Public Servants, Individuals, Volunteers, Charities and Community Groups Can Submit Their Entries for this years’ High Sheriff of Hampshire Awards.

The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2019-2020 Sarah Le May is to honour the good work of those making Hampshire a better and safer place to live. The High Sheriff is calling for public servants, individuals, volunteers, charities and community groups to submit their entries for this years’ High Sheriff of Hampshire Community Awards, which aim to make the county a better and safer place for all residents.

The High Sheriff, Sarah Le May, commented: “The awards honour those who deserve special recognition for their good work and who go beyond the call of duty in their everyday activities. Nominations are now open for law and order related projects that enhance safety and cohesion in our local communities, and I look forward to recognising the hard work of local people and local organisations that work so hard to make Hampshire communities a better and safer place to live and work.”

The awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2020 at Ashburton Hall in Winchester. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the HIWCF website here and returned to before Friday 31st January 2020.

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive for HIWCF commented “HIWCF is delighted to partner the High Sheriff of Hampshire Sarah Le May in organising these annual honours, recognising those that make Hampshire a better place to live. Every year, we are inspired by the work of those receiving an award, which last year included police constables, probation officers, street pastors, search and dog rescue handlers, together with those working to help the victims of stalking and a rape and abuse centre. The award ceremony enables us to take a moment to truly appreciate the efforts of these people that work so hard to make a real difference to those experiencing tough times.”

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The History of the Office of the High Sheriff

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.

As part of the role, the Sheriff grants awards to volunteers within the community and organisations from the voluntary sector, who are deserving of special recognition for their good work.

About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.