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 keeping the Queen’s Peace. High Sheriffs support the High Court judges, together with the rest of the judiciary and all those involved in law and order, including the voluntary sector.  As the office is independent and non political High Sheriffs are well-placed to bring together a wide range of people within the communities they serve, offering encouragement and connection where it is most needed, honouring the pledge made at their declaration – to “truly and faithfully support the Judiciary and all who maintain The Queen’s Peace, who administer justice, and who protect and support their fellow citizens.”

The High Sheriff Awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday 18th March 2021, subject to government restrictions for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Download High Sheriff of Hampshire Award Nomination Form

If you would like to make a nomination for a group or individual in Hampshire, please download the Nomination Form using one of the links below, (Please choose either the Word or PDF format as required):

Please email your completed nomination form to by 6pm on 29th January 2021. We look forward to receiving your nomination.

Awardees receiving their certificates from the High Sheriff during the 2019 Awards Ceremony


The Office of the High Sheriff

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