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2015-2016

April  2016

April 6th - Carlisle Crown Court
The photograph below shows past High Sheriff Sam Rayner on the right, moments after he had handed over the badge of Office to the Reverend Richard Lee, on the left, at the Installation ceremony in Carlisle Crown Court.

Sam Rayner congratulated the new High Sheriff on taking Office and wished him well for his forthcoming Shrieval year.
He also thanked his Under Sheriffs, Tim Cartmell for Cumberland and Anthony Fitch for Westmorland and was also full of praise for his Chaplain Reverend Glynn Jones who had supported him so well throughout the year.

Sam Rayner also said "it has been a huge honour and privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the County as High Sheriff. Both Judy and I have been made so welcome by all of the people we have visited. We are humbled by how hard so many organisations and individuals work with so little resource to help their communities."



April 5th - Lakeside YMCA
The photograph below shows a group of young carers from all over Cumbria having a day out at Lakeside. These young carers had been offered places on the one day course by Cumbria Police. The event had been an auction lot at the High Sheriff's Fund Raising Dinner with special guest Mary Berry. The highest bidder for this lot had donated it back for use by Cumbria Police.

This was the very last official event for the High Sheriff and he said "it was a real joy to see the young people enjoying the lake in canoes, or swinging from ropes high up in the woods, or simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors." He was also grateful to Lakeside YMCA for donating the auction lot.



April 5th - Kendal Lads & Girls Club
This was the very last award from the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Sam Rayner in his shrieval year.
It was a simple coincidence that it was in his home town but it made it even more meaningful.

The picture below shows Sam with a group of young people from the Leonard Cheshire Group after he had presented the High Sheriff Award to the Club along with £1,000 that will be used to provide some new activities and encourage a wider range of young people to use the club.

The High Sheriff said "It is a great privilege to be able to support the club with this funding and recognise the work they do with young people by making the High Sheriff's Award. I am impressed with the number of people who use the service and they work so tirelessly with minimal funding" Sam Rayner was also impressed with the speed at which the club was back and open for business after the December flooding (as the club is right next to the Rover Kent).


March  2016

March 30th - High Sheriff Awards, South Workington Youth Partnership
The High Sheriff had arranged for Paul Rowe of Phoenix Youth Partnership, Gina McCabe of Whitehaven Harbour Youth Partnership and Angela Good of South Workington Youth Partnership to all meet together so he could formally present them each with a £1,000 and a High Sheriff Award Certificate.

The High Sheriff of Cumbria Sam Rayner was full of praise for all 3 youth organisations as he believes they provide almost the only places for young people to go and meet up, or share activities in a safe environment. All 3 groups were planning to use the funding for different types of projects that would help to enhance the provision.


All three leaders of the groups with some young people from South Workington Youth Partnership (from left to right holding their certificates, Paul Rowe, Angela Good and Gina McCabe).

March 25th - Bible Reading, Lakes Christian Centre, Windermere
They had embarked on a 72 hour Bible Reading starting at 10.00am on Maunday Thursday and planned to complete the reading, out loud, of the whole of the bible by 10.00am on Easter Sunday (they did achieve it).

The High Sheriff had been invited by High Sheriff in Nomination - Simon Berry to take a turn of the reading on Good Friday. The High Sheriff said "he had enjoyed sitting and listening to the readings beforehand as you heard much longer parts of the chapters and built up a broader picture of what was being documented. He expressed some relief that the previous reader had completed a rather more complicated chapter of difficult names!"


The High Sheriff, Sam Rayner and Windermere Pastor Mike Horsman at the Lakes Christian Centre, Bowness-on-Windermere.

March 23rd - Lake District Search & Mountain Rescue Association, AGM, Ambleside
During the last 12 months the High Sheriff has visited all of the teams in the Lake District during training exercises and regular meetings. He has been inspired by them for being such fantastic volunteers, who are constantly on call, out on rescues or undergoing training.

Following the December flooding throughout Cumbria he wanted to pay tribute to all the members of LDSAMRA and presented a High Sheriffs Shield to the chairman, on behalf of all the members, for the countless hours of rescue work they had undertaken in Cumbria and beyond.



March 23rd - HRH Prince Charles, Royal Visit, Ullswater College, Penrith
On a reasonably bright and sunny morning the High Sheriff Mr Sam Rayner and Mrs Rayner greeted HRH Prince Charles at Ullswater Community College along with a few hundred students. HRH was taken on a tour of the college and then watched the college's award winning cheerleaders, followed by a group of drama students who presented a musical performance. Prince Charles then addressed the students and guests and unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit. He then departed with Lord Lieutenant, Claire Hensman to his next engagement.


The High Sheriff Mr Sam Rayner with the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet - Petty Officer Cadet Ross Creighton.

March 22nd - Women’s Community Matters, Barrow
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner were both delighted to be able to present a High Sheriff Award and £1,000 to this really dynamic and hard working community group.


The High Sheriff Mr Sam Rayner with Rebecca Rawlings Centre Manager.

March 21st - St Cuthbert’s Primary School, Windermere
Peter Harrison, the Headmaster, had asked the High Sheriff to go along and meet the children and explain to them about his role as High Sheriff and that of Managing Director of Lakeland. What he didn't know was that the High Sheriff was a past pupil of the school.
Afterwards the High Sheriff said "they asked some really testing and interesting questions and it was a joy to be with them. It was also surprising to back at the old school and see how things had changed in almost 60 years!"

March 20th - Pooley Bridge, Nr Penrith
The High Sheriff joined, the Rt. Reverend Robert Freeman - Bishop of Penrith , Miles MacInnes - Chairman of Barton Parish Council and Cllr. Keith Little (Highways & Transport) for the opening of the temporary Bailey Bridge. There was a very large crowd on a bright sunny day and a community that were delighted to finally see themselves re-connected to the Western shores of Ullswater.



March 14th - South Lakes Flood Fair, Kendal Town Hall
Having visited the Keswick Flood Fair in February the High Sheriff had thought a similar event would be well received in South Lakeland. He worked with Cumbria County Council and the Flood Recovery Teams to assist in the staging of the event. Apart from the flood victims being able to receive advice on grants, rebuilding, flood defences etc. it also provided an opportunity for Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency to gather details of how people thought the flooding had occurred.

March 11th - Cumbria Network Dinner, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
At the invitation of the Chairman of SLDC (Sylvia Emmott) and the CEO of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce (Rob Johnston) the High Sheriff joined their top table guests with guest speaker Simon Kirby the CEO of HS2, Sandra Booth Vice Chancellor Enterprise Business Development & Engagement at the University of Cumbria, & Cllr. Peter Thornton Leader of SLDC.

He thought this was a first class event for the business community to network and Simon made a strong case for the reasons behind HS2. He felt that whatever side of the divide you might be everyone would now have a greater understanding having heard him speak. 

March 7th - Carlisle Street Pastors, Carlisle
The High Sheriff said "Following my ‘night out’ with the Carlisle Street Pastors I really do think they were worthy of recognition and some help with funding from the CrimeBeat Fund". He praised them for volunteering to train as a Street Pastor and then being out on the streets of the City until the early hours of a Sunday morning. They offer care and attention to people who have often had too much to drink, yet they manage to remain non judgemental.


Some of those who are trained to operate as Street Pastors and they are supported by others in prayer.

March 7th - Mencap - Carlisle
Sheila Gregory (Senior Manager of Carlisle Mencap) had made the High Sheriff aware of a new DVD that Carlisle Mencap had commissioned on 'Hate Crime'. The High Sheriff and Sheila had prepared an application to the National Crimebeat Awards and the project had been Highly Commended by the judges.

This facility at Regents Court, Kingsmoor, Carlisle is absolutely fantastic and we were joined by Tess Hart and Chairman Christine Bowden. Following a guided tour of the facilities and a few words about the centre by Shelia, the High Sheriff then officially presented their certificate from National Crimebeat for the DVD.


