It is fantastic to see how working together increases the common good!  The first of these was Love Southampton  I spoke with Paul Goodman, one of the founders of this church based movement, which began long before Covid was part of our experience, and has a history of working really well […]

  • Releasing Potential; Transforming Lives for Good; YMCA Fairthorne.

    Releasing Potential In 2001 Mike and Jo King established this organistion from their spare bedroom in Havant. I spoke with Mike on the phone to hear that they now have 50+  staff and indeed find ways to ‘release potential’ in some of the most marginalised and ‘hard to reach’ 11-18 year olds in Hampshire and surrounding Local Authorities.  They run 2 specialist schools, a farm site, allotments, an adventure centre, and small social enterprises. Through each of these resources they offer extraordinarily rich and diverse, holistic and compassionate education, care, experiences, relationships  – in short somewhere where hurt and […]

  • A Service to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, Aldershot.

    On Saturday 15th August, echoing events across the country,  I attended a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ day at the Cenotaph in the Municipal Gardens in Aldershot, with representatives from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Rushmoor Borough Council, Aldershot Garrison, The Shots Foundation/Aldershot Town FC and the Royal British Legion, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire. The Padre, Major Albert Jackson of 1st battalion, Irish Guards gave a moving reflection on John’s Gospel 15:9-14, focussing on those who lay down their lives for others and caused us to reflect deeply on those who suffered appalling as prisoners […]

  • High Sheriff visit to Portsmouth charities

    The Roberts Centre In 1990 Princess Diana laid the foundation stone for The Roberts Centre building. I can’t claim to provide quite such a glamorous photo opportunity but I am delighted to be standing with Carole Damper, the CEO of the Roberts Centre, in  front of that same building which for 30 years has had a pivotal role in supporting local vulnerable families to break the cycle of deprivation in which they are caught. From the child centred Contact Centre, where children can meet with family members with whom they do not currently live, to supported lodging for .l […]

  • High Sheriff News from June and July

    As restrictions have been slowly lifting I have been able to enjoy a blend of virtual and face to face encounters.  I had the great privilege of joining with members of the Hampshire Constabulary at their Netley headquarters to celebrate the distinguished career of ACC Dave Hardcastle with a surprise party for his retirement. ACC Hardcastle was awarded the Royal Victorian Order in 2019 for his work  overseeing police operations for two royal weddings which gives just a glimpse of the high level of service he has given over the course of his long career. He poignantly spoke of being […]

  • Being High Sheriff During Restrictions

    I am writing this to post on the website during the week when I had planned to welcome a lovely gathering of Hampshire people to a summer garden party. Of course, given Covid 19 restrictions, even with the expansion of contact allowed after 4th July, this event cannot take place. Please do look at the short film I have made for my guests so I can introduce myself visually and give you a small taste of the beautiful garden my talented mother in law has created which would have been the setting for the party.    For […]

  • High Sheriff Awards Ceremony – 20 March 2019

    21 recipients have been announced each receiving commendations for their great work in the community. The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to individual volunteers, groups and public servants based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society, focusing on law and order related projects, particularly those that enhance safety and cohesion in our communities. Many of these individuals and groups go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work and deserve special recognition for their commitment. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in the Great Hall in Winchester, one […]

  • Commonwealth Day, Flyaflag For The Commonwealth – 11 March 2019

    The historic Great Hall was the setting for the event, where the County Council Chairman, Councillor Elaine Still, raised the Commonwealth flag, while the Hampshire Fanfare, composed by Jock McKenzie from the Hampshire Music Service, was played by trumpeter, Peter Symonds student Thomas Toledo-Brown.  Commonwealth Day celebrates how friendship, goodwill and collaboration among the culturally diverse 53 member nations can be harnessed to promote peace and prosperity to improve the lives of the 2.4 billion people who live there.

  • The Opening Of The OT Practice By Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal – 8 March 2019

    An excellent morning with some super enthusiastic, interesting and motivated individuals all happy that they are pulling together for a very worthwhile project.  New state-of-the-art premises provide great atmosphere and the ability to work directly with individual clients and families, with a wealth of experience working with a variety of charitable and public sector organisations, NHS Trusts, local authorities and many more.

  • Friends of the Family AGM & 25th Birthday – 25 February 2019

    Attended the AGM and 25th birthday party and was impressed to learn about the range of support offered to families and indeed the scale of what has been achieved.  I was particularly interested to learn about the work being undertaken at HMP Winchester alongside Spurgeons.

