Wiltshire’s new High Sheriff was sworn in on 23rd March in a ceremony which dates back to Saxon times.
Dr David Hempleman-Adams undertook his declaration and acceptance at the civic offices in Swindon, taking over from Lady Gooch. He will be responsible for a number of ceremonial duties during his year of office.
David said: “I am honoured and privileged to be the High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 2016. I have given up skiing and climbing for a year to concentrate on my role.
“I was born and raised in Swindon and Wiltshire and while I have been privileged to see the four corners of the world, Wiltshire will always remain home.
“Through my involvement, as trustee, with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and St John Ambulance, I have had an insight into young people and would like, where possible, to encourage them all to aim for their dreams.”
The High Sheriff is the Sovereign’s representative in the county for matters of law and order and the judiciary. It is the oldest secular office in England and Wales after the Crown and modern High Sheriffs still have a close relationship with judges, magistrates, the police, the coroner and the probation service.
Their traditional duties include:
• Attendance on any member of the Royal Family visiting the county
• Being prepared to be the returning officer at parliamentary elections
• Ensuring the well-being and protection of High Court Judges when they visit the county
• Presenting Court awards