A farmer from Rutland has been declared the new High Sheriff of Rutland for the coming year at a ceremony held in the Great Hall at Oakham Castle today.
Andrew Brown, who runs a farm at Caldecott, has been appointed the new High Sheriff of Rutland. The chain of office was transferred to the farmer by the outgoing High Sheriff Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble.
Mr Brown was nominated in November to take over the ancient role, at a ceremony held at London’s High Court. His nomination was then confirmed when he was ‘prick started’ by the Queen on March 19 as one of the county’s leading dignitaries.
Mr Brown said he’s honoured to be asked to accept the appointment and is looking forward to his year.
“It is interesting, in the 800th anniversary year of the signing of Magna Carta, that some 27 clauses of this historic document refer to the High Sheriff’s role. While I may no longer have to collect and return taxes, there is long tradition of service to be upheld during my year,” he said.
Mr Brown who is a Chartered Environmentalist, is an advocate of bringing together sustainable crop and livestock production within a profitable farming enterprise. Besides running the farm he has been heavily involved in promoting food and farming, particularly in educating children about the role that farming plays in today’s society.
His enthusiasm has been recognised through a number of awards including being declared winner of the 2014 East of England Agricultural Society’s Farm Business Award for farms under 1200 acres and Reserve winner of the Society’s Countryside Management award. Also achieving a special award of merit in 2013 for his ability to explain farming to the public.
Mr Brown is married to his wife Louise and they have three children Oscar, 17, Imogen, 16 and Ben, 13.
A number of High Sheriff’s Awards were presented by Miles Williamson-Noble to individuals and community groups in recognition of their work, prior to the handover ceremony.
Recipients included David and Rebecca Malpas, Malcolm Robb from Voluntary Action Rutland, Ron Simpson, Royce Green from the Lions Club of Rutland and an award for the Rutland and Stamford Mercury.
See next week’s Mercury for a full story and photos on the ceremony.