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August 2014
Begin the holiday season The High Sheriff held fewer meetings and attended fewer events than in previous months. However there were some very interesting and high profile occasions around the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war. These included The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attending A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and The High Sheriff reading the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One. In addition during of the month The High Sheriff spoke and took part in the panel discussion at a seminar held at London Middlesex University : ” Methods of desistance within the Secure Estate - A look at what works” organised by The Noor Initiative, and The High Sheriff also carried out an official visit to Ealing Metropolitan Police station, meeting with the Borough Commander and the detective teams, gang’s team, the custody unit team and joined a rapid response team in a police emergency vehicle on patrol.

1st The High Sheriff had a very good meeting met with Cllr Julian Bel the Leader of Ealing Council.

1st The High Sheriff spoke and took part in the panel discussion at the seminar held at London Middlesex University: ”Methods of desistance within the Secure Estate - A look at what works” organised by The Noor Initiative.

4th The High Sheriff said the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.

4th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

7th The High Sheriff met with Mohammed Khaliel Founder and CEO of Islamix which is a unique English based organisation focused on creating deeper understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, with a view to creating a more harmonious and peaceful society.

13th The High Sheriff carried out an official visit to Ealing Metropolitan Police station, meeting with the Borough Commander and also the detective teams, gang’s team, the custody unit team and joined a rapid response team in a police emergency vehicle on patrol.

14th The High Sherriff met with Andy Keen-Downs CEO of Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (PACT) and Mark Rowland of National Education Trust (NET) to discuss an initiative relating to the children of prisoners.

26th The High Sheriff met with Linda Bryant Head of Criminal Justice Services at Together (for mental wellbeing) Charity to discuss issues relating to people with mental problems in the criminal justice system.

28th The High Sheriff enjoyed lunch with Frances Mapstone Trustee of The House of St Barnabas; Sandra Schembri Chief Executive of The House of St Barnabas and Mark Woodruff of the Monument Trust to discuss the work of The House of St Barnabas who are a charity based in Soho that supports London's homeless people back into work through their Employment Academy.


The High Sheriff with Ealing Borough Mayor, Council Leader and dignitaries at a service of remembrance to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.


The High Sheriff reading the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.


The Programme of A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.


July 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of July. These included a visit with the Lady Sheriff and the High Sheriffs Chaplain to Wormwood Scrubs Prison; together with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff meeting with the Bishop of Southwark and undertaking a tour of Southwark Cathedral; attending the High Sheriff of West Sussex Judges Service and Garden party; together with the High Sheriffs Chaplain visiting Southwark Crown Court and siting on the bench with resident judge Alistair McCreath; and with the Lady Sheriff attending the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Garden party at Hertford Castle.

1st The High Sheriff met with Alexander McLean of The African Prisons Project who works to restore dignity and hope to prisoners in Uganda and Kenya and in prisons across Africa.

2nd The High Sheriff met with Luqman Ali Artistic Director/CEO of the Khayaal Theatre Company to discuss their work in prisons and school.

2nd The High Sheriff chaired the quarterly Great London High Sheriffs meeting attended by the current, past and future Great London High Sheriffs.

4th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriffs Chaplain Rev Paul Cowley and Mr Martin Orrell carried out an official visit to HM Wormwood Scrubs Prison and had a productive meeting and discussion with the Prison Governor Mr Gary Monaghan.

6th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the West Sussex Judges’ Service and Garden Party hosted by the High Sheriff of West Sussex Mr Jonathan Lucas and his wife. Also in attendance were the High Sheriff of East Sussex Mr Christopher Gebbie and The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee.

7th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and Under Sheriff met with Bishop of Southwark The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun and discussed the role of chaplaincy within the prison estate. The meeting was followed by a tour of Southwark Cathedral by the Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn.

9th The High Sheriff met with Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to report on his findings with the police service, judiciary, prisons and criminal prosecution service in London during the first four months of taking office.

9th The High Sheriff hosted a lunch for the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and his wife at the Clink restaurant in Brixton prison.

9th The High Sheriff attended the AGM of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship at the Cyprus Embassy in St James’s Square and met with the High Commissioner Mr Euripides Evriviades.

10th The High Sheriff hosted lunch with members from the William Wilberforce Trust at the Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to discuss the fundraising event to be held at Clink in September.

10th The High Sheriff met Wing Commander M G Dudgeon OBE DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Greater London to discuss the High Sheriffs year ahead.

11th The High Sheriff met with volunteers from the Prisoners Families and Friends Service at Southwark Crown Court.

11th The High Sheriff together with the Rev`d Paul Cowley Chaplain to the High Sheriff carried out an official visit to Southwark Crown Court and enjoyed lunch with the judges before sitting on the bench with the resident judge His Honour Judge Alistair William McCreath.

24th The High Sheriff met with Pauline Crowe and Jo Bedingfield of Prisoners Abroad which is the only UK charity caring for the welfare of British prisoners held in foreign prisons.

24th The High Sheriff and the Lady Sheriff attended The Busoga Trust Reception at the House of Lords. The Busoga Trust provides sustainable access to safe water, improved sanitation and comprehensive hygiene & health education to the communities in rural Uganda.

