MP welcomes new Somerset High Sheriff
MP has welcomed the appointment of Somerset's new High Sheriff
during a ceremony in Wells Cathedral.
Chandler has succeeded John Cullum, who held the post for the
Office of High Sheriff is an annual, independent and non-political
Royal appointment and Sylvana is one of the UK's 55 High Sheriffs.
said: "I was honoured to be present at the ceremony and to
meet our new High Sheriff. Somerset has a proud tradition of High
Sheriffs since the first recorded, Sheriff Godwine in 1061."
like this are important, although the duties of a High Sheriff
have evolved over the years."
origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the Sheriff
was responsible for maintaining law and order within the county,
and for collecting taxes due to the Monarch. Today, the role includes
supporting crime prevention agencies, the emergency services,
voluntary organisations and local charities.