Sheila Gregory, the High Sheriff Sam Rayner and a group of the service users.

March 5th - Rotary Young Chef Final, Kendal College
Carnforth Rotary were the organisers of this event and they had 12 area finalists. Each finalist had to prepare a 3 course meal, producing 2 plates for each (one for the judges to taste and a second for display). The High Sheriff thought "the standard was exceptionally good and the judges had a job to select the winner."

When he presented the prizes with Arthur Jones, District Governor, he was full of praise for all the finalists. The winner was 13 year old Jane Rooke, one of the youngest contestants from Penwortham Academy and she now goes forward to the National Final on Saturday 16th April.


Stephen Doherty (Head Judge), winner Jane Rooke, District Governor Arthur Jones and Sam Rayner High Sheriff of Cumbria.


All of the area finalists with the 3 judges and Sam Rayner High Sheriff.

March 4th - KISE - Brathay
KISE is the Knowledge, Information and Skills Exchange which is a partnership forum that brings together organisations that work with offenders and ex-offenders from around the County. 

Through this event they were trying to build connections outside of the group and into the world of commercial employment.

The High Sheriff had invited Gouy Hamilton-Fisher from Timpson the shoe repairers as the guest speaker. Timpson have been at the fore-front of working with prisons and have training departments in some of them. Ultimately in some cases they are able to successfully recruit some staff who have trained in the prisons.

The presentation sparked plenty of debate amongst the audience of mainly HR professionals, legal people and organisations involved with ex-offenders. However the conclusion from the audience was that there should be fewer barriers in allowing ex-offenders into the workplace.

March 1st - Eden Rural Foyer, Penrith
The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Claire Hensman, Sarah Dunning CEO of Westmorland Family Ltd and The High Sheriff had worked jointly to invite the CEO's of Eden based business operators to come and see what the Eden Rural Foyer does.
The Eden Foyer is operated by Impact Housing as accommodation for young homeless people who are in education or employment. It provides a home by way of a self contained flat to enable the young person to get back onto their feet. The usual maximum stay is 12-months.

The High Sheriff introduced Mike Muir the CEO of Impact Housing and he explained to the audience of about 25 business leaders the purpose of the Foyer. Mr Muir then introduced Gary Lamb who had been a resident and was now working full time as a personal trainer at a gym in Whitehaven. Gary outlined how the Eden Foyer had provided him a home and enabled him to continue his studies that ultimately allowed him into the job he now has. He is now living completely independently.

A small group of 5 of the current residents then showed a video they had produced and afterwards answered questions.
The result was an agreement from almost all of those present to provide mentoring, work experience, and help with career opportunities as well as leaving the event with a much better understanding of what the Foyer offers to young people. There is also a Foyer in Kendal and a new one will open in Whitehaven in a few months time. 

February  2016

February 27th - Big Sleep, Low Wood Bay Hotel


The High Sheriff of Cumbria with members of the International Rescue Corp. who had assisted during the Cumbria Floods and were providing medical and other emergency cover for those bedding down for the night of the Big Sleep! 


The High Sheriff Sam Rayner bedding down in the Big Sleep 4 Poster Bed.
He joined a few hundred people sleeping out in freezing temperatures to raise awareness of those who cannot afford to heat their homes and raise money for the Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warm Appeal.


February 25th - The Well Open Day - Barrow
The Well was founded by Dave Higham in Lancaster and 12 months ago they founded a sister establishment in Barrow. The Well provides accommodation and a community for ex-offenders who have also had an addiction to drugs or alcohol but are now clean. The Well uses a 12-point program to assist the residents in their recovery and another of the key ingredients is the 'family' and supportive environment they work within.

The High Sheriff has visited them on a number of occasions and was asked to open this event. He praised the work of all of the team and also the great effort being made by the residents.

He also made a High Sheriff Award and presented the Cumbria High Sheriffs Shield for The Well to retain for 12-months.


Gary the Manager of The Well in Barrow, Sam Rayner High Sheriff of Cumbria and Dave Higham CEO of The Well.

February 23rd - North Allerdale Development Trust, Wigton
The High Sheriff presented NADT with £1,500 and a High Sheriff Award Certificate. They had organised for the press to be at the Market Hall so they could gain some press coverage from the visit.

February 18th - South Workington Youth Partnership
The High Sheriff had planned to visit the South Workington Youth Partnership in Workington but as one of the groups was on a 2 day trip to Isthmus Cottage near Keswick he and Mrs Rayner joined the group in Keswick. The key youth leader for the group is Angela Good and Sam Rayner was really pleased to see how much enjoyment the young people were getting from their stay at the cottage. The cottage is beside the lake with the woods to the rear, a haven for games and enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer.

February 18th - Millom Network Centre
Following a visit in 2015 the High Sheriff was delighted to re-visit Millom Network Centres Unit 3 and make an award of £1,000 towards workshop equipment and also to present a High Sheriff Award Certificate to Paul Stewart Centre Manager (1st photograph below). 





Sam Rayner with two of the students after looking at the workmanship of a bird house that had been made at the centre.

February 17th - Cumbria Youth Parliament
This was a general meeting with representatives from all around Cumbria, and they were just starting elections for the next youth parliament members. The High Sheriff enjoyed listening to some really good debating with the prospective members making their manifesto statements.


The High Sheriff with some of the young people who were standing for election.

February 16th - Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
As Her Majesty's representative in matters relating to the Judiciary and Blue Light Services the High Sheriff visited Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team on a normal training night to thank the team for their services during the last 12 months. 

February 11th - North West High Sheriffs Regional Meeting, Abbots Moss
The High Sheriff of Cumbria joined High Sheriffs from the North West (Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside) for a meeting and lunch at the home of the High Sheriff of Cheshire - Mr Bill Holroyd CBE.

February 11th - Harris Tweed Exhibition launch and preview, Rheged
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner were guests at the launch and preview of the exhibition.

February 10th - Kendal Mayor’s Charity Dinner, Kendal College
The High Sheriff along with a table of friends supported Councillor Chris Hogg ,Mayor of Kendal, at his charity dinner. Sadly Chris Hogg wasn't able to attend as he was recovering from donating a kidney to his wife. Everyone enjoyed a great evening with excellent food provided by the students of the College.

February 3rd - Cumbria ACF Band Launch, St Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle
At the invitation of Col Stevens, Officer Commanding Cumbria Army Cadets, the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended a special concert with the cadets playing alongside the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps. The cadets spent the day rehearing with the band in preparation for the early evening concert and they performed superbly. The hope is that this concert and the training will help re-start Cumbria ACF Marching Band.

February 2nd - North Allerdale Development Trust (NADT) Wigton
On a visit earlier in 2015 the High Sheriff had visited NADT to understand how their Upcycle project operated and he had returned to receive an update on the progress with that initiative but also to learn about a number of youth projects that NADT were running. The Upcycle project has gone from strength to strength with more unemployed young people being found places and some really positive outcomes for many of those who have completed their course. Funding for Youth provision remains a major challenge but NADT are still operating in a number of locations along the west coast.

February 2nd - Carlisle Civic Centre Flood Recovery Briefing
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended a meeting in the Mayors Office in Carlisle with The Mayor of Carlisle Cllr. Steve Layden, Cllr. Glover and Darren Crossley the Deputy Town Clerk and Chief Executive for a briefing on the effects of the flooding and recovery process in Carlisle. 

February 2nd - Carlisle Crown Court
On behalf of the Court the High Sheriff presented an award to Christine Mettem who had been exceptionally observant whilst sat in her parked car waiting for her husband. Her awareness of a man behaving oddly next to a tree resulted in assisting the prosecution of a burglar Michael Tinning who had robbed a jewellers in Carlisle. What Mrs Mettem had seen was relayed to the police who found the stolen jewellery by the tree.