26th The High Sheriff and the Lady Sheriff attended a garden party hosted by High Sheriff for Hertfordshire Mr Fergus McMullen and his wife at the Hertford Castle Hertfordshire.

29th The High Sheriff met with Sue Clifford and Richard Rowley of No Offence, a social enterprise, who facilitate open access to crime and justice information through their conferences and awards.

30th The High Sheriff met with Rachel O'Brien to discuss the RSA’s Transitions Project which explores the potential for “transition Parks” which use MOJ assets adjacent to prisons to drive innovation, collaboration and rehabilitation.

30th The High Sheriff met with Melissa Morbeck of The Corporate Alliance which is a nationally recognised membership charity working with employers addressing the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

31st The High Sheriff met with Iqbal Wahhab OBE founder of Tandoori Magazine, and multi-award winning restaurants The Cinnamon Club and Roast to discuss areas of mutual interest around rehabilitation and employment in the catering industry for ex-offenders.

31st The High Sheriff met with Cllr Steven Cowan the Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.


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The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and high Sheriffs Chaplain on a visit to HMP Wormwood Scrubs..


The High Sheriff of West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London at the West Sussex Judges’ Service.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff visiting Southwark Cathedral.


The High Sheriff with The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff of Hertfordshire at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton.


The High Sheriff with the High Commissioner of Cyprus Mr Euripides Evriviades.”


The High Sheriff together with the Rev`d Paul Cowley Chaplain to the High Sheriff on an official visit to Southwark Crown Court.


The High Sheriff with the MC at the First World War themed garden party hosted by High Sheriff for Hertfordshire at Hertford Castle.


June 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of June. These included a visit with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff to the Regent's Park Central London Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre; together with the Lady Sheriff attending the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan police Hendon Memorial in the presence of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Brenard Hogan-Howe; together with the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and as a guest of the MCC Chairman attending a one-day cricket match at Lord's to celebrate the MCC's bicentennial year at Lord's cricket ground in St Johns Wood; along with the Lady Sheriff attending as guest of honour at the Brent Police Borough Commanders commendations ceremony held at Wembley Stadium, and together with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff the High Sheriff attending a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance for those who volunteered to serve in the First World War in the presence of her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Leonie Hodge, Director of the GoodHope Training & Consultancy which is part of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation to discuss hosting a conference for the Foundation later in the year.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Independent Newspaper journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

4th The High Sheriff met with Adrian Gannon of Prisoners Advise Trust who provides legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of the Prison Rules and conditions of imprisonment.

4th The High Sheriff met with Phil Bowen Director of the Centre for Justice Innovation who seek to introduce and support new ideas, new projects and new practice in the British criminal justice system. With a commitment to sharing learning between the US and UK, the Centre combines research and international evidence gathering with expert support to front-line practitioners to help build a more innovative and dynamic criminal justice system.

5th The High Sheriff attended the official opening of the Bounce Back new state of the art training centre at HMP Brixton. Bounce Back is a Charity and a Social Enterprise focussed on training and employment of ex-offenders.

5th The High Sheriff met with Emily Vermont Co-Founder and Managing Director of Finding Rhythms Charity, who work through the medium of music and original composition bring about positive change in people’s approach to life and their surroundings, to discuss their work in Prisons.

9th The High Sheriff met with Mr Lyn Hopkins Chair of The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, a charitable, independent and non-political organisation that connects people from Commonwealth countries and offers affordable student accommodation services in London for full time international students from Commonwealth countries.

9th The High Sheriff met with Bilal Dunn Founder and CEO of The Noor initiative which is an innovative third sector social enterprise which works with the youth community.

10th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a Private Viewing of an Exhibition by the Renowned Botanical Artist Rosie Sanders hosted by The Royal London Society.

11th The High Sheriff met with Patrick Foster Chair off the Community Chaplaincy at Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

12th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff & Under Sheriff carried out an official visit to The Regents Park Central London Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre.

16th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan Police Memorial Hendon in the presence of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Brenard Hogan-Howe.

16th The High Sheriff along with other dignities presented awards at the London Air Cadets Awards Night at HMS President in St Katharine’s Dock.

17th The High Sheriff met with Charlotte Hogg, Founder of The Caerus Partnership to discuss a mental health initiative working with addiction and offenders.

19th The High Sheriff met with Lord Knight and Sophia Walker of the Centre for Criminal Appeals, a not-for-profit organisation which deals with the shortage of investigation and legal representation on appeal, to discuss their work.

22nd Along with the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, and as a guest of the MCC Club Chairman, The High Sheriff attended the one day cricket match at Lords between Hertfordshire and Middlesex Cricket Club to celebrate the MCC’s Bicentennial Year at Lords Cricket Ground in St Johns Wood.

23rd The High Sheriff attended Westminster City Councils Citizenship Ceremony.

23rd The High Sheriff had a most enjoyable meeting and tea with The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Audrey Lewis.

24th The High Sheriff met with Andy Keen-Downs the Chief Executive of PACT to discuss the launch of a Charter for Children of Prisoners.

24th The High Sheriff met with Joyti Waswani of The Royal London Society, one of the world's oldest charities focusing on the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

26th The High Sheriff attended a lunch at the House of Lords given in honour of Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC and her work with the Global Foundation For the Elimination of Domestic Violence.

