Volunteer Centre Chairman’s Work Recognised by High Sheriff of Leicestershire

At the conclusion of the Centre’s monthly Community Lunch at Beedles Lake Golf Club, Paul Lomas, Chairman of Syston and District Volunteer Centre, was taken by surprise as he was presented with the High Sheriff of Leicestershire’s personal award for outstanding voluntary Community service, see our picture below.
The current High Sheriff, Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, an imposing figure in her long line navy button-through tunic, broad-brimmed hat with white ostrich feather, spoke of Paul’s wide range of voluntary work within the local Syston Community which had stimulated the special Award. She was accompanied at the event by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Murray Colville,
The role of the High Sheriff is not widely understood, with many present on the day confessing that they had no idea that such a post existed. Memories of the legendary Sheriff of Nottingham, and his battles with Robin Hood, came to mind.
The modern County Sheriff’s principal role, as defined by the oath of office, is to “faithfully support the judiciary and all who maintain the King’s peace, administer justice and protect and support their fellow citizens” including the police and other law enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, and church and faith groups. The role is unpaid and no expenses are reimbursed. For this reason, there is no set framework of duties and each of the current 55 modern High Sheriffs is encouraged to shape the year of office as he/she sees fit.
During her year in office, Henrietta has chosen to concentrate on offering encouragement to those supporting the charitable and voluntary sectors – particularly those involved with crime reduction and social cohesion – and actively encouraging crime prevention.
The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the Sovereign for the maintenance of law and order within the shire or county and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.