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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 the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table.

Seven individuals and eleven community groups and organisations received certificates to commend the meaningful work that they do in keeping our neighbourhoods safe. Many of these individuals go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work offering support and services within their communities and deserve special recognition for their commitment.

The successful nominees are:
•    The Right to Work – Beacon Group, Havant
•    The Round About Café, Southampton
•    Hythe Youth Club & Volunteers, Hythe
•    Hampshire Community Court, Basingstoke
•    Hampshire Community Court, Fareham
•    New Help the Homeless in Southampton
•    Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS)
•    Fleet Angels, Fleet
•    Community Team at Park Community School, Havant
•    Charlie Wright & Vivienne Wheeler – Friends of the Family, Winchester
•    Gosport Community Safety Team Sorrell Kenny, Sam Mitchell and Carly Perry,
•    John Molony, SSAFA Alton
•    Roy Sutton, Neighbourhood Watch, Hartley Wintney
•    Ian Wright, PCSO, Gosport
•    Lisa Baldock, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Portsmouth
•    Court Reward – Nathan Jones
•    Court Reward – Terry Bicknell
•    Court Reward – Oliver McDermott

Winchester
Friends of the Family is a charity for vulnerable families and their children living in the Winchester district.  Vivienne Wheeler is Chairman of the organisation and works tirelessly to improve the life chances of young children through early intervention, to ensure an immeasurable effect on their lives. Vivienne also leads vital fundraising activities to ensure the charity is the success it is today.

Charlie Wright is a Counsellor for Friends of the Family, leading the ‘Dads Project’ working with male prisoners in Winchester prison before and after their release. Charlie supports his clients in establishing and maintaining contact and relationships with their children, gaining their trust and friendship and offering them practical advice to change their lives. Charlie has also set up a monthly Dads and Kids Group to encourage fathers to build a bond with their children.

Portsmouth
Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) is a busy independent lifeboat service covering the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour areas, responding to 112 incidents in 2016. GAFIRS are unpaid volunteer members on call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year in all weather. The group also give free sea-safety education talks in schools and community groups in South Hampshire.

Basingstoke / Fareham
Hampshire Community Court is a Peer Court programme where young trained volunteers hold children aged 10 to 17 to account when they have broken the law for the first time. This is done through positive peer influence to counter the negative pressures associated with early child offending. Fareham Community Court was the original pilot scheme in Hampshire and they have now helped over 300 cases, while Basingstoke Community Court has been running since July 2016.

Gosport
Sorrell Kenny, Sam Mitchell, and Carly Perry from the Gosport Community Safety Team all ensure the safety of vulnerable young people and families and supporting local residents that require additional help for a variety of needs. The team deal with issues such as anti-social behaviour or drug use, ensuring funding and co-ordination is in place to meet these needs.  

Southampton
The Round About Café helps people who have been out of work for a long time to build confidence, enabling them to make new friends and prevent social isolation. The café works with many partners including the police who hold regular consultations in the café to be more accessible to the public and community.

The High Sheriff, Mr Tom Floyd, said: “The awards ceremony was a truly inspiring occasion and I am delighted to recognise these unsung heroes carrying out their great work and making a real difference to their communities. I have seen first-hand the outstanding work carried out across Hampshire in order to provide support to vulnerable people in our area”.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) organises the High Sheriff’s Awards working in partnership with the High Sheriff of Hampshire. Jakes Ferguson, Chief Executive of HIWCF commented “The High Sheriff Awards support the values and the work that HIWCF implements at grassroots level across Hampshire communities and we are pleased to be able to support the High Sheriff in recognising the great work of local individuals and organisations in our area”.

Mock Trials Competition, Southampton Crown Courts March 11th

Mock Trials competition Southampton Marth 11th 2017
Mock Trials competition Southampton March 11th 2017

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

14 Feb 2017 – Photo Stuart Martin – The Lord Chief Justice pictured at Winchester Law Court where he is sitting at the court of appeal

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.

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

High Sherriff gives a long service certificate to Val who has volunteered at the Roberts Child Contact Centre for over 10 years.
High Sheriff gives a long service certificate to Val who has volunteered at the Roberts Child Contact Centre for over 10 years.

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.

http://www.robertscentre.org.uk/

 

Countess of Wessex came visit to Brendoncare in Chandlers Ford

Countess of Wessex came to visit Brendoncare in Chandlers Ford
Countess of Wessex came to visit 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

JOINT CYBER-CRIME CONFERENCE HELPS CHARITIES
PROTECT AGAINST CYBER-ATTACK

JOINT CYBER-CRIME CONFERENCE HELPS CHARITIES PROTECT AGAINST CYBER-ATTACK
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 billion of direct debit donations were made to charity, providing a huge temptation to criminals perceiving charities and voluntary groups to be an easy target. Smaller voluntary organisations and community groups don’t often have the financial or staff resources to protect themselves against cyber-attack and can find their customer database held to ransom, their website forced offline or they may suffer loss of access to emails or business-critical data. The impact on charities following a cyber-attack can be immense, involving loss of funds, valuable staff resources wasted trying to resolve the situation, and donors potentially losing their trust in that organisation.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that fraud and computer misuse accounting for 5.8 million crimes in 2015 and showed a further sharp increase in the first half of 2016. Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Snuggs is responsible for Cyber-Crime, Digital Investigation and Intelligence at Hampshire Constabulary and gave an insight into the world of cyber-crime, explaining that in order to defend your organisation, mind-set is absolutely key. Staff must be willing and prepared to protect themselves through adequate training and regular auditing of systems, update of software patches, reporting of suspicious activities. Implementation of Cyber-Essentials, a scheme designed by the Government, will help to prevent the most common types of cyber-attack.