The Honourable Mr Justice Green, Sam Rayner The High Sheriff, Mrs Mettem and His Honour Judge Peter Davies.

February 1st - Barrow Food Bank
Following a visit earlier in the year to the Barrow FoodBank the High Sheriff made a return visit along with Mrs Rayner. Mr Rayner said "I remain very impressed with the scale of the FoodBank providers and their operations. Barrow is exceptionally well organised and a truly impressive facility to look around, whilst they are underneath the church the series of rooms they have gives them the space they require."

February 1st - Project John
Project John provides accommodation for single people and single parents aged 16-25 and all the residents must attend support . The support is provided by their Tenant Support Workers who are experienced, good listeners and committed. Support is really about helping young people to help themselves, it’s about development, learning, building relationships, skills, confidence, hopes and aspirations.
The High Sheriff also learnt about their plans to extend the facilities by acquiring some new and larger premises in Barrow.

February 1st - Keswick Flood Recovery Fair, Keswick Hotel
This was an event organised by the Keswick Flood Recovery Group that the High Sheriff had been invited to attend when he met with Lynne Jones a few days earlier. The hall was full of organisations, companies and statutory authorities that can help flood victims, ie. Cumbria Community Foundation, JTA Flood Equipment, The National Flood Recovery Forum, Planning Board, District Council, Surveyors etc.

January 2016

January 30th - Lancaster University AGM
The High Sheriff attended the AGM of the Court of Lancaster University.

January 28th - Ladore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale - Charity Dinner
Organised by Baines Wilson and Barclays the concept is that you are invited to dine with them doing all the cooking and service. At the end of the meal you are asked to donate what you thought the meal and service was worth, Baines Wilson were competing with the Barclays team to see who could raise the most amount of money. 

January 28th - The Well, Morecambe
A joint event with the High Sheriff of Lancashire - Mrs Amanda Parker for an Open Day. The Well is a centre that helps ex-offenders who are also recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism. The Well provides accommodation as well as a 12-point plan that all of those attending work to.
It was founded in 2014 by Dave Higham who himself was a habitual offender and drug addict. In the last few years Dave and his team have successfully developed the centre in Morecambe to such an extent that they founded an identical centre in Barrow.

January 27th - Keswick Flood Recovery
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner met with the Chair of the Keswick Flood Recovery Group Lynne Jones and Cllr Susan Leighton (Chairman of the trustees for Parks) at the Keswick Town Council offices. A report was given on the effect of the December Floods, the initial recovery response, likely causes of the flooding, how the defences had performed and what was now required in the short to medium term.

January 23rd - Carlisle Street Pastors
The Carlisle Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and help. The High Sheriff joined them for a night on the streets of Carlisle. He found that they were well known and frequently praised by people in the city that night. As he left them for home he said "you have to praise them for their acts of care, kindness and friendly help that is given to those who are often under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes it is words or guidance, for others it is a bottle of water or a pair of flip flops, but it is rather humbling to realise these people give up their Saturday night to help others".

January 22th - Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project
At their facility on Swingpump Lane in Whitehaven the High Sheriff was able to observe the club practicing and receiving training in rock Climbing followed by another group enjoying a more general meeting.

January 16th - A Grand Day Out In Cumbria, Askham
The photograph shows the High Sheriff a few minutes before he started the 10k race with over 200 hundred runners and walkers raising money to support the Flood Appeal. Events of this nature were schedule all around Cumbria on this particular day. 



January 8th - Eden Mencap, Penrith
As an indication of their support the High Sheriff and other civic dignitaries Rory Stewart MP, Lord Holifield, David Whipp the Mayor of Penrith, Martin Montgomery President of Rotary, Amyn Fayal Chairman of Penrith Building Society, Tony Cleasby Chairman of Lions Club Welfare Committee to help launch the fundraising campaign that will allow them to buy the premises they currently lease.

January 8th - Big Sleep
Sue Hayman MP for Workington and the High Sheriff with Annalee Holiday of Cumbria Community Foundation started preparations for The Big Sleep Event to raise money for the Cumbria Winter Warmth Appeal. The Big Sleep event is schedule to take place at the Low Wood Bay Hotel on 30th January.



January 6th - Citizenship Ceremony, Carlisle
The High Sheriff assisted in the ceremony of Citizenship for 3 people at Lady Gillford`s House.



December 2015

December 23rd - Kings Foodbank, Westmorland Shopping Centre
Immediately following the flooding an emergency support centre was established at Kendal Town Hall and this has been relocated to some empty shops in the Westmorland Shopping Centre. The High Sheriff met with a number of volunteers who on that day were led by Linda and Alistair Sutherland. He was amazed at the volume of support the recovery team had received from the community with donations of food, clothing, toys and bedding. The volunteers had been working tirelessly to provide daily support and advice to people in South Lakeland affected by the flooding.

December 21st - Royal visit by HRH Prince Charles, McVities Factory, Carlisle
On greeting HRH Prince Charles at the McVities factory the High Sheriff expressed his appreciation on behalf of the community for HRH making the time to visit Carlisle and Appleby following the devastation of the flooding on December 5th.


Britain's Prince Charles speaks with flood victim Keith Wright during his visit to homes which were flooded by the recent Storm Desmond, in Carlisle, England, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (Alan Davidson/Pool Photo via AP)

December 15th - HMP Haverigg
At the invitation of the Chaplain of Haverigg Prison - Glynn Jones, the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended a Christmas Carol Service for the prisoners accompanied by members of the Haverigg Brass Band and other guests.

December 15th - (SARC) Sexual Assault Support Centre Opening, Broadway Unit, Penrith Hospital
The photograph shows Claire Hensman (Lord Lieutenant), Dr Neela Shabde (NHS Cumbria CCG Clinical Director Children & Families), Sam Rayner (High Sheriff of Cumbria) and Richard Rhodes (Police & Crime Commissioner).

Dr Neela Shabde had been instrumental in raising the funding for this new unit with the assistance of the P&CC. Until this unit opened there was no specialist facility in Cumbria and victims had to travel to Lancashire.



December 11th - Furness Wheelie Bin Challenge
The teams of walkers gathered for the start at Millom School on a rather damp day to be set on their way by the High Sheriff - Sam Rayner to push their wheelie bins through Millom, Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow stopping off at numerous schools along the route.


Victoria High School, you can see how many cans had been collected for the Food Bank. 


Some of the Wheelie Bin Challenge walkers in festive dress and in front the students who warmly greeted them with refreshments.

December 10th - Wigton Boxing Club
A raft of young people from Wigton demonstrated their training and boxing skills for the High Sheriff. 


Andi (Wigton Boxing Club Coach) and some of his rising stars.

November 2015

November 27th - Workington Magistrates Court
The High Sheriff joined the North Cumbria magistrates in Workington for a day observing the Court.

November 27th - Cumbria Sports Awards, Low Wood Hotel, Windermere
Organised by Active Cumbria the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman were invited to greet the special guests. 


Claire Hensman and Sam Rayner greeting England Netball team player Helen Housby from Wigton.

Active Cumbria is funded by Sport England and managed through an arm of the NHS.


Gary Lamb after receiving his "Be Inspired" Award. 

The following was detailed about Gary on receiving his award:
The Be Inspired Award went to Gary Lamb. The winner of this award demonstrates that they are promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality and Gary certainly shows these qualities in abundance!
In September 2013, he found himself homeless, and moved into supported accommodation in Penrith, at the time he was undergoing lots of personal challenges, and life was tough, however, he was motivated to do something about the situation he found himself in, and wanted to change things around. He started to attend circuit training sessions at Eden Foyer in Penrith, and quickly found he really enjoyed fitness. He took up volunteering in the gym, and later that year he undertook some intense fitness training funded by the Foyer Foundation and Cumbria Youth Alliance, which resulted in him achieving a Level 3 Fitness Instructor qualification.
With his new found confidence, he then decided to spread his wings, and successfully applied for the job of fitness instructor at The Oval Centre in Workington, another massive change in his life, but one he has grasped with both hands. Since our winner moved to Workington, the gym has gone from strength to strength, with over 100 new members, all inspired by his enthusiasm and commitment to his work. The gym has also purchased new equipment to cope with the additional demand.
His manager at the gym said “he has changed the ethos of our gym, so whatever the ability, age or confidence, people feel like they can achieve”.
His story is not yet finished, and he continues to engage more and more people young and old to be more physically active through his work.