  • Y Services For Young People – 21 February 2019

    Great to spend time with Andy Kennedy and colleagues from Y Services For Young People, together with those benefiting from the services provided.  It was interesting to learn so much about the fantastic work being undertaken.  Happy, interested and motivated people of all ages were very clearly getting much from both volunteering or working with Y Services and benefiting from the offerings.  This positive attitude helps in so many ways.

  • Unity 101 Community Radio – 15 February 2019

    I met with Ram Kalyan “Kelly” and colleagues from Unity 101 Community Radio in Southampton to learn about the fantastic work they are doing.  Unity 101 operates in an area where there is great need and their input makes real impact on lives.

  • Cachalots Sea Pie Supper – 8 February 2019

    I had great pleasure in attending a Cachalots Sea Pie Supper on the 8th February and was very impressed not only to see so many of those involved in maritime operations locally were present, but also to note how far many of those had come to attend too.  The new club captain has a great platform from which to combine the traditions of the ages with the relevance in the modern world.  

  • Chief Constable Awards Ceremony – 8 February 2019

    The Chief Constable Awards Ceremony recognises long service of both Police Officers, Police Staff, Support Workers and Volunteers.  The Chief Constable presented her commendations,  congratulations and awards to Officers, staff and members of the public who go above and beyond the line of duty and service to the community of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  

  • Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition, Southampton Art Gallery – 31 January 2019

    An invitation from the Lord-Lieutenant to a preview evening of an exhibition drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection was held at Southampton Art Gallery on the 31 January 2019.  The evening began with a private tour of the exhibition followed by the main launch and speakers; some truly beautiful works of art.

  • Civic Prayer Breakfast – 31 January 2019

    Civic Prayer Breakfast held at King’s Community Church, Hedge End.  Thought provoking content and speakers included Cllr. Bruce Tennent – the Mayor of Eastleigh, Don Spalinger  – Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Southampton, Nick Tustian – Chief Executive Officer, Eastleigh Borough Council and Andy Johnston – Senior Pastor, King’s Community Church.  Andy also gave a brief tour of the building which has one of the largest auditoria on the South Coast.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day Service – 27 January 2019

    A moving and poignant service an laying of wreaths at the Basingstoke and Deane War Memorial.  The theme “Torn from Home” does indeed encourage us to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call home is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.  With so much going on all around, it is important that we have these “moments” when we can reflect on both how lucky we all are, and also how easy it is to look the other way at key moments.

  • HM Coastguards Visit – 25 January 2019

    Paul Campbell QPM gave a fascinating and very informative presentation and tour of the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham.  90+ Coastguards based at the Operations Centre at Fareham serve Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset East Devon and part of Sussex.  The start of the art operations centre means the NMO can put their knowledge and skills to good use in co-ordinating search and rescue missions.

  • Official Opening of Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill by HRH Countess of Wessex – 22 January 2019

    A very uplifting occasion showcasing the great facilities and services on offer at Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill  The services on offer are in such great demand and there are so few places  that can match what Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill offer. There is no doubt , whilst the facilities are second to none, that it is the staff – the carers and nurses on a day to day basis that make it so valued by the residents and their families. The smiles and positive vibes sent out by all staff suggest they have a great formula.

  • Hampshire Scouts 110th Anniversary – 11 January 2019

    Celebrations for 110 years of Hampshire Scouts kicked off in style with a successful event at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.   Special guests including Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire (and President of Hampshire Scouts), Nigel Atkinson Esq, Hampshire’s High Sheriff, Mark Thistlethwayte, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and other Civic Heads, joined young people at the Emirate’s Spinnaker Tower to celebrate 110 years of adventure.  Guests were able to talk to Hampshire’s young Scouts and their leaders and gain a real insight into what Hampshire Scouting achieves in preparing young people with skills for life.  The event didn’t just […]

  • Portsmouth Naval Dockyard Tour – 9 January 2019

    A stimulating tour given by Captain David George and his team.  The scale of the naval base needs to be experienced to fully understand the challenges faced in juggling the historic dockyards and the 21st century operations of the navy…all in close proximity to commercial and pleasure traffic.   It was particularly interesting seeing some of the accommodation for sailors and gaining an understanding of how they need to live their lives.