26th The High Sheriff visited the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service in London and met a large number and wide range of the team led by Baljit Ubhey the Chief Crown Prosecutor.

27th The High Sherriff and Lady Sheriff were guests of Honour with Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher at the Brent Police Borough Commander`s Commendations Ceremony held at Wembley Stadium.

28th The High Sherriff, Lady Sheriff. The Under Sheriff and her husband attended a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance for those who volunteered to serve in the First World War at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan police Hendon Memorial.


The High Sheriff presenting awards at the London Air Cadets Awards Night.


The High Sheriffs of Greater London and Hertfordshire at Lord's to celebrate the MCC's bicentennial year at Lord's cricket ground.


The High Sheriff presenting awards with Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher at the Brent Police Borough Commanders commendations ceremony.


The Under Sheriff, The Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriff and a Chelsea Pensioner at a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance at Royal Chelsea Hospital.


May 2014
During the month of May The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events. These included a visit to Harrow Crown Court, hosting two events at the Clink restaurant Brixton Prison, joining the panel discussion at the launch of the Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA, enjoying a dinner New Scotland Yard hosted by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey in honour of the High Sheriff and the preceding High Sheriff Mr David Jones, and together with the Lady Sheriff attending the Buckingham Palace garden party and the Chelsea Flower Show.

1st The High Sheriff met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss ways in which the Office could support and promote the work of the police.

2nd The High Sheriff visited Harrow Crown Court sat on the Bench with Resident Judge Arran.

8th The High Sheriff met with John Podmore and Simon Antrobus of The Addaction Trust to discuss their work on the role of alcohol in domestic violence.

9th The High Sheriff and his wife attended a lunch given by the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith to promote their work with young people in West London at the Clink restaurant in HMP Brixton.

12th The High Sheriff met with the Andy Keen-Downs of Pact (Prisoners Advice and care Trust) which is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment and provides practical and emotional support to prisoners and their children and families. They discussed the possible launch of a Charter for Children of prisoners.

12th The High Sheriff met with the inspirational Barry Mizen of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation to discuss their work with young people and specifically in reducing knife crime.

13th The High Sheriff met with the Peter Standford of the Longford Trust to discuss The Longford Scholarships which enable young people and ex-prisoners to continue their rehabitation through studying for degrees at UK universities.

13th The High Sheriff attended the launch of The Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA and joined the panel Chaired by Prof John Podmore for a discussion and question and answer session.

14th The High Sheriff met with Lucy Perman and Sue Canderton of Clean Break, a theatre company set up by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience.

14th The High Sheriff met with the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan Shadow Justice and London Minister to discuss the criminal justice system in London.

14th The High Sheriff met with the Nick Pascoe Deputy Director Custody Greater London to discuss the London Prison service.

14th The High Sheriff met Harris Bokhari of the Naz Legacy Foundation to discuss in particular support for multi faith and young people’s programmes.

15th The High Sheriff met with Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor for Policing and crime to discuss ways of working together in the year ahead.

15th The High Sheriff and his wife hosted a fundraising lunch for Shelter Charity at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton.

15th The High Sheriff met with the William Wilberforce Trust to learn about their work and discuss a possible fundraising event.

19th The High Sheriff met with Ian Wilson of The Prisoner Funding Directory.

19th The High Sheriff and The Lady Sheriff enjoyed a dinner New Scotland Yard hosted by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey in honour of the High Sheriff and the preceding High Sheriff Mr David Jones.

21st The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Buckingham Palace garden party at the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth.

22nd The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Chelsea Flower Show as guests of M&G Asset Management.


The High Sheriff with Resident Judge Arran during his visit to Harrow Crown Court.


The High Sheriff on the panel discussion at the launch of The Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA.


The High Sheriff with Prof John Podmore ex Prison Governor and Chair of The Alcohol and Crime Commission.

The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff on their visit
to New Scotland Yard.
Dinner at New Scotland Yard in honour of the past and current High Sheriff.

   

The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party.


April 2014

On Friday, 4 April 2014 at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand The High Sheriff of Greater London for 2014/15 Mr Kevin McGrath was sworn into office before the Lord Chief Justice and two fellow senior judges. The High Sheriff was accompanied by his wife, close family, and the Under Sheriff Ms Lynn Johansenn and the High Sheriffs Chaplain The Rev'd Paul Cowley, both of whom were also sworn into office for the year. Following the ceremony the High Sheriff, his wife and party enjoyed a splendid lunch at Simpsons in the Strand.

During the month of April The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events:

1st The High Sheriff in nomination had the honour of meeting Archbishop Cardinal Vincent Nichols and discussed ways to work together in the year ahead.

1st The High Sheriff in nomination attended the rehanging of the restored Grant of Arms of the Greater London Shrievalty at the Royal Courts of Justice with former High Sheriffs and Judges.

3rd The High Sheriff in nomination met with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David Brewer CMG JP to discuss the year ahead and other matters.

3rd The High Sheriff in nomination attended a reception to introduce US trauma expert, Dr Stephanie Covington and to highlight her work with trauma and women at risk.