November 24th - North Lakes Food Bank, Cockermouth
Mrs Judy Rayner and the High Sheriff made visit to the North Lakes Foodbank following the 'Wheelie Bin Challenge' that the High Sheriff had participated in on June 26th. He met with Andrew Robinson the Project Director and learnt how unique this Food Bank was in servicing a number of major towns from a central warehouse with satellite distribution points. Located within the Methodist Church on Lorton St, Cockermouth the work of the centre is now stretching the capacity of the available space and they desperately need larger premises on a longer lease.

November 28th - Romney Society Plaque Unveiling, Kendal Town Hall
On a very wet and blustery day the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended the Town Hall in Kendal for the unveiling by the President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun, a specially commissioned plaque by Philip Chatfield to commemorate and record the fact that George Romney lived in Kendal.


The Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman, Chairman of SLDC Cllr. Sylvia Emmott, Mayor of Kendal Cllr. Chris Hogg, President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun and Chairman of the Romney Society Mr John Entwistle OBE.

November 21st - Child Bereavement UK, Halston Hotel, Carlisle
Mary Berry is a patron of Child Bereavement UK and this event had been organised to raise the awareness of the Charity in Cumbria where they had recently opened a satellite office. Over 250 people purchased a ticket for the opportunity to hear Mary Berry speak and answer questions followed by afternoon tea.



November 20th - High Sheriffs Charity Dinner, Shap Wells Hotel
The High Sheriff was delighted to welcome Mary Berry as his very special guest for the evening. Tickets had sold out in a matter of 3 days and the function room was packed to welcome Mary Berry and raise funds for the High Sheriffs Fund. This Fund is used in projects which in essence help young people in Cumbria avoid becoming involved in crime. Mary Berry was the keynote speaker and the Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Skeer responded. The Master of Ceremonies was Kim Inglis, who also orchestrated the auction significantly increasing the amount of money raised.



November 19th - Dinner at Murley Hill for Mary Berry
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner held a dinner at their home for Mary and her husband Paul. Other guests included Mr Justice Mark Turner and Lady Turner, Richard and Wendy Thompson, Steven & Marj Doherty (first English Chef to gain a Michelin 3 star) and Peter and Mandy Marshall from Sedbergh School, as Mark was a Sedbergh boy and his family came from Kendal. The meal was prepared and served by students from Kendal college and the photograph shows the students with Deputy Head of Hospitality Richard Axford, the students, the High Sheriff, Mary Berry, Stephen Doherty, and Mr Justice Turner.





November 18th - “Autism in the Criminal Justice System” - Stoneybeck Inn
A very well attended conference and some great presentations, including 2 from people with Autism. The audience had a high representation of legal professionals, magistrates, Police, HMP service, offender support agencies, and social services etc. The High Sheriff attended the morning of the conference, the Lord Lieutenant was also present. The High Sheriff said afterwards that " it was certainly well worth the time as it was an education for a lay person, as well as those involved with Judicial process, to gain a much greater understanding of Autism and the traits and habits of people with the condition".

November 16th - Judges Service, Carlisle Cathedral
It is traditional for the High Sheriff to host a service in the Cathedral for the Judiciary for the opening of the new Court session.


The Judges immediately after the reading of the Letters patent in the Court.


The Reverend Glynn Jones (Chaplain to the High Sheriff and Chaplain at HMP Haverigg) followed by the High Sheriff as they entered the Cathedral.

November 14th - Neighbourhood Watch AGM, Shap
The High Sheriff is the honorary President of the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch and the theme of the AGM was Community Resilience. Speakers included Michelle Skeer - Deputy Chief Constable, Richard Rhodes - Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorraine Smyth - Chief Executive of Action for Communities in Cumbria and Val Ayre, Senior Emergency Planning Officer with the Resilience Unit of Cumbria County Council.
The High Sheriff concluded the formal speeches and then presented the shield for this year to two members of Farm Watch; Will Patterson and Alan Alderson. A group of Appleby and Upper Eden farmers met with Police and the NFU to look at ways to tackle the increasing problem of sheep theft. Will and Alan, from the beginning, went out of their way to support the initiative. Most significantly they agreed to deliver training to local Police Officers. They visited the Lancashire Constabulary to see what type of training was provided. This training was then tailored to the needs of their area, and an ‘officer's guide’ produced with support and knowledge provided by Will and Alan. Over the summer they also provided on the farm training to 14 officers which included stratification, breeds, handling, the natural instincts of sheep, health and safety, tagging and the stick reader and the questions to ask in suspicious circumstances. They also included a visit to a local auction mart which had proved invaluable. In addition, they recruited an additional 14 farmers who are happy to be called upon should the police need any additional advice or information when investigating any suspicious livestock movements. Both Will and Alan had given up their valuable time freely to actively support the sheep theft initiative.
The nomination for the award was submitted by by PCSO's Dakin and Allinson from Appleby and Upper Eden.


The photograph shows PCSO Allinson, Richard Rhodes Police & Crime Commissioner, Alan Anderson, Will Patterson, Sam Rayner (High Sheriff) and PCSO Dakin.

November 12th - Cumbria Life Culture Awards, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Cumbria Life staged and organised this event in front of a packed theatre, Melvyn Bragg was the host. It was a very full series of awards across all aspects of music, drama, theatre and art. I was impressed by the depth and diversity of events, venues and organisations that were nominated for these awards.

November 12th - Barrow Food Bank, Abbey Road Baptist Church
The High Sheriff met with Ann Mills - the manager and Alison - the warehouse manager, at what is a really impressive operation. They have racked out the underneath of the church and made a superb facility including, as many foodbanks do, a coffee area where people getting help can stop and have a chat. The High Sheriff was able to understand how people gained access to the Food Bank and how carefully the vouchers were issued by other organisations as well as how they acquired the food in the first place. The High Sheriff commented afterwards "I had never really thought about how sophisticated the Food Banks needed to be to manage expiry dates, food allergies and menu selections". He also learnt about School Breakfast Clubs and special arrangements that are organised for young people during school holidays. 

November 12th - South Lakes Credit Union Official Launch, Kendal College
The High Sheriff attended the official launch of the South Lakes Credit Union. Sadly it has taken about 4 years to get to this point and launch the facility but it is now ready for business.


The photograph L to R shows Sam Rayner (High Sheriff of Cumbria), Richard Rhodes (Police & Crime Commissioner), Tim Farron MP, Cllr.Chris Hogg (Mayor of Kendal), & Cllr. Peter Thornton (Leader of SLDC).

November 8th - Morning: Remembrance Sunday, Kendal
The High Sheriff laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in the Market Square along with a large number of military representatives, other organisations and Civic representatives. This was then followed by a procession to the Parish Church from the Town Hall.

November 8th - Afternoon: Remembrance Parade and service, Windermere
At the Cenotaph on Lake Road Windermere the High Sheriff joined the British Legion and other organisations in laying a wreath followed by a procession to St Martins Church in Bowness.

November 7th - Musical Remembrance Performance “Music for Heroes”, K Shoes Male Voice Choir & guest choirs, Kendal Leisure Centre
Mrs Rayner and the High Sheriff enjoyed a delightful choral and musical tribute as an act of Remembrance. There was the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir, Whitehaven Male Voice Choir and K Shoes male voice choir all on stage together, with the military band at the front of the stage. An excellent evening of music and entertainment to a sell out audience.