  • Tour of The Hospital of St. Cross & Epiphany Gaudy Lunch – 3 January 2019

    The Rev’d Sweet, Brother John and Martin Pringle gave a fascinating and uplifting tour followed by the Epiphany Gaudy lunch at the historic and beautiful Hospital of St Cross, Winchester.  It truly is amazing how the buildings and gardens are maintained to such a high condition.  

  • HIOW Youth Commission Recommendations Conference – 1 December 2018.

    The Youth Commission held a conference to give the Police and Crime Commission their recommendations based on the findings from consulting more than 4,000 of their peers across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton to identify the most important crime and policing issues for young people and local actions they eel can be taken to make improvements. Mental health came out as the issue of most concern to young people with 55% of those taking part in the consultation selecting it as their top priority.  Staying safe online came second, hate crime third and unhealthy relationships fourth. At […]

  • Portsmouth Family Court Visit – 19 November 2018

    The HS visited the Family Court in Portsmouth to gain an insight and feel for some of the challenges faced by the judiciary. One point of note that is very clear is the effort that goes into each case to ensure the optimum outcome for the participants.

  • Road Death Memorial Service – 18 November 2018

    A memorial service was held at Christ Church in Christchurch Road, Winchester hosted by the Joint Operations Policing Unit to mark the United Nations Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  Local dignitaries, police officers and colleagues from the ambulance and fire services joined members of the public in a poignant act of commemoration.

  • HRH Countess of Wessex Royal Visit – 12 November 2018

    The Countess of Wessex visited the newly renovated Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park to mark its formal opening.  Her visit follows a sensitive £35m project to conserve the chapel for future generations funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hampshire County Council. The Countess took a tour of the chapel before signing a scroll which was placed in a time capsule containing recovered and conserved plans to be buried under the original foundation stones of the hospital.   The Countess unveiled a plaque which was placed on the original hospital foundation stone.

  • Remembrance Day Service, Portsmouth Cathedral – 11 November 2018

    The city of Portsmouth united to remember the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  The events began at 6am with a lone piper playing in the Guildhall Square marking the moment the Armistice agreement was signed 100 years ago.  A parade attended by military units, cadet groups, veterans and community organisations preceded a moving Remembrance Service, following which wreaths were laid at the First and Second World War memorials.

  • Alabare Homes for Veterans WW1 Commemorative Skydive. 10th November 2018

    The heavens smiled upon us, provided a wonderful break in the clouds and the opportunity for us all to make a successful and exhilarating jump. The professionalism and organisation of all concerned was very clear to see, especially in getting so many of us into the air at the same time. We were all delighted to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause, made all the more poignant by doing it so close to Remembrance Sunday; such an important weekend. Alabaré provides a range of homes and services including supported accommodation, drop-in centres, activities, advice and training services, supporting […]

  • Law Sunday Choral Mattins – Winchester Cathedral Sunday. 14 October 2018

    The annual service of celebration of all those who work tirelessly in Law and Order in our county was held at Winchester Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 14th October.  Not even the terrible rain and windy conditions could deter the impressive numbers including High Sheriffs from around the South and surrounding areas including the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Gloucester and Berkshire from attending. The sermon was read by The Hon. Mrs Justice Heather Hallett who talked about the importance of forgiveness and the Service was led by the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle. […]

  • The Opening of the Andover Foodbank Warehouse extension. 12 October 2018

    The Andover foodbank was set up in 2006 to provide emergency food to local people who find themselves in short term crisis and are without means to buy food. During the last financial year, the foodbank distributed over 30 tonnes of food to feed 5,000 people, giving families and individuals valuable breathing space to address longer term issues without the worry of feeding their families or themselves. Good quality, secure and long term storage is essential to the project.

  • Southampton Combined Court Open Day. 15 September 2018

    The courts were thrown open to the public in a great example of showing justice in action in our community. From mock trials, reviewing sentencing to tours of the whole combined court site (which was in action for real the day provided an insight into the criminal justice system and the opportunity to gain an overview on what happens. A great turn out by all the involved parties ensured a stimulating day for the hundreds that attended.