7th The High Sheriff enjoyed a lunch meeting at with Andy Evans of QPR Sport in the Community Trust.

7th The High Sheriff met with Clinton Riley of CVQO Charity to discuss their with young people work particularly through the uniformed cadet movement.

8th Together with the Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriff attended the Clean Break Charity production of Pests at the Royal Court Theatre.

9th The High Sheriff met with Prison Education Trust to discuss support from the High Sheriff’s Office in the year ahead.

10th The High Sheriff met with Prosper 4 Group who work to place serving prisoners into employment upon release.

10th The High Sheriff enjoyed a fruitful lunch with the inspirational Mark Woodruff of the Monument Trust.

22nd The High Sheriff had lunch at the Clink Restaurant located inside Brixton Prison with Joanna Kennedy of the Zacchaeus 200 Trust which is a London-based charity addressing poverty issues caused by unfairness in the law, legal and benefits system.

22nd The High Sheriff met with Robert Posner of The Anne Frank Trust to discuss their work in prisons and with young people.

23rd The High Sheriff presented a National Crimebeat Award to the Enfield Voluntary Police Cadets in recognition of their work on the “No Trick or Treat “campaign.

24th The High Sheriff met with Rachel Lock and Simon Boyle of the Beyond Food Foundation who work with people who are at risk of, or have experienced homelessness, to gain meaningful employment.

24th The High Sheriff met with Jennifer Smith of The International Legal Foundation on her recent visit to London. The ILF is an international nongovernmental organization that assists post-conflict and transitional countries in establishing public defender systems that provide effective, quality criminal defence services for the poor. 

24th The High Sheriff met with Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Human Rights to discuss how the Office can promote the work of Liberty Human Rights.

29th The High Sheriff met with Finlay Scott the Chair of The Clink Restaurant Charity, the first and only commercial restaurant to be built inside a working British prison.

29th The High Sheriff met with Juliet Lyon of The Prison Reform Trust to hear more about their work and was particularly impressed with the Prisons Factfile publication, now in its tenth year.

30th The High Sheriff met with The Rev Fr Roger Reader the Catholic Bishops' Prisons Adviser to discuss the role of prison chaplaincy and other faith matters.

Whilst in Nomination during the month of March Kevin McGrath met with Hon John Samuels QC of Prison Education Trust: Sean Holmes Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith to discuss Lyrics work with young people in West London; Georgina Pope of Liberty ‏Human Rights to discuss ways the Office of High Sheriff could support their work; Teresa Elwes of The Bromley Trust to discuss High Sheriff Office and the Bromley Trust; hosted a dinner for the current High Sheriff of Great London and his wife; met with Chris Carter, of LEARN_2_LISTEN; had lunch with Frances Crook of Howard League for Penal Reform.; attended the High Sheriff Awards ceremony at Blackfriars Crown Court.; met with Joanna Kennedy of Zacchaeus 2000 Trust Charity & Chair of Unicorn Children theatre who joined the High Sheriff at the QPR v Blackpool football match; met the Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey at New Scotland Yard to discuss the year ahead and the Met Police; and met with Michael Spurr the CEO of NOMS to discuss the year ahead and the work of NOMS.


The High Sheriff of Greater London and party at Royal Courts of Justice for the swearing in ceremony.


The Hugh Sheriff, the Under Sheriff Ms Lynn Johansenn and the High Sheriffs Chaplain The Rev'd Paul Cowley.


The High Sheriff and Archbishop Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Head of the Catholic Church.


The High Sheriff presents a National Crimebeat Award to the Enfield Voluntary Police Cadets.


April 2014

In April the High Sheriff of Greater London and his wife attended a public hanging - that of the newly restored parchment of the Grant of Arms of the High Sheriff of Greater London in the Royal Courts of Justice accompanied by a posse of past High Sheriffs and those in nomination. Master Leslie presided. The High Sheriff and his wife visited Hammersmith Magistrates Court. He attended a luncheon in Westminster City Hall given by the Lord Mayor of Westminster in honour of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. He attended a reception of Beyond Food at The Brigade in Southwark to which the Lord Mayor of the City of London came over to speak. He lunched with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. The High Sheriff and his wife attended the William Wilberforce Trust fund-raising ball organised by the Rev'd Paul Cowley, Chaplain to the High Sheriff. The Home Secretary also attended.

On 4th April Mr. Kevin McGrath was sworn in as High Sheriff of Greater London for 2014-15 by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Past, present and future High Sheriffs of Greater London.


Kevin McGrath, High Sheriff of Greater London, with David Jones, High Sheriff of Greater London 2013-14.


David Jones, High Sheriff of Greater London 2013-14 at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court.