November 6th Remembrance Service, St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle
The High Sheriff attended this Service of Remembrance and commented what a lovely service it was in St Cuthbert's Church with the Reverend Teasdale (who was a Captain in the Army) presiding. It was very well attended by the community and the military. 

November 6th - St Elizabeth’s Church, Arnside Road, Carlisle
Following a request from the Reverend Canon Beth Smith the High Sheriff visited St Elizabeth's Church to meet with her & Reverend Susan Wicks. The church is looking at the possibility of building a Community Centre adjoining the church. The High Sheriff was delighted to lend his support to the project and take an active role and harbouring support to assist St Elizabeth's in starting off the fund raising campaign. 

November 5th - Cumbria CVS AGM The Forum, Barrow
"An excellent and informative AGM" was how the High Sheriff described his morning at CVS in Barrow. The High Sheriff was also delighted have a few moments to speak to members in attendance and explain the history of the Office and the current day role. The High Sheriff is also a volunteer and the role carries no public purse or support.

November 4th - Cumbria Police Awards
At the invitation of the Chief Constable of Cumbria, Jerry Graham, the High Sheriff attended the awards ceremony and presented awards to officers and civilian employees of the force that had been made by the Courts.

November 2nd - South Lakes Citizens Advice
The High Sheriff had an informal meeting with Karen, the manager of South Lakes Citizens Advice that was very informative. Both the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner said after the meeting that "we were impressed at the scale of the service they provide, but not in the least surprised to find that they are generally over-subscribed and in need of greater funding". 

November 1st - Cumbria County Council Offices, Carlisle
An invitation from the Chairman of Cumbria County Council, Melvyn Worth, to attend the switching on of the lights outside the old County Court Offices in Carlisle. The lights were all purple, the reason being to support pancreatic cancer. The Chairman took the High Sheriff and the Mayor of Carlisle Councillor, Steve Layden, on a tour of the old cells.





November 1st - Cheshire Judges Service. Chester Cathedral
At the invitation of the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Bill Holroyd, the High Sheriff of Cumbria and Mrs Judy Rayner attended the Judges service in Chester Cathedral, along with the High Sheriff of Shropshire, Manchester and Clwyd. Mr Justice Holroyd was the senior judge and he was accompanied by the Judiciary from all around the North West of England.




October 2015

October 29th - Honourable Company of Pilots, Guildhall, London
The High Sheriff had thought that attending the banquet at the Mansion House earlier in the week might have been a unique experience, but he was also delighted to be able to attend the Guildhall with members of the Honourable Company of Pilots. The Duke of Edinburgh is an honorary member and he was in attendance. The High Sheriff made special comment about the trumpeters who performed a series of excellent fanfares and completed their set by appearing from various parts of the balcony and main dining hall. 

October 26th - Honourable Company of Shipwrights Banquet, Mansion House, London
The High Sheriff was invited to attend dinner with members of the Honourable Company of Shipwrights at The Mansion House in London. 

October 23rd - Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool Fund Raiser Castle Green, Kendal
The High Sheriff attended a fund raising dinner for the Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool where Ann Widdecombe was the guest speaker.



October 23rd - Right 2 Work Open Day Kendal
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended the open day of Right 2 Work and enjoyed a tour of the premises that included training facilities, a workshop that breaks down mattresses and sofas into separate components and a furniture refurbishment area. The site also has a large display room full of furniture to purchase. The main part of the operation is the collection of household goods from homes which they either break down or re-sell.

Below is a summary of what Right 2 Work does from their website.

Right2Work are a social enterprise bringing a new lease of life to old furniture along with providing employment and training opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people across South Lakeland.

We can collect your unwanted items of pre-loved furniture or white goods and help find them a new home.

Our collection services are available for both residential and commercial customers so, whether at home or at work, we can help you clean up and clear out!

Our retail warehouse always has a great selection of stock which changes and updates on a weekly basis - tables and chairs, beds and bookcases, sofas and shelving! 

October 22nd - CADAS AGM, Barrow
The AGM was attended by about 30 people including the Lord Lieutenant (President of CADAS) and High Sheriff. CADAS reported positively on the year and the new year had started very well with some new funding that was going to allow them to improve the service in Barrow. They also reported that with the increased workload they are looking for more volunteers and also new trustees. 

October 21st - CN Group Business Awards, Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle
The High Sheriff attended the awards and commented that it was a great opportunity to be reminded of the breadth and depth of innovation, creativity, and business excellence in Cumbria. The County has World Class businesses in abundance and it is a location that is something of a hidden gem, which needs much greater exposure to increase the awareness and develop the diversity of industrial, retail and service operations.

October 20th - Cumbria Westmorland WI AGM
The High Sheriff was attending as guest speaker and was accompanied by Mrs Rayner. He spoke about the history of the office, Magna Carta and some of the facts about the office specific to Cumbrian High Sheriffs, connections with the WI and Women. They had also asked the High Sheriff to include a bit on Lakeland where he is the Managing Director.

October 17th - Barrow Police Station
The new Barrow Police Station was officially opened a few weeks before the High Sheriff joined the officers of Barrow for a sample of Saturday night on the streets of Barrow. The evening began with a tour of the new station which is a revelation in terms of how we all might perceive Police Stations to be or look. In comparison to the old facilities the High Sheriff said "this is a quantum leap, and it provides a 2015 environment to both officers and members of the public alike."

Following the tour the High Sheriff attended the briefing of officers and took a few moments to explain the role of the High Sheriff in Cumbria.

It was a relatively quiet night in town and as the High Sheriff departed in the early hours he commented "it is only a relatively small minority of the people in town that night that have caused any issues at all. The officers had shown great patience in dealing with members of the public of whom a significant number were often very drunk."

October 17th - Barrow Lifeboat Station
The High Sheriff joined the Mayor of Barrow, Ann Thompson, for a visit to the Lifeboat Station. The Crew launched the lifeboat and went out on exercise around the DONG Energy windfarm that is expected to grow into one of the largest offshore energy facilities in the UK. The High Sheriff spoke to all of the crew on their return and thanked them for the service they provided to the community as volunteers. 


The High Sheriff presenting an Award Certificate to John Falvey.

October 16th - Lakeside YMCA
The High Sheriff had arranged a meeting with the High Sheriff of Cheshire Mr Bill Holroyd, whose family came from Nr Keswick, to see if there was an opportunity for OnSide (a Charity founded by Mr Holroyd) to work with Lakeside on a major investment program that would bring new and world class facilities to the shores of Lake Windermere.

October 16th - Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
At the invitation of Vicky Robinson (joint Chair), the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner enjoyed a fantastic tour of both behind the scenes and front of house. They said "they are prolific in terms of the number of performances they stage and the number of nights they operate, 7 days a week 2 different performances in the 2 theatres". The High Sheriff then went onto watch a performance of 39 steps which was brilliant. The following day the Theatre By The Lake won an award at the UK Theatre Awards Ceremony for Abigail's Party. 

October 12th - Cumbria Fire HQ, Penrith
At the invitation of the Jim Onions, Chief Fire Office, we attended the Fire HQ. We received a very informative briefing of the scope of the Cumbria Fire Service from Chief Fire Office Onions, Adrian Buckle - Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Bob Nixon - Head of Operational Support and John McVay - Head of Operational Training. We had a tour of some of the appliances that were at the Station, then observed a training exercise involving removing a driver from a crashed car. It was also the first day for a group of new recruits and the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner had an opportunity to find out from them about career opportunities in the Fire Service. Also on the site at Penrith is the North West of England Mobile Incident Control Room vehicle. This is an impressively well equipped truck that is on standby to attend incidents and provide all the communications and control facilities when and where needed. 