  • Visit to Motiv8 Centre & Bicycle Recycling Project in Gosport. 13 July 2018

    Motiv8 works in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to provide DIVERT, a highly successful 10-week programme which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and offending in local communities. Meeting with Clare Ansell joint CEO where we visited the Steps Educational Programme and chatted with young people who are building their self-esteem and qualifications. The visit also  included a chance to visit Motiv8’s Community Based Team offering a range of invaluable support services for young people and families alongside talking to young people who have achieved qualifications and employment through Motiv8’s bicycle recycling project; based […]

  • Visit to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance HQ. 11 July 2018

    Meeting with Alex Lochrane and Rebecca Leaman at the Thruxton HQ with a full tour of the airbase and details of how the HIOWAA has developed.  The Charity operates an Airbus H135 which is specially equipped and optimised for night operations as well as a Critical Care Team Vehicle. The vehicle has parallel capability to the Air Ambulance and both are crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics. Truly exceptional project.

  • HM Prison Winchester Tour. 11 July 2018

    Another visit to HM Prison Winchester seeing the efforts the staff are making to try and improve all aspects of the prison. Many challenges remain.

  • Visit to the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Head Quarters. 9 July 2018

    Great visit to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s headquarters to view their training and maintenance in operation. Fascinating seeing how the Service is committed not only to ensuring that Hampshire has an efficient and effective fire service but the much wider role they now play in our community.

  • Joint meeting with Wiltshire’s High Sheriff, Nicky Alberry of Alabare.

    Alabaré provides a range of homes and services including supported accommodation, drop-in centres, activities, advice and training services. We support homeless people, Armed Forces Veterans, young people, and adults with a learning disability – helping them to achieve independent fulfilling lives.  

  • Hampshire Music Service. Albert Hall

    Amazing night at the Albert Hall for Hampshire at the Hall concert. 1700 young musicians and dancers showcasing the results of Hampshire Music Service’s work   Hampshire Music Service is the lead partner for the Hampshire Music Education Hub – providing extensive music opportunities for young people across Hampshire through partnership working Our commitment is to give every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music together

  • CEO’s Fratton Park Sleepout

    Joined 60 or so CEO’s from Hampshire sleeping out at Fratton Park to build awareness and raise funds for the homeless. A great night showing our community pulling together at its best….at least until the automatic sprinklers came on at 2am!

  • New Winchester Hospice

    Delighted to visit and lend support to Judith Charmer and the new Winchester Hospice. It has a great building and has made a wonderful start in raising the £2.5m it needs. We are developing a new hospice in Winchester to provide local palliative and end of life care for local people.  Currently there is no hospice provision  in the  area, and patients requiring hospice care and services travel to Andover, West End or Basingstoke. Our aim is to raise funds to restore Burrell House, a 2 storey building within the grounds of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to develop a hospice. This will […]

  • Wednesday, April 11 2018 was change over day

    Honored to take over from Mary Montegu-Scott at a Declaration ceremony in the Winchester Law Courts in front of The Hon. Mr Justice Teare and to The Hon. Mr Justice Sweeney on April 11.

  • Hampshire High Sheriff Awards 14th March in Winchester

    Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott has announced the 16 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in the community. The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to individual volunteers, groups and public servants based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society, focusing on law and order related projects, particularly those that enhance safety and cohesion in our communities. Many of these individuals and groups go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work and deserve special recognition for their commitment. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in the Great Hall in […]

  • Tour and lunch on board HMS Duncan

    The High Sheriff and her husband were honoured to visit the Royal Navy Base in Portsmouth for a tour with Commodore Jeremy Rigby followed by a tour and lunch on board HMS Duncan a type 45 destroyer with Commanding Officer Eleanor Stack. We were very impressed by the professionalism and passion they all have for their important work.   We learnt a huge amount about the role of the Navy and its impact on our county and Portsmouth. How lucky we are to have them here.      


    High Sheriff Awards for those going beyond the ‘call of duty’ High Sheriff of Hampshire 2017-18 Mary Montagu-Scott has announced the launch of the High Sheriff Community Awards and is calling for public servants, voluntary groups and individuals to submit their entries for the annual awards. The awards are designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire, and hopefully inspire others to make Hampshire a better, safer county for us all to live in. The High Sheriff, Mary Montagu-Scott, said: “There are so many people in Hampshire making a huge difference in their communities and to the […]