March 2014

The High Sheriff and his wife attended the thanksgiving service for the life of Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey. They visited Heathrow Police Station. They attended the blessing of the Tyburn Megillah. They gave a reception at Fishmongers' Hall. The speaker was Professor Lawrence Sherman of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. The moderator was the Right Honourable the Lord Judge. A dinner for the speakers was attended by the Prime Warden, the Deputy Commissioner, the Common Serjeant and the Governor of Holloway. The High Sheriff and his wife were guests of the Commissioner at an understated 'pie and mash' evening at New Scotland Yard. They attended the service of the High Sheriff of West Sussex at Chichester Cathedral. They commissioned a kneeler from Fine Cell Work to inaugurate a prison ministry at St. Nicholas Church, Chiswick. They attended Brent Police and went on patrol. They presented a Koestler Trust painting by a prisoner to their Chaplain in honour of his outstanding work to the prison ministry of Great Britain and overseas. They visited HMYOI Feltham with the Under Sheriff, their Chaplain, the Chairman of the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund, a Sheriff of the City of London.

The High Sheriff gave awards under the Criminal Law Act of 1826 in Blackfriars Crown Court courtesy of the Resident Judge His Honour Judge Marron, QC and presided over by His Honour Judge Clarke, QC. He attended a restorative justice programme at Holloway managed by Prison Fellowship and sponsored by Oldfield Partners. He saw Juliet Lyon, CEO of Prison Reform Trust. With the Under Sheriff he attended and was the principal speaker at Young People of the Year Awards.

The High Sheriff and his wife attending the service of thanksgiving for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff, his wife and the Under Sheriff visiting Heathrow Police.


The blessing of the Tyburn Megillah Book of Esther.


The High Sheriff and his wife at Fishmongers' Hall ahead of his talk and reception.


Professor Sherman answers questions from Lord Judge at the High Sheriff's talk.


The Viscount and Judicial Greffier of Jersey with the High Sheriff at his reception in Fishmongers' Hall.


The High Sheriff and his wife with the former Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and her husband at Chichester Cathedral.


The High Sheriff with a kneeler commissioned by Fine Cell Work and made in prison at the launch of a prison ministry in Chiswick.


The Borough Commander of Brent with the High Sheriff and his wife.


The High Sheriff on patrol in Brent.


Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets with their National Crimebeat prize medals.


The Chaplain to the High Sheriff receives a Koestler Trust painting by a prisoner from the High Sheriff.


The Commissioner and an award recipient who had helped the police, with the High Sheriff at his award ceremony at Blackfriars Crown Court.


The High Sheriff with award recipients under the Criminal Justice Act of 1826 at his award ceremony at Blackfriars Crown Court.

 
A visit to HMYOI Feltham by the High Sheriff, his wife, the Under Sheriff, his Chaplain, a City Sheriff and the Chairman of the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund.


Two Young People of the Year take a selfie with the High Sheriff.


Tony Gearing, founder of Young People of the Year, with the High Sheriff and Under Sheriff.


The High Sheriff at Young People of the Year awards with an outstanding nominee.


The High Sheriff at the High Sheriff of West Sussex's service in Chichester Cathedral.


February 2014

In February the High Sheriff of Greater London was given lunch by Roger Westbrook, Chief Honorary Steward of Westminster Abbey. He visited Roger Evans AM at City Hall to discuss the policing of Greater London. He saw David Ahern, CEO of Shannon Trust. He visited Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime, and Blair Gibbs in City Hall.

The High Sheriff and his wife visited HMP Wormwood Scrubs accompanied by Adrian Waddingham, Sheriff of the City of London. They attended the reception given by the Judges of Snaresbrook Crown Court in the Painted Room of the Royal Courts of Justice. They attended the East Sussex Judicial Service in Lewes. They visited the Marine unit of the Metropolitan Police, founded in 1798 and perhaps the oldest police force in the world, and the Thames Police Museum in Wapping. They visited Great Scotland Yard Stables. They were given lunch with Lady Fellowes and Sir Michael Wakeford by Mairi Duthie, CEO of Handmade Alliance at its York House office and workshop. They attended the opening of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton. 

The High Sheriff and his wife with Adrian Waddingham, Sheriff of the City of London, outside 
HMP Wormwood Scrubs.


The High Sheriffs of East Sussex and Greater London enjoying a drink in Lewes.


The High Sheriff with Blair Gibbs and Stephen Greenhalgh in City Hall.


The High Sheriff, his wife, the Under Sheriff with Inspector Tania Martin, Mark Jones and skipper Peter Sandall of the Marine unit of the Metropolitan Police Service.


The shrieval team with their skipper and Inspector Martin in the background.


Misha Jones with exhibits at the Thames Police Museum at Wapping.


The Patrick Colquhoun.


The High Sheriff at Great Scotland Yard Stables.


The High Sheriff at Great Scotland Yard Stables. 


Sargent Jon Taylor of Great Scotland Yard Stables with his horse Kingsman.


The High Sheriff and his wife visiting Handmade Alliance with founder Mairi Duthie and master stitcher Alan.


January 2014

The High Sheriff addressed new citizens at the City of Westminster ceremony as a guest of the Lord Mayor. He saw the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. He addressed the Council of the High Sheriffs' Association at their annual lunch. He attended the London Government Dinner as a guest of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. He held a meeting with the Clerk to the Privy Council. He visited the Victims' Commissioner, Baroness Newlove. He was, with the High Sheriff of Essex and the Chief Constable of Essex, a guest of Baroness Cox at the House of Lords to discuss the problems posed by Sharia courts and law in England and Wales.

