Last Sunday the Mayoress and I were guests of The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Mr Richard Amphlett, at the annual Shrievalty Service in Worcester Cathedral. The service is attended by Her Majesty’s Judges, with the Lord Lieutenant Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE CStJ and other visiting High Sheriffs also present.
The office of High Sheriff has existed for over a thousand years and is the oldest continuous secular office under the crown. Richard Amphlett is one of the 55 high sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales on an annual basis. The High Sheriff is the Sovereign’s representative in the county for matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
This weekend I am in Parma as a supporter of our Premiership rugby club to support the Worcester Warriors as they take on Zebre. As I said in my dairy last week, overseas travel is now possible, and I am hoping to present a gift to the Mayor of Parma, Federico Pizzarotti. It is highly unlikely Worcester can progress further in the European Challenge Cup, but hopefully they can avenge the defeat they suffered on my previous visit to Parma.
Finally, I have some sad news. Monty, our handsome long-haired miniature dachshund dog, sadly passed away suddenly last Tuesday. He developed two large tumours in his abdomen and couldn’t be saved.
Monty accompanied the Mayoress and I on several engagements and was popular with children and adults alike. His picture was in the Worcester News on Monday when we planted the trees in Perdiswell. Losing a loved pet is very distressing and I sympathise with anyone who has lost a beloved animal companion.