October 5th - Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team
The High Sheriff joined the Wasdale Team for a routine training night which included a talk by a Cumbria Counter Terrorism Officer, Radio protocol and some technical discussions on replacement equipment. The team are planning a new base as they have outgrown the current facility because of equipment and the scale of activity the members undertake. The frequency of callouts is best illustrated by the fact this was the 3rd time the High Sheriff had planned to visit, but the meetings had to be postponed to the team being called out on each occasion. 

October 5th - CROPT AGM, Penrith
The High Sheriff attend the Annual General Meeting of Cumbria Reducing Offending Trust, CROPT.

October 1st - Tithe Barn, Carlisle
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended a dinner at the Tithe Barn to raise money for the New Roof. The dinner had been organise by the Carlisle Crown Court Team.


September 2015

September 30th - The Foyer Whitehaven
Sam and Judy Rayner were given a tour by Mike Muir CEO of Impact Housing, of the refurbishment of the old YMCA building in Whitehaven that will become the new Foyer building. Behind the old YMCA façade there is a modern block of apartments for the young people. The Foyer is a National concept with a local provider, that provides young homeless people with accommodation and helps to ensure they get into work, or complete their education. Cumbria has a Foyer in Penrith, Kendal and Ulverston. 

September 30th Opening of Calderwood House, Egremont
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner joined the Police & Crime Commissioner and significant number of guests for the proud opening of Calderwood House, a Time for Change Project. This opening marked over 2 years of devotion by Rachel Holiday to raise over £400,000 to convert the old Police Station into 8 self contained flats for homeless ex-service personnel to use. In 2014 the project was the recipient of the High Sheriff's Shield. 

September 29th - Carlisle Crown Court
Sam Rayner was delighted as High Sheriff to be able to present 3 Court Awards on behalf of HHJ P Batty Hon. Recorder of Carlisle. The 3 members of the public had provide help and assistance that ensured an offender was sentenced by the Court for a vicious burglary. 

September 26th - Workington Lifeboat Station
The High Sheriff had the privilege of spending some time with the Lifeboat crew watching them undertake some training exercises. Following this the High Sheriff joined RNLI Council member, Eamon Moloney in presenting awards to the crew and also the supporters.
In his speech, the High Sheriff of Cumbria emphasised the importance of his role in supporting emergency services and volunteers and expressed his thanks to the lifeboat crew, the fundraisers and their families.



Friday 25th September 2015 - Tuesday 29th September 2015
With the support of the village community, Cartmel is holding five days of celebration and medieval festivities in and around Cartmel Priory in Cumbria to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The central focus will be on the historical Flower Pageant in the Priory which will be open every day from Friday through to Tuesday. On the Saturday and Sunday there will also be a living history Medieval Encampment, Tournèe and Fayre with son et lumière featuring the Priory’s founder William Marshall at the Priory at dusk.


Reverend of Cartmel Priory, Mrs Claire Hensman - Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mark Gill - Executive Director Magna Carta 800th Com., Lord Cavendish and the High Sheriff of Cumbria. 

September 24th - Cartmel Priory Magna Carta Celebration Preview
The High Sheriff and his wife Judy were guests alongside the Lord-Lieutenant, the Executive Director of the Magna Carta 800th Committee Mark Gill, Lord Cavendish, HHJ Barbara Forester, Richard Rhodes the Police & Crime Commissioner, Inspector Latham, representatives of South Lakeland Magistrates Court & solicitors and many other people connected with the judicial system. The main speaker was Mark Gill, followed by the High Sheriff .

September 24th - Cumbria Scouts AGM
The High Sheriff attended the AGM of Cumbria Scouts to present the High Sheriff of Cumbria Shield for the group or individual that in the opinion of committee has done the most for fund raising or volunteering. This year it was won by the group that had raised the money for the 2016 Scout Jamboree in Japan. the money the group had raised not only funded scouts from Cumbria but also a contingent from Botswana. 


The group of Cumbrian Scouts who attended the jamboree that were present at the AGM.

September 22nd - Barrow Magistrates Court
The High Sheriff sat with the magistrates in Barrow as an observer for the day. Going back to over 1,000 years ago the High Sheriff was responsible for all aspects of Law & Order in the Shire and the Office has retained a very close connectivity with Judiciary and by tradition he/she would usually look after the welfare of a High Court Judge who is sitting in the County. On this day the High Sheriff was present for a number of guilty pleas and was given the benefit of hearing the explanations of the Magistrates considering the sentences within the guidelines that they are required to work within. He was especially complimentary of the Chairman of the bench for his clarity in ensuring that the sentence and any obligations relating to it were understood by the defendant, especially if they were representing themselves. 

September 21st
The High Sheriff made 3 visits today that are worthy of mention.

Millom Network Centre Millom
This is a well established Centre adjoining the Millom School and it offers training facilities, meeting rooms and acts as a Community Hub. A recent addition to the work they are undertaking has meant the addition of a small industrial unit on the nearby industrial estate. This workshop will provide skills training to unemployed young people based around construction skills and horticulture. It also provides some further office space with high speed internet access (not easily found in Millom currently) and additional training rooms for courses and community groups.

The Well Barrow-in-Furness
The first of these centres was established in Morecambe by Dave Higham as a place for ex-offenders who were recovering from drug/alcohol addition to help them with their recovery. Following his success in North Lancashire Dave established the Barrow facility about 12 months ago. They provide a place for the person to live and undertake a 12-step program to maintain their drug/alcohol free lifestyle. The High Sheriff was delighted to meet with Dave, as well as two of the residents. One had been on the program for nearly 12 months and was preparing to go into employment and the second had been exceptionally successful over the first few months and was determined to ensure he maintained a new lifestyle. The High Sheriff heard about the potential for increasing the number of residents as the Barrow facility had more demand than it had capacity for. He made arrangements to work with The Well in Barrow for a further meeting to explore how he might assist them.

CADAS, Barrow-in-Furness
There are 4 CADAS centres throughout Cumbria (Carlisle, Workington, Kendal & Barrow). The south includes the Barrow centre and Kendal, with Carlisle and Workington linked to form the northern service.
The service is led by Natallie Wealleans in Barrow and Kendal but she is very quick to point out that as well as her own small team she is very dependant upon volunteers to deliver the service. They assist people with Alcohol or Drug dependencies and a visit to the CADAS website will demonstrate how very effective they are in helping those people. The service is however looking for more volunteers to train in service provision or to join their board.

September 17th - Keswick Mountain Rescue
The High Sheriff visited the Keswick MRT base for a routine training evening. He received a tour of the facilities, kit, and vehicles as well as meeting all of the team members present that evening.
At the start of the evening Sam Rayner took a few moments to explain the office of High Sheriff and the connection with Mountain Rescue Teams. He explained that his primary purpose in attending that evening was to thank the team for all their time and effort they gave as volunteers attending to incidents involving both locals and visitors. 

September 10th - Westmorland County Agricultural Show
It was a great joy for the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner to attend the County Show as a guest because for as long as they can remember they would usually be working as stewards at the show and had never had the opportunity to enjoy the event. The High Sheriff was the judge of the exhibitors in the Food Hall and the photograph shows him with the winner Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread. Sam Rayner commented at the end of the day that he had not managed to see all of the show and his attendance had made him realise what a day out the County Show can be. 



September 9th - Celebration of Britain's longest serving Monarch, Carlisle Cathedral
With absolute precision the calculation was made as to the moment when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd became Britain's longest serving Monarch, resulting in services of celebration that were held around the Country. I attended one at Carlisle Cathedral along with Mrs Rayner. 



September 8th - St Bees Lifeboat station
The High Sheriff attended the routine practice of the St Bees Lifeboat Crew and used the opportunity to thank all of them for volunteering to undertake the role. He made special mention of the training that the crew undertake and the frequency with which they are called out in generally poor or terrible weather and sea conditions. The High Sheriff awarded the crew a certificate of commendation for the role they perform.
The picture shows the St Bees Lifeboat on exercise that evening as the sun was setting. This was taken and published the following day in The Times and then in the 2016 RNLI calendar. 