The High Sheriff and his wife gave lunch to sessional prison chaplains of all faiths at St. Augustine's Church Queen's Gate, courtesy of the Reverend Paul Cowley, Chaplain to the High Sheriff. The chaplains were addressed by Mr. Michael Spurr, CEO of NOMS and Mr. Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. He opened the new Resettlement Building at HMP Brixton with his wife, as a guest of Governor Ed Tullett and Senior Chaplain the Reverend Philip Chadder. They visited HMP Pentonville with the Reverend Paul Cowley, the Under Sheriff and David Ahern, CEO of Shannon Trust. They visited Isleworth Crown Court as a guest of His Honour Judge McGregor Johnson. They visited Inner London Crown Court as a guest of His Honour Judge Chapple. They attended a fund-raising reception for Handmade Alliance. They attended the 175th anniversary service for the University of Westminster at Westminster Abbey.

The High Sheriff, his wife, chaplain and Rev'd Phil Chadder, the Senior Chaplain at HMP Brixton.


The High Sheriff declares the Resettlement Building at HMP Brixton open.


The High Sheriff, his wife, Governor Ed Tullett, Phil Morrey and the Rev'd Phil Chadder outside the new building.


The High Sheriff under instruction tries out a rowing machine in the new gymnasium.


The High Sheriff and his wife at the Prison Radio room in HMP Brixton.


The High Sheriff and Sister Theresa, chaplain of HMP Belmarsh at the Greater London Prison Chaplains' lunch.


The Bishop of Southwark at the centre of lunchtime discussions between prison chaplains of Greater London.


The High Sheriff with His Honour Judge McGregor-Johnson the Recorder of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at Isleworth Crown Court.


The High Sheriff addresses new citizens with the Lord Mayor of Westminster.


The High Sheriff of Greater London and the Lord Mayor of Westminster with new British citizens.


The High Sheriff with His Honour Judge Chapple the Recorder of Southwark at Inner London Crown Court.


The High Sheriff and his wife with Therese Curran, Operations Manager of Inner London Crown Court.


The High Sheriff with Mairi Duthie, founder of Handmade Alliance.


December 2013

The High Sheriff of Greater London and his wife attended Woolwich Crown Court as a guest of His Honour Judge Kinch. They were guests of the Lord Mayor of Westminster at the lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, a gift of the people of Norway. They attended the Jack Petchey Foundation Volunteer Police Cadet awards for Greater London in Kensington Town Hall. They attended the Metropolitan Police Driving School at Bovington and Hendon. They attended Snaresbrook Crown Court, the largest criminal court in Europe, as a guest of His Honour Judge Radford. They attended the Metropolitan Police Carol Service and reception. They attended the Hounslow Volunteer Police Cadet award ceremony, where the High Sheriff had the honour of presenting awards. The High Sheriff was a guest of the Lord Mayor of Westminster at her Christmas lunch. 

The High Sheriff was a guest of the National Judicial Institute in Kuwait. He discussed the Emirati interest in Volunteer Police Cadets with Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. 

The High Sheriff is presented with a model pearl-fishers' boat at the National Judicial Institute of Kuwait.


The High Sheriff and Dominic Jermey, HBM Ambassador to the U.A.E.


The High Sheriff and the Deputy Commissioner present awards to cadets.


The High Sheriff and family with Police Sergeant Jim Widdicks.


The High Sheriff and family inspect a bullet proof lorry with PC Andy Moinard.


The High Sheriff with His Honour Judge Radford.


The High Sheriff outside Snaresbrook Crown Court's elegant mock-Tudor building.


The High Sheriff with the best Hounslow Volunteer Police Cadets.


The High Sheriff with Mr. Keith Reed, Operations Manager, at Woolwich Crown Court.


The High Sheriff and family at the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree.


November 2013
The High Sheriff and his wife were guests at the RAF Benevolent Fund charity concert in St. Clements Danes given by the National Air Training Corps Concert Band. They attended the AGM of the High Sheriffs' Association in Fishmongers' Hall. They joined over 500 attendees at the Prison Ministry Conference organised by the Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Greater London and William Wilberforce Trust. They attended a Service of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey and later that day a remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Kristalnacht. They attended the reading of names of high sheriffs in nomination in England and Wales in the Royal Courts of Justice. They attended an evening with the Southwark Volunteer Police Cadets at Alleyn's School in Dulwich. They had the honour of attending the justice service at the invitation of the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire. They attended Kingston Crown Court at the invitation of His Honour Judge Price, Recorder of Richmond. They attended an evening with the Hounslow Volunteer Police Cadets. They attended the first Passing Out Parade of the Metropolitan Police at Horse Guards. They entertained Her Majesty's judges and Chief Inspector of Constabulary at home. They attended the service for the C.S.Lewis memorial stone at Westminster Abbey. They attended the Asylum Tribunal at the invitation of Vice-President Libby Arfon-Jones. 

