High Sheriff of Bedfordshire’s Diary

Events attended by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in September 2022

The Death of HM The Queen

I am deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen and send my sincere condolences to the Royal Family. She fulfilled the promise that she made that “my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service”. Long live His Majesty King Charles III.

Proclamation of the Accession of HM The King

It was an honour to join the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire at Harpur Square in Bedford this afternoon as I read the proclamation of the Accession of His Majesty The King. It was an historic occasion and attracted many members of the public who came out to show their respect.

The Justice Service for the County of Bedfordshire.

Squadron cadets got the privilege of performing a guard of honour for VIP’s at The Justice Service for the County of Bedfordshire. Amongst the many VIP’s were no less than 5 High Sheriffs, the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the Lord Bishop of St Albans, Bedfordshire Mayors and several High Court Judges, as well as many other members of the Judiciary. Exceptionally well turned out, the cadets did themselves, the Squadron and their families proud.

Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing ATC
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Central & East Region Air Cadets

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Sweeney Todd

I loved this terrific production of“Sweeney Todd” by #bedfordshireyouthhopera at Bedford University Theatre. On till Sunday night. It receives no public money and is entirely self financing. Imaginative staging and costumes. I was enchanted by Katie McDonagh as Nellie Lovett.

A blue plaque to commemorate the BBC’s move to a town during World War Two

The Bunyan Meeting building in Castle Lane, Bedford, was one of seven BBC sites during the conflict. About 8,000 of the corporation’s music and religious programmes were broadcast from the town between 1941 and 1945. It became known as “Somewhere in England” in the broadcasts, with various other locations also used. During World War Two, many BBC programmes and services of moved out of London.

Lord Lieutenants’s Farewell Service

With @LLieutenantBeds⁩ Helen Nellis and Susan Lousada at the service of thanksgiving for all Helen has achieved over 11 years. We also welcomed Sue to the post which I am sure she will undertake with her own brand of charm, humour and kindness.

Vauxhall Luton

I spent a fascinating morning visiting the Body Shop & General Assembly at the highly efficient #VauxhallLutonPlant. The men worked seamlessly alongside the balletic robots. This is the home of the Vauxhall Vivaro and equivalent LCVs for Opel, Citroen & Peugeot, plus FIAT now.

Chiltern Learning Trust

We had a fascinating meeting with Adrian Rodgers of the #Chiltern Learning Trust at Denbigh High School, Luton, hearing about their fantastic work raising the academic standards in schools throughout Bedfordshire. They even turn around schools that have hit rock bottom.

Bedford MS Therapy Centre Art Exhibition

Art exhibition featuring original works for sale by local and national artists at the MS Therapy Centre at Barkers Lane in Bedford.

Other Events in September include:

  • Tour of Chicksands Priory, Walled Garden, Orangery & Military Intelligence Museum
  • HSA Probation Meeting – competition to award grants for services for minority ethnic people on probation in E of England
  • Canape and McSupper in aid of Bedford Hospital
  • BBC Three Counties Awards
  • On panel for interviewing Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Hidden Heroes Day
  • Leighton Buzzard New Police Hub Opening