  • Winchester Law Sunday service

    Winchester Law Sunday service This annual service of celebration of all those who work in Law and Order in our county was held at 11am in Winchester Cathedral. A huge gathering of High Sheriffs from around the south including, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Gloucester, Somerset, Berkshire and Bristol attended and are seen here with the High Court Judge Hon. Mrs Justice May and Hampshire Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson and Mrs Atkinson and the Undersheriff Rachel Brooks. The sermon was by Rt. Revd James Jones KBE, formally Bishop of Liverpool who talked of the importance of […]

  • Admiral Lord Nelson School Portsmouth “Prison Me No Way”

    Admiral Lord Nelson School Portsmouth “Prison Me No Way” I visited a charity  ‘ Prison Me No Way’ who go into schools to talk to the students about life in prison, crime prevention, safety and raise awareness of how to keep out of trouble and the consequences of prison. A hundred year ten students did the day and I sat in with them to see how they responded and what they learnt. A brilliant charity doing great work.  

  • Police Sport UK 2017 Running Championships

    I was invited to start the Police Sport UK 2017 running championships at Salterns Park, Lee-On-Solent. 300 Police men and women from all over the UK took part to run a 10 mile run along the seafront on an incredibly windy day. Fastest runner was from the City of London Police at just under 1 hour.Awards were given in many categories in an evening event in Portsmouth attended by the Chief Constable.

  • Criminal Justice Open Day

    Hampshire & Isle of Wight Criminal Justice Board are holding a family open day at Winchester Law Courts.  Open 10am until 3pm on Saturday 14 October. Visit the cells and see inside a prison van Find out how to be a magistrate Watch a mock trial: do you agree with the verdict? Try on the judge’s robes and sit in the chair Have your fingerprints taken and meet the police Bouncy Castle Face painting Lots more fun for the family! Their is no car parking available at the law courts, so please use Park & Ride or the city centre […]

  • Sheriff Award Given to Fawley man September 6th 2017

    I gave a Sheriff Reward to Tommy Wood of Foresters Road, Fawley. Mr Woods was awarded this by the HM Courts and Tribunal service for his great bravery in regard to his actions in trying to protect a victim in an assault and sustained injuries as a result. The case resulted in the arrest and conviction of Callum Jarman of assault by beating, wounding with intent and assault to a constable. Mr Wood met me for presentation of the cheque at Beaulieu and was delighted to have been recognised for his bravery. I was very impressed with the brave actions […]

  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue trainee graduation day 4th August 2017

    For the first time in 8 years the Hampshire Fire and Rescue service had completed a new training programme for recruits and this day was the formal graduation. Families, staff and invited guests were shown a range of displays of the work of the new Fire and Rescue cohort including putting out fires, cutting a person from a car crash scene, rescue from heights, using the high pressure lance to enter a fire zone and reducing the temperature before entry and parading.  I gave out the awards and spoke to all the students who had done a 22 week programme […]

  • Visit to the Hamble Marine Police Unit based 2nd August 2017

    The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Ben Rouse and I went out with the Marine Police on their boat Commander to patrol the waters off Cowes and Southampton Water. It was a very rainy day with high winds so visibility was poor but we learnt a lot about their work and the challenges they have in their specialist field. The port of Southampton is a very busy waterway with very complex management and multi-agencies overseeing it. A very interesting day out.

  • Visit to the Specialist Operations Regiment near Fareham

    18th July Visit to the Specialist Operations Regiment near Fareham at HMS Dryad, home of the Defence College of Policing and Guarding. An amazing day seeing the work of this regiment of the Royal Military Police with its Forensics team, Cyber-Crime and Close Protection unit. I also got to see the famous D-Day map room in Southwick Park House. I was presented with a beautiful photograph of the visit of the Regiment to Beaulieu by Col. Belinda Forsythe.

  • New Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust

    Visit to the opening of the New Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust at the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. An excellent addition to this local museum with brilliant displays all done by dedicated volunteers to show the historic collections of Police and Fire service artefacts, pictures and displays.

  • Visit to the Police Cadets at Applemore College

    Visit to the Police Cadets at Applemore College near Hythe, Southampton to see the work of the local Police cadets and present some Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards. Police Cadets units around Hampshire are increasing with strength and doing a lot of good work in the community and led by a great team of volunteers.

  • 8th June Election night

    8th June Election night – A late night as High Sheriff reads the declaration of results of New Forest East and New Forest West constituencies at the Applemore Health and Leisure centre, Hythe, Southampton. Good to see healthy democracy of voting is so well run by local New Forest District Council officers and staff.