September 4th - Kendal ATC Annual Dinner
A dinner was held at the Stonecross Manor Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the Kendal Cadets and make a number of awards. The High Sheriff was asked to attend as the guest speaker along with the Mayor of Kendal Mr Chris Hogg and their wives.



August 2015

August 30th - Grasmere Sports
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended the traditional Grasmere Sports which was celebrating the 165th unbroken event except for the First and Second World Wars.
A large crowd was present to witness the three main sports of Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Hound Trailing and Fell Running with classes across all ages. As seems to be a tradition of the sports the wife of the High Sheriff, or indeed the High Sheriff if she is female, is asked to judge the Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling costumes. The picture shows Mrs Rayner judging one of the classes where she found the detail of the embroidery exceptionally intricate in many cases.



August 29th - Carlisle Market for proclamation of Carlisle Fair
The picture shows (l-r) Reverend Keith Teasdale, HHJ Paul Batty QC Hon. Recorder of Carlisle, High Sheriff of Cumbria Mr Sam Rayner and Cllr. Steve Layden Mayor of Carlisle shortly after the reading of the proclamation for the fair.



August 22nd - Altcar Camp
On a rather wet morning the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner joined the Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman and Mr Peter Hensman at Altcar Camp for a visit to the Cumbria Army Cadets annual training camp.
The day started with them joining a large contingent of Cadets out in the field on exercise, in the rain! The cadets were professional and making best use of the weather to their advantage. This was followed by the Honorary Colonel Susie Villiers-Smith and the Colonel Antony Steven of Cumbria Cadets inviting the Lord Lieutenant to say a few words and present awards. 

August 21st - Cockermouth Mountain Rescue
Somehow the High Sheriff seems to think he attracts Mountain Rescue Callouts when he arranges to meet a team. However on this occasion it was a callout after the exercise rather than before!
On this visit the High Sheriff was accompanied by the High Sheriff in Nomination Reverend Richard Lee.
The plan was for the team to undertake an exercise in Whinlater Forest involving a mountain bike accident on a remote path. The first task for the team was to locate the biker as the location wasn't at all accurate. As the team began dealing with casualty they received instructions that there was a 2nd incident in another part of the forest at an even more unsure location. This 2nd incident took the team some time to locate and begin an assessment of injuries and a plan to recover the person to a road accessible by ambulance.
Just as both teams were assembling to return to base a real incident call came into the control room requesting assistance for an ambulance crew trying to assist an injured mountain biker in an area of the forest close by. The team were very happy to offer assistance and in a matter of minutes were on the scene and deploying a stretcher team to bring the injured cyclist from a mountain trail to the awaiting ambulance.
The photograph shows the High Sheriff recognising the volunteering, fund raising and rescue services delivered by Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. 



August 19th - Citizenship Ceremony Lady Gifford House, Carlisle
The High Sheriff commented "what a lovely ceremony and opportunity to meet such a diverse group of people who wanted to become citizens of the UK and were residents of Cumbria." It was also nice to surprise them with my attendance as they had no expectation of someone like the High Sheriff turning up in Court dress. 



August 18th - Crown Court Carlisle- Court Awards
These are always lovely ceremonies to be involved in and HHJ Batty makes them so special. Today there were 3 good citizens who were involved in either providing witness statements, or had intervened in the apprehension of 3 men who kidnapped 2 teenagers in the City centre, bundled them into a van and took them off for a beating on some waste land. One recipient had seen the youngsters being kidnapped, a second was at a house overlooking the waste land and provided a running commentary to the police of the beating up of one of the teenagers (the second had managed to escape). The third recipient was a man who had witnessed the beating and intervened to bring it to a halt.
It was a great joy for the High Sheriff to acknowledge the assistance these citizens had provided in the apprehension and prosecution of the those found guilty of these crimes. 

August 15th - Silloth Lifeboat Station
The High Sheriff was delighted to be invited by the Silloth Operations Manager Eddie Studholme to make the presentation of a 40 year service award to Tom Stalker. On arrival at the Lifeboat station the High Sheriff joined a number of volunteers for a trip out to sea on the Workington Lifeboat.

The High Sheriff on board the Workington Lifeboat.


Making a rendezvous with the Silloth Inshore 85 lifeboat.


The High Sheriff presents a High Sheriff Award to Eddie Studholme (Lifeboat Operations Manager) and Chairman of Silloth RNL, Captain Chris Puxley on the right is holding the High Sheriffs Award that was also presented. 

August 13th - Windermere Library
Sam Rayner has lived in Windermere for almost all of his life and he was surprised to find that there was a part of the past life of Windermere and Ambleside that he no knowledge of!
On the outskirts of Windermere is an area called Calgarth that was the site of a village built for workers at the Sunderland Flying Boat plant which was situated at White Cross Bay. At the end of World War 2 the site was almost vacant and when Auschwitz was liberated there were a very significant number of parentless children who had survived the holocaust that needed to be found a new life. 300 of these children were transported from Prague in 1945 and were housed at Calgarth.
The event was to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of these young people in Cumbria and also to promote the exhibition at the Windermere Library. The High Sheriff would like to encourage anyone in the area to take the opportunity to visit the exhibition, which is not only a great education about the children that came from Auschwitz, but also the Sunderland plant and how Windermere was developed from a housing perspective after the war. 

August 12th - Kendal Mountain Rescue
The High Sheriff arrived with Mrs Rayner at 7.00pm to join the team for a routine training night involving a incident on the Scar. But almost at the moment of their arrival at the base the teams control room received a call from the Ambulance Service for a team to attend at a location east of Milnthorpe. An agricultural worker had collapsed with a suspected heart attack in a field that wasn't accessible by ambulance. A team was assembled immediately and the training exercise cancelled and as soon as a second team was available for deployment they were sent to the incident.
The High Sheriff was able to monitor the progress of the team through a web based plotter system called SARC (Search And Rescue Commander) system that uses GPRS radio signals to track each team member.
The incident was completed by the team carrying the man from the field and then handing him over to the ambulance service.
After all the teams were back at the Team Base the High Sheriff took the opportunity to thank them all for the service they provide to the Cumbrian community and to visitors that come here. He praised them as volunteers who are on call 24/7, undertake training for almost every potential incident and also need to raise the money that keeps the base operating. As a way of demonstrating his appreciation and that of the community he presented a High Sheriffs Award Certificate to the Team. 

August 4th - BAE Systems Barrow
It isn't everyday that you are given the opportunity to visit one of the UK's premier defence industrial plants and see for yourself the world class workmanship of our Cumbrian workforce.
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner overran on time because of the level of interest they had in the intricate process of the construction of Astute Class Submarines. They also had the opportunity to see the enabling works that are taking place for "Successor" the replacement to the Vanguard Class nuclear submarines that BAE expect to start building shortly.


July 2015

July 28th - Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team
Sam Rayner the High Sheriff of Cumbria joined the team for a routine training exercise.
Following the exercise he presented the team with a High Sheriffs Award on behalf of the people of Cumbria for the services they provide as volunteers in rescue services.


The High Sheriff in a team Land Rover.


Tthe Duddon & Furness Team after the exercise.

July 29th - Cumbria Police HQ
The Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Mr Richard Rhodes invited Mr & Mrs Rayner to attend the launch of the new Cumbria wide major town CCTV launch. The High Sheriff was given a demonstration of the system and its potential for crime prevention and detection and he was very impressed with the quality of image as well as the control that the Head Quarters Control Room operator has of the system. 

July 24th - Princess Trust Barrow
The High Sheriff had the privilege of presenting awards to 12 young people who had completed a 12-week Princess Trust Course. This is designed to help them into employment and to prove the point 3 of them had already received offers for full time employment.



July 21st - Royal Visit in Carlisle HRH Princess Royal 
The Princes Royal arrived at the NSPCC retail outlet in Carlisle and was greeted by the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner
The photograph shows The High Sheriff with the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet Colour Sergeant Johns.