As new technology emerges, single minded criminals are adept at quickly exploiting any vulnerabilities. Neil MacEwan of Southampton University presented a case study on a recent cyber-attack against event organisers Action Hampshire, where access to vital business data was only unlocked once a ransom of almost £500 had been paid to faceless cyber-criminals.

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

The Hampshire Legal Service was held in Winchester Cathedral on October 9th
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 Police Cadets provided the guard of honour

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

Tom Floyd (High Sheriff) / Adrian Rutter (HIWCF) / Clare Ansell (Motiv8) / Jim Kennedy (HIWCF) / John Beavis (Chair CSP)
Tom Floyd (High Sheriff) / Adrian Rutter (HIWCF) / Clare Ansell (Motiv8) / Jim Kennedy (HIWCF) / John Beavis (Chair CSP)

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 Motiv8
Kirsty Cremer (Movit8) / Clare Ansell (Motiv8) / Adrian Rutter (HIWCF) / Tom Floyd (High Sheriff) / Charlie Adie (CEO Motiv8) / Jim Kennedy (HIWCF) / John Beavis (Chair CSP)

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 the risk of offending, anti-social behaviour and disengagement from learning or employment.

Working with many partners in the community including the police, social services and Gosport Community Safety partnership, Motiv8 has  a wide range of help and support to offer young people, the amazing Gosport team under the Motiv8 manager Kirsty Cremer supports our young people through the good times and tough times but most of all being there when it matters.

Motiv8 Manager Kirsty Cremer said “What a brilliant day with Tom Floyd High Sheriff of Hampshire.  It has been amazing taking him to different organisations across Gosport and showing him the fantastic partnership work that happens in Gosport all for the benefit of young people.  A big thank you to the High Sheriff for spending the day in Gosport, meeting with young people and our partners at Gosport Summer Passport”

The High Sheriff spent time at Motiv8 HQ in Toronto Place Gosport, followed by a visit to the Gosport Community Safety Partnership’s Summer Passport Scheme which offers a whole range of diversionary activities for secondary school children for 3 weeks in the Summer after the Schools break up.

CSP Project Officer Sam Mitchell said “We get around 150 young people to Summer Passport each day enjoying the varied activities on offer; they make many new friends which they keep in touch with after the event. It was lovely to welcome the High Sheriff to the site today and for him to meet some of our young people having fun ”

Finally he met the members of Gosport Marine Scene at Haslar Marina to hear about their Marine Futures Programme which has 10 young Gosport people on a series of water-based activities culminating in a small ships race from Dartmouth to Gosport on 22 August and a parade of young sailors through the Town on 24 August.

Chair of Gosport CSP Cllr John Beavis said “We were delighted that the High Sheriff found time in his busy programme to come to see the Gosport teams who do so much great work in our community. We are particularly fortunate to have such incredible partnership working in Gosport with Motiv8 at its very heart”.

High Sheriff Tom Floyd said how pleased he was to be invited to Motiv8 in Gosport and to see all of the ‘behind the scenes activities’ which provided some unbelievably high-quality help and support to young people. It was a most impressive day and he thanked Kirsty Cremer for arranging it and for all the hard work and effort of Motiv8 which clearly achieved so much in the local community.

Ben Ainslie Racing Visit

Ben Ainslie Racing Visit
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.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Donna Jones
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Donna Jones

Saturday night out with the Police

May 14th with the police for a Saturday night out
On May 14th I joined the police for a Saturday night out in Basingstoke Town Centre

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.

Following my Declaration as the new High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Portal and I presented this armada dish to Jim Kennedy. Jim has been the Under Sheriff of Hampshire for 28 years and has now been succeeded by Rachel Brooks. The dish was presented on behalf of all the High Sheriffs who have been advised and guided by Jim during his many years in office.
Following my Declaration as the new High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Portal and I presented this armada dish to Jim Kennedy. Jim has been the Under Sheriff of Hampshire for 28 years and has now been succeeded by Rachel Brooks. The dish was presented on behalf of all the High Sheriffs who have been advised and guided by Jim during his many years in office.

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

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

Robert Mays School in Odiham were the winners of the local Winchester round in the Mock Trials Competition
Robert Mays School in Odiham were the 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 a mini mock trial for just your class or school, why not download one of our past cases and request support from a local barrister, judge, or magistrate to mentor your students and preside over the proceedings?