  • 999 Show at Beaulieu

    May 31st 999 Show at Beaulieu in support of the emergency services A day of celebration and support was held at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu to welcome Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Police, South Central Ambulance and many voluntary organisations to show off what they do and raise money and awareness of their work. A murder mystery was held in Palace House with members of the Royal Military Police Forensics team assisting visitors with their detective work and showing off their fingerprinting and camera technology. Retired Police dogs, police dog puppies, Special constables and even a Police horse and the […]

  • Disaster training Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service with University of Portsmouth 10th May

    A huge national and international 3 day exercise involving 30 organisations, over 2000 people to simulate a disaster and test and train all participants. Hampshire is a leading rescue service in International Search and Rescue and has a team on 6 hour readiness to go anywhere in the world to assist in such things as earthquakes, tsunamis or disasters. I was fortunate to be asked to attend as an observer and be able to see first hand this very important trading exercise in Fort Widley and Fort Purbrook where scenarios were set and procedures tested with rescue teams including use […]

  • South West Legal Support Trust fundraising walk in Southampton.

    South West Legal Support Trust fundraising walk in Southampton.  I attended the start of the 100 legal professionals doing a 10km walk around Southampton to raise much needed funds for the SouthWest Legal Support Trust. It is one of 8 legal support trusts which operate across England and Wales to raise and distribute funds to charities which provide free legal advice. help and support services to vulnerable people. Sponsored by College Chambers in Southampton and assisted by the Law Society of England and Wales, the walk was a great success on a nice dry mild evening and well supported by […]

  • Portsmouth Legal Service in the beautiful Portsmouth Cathedral.

    Portsmouth Legal Service in the beautiful Portsmouth Cathedral. Judges and members of the legal service of all sorts came from across the county along with civic leaders, representatives of Police and church to celebrate Morning prayer together with Bishop of Portsmouth. I processed alongside the High Sheriff from the Isle of Wight, Mr Ben Rouse resplendent in his navy velvet High Sheriff Court Dress. The Hon. Mr Justice Baker read the first lesson of the story of Solomon from the first book of Kings and I the Gospel reading of the story of the Prodigal son. The Dean of Portsmouth […]

  • Change over day 5th April 2017

    Wednesday 5th April 2017 was change over day from High Sheriff Tom Floyd to me. Wednesday 5th April was change over day from High Sheriff Tom Floyd to me. I read and signed my ‘Declaration’ to High Court Judge Hon. Mr Justice Warby in the Winchester Law Courts to an assembly of court officers, judges and guests. It was a fantastic occasion, made very special by all concerned and we then sat in to watch the mornings on-going trial with the prosecution barrister cross examining the defendant in a manslaughter case. I wore my new High Sheriff uniform for the […]

  • Magistrates Mock Trials Competition Winchester Crown Courts on March 18th

    Another round of the Magistrates Mock Trials Competition was held in Winchester Crown Courts on March 18th. The winning team, pictured here, is from Robert May’s school in Odiham. They will go on to the regional final to be held in Worthing on May 5th where they will meet South Wilts Grammar School who won the round in Southampton on March 11th.

  • 2017 Community Awards

    HIGH SHERIFF OF HAMPSHIRE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF COMMUNITY AWARDS The High Sheriff of Hampshire Mr Tom Floyd has announced the 21 recipients receiving commendations for good work in the community. The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to individual volunteers and community groups based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society, with a particular emphasis on safety and cohesion in the community. The Awards were presented on 15th March at a fitting ceremony held in the Great Hall in Winchester, one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century containing […]

  • Mock Trials Competition, Southampton Crown Courts March 11th

    A round of the Mock Trials competition was held in Southampton Crown Courts on March 11th. The schools competing were Saint Edmunds Catholic School, The Westgate School, South Wilts Grammar School and Christ the King School. South Wilts Grammar were the winners of this round and will go forward to the regional finals.

  • Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas visits Winchester

    On February 14th, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas visited Winchester. He came to hear a variety of appeals against sentences previously passed in the Hampshire Courts, the appeals were not successful. Lord Thomas was sitting with the Hon Mr Justice Dingemans and the Hon Mrs Justice May, the two presiding Judges on the Western Circuit, seen on either side of the Lord Chief Justice in the centre. The Judge in red is the Honorary Recorder of Winchester, His Honour Judge Keith Cutler CBE.