The High Sheriff attended a talk and reception in the House of Lords for the Centre for Mental Health. He attended the Hood Memorial Lecture on prisoners in the UK given by Bishop Richard Moth and organised by Andy Keen-Downs of PACT. The High Sheriff spoke at the presentation of awards for the Metropolitan Police Special Operations. He chaired a discussion between the National Volunteer Police Cadets and the Community Police and others from Abu Dhabi. He entertained Her Majesty's Sheriff of Guernsey to breakfast and was given lunch by the Viscount and Judicial Greffier of Jersey with the Master of the Royal Court and Deputy Judicial Greffier in attendance. He was given an audience by the Bailiff of Jersey and discussed the role of Volunteer Police Cadets. He discussed issues of law enforcement with Baroness Cox. He and the Under Sheriff were guests at a dinner of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London. They attended with their spouses the 60th anniversary service for National Churches Trust in Westminster Abbey at which the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke.

Bishop Richard Moth delivers the Hood Memorial lecture.


The High Sheriff with Colonel Mubarak Bin Muhairom.


The High Sheriff in action with the Southwark Volunteer Police Cadets




The High Sheriff at Special Operations awards.


The High Sheriff and Her Majesty's Sheriff of Guernsey


The 14lb 13 oz Royal Mace of the States of Jersey - the only one which may be carried upright ahead of the monarch. 


The High Sheriff with the Viscount and Judicial Greffier of Jersey in a street named after an ancestor of the High Sheriff.


The High Sheriff and the Recorder of Richmond.


The High Sheriff with Caroline Duval, Operational Delivery Manager at Kingston Crown Court.


The High Sheriff with Police Cadets in Hounslow.


The first Passing Out Parade of the Metropolitan Police to be held in Horse Guards.




The High Sheriff with the Master of Magdalene after the dedication of the C.S. Lewis memorial in Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff with their spouses outside Westminster Abbey after the National Churches Trust 60th anniversary service.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff with Volunteer Police Cadets working at Victoria Station


October 2013
In October the High Sheriff of Greater London and the Under Sheriff of Greater London attended a service in Westminster Abbey to mark the opening of the Michaelmas Sittings and were guests of the Lord Chancellor at a reception in Westminster Hall. The High Sheriff and his wife entertained Her Majesty's judges at home. They attended the judicial service of the High Sheriff of Kent in Maidstone at which the Canon Vicar spoke on the importance of the ninth commandment in society today. The High Sheriff breakfasted in the Old Bailey to hear first-hand the significant work of the Sheriffs' and Recorder's fund. The High Sheriff and his wife attended the 850th annual ceremony of Quit Rents in the Royal Courts of Justice and with the new City sheriffs were entertained by the Queen's Remembrancer. They attended a dinner for the Archbishop of Canterbury given by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London and his wife. They attended Croydon Crown Court. They attended the justice service of the High sheriff of Essex in Chelmsford Cathedral. They attended the Lord-Lieutenant's reception in Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. They attended a dinner for the former Under Sheriff in Fishmongers' Hall.

In the Supreme Court presided over by Lord Clarke in the presence of the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, the High Sheriff presented awards under the Criminal Law Act 1826 to those who had been recommended by judges for their public service in the upholding of justice. Afterwards he entertained the judges, recipients and their families in a celebration of these remarkable, brave and public spirited actions. 

The High Sheriff was guest of the London Mayors' Association at the Feast of Dedication in Westminster Abbey and at the mayors' reception. The High Sheriff attended Harrow Crown Court. He held a quarterly meeting for High Sheriffs in Nomination to meet past High Sheriffs. He attended Westminster Coroner's Court and was entertained to lunch by HM Coroner. 

Judges enter Westminster Abbey for the service marking the opening of the Michaelmas Sittings.


The High Sheriff of Greater London entertained by the High Sheriff of Kent after the shire's judicial service.


Mr Adrian Waddingham, one of the two City of London sheriffs with the wife of the High Sheriff of Greater London


The High Sheriff as a guest of His Honour Judge Warick McKinnon with the judges and magistrates at Croydon Crown Court.


The High Sheriff of Greater London with Sandra Lovesey, Operations Manager of Croydon Crown Court.


The High Sheriff of Greater London presenting awards at the Supreme Court.


The High Sheriff with award recipients and their families.


The High Sheriff with the mayors of the 32 boroughs of Greater London and the Dean of Westminster.


The High Sheriff and HM Coroner Dr. Fiona Wilcox.


Westminster Coroner's Court, 65 Horseferry Road, a gift of the Duke of Westminster, built in 1897.


September 2013
In September the High Sheriff of Greater London discussed Metropolitan Volunteer Police Cadets with Gwanwyn Mason and Jon Thompson, and National VPC with Ed Sherry, Programme Director. The High Sheriff visited Southwark Crown Court. He met the team running Caring for Ex-Offenders. He attended the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade. He saw Adrian Wadingham, Sheriff of the City of London. He attended the opening of Fine Cell Work's pop-up shop in Sloane Square. He saw Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and Blair Gibbs. He attended the evening reception of PACT, an ex-offenders' welfare charity. The High Sheriff, his wife and Under Sheriffs were shown round HMP Holloway by Governor Julia Killick. The High Sheriff and his wife attended the Hounslow Police open day. They attended the opening of the Koestler Trust exhibition of prisoners' art at the Royal Festival Hall. The High Sheriff attended the "gang call-in" at Wood Green Crown Court at the invitation of His Honour Judge Lyons. He had a meeting with Jonathan Osborne, senior police chaplain. 

