Somerset Sheriff Streamed
In Somerset a “Legal Service” has traditionally been held at the end of the High Sheriff’s year in office. The High Sheriff is an honorary title these days. He or she is responsible to the Queen for upholding the rule of law. The role sits along side the Lord Lieutenant of the County.
Each High Sheriff is chosen for a one year term. So at the end of the year there is traditionally a service of celebration for the upholding of the Rule of Law in the county. As well of course, one of gratitude to those who have served their county in maintaining it. Within this Service of thanks, the High Sheriff in Nomination (ie the new one who takes over) makes his Declaration. This is a Declaration to serve HM the Queen and the county of Somerset as he starts his year in office.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Road Map out of lockdown, it is clear the service cannot happen. Not in the usual way, anyway. Usually it is held in Wells Cathedral and is a well attended event. This year with some regret the decision has had to be made to cancel that. Which is a shame. We have never owed more to the police and the emergency services than we do this year.
Instead the incoming Sheriff, Mr Thomas Sheppard will make his Declaration as High Sheriff in Wells Cathedral. He will succeed Mrs Mary-Clare Rodwell, in accordance with Sheriffs’ Act 1887.
So how to make up for the absence of a formal service in Wells Cathedral attended by the great and good? There are not too many options. The Declaration will be streamed on the web after its release on 24th March 2021, at 3.15pm. The links are:
Cathedral YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC24WnGhb9hay18tP72QcqUA
Cathedral Website: Wellscathedral.org.uk/listen-and-watch