  • The High Sheriff visits GAFIRS – the Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service.

    The High Sheriff visits GAFIRS – the Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service. The High Sheriff visits GAFIRS – the Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service. GAFIRS provides rescue cover for H.M. Coastguard for much of the Solent and all of Portsmouth Harbour. In 2016 they responded to 113 incidents, helping nearly 200 people, including saving 3 lives. GAFIRS is an independent charity entirely staffed by volunteers a number of whom were busy today on essential maintenance work.

  • Long service certificate to Val, Roberts Child Contact Centre

    The EC Roberts Centre is a unique child focused Charity in Portsmouth with a range of services offering support and assistance to families in addressing their situation of homelessness or dealing with the issues of relationship breakdown.  

  • Countess of Wessex came visit to Brendoncare in Chandlers Ford

    On November 22nd the Countess of Wessex came to visit Brendoncare in Chandlers Ford. In the line up to meet her was the High Sheriff of Hampshire and Mrs Floyd and Cllr Keith Chapman, Chairman of Hampshire County Council, and Mrs Chapman; all were introduced to HRH by The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson.


    JOINT CYBER-CRIME CONFERENCE HELPS CHARITIES PROTECT AGAINST CYBER-ATTACK A cyber security conference organised by Tom Floyd DL, the High Sheriff of Hampshire and Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) was held at St John’s House in Winchester on 10th November 2016. The event was a joint initiative between Action Hampshire, HIWCF, Hampshire Constabulary, Fixers, Southampton University and Vermont to help smaller charities and voluntary organisations protect themselves against the threat of cyber-crime. Over 70 participants attended from organisations across Hampshire, with a closing speech by the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Jane Rutter. In 2014, £1.2 […]

  • The Hampshire Legal Service was held in Winchester Cathedral on October 9th

    The High Sheriff’s procession lining up in the Inner Close, before processing into the Cathedral. Included are the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Mr Nigel Atkinson and his wife Christine. High Court Judges the Hon Mr Justice Dingemans, Sweeney and Dove; the High Sheriffs of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset and Gloucestershire; the Under Sheriff of Hampshire and the High Sheriff’s chaplain Canon Roger Job. The preacher was the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Reverend Jonathan Meyrick. The service was a wonderful tribute to all involved in the administration of Law and Order with over 700 guests. […]

  • The High Sheriff spends time with Motiv8 in Toronto Place Gosport.

    On August 3rd, The High Sheriff spent time with Motiv8 in Toronto Place Gosport, followed by a visit to the Gosport Summer Passport Scheme. This offers a whole range of diversionary activities for secondary school children for 3 weeks in the Summer after the Schools break up. Everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves. High Sheriff of Hampshire visits MOTIV8 Gosport, Gosport Summer Passport and Gosport Marine Scene Hampshire High Sheriff Tom Floyd visited Motiv8 in Gosport to see the way in which it takes care of our young people. Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young people. This reduces […]

  • High Sheriff and friends getting a briefing on the bridge of HMS Dauntless.

      August 2nd High Sheriff and friends getting a briefing on the bridge of HMS Dauntless in Portsmouth Harbour. In May 2017, Portsmouth will see the arrival of the first of the new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth.

  • Ben Ainslie Racing Visit

    Before racing for the Americas cup I visited BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council. Ben Ainslie and his crew won the final race which puts them in the lead to challenge the USA in next year’s Americas Cup in Bermuda.

  • Saturday night out with the Police

    The responsibilities of the High Sheriff are centered around law & order and on May 14th I joined the police for a Saturday night out in Basingstoke Town Centre. Despite a new venue attracting very large numbers of happy revellers, everyone was extremely well behaved. My thanks to the police, the PCSO’s, the Street Pastors and all those whose efforts are committed to making our streets fun but safe

  • Presentation to Jim Kennedy

    Jim Kennedy Under Sheriff of Hampshire for 28 years.

  • Winners of the local Winchester round in the Mock Trials Competition.

    Winners of the local Winchester round in the Mock Trials Competition. The Mock Trials competitions give young people the chance to experience the drama of the court room first hand. Students work in teams to prepare their case and then battle it out in a real court room in front of a real judge. From research and analytical skills to public speaking and persuasion, the Bar Mock Trials and Magistrates Mock Trials give students the opportunity to develop important life skills while deepening their understanding of the law and learning how the justice system works. If you’d like to run […]