The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2020-2021, Revd Sue Colman, has launched the High Sheriff of Hampshire Awards to recognise those going beyond the call of duty in the field of law and order in their everyday activities. Nominations are open for those that deserve special recognition for their work on projects that enhance safety and cohesion in our local communities.

The High Sheriff is calling for public servants, individuals, volunteers, charities and community groups to submit their entries for the annual honours. Designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire, the awards aim to inspire to make the county a better and safer place for all residents. 

The High Sheriff is one of the oldest Crown Offices, dating back to before the Battle of Hastings. As the Sheriff’s powers increased, they were considered to be a threat and in 1540 Henry VIII created Lord Lieutenants to take over the military duties. To this day both the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are appointed by, and are representatives of, the Sovereign with the High Sheriff being responsible for law and order – keeping the Queen’s Peace. Other unpleasant tasks remained the duty of the Sheriff including overseeing executions until the death sentence was abolished in 1965, and in the reign of Queen Mary Tudor (1553-58) Sheriffs were charged with the burning of heretics – a gruesome responsibility which they tried to avoid.

The High Sheriff Awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2020 at Asburton Hall in Winchester.

If you would like to make a nomination for a group or individual in Hampshire, please download the Nomination Form below, (both Word and PDF file formats are available):

Please email your completed nomination form to by 31st January 2020. We look forward to receiving your nomination.

The Office of the High Sheriff

If you wish to take a look at some of the recent work of the High Sheriff please see

The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2019/2020 Awards Press Release can also be viewed here.