The High Sheriff of Greater London attends the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade at the Peel Centre.
  

Andy Keen Downs, CEO of PACT, Fr. Roger Reader and Bishop Richard Moth at the PACT reception.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff of Greater London visiting Holloway Prison.


The High Sheriff attends the Hounslow Police Open Day - with PCSO Steve attracting crowds and Chief Inspector Inspector Sally Benatar.
  

The High Sheriff and Tim Robertson, CEO of Koestler Trust, at the opening of Koestler's exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall.


August 2013
The High Sheriff and his wife visited Belmarsh Prison. The High Sheriff entertained Sheriff Nigel Pullman of the City of London in Greater London. The High Sheriff visited Tom Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary. 


July 2013
In July the High Sheriff of Greater London and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire jointly visited the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge, seeing the largest criminology library in the world with a superb collection of prisoners' art bought through the Koestler Trust. They discussed the Institute's research with Professor Lawence Sherman, the Director, and Professor Alison Liebling.
 

The High Sheriff of Greater London attended the Civic Service in Westminster Abbey held for the Lord Mayor of Westminster attended by Volunteer Police Cadets.
      

The High Sheriff of Greater London and the High Sheriff of Essex sat with H.H. Judge Emma Peters at the Military Court at Colchester. They then visited the Military Correction Training Centre attended by Major L.C. Snook, A.G.C., Commandant M.C.T.C.


At the invitation of the Chairman of Trustees, the High Sheriff of Greater London attended the Sheriff and Recorders' Fund A.G.M. in the Central Criminal Court at which Nick Hardwick, H.M. Chief Inspector of Prisons gave the address.

The High Sheriff and his wife were guests of the Southward Cathedral Education Centre.
The High Sheriff discussed prison charities with the director and the senior manager of the Westminster Foundation.

The High Sheriff sat with H.H. Judge Lyons at Wood Green Crown Court.



The High Sheriff was the guest of the President and Chief Executive of the Supreme Court at the opening of the centenary exhibition of the Middlesex Guildhall.



At the annual Volunteer Police Cadets Competition and Parade at the Peel Centre, the High Sheriff made reviewed cadets and gave out an award to the winning team from the Borough of Lambeth.








June 2013
In June The High Sheriff of Greater London was a guest of Sheriff Nigel Pullman at the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey.

He addressed the inaugural parade in Greater London of Junior Volunteer Police Cadets, which took place in the Borough of Haringey.
 

He visited Borough Commander Victor Olisa in Tottenham.


He visited the Sheriff and Under Sheriff of San Francisco and discussed the jail ministry with the clergy of Grace Cathedral.


He discussed cadets in Greater London with Colonel Hugh Purcell.

The High Sheriff and his wife attended the annual display of work by prisoners organised by Fine Cell Work in Middle Temple Hall.

He discussed the work of London Youth Support Trust with Rob Whitmore, one of its founders.

The High Sheriff, his wife, the Under Sheriff and Chaplain visited David Ahern, CEO, Shannon Trust to discuss their work on literacy in prisons. They held a meeting with Terry Drummond,CA, to discuss the work of Chaplains in the prison service.


They held a meeting with Terry Drummond,CA, to discuss the work of Chaplains in the prison service.

The High Sheriff and his wife attended the garden party of the High Sheriff of Surrey and talked to several charities about their work there.


On 28th June in an annual ceremony on the date of the first policeman to die on duty, the High Sheriff laid a wreath in memory of members of the Metropolitan Police who had died in the course of duty and spoke to many of the families attending.

The High Sheriff and his wife attended the garden party of the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and discussed the work of the shrievalty in that county. 



May 2013
Service of Dedication - High Sheriff of Greater London, St Nicholas, Chiswick on 21 May 2013
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The High Sheriff of Greater London and his wife attended the opening of the London Youth Support Trust's special new building in Tottenham by the Mayor of London and LYST CEO Rob Whitmore.

The High Sheriff attended the Prison Fellowship and talked to Natalie Cronin, CEO, and members of staff about their programmes for prisoners.

The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, founded in 1747, rang the bells of St. Nicholas Church, Chiswick to mark the appointment of a Chiswick man as High Sheriff of Greater London.













On 1st May the High Sheriff of Greater London joined the Commissioner of Police 
of the Metropolis in congratulating recipients of Long Service and Good Conduct 
awards at the Peel Centre in Hendon.



On 2nd May the High Sheriff, his wife and the Under Sheriff visited the Bishop of 
Southwark to discuss issues of law and order in Greater London.


April 2013
The High Sheriff of Greater London was sworn in by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on 12th April.


On 18th April the High Sheriff, his wife, the Under Sheriff and 
Chaplain visit Wandsworth Prison including a visit to the Fine 
Cell Work workshop and later the High Sheriff and his wife visit 
the chief executive and staff of Fine Cell Work in Buckingham 
Place Road.

On 19th April the High Sheriff and Under Sheriff visited Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

On 25th April the High Sheriff and his wife attended the William Wilberforce Ball, organised by the Chief Executive of the William Wilberforce Trust, The Reverend Paul Cowley, Chaplain to the High Sheriff.


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