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Dates for the Diary 2019

27th May 2019 Duck Race Wootton Basset Road The Running Horse, lots going on all day, including stalls, live music, refreshments and the 2019 duck race.

8th June 2019 High Sheriff’s concert at Christ Church with Ten in a Bar and the JTP singers, then Kentwood show choir for the second half. Please see the poster below for further details and tickets for this event

2nd July (Tuesday Evening) Evening out at Fabio’s – details coming soon

10th July (Wed Evening) Quiz at De Vere – details coming soon

9th August (Friday) Swindon Cares Golf Day at Wrag Barn. – For more information please see the poster below.

25th August Music & Family Fun Day at The Tawny Owl – details coming soon

22nd September Swindon Half Marathon – details coming soon and we are looking for volunteers to run on behalf of Swindon Cares

More events to be confirmed in due course.

Dates for the 2018 Diary!

28th January – Sunday Lunch at The White Hart Stratton
20th April – Launch of Swindon Cares 2018
13th May – Bucket collection at The Wyvern – The Swing Birds
21st/22nd May – Fabios Dinner
2 June – High Sheriff’s Concert at Christ Church
28th September – Wrag Barn Golf Tournament

Office of the High Sheriff

The office of High Sheriff is of great antiquity, dating back to Saxon times. The High Sheriff is appointed by the Crown and is the oldest secular office in England and Wales after the Crown. Originally the office held many of the powers now vested in the Lord-Lieutenant, High Court Judges, Magistrates, Local Authorities, Coroners and even the Revenue and Customs.

Today the duties of the High Sheriff are largely ceremonial. The appointment is honorary and there is no formal qualification for the office, however, certain people – members of both Houses of Parliament, serving members of the Armed Forces and certain government officials are disqualified from holding the office. The High Sheriff is the Sovereign’s representative in the County for matters relating to the Rule of Law and the Constitution and is therefore concerned with the Judiciary, public services engaged with law enforcement and community safety, elections and government in the county and everything in the county relating to community cohesion, especially the voluntary sector.

Apart from the ceremonial duties, High Sheriffs in Wiltshire have for many years been active in encouraging and supporting a wide range of activities in both the public and voluntary sectors aimed at enabling offenders, potential offenders and those who are otherwise disadvantaged to achieve their potential as citizens. The task of the High Sheriff is to show appreciation and encouragement to all those who work for the good of the Community and particularly to enable the disengaged to get back on track.

The High Sheriff is appointed for a period of one year. A list containing three names is submitted to the Queen each March and the name of the High Sheriff for the subsequent year is pricked with a silver bodkin following which a warrant is issued to the High Sheriff by Order of the Queen in Council.

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 2017-18 is Lady Marland