The new High Sheriff of Rutland made his declaration of office at a ceremony held at the 12th Century Oakham Castle today (Thursday).
Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble swore allegiance by declaring that he will “truly preserve the Queen’s rights and all that belongeth to the Crown”, “do right as well to poor as to rich”, “do no wrong to any man for any gift, reward or promise” and “truly and diligently execute the good laws and statutes of this realm”.
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard said he was pleased that a military man was taking up the post in the year when a century since the start of The Great War was being commemorated.
The chain of office was transferred to the Air Commodore by the outgoing High Sheriff Trish Ruddle.
Dr Howard praised Mrs Ruddle for the “most remarkable impact on the county as well as raising huge amounts for charity and increasing the profile of community groups”.
A number of High Sheriff’s Awards were presented by Mrs Ruddle to individuals and community groups in recognition of their work, prior to the handover ceremony.
The recipients were:
Paul Beech, volunteer at Warning Zone, the High Sheriff’s chosen charity; Margaret Demaine, volunteer for Dementia Friends; Georgina Crosby, volunteer instructor for Army Cadets at St George’s Barracks; Rob Persani of Rutland Radio, for “doing so much for Rutland beyond the call of duty”; Angela Humphreys, for volunteering for a range of community organisations; and Riding for the Disabled, for their work with the children and adults with special needs.
The service concluded with a prayer from Rev Jo Saunders, chaplain at Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tickencote, Tinwell parishes, and chaplain to the new High Sheriff, asking that “justice, peace and equity may prevail” in the county of Rutland.
Rutland MP Alan Duncan, Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy, Station Commandant of Kendrew Barracks Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lonnen and Chief Constable of Leicestershire and Rutland Simon Cole were among the host of dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
Full story and pictures in next week’s paper.