July 15th - Visit by HRH Princess Alexander
Princess Alexander visited the Peace Garden at St Cuthbert's Church Carlisle and then the Military Museum at Carlisle Castle. If you haven't been to the Museum it is well worth a visit as it takes you through the history of the Border Regiment.


The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Claire Hensman, Princess Alexander, High Sheriff of Cumbria, 
Mrs Judy Rayner and HLF representative Humphrey Welfare.


July 14th - University of Cumbria Graduation Ceremony
The University Graduation and Awards Ceremony was conducted in Carlisle Cathedral and the High Sheriff and his wife were in attendance.

July 14th - Woman's Community Matters, Barrow-in-Furness
The High Sheriff and Mrs Judy Rayner visited Rebecca Rawlings the manager and founder of the centre. The website describes their aim as "to celebrate everything that makes a woman a woman. We are a one stop shop for women's specific services and are unique in the Furness area." I would confirm that this is exactly what they say and do. The centre is right in the heart of Barrow and a discrete doorway leads up into a series of rooms that provide private and public space. Other facilities including a clothes store for women, men and children. The centre is a shining example of how a small group can play a massive role in the community.

July 10th - Brathay Trust
The High Sheriff and Brathay Trust had organised and found sponsorship for a new event at Brathay entitled "World of Work". They had invited young people who were concerned about, or experiencing difficulties in, gaining employment with over 250 attending the event. During the course of the day the young people were exposed to a variety of employment experiences and being based at Brathay allowed them to make use of some of the outdoor facilities that help to build self confidence. The event was sponsored by Westmorland Limited, Story Homes, English Lakes Hotels, Siemens and NRL with a host of Cumbrian companies providing work related challenges.


The High Sheriff with a team from Stobart Rail who provided one of the work related challenges.

July 9th - Brathay Hall, Ambleside
The High Sheriff and Mrs Judy Rayner hosted a drinks reception in the grounds of Brathay Hall. Apart from a very enjoyable evening it was also an opportunity to make Civic Dignitaries, Cumbrian Business leaders and guests more aware of the facilities at Brathay and work the Trust undertakes with both adults and young people.


The High Sheriff and his family at the event.

July 6th - Cumbria Police Headquarters
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner enjoyed a very interesting and engaging tour of the Cumbria HQ and met with Chief Constable Jerry Graham.

The visit allowed them to see and hear first hand about the firearms unit, traffic patrols, new CCTV cameras, dog section, central control room and awareness of some of the challenges facing the Force in Cumbria as the latest round of budget cuts takes effect.

July 5th - Kendal Civic Sunday
A marvellous turnout from our young people for the Parade. The High Sheriff of Cumbria and Brigadier Rafferty joined the Mayor of Kendal – Cllr Chris Hogg on the dais to take the salute. The Kendal Sea Cadet Band lead the Parade – see photos. The Church Service held at Kendal Parish Church included prayers read by our local youth, cadet groups and the Head Boy & Head Girl form Kirkbie Kendal School. A wonderful rousing performance from the Lakes Gospel Choir. There was a fantastic turnout from Visiting Mayors and Chairs, dignitaries and all the voluntary groups and organisations that attend each year to make this a special day for the Mayor and the Town of Kendal.



July 2nd - Citizenship Ceremony Lady Gifford House, Carlisle
The High Sheriff attended as the Civic Dignitary and spoke to the new citizens about Cumbria and welcomed them to our County as their home and also as new citizens of the United Kingdom.



June 2015

June 30th - Lakes School Windermere
The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner attended the Lakes School Schools Fantasia of Dance which was a brilliant series of performances by a host of local primary school children and the pupils of Windermere Lakes School.

June 29th - Kendal Foyer
The High Sheriff of Cumbria and the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria Mrs Claire Hensman had invited local business owners to a reception at the Kendal Foyer. They were delighted with the attendance and the support that was offered to the residents of the centre by the business community. Mike Muir the CEO of Impact Housing that built and operates The Kendal Foyer spoke about the young people they help and the need for mentors and practical work experience to assist them in getting into employment. One of the past residents delivered a very personal account of her experience of how the Foyer had helped her get into work following a period of being homeless.

June 27th - Kendal Lads and Girls Club
On the 50th anniversary of the founding of Kendal Lads club the High Sheriff joined founder Youth Leader Brian Ferguson in planting a tree. Sam then accepted the challenge of participating in activities in the Skate Board park!





June 26th - Wheelie Bin Challenge
On Friday June 26th the High Sheriff and the Mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie started the Wheelie Bin Challenge to raise awareness of the North Lakes Food Bank.
The sponsored teams pushed the specially adapted bins from Egremont to Cockermouth and stopped off at Schools along the way. 


Mike Starkie and Sam Rayner starting the challenge.


The High Sheriff Sam Rayner pushing the Cumbria Community Foundation Wheeleie Bin through Whitehaven.


Students of the West Lakes Academy School with tables full of donations for the food bank.

June 21st - Barrow Civic Sunday
A short procession with the Civic party from the Town Hall accompanied by a substantial number of groups representing the community of Barrow with the Sea Cadets Band leading the way. A service in the Catholic Church followed and a procession back to the Town Hall with entertainment from 2 choirs and a talk by Rebecca Rawlings Woman's Community Matters.


The High Sheriff with the Town Crier.

June 17th - House of Lords with Sunbeams for a charity fundraising dinner with Lord Archer
Sunbeams Music Trust is a charity from Cumbria that helps disadvantaged individuals improve their quality of life and self-esteem through the creative freedom of music. Lord Archer had kindly agreed to host the dinner and to conduct the auction to raise money for Sunbeams. The High Sheriff of Cumbria had to obtain special permission from the High Sheriff of London to wear his Court Dress in London and also permission from Black Rod to carry his sword into the House of Lords. The photograph shows the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner with Annie Mawson MBE, the founder and Chief Executive of Sunbeams, on the veranda outside the House of Lords. A very well attended dinner with very generous bidding that raised money for Sunbeams which is especially needed as they are in the middle of building a new centre just west of Penrith. This new centre will be their National Centre costing nearly £2m of which 2/3rds has already been raised, so there is still a lot more to find alongside everyday running costs.



June 14th - Ulverston Civic Sunday
The High Sheriff paraded with the Mayor of Ulverston Dr Bhareth Rajan and other dignitaries from the Furness area and attended a service to celebrate the forthcoming year of the new Mayor.

June 12th - Princess Trust Barrow 
I attended the mid course awards for 12 young people at the Barrow Island Rugby League Club. The Princess Trust course is a 12 week training and work experience program run by Furness College. The 12 young people had completed 6 weeks of the course and had also just handed over the refurbished changing rooms at the club, which was a community project. I presented awards with the Mayor of Barrow Ann Thompson and agreed with students I would attend their final awards event in my Court Dress.

June 9th - Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team
The High Sheriff and Judy attended a routine training evening for the team and had a tour of their base. The High Sheriff spoke to the team at the end of the evening to praise them for the work they do as volunteers attending to rescues with an even greater frequency that approaches almost daily calls in the summer. He added that it is not only their mountaineering skills that are called upon but also the level of training they undertake that almost makes them mountaineering paramedics. Adding in that fundraising is also an essential part of their remit as they are dependent upon donations. The High Sheriff also presented them with a High Sheriffs Award for their services to the community.



June 9th - Wigton Auction Mart
The photograph shows the High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner greeting the Countess of Wessex at Wigton Auction Mart. This was a glorious day with a large number of primary school children to greet the Countess who after a tour of the auction mart took control of the auction ring and sold a pen of sheep.



June 8th - Workington Magistrates Court
Presentation of a Court Award by the High Sheriff to a lady who intervened in a sexual attack on a young girl and prevented the offender from committing an even graver crime than he committed.
The recipient requested no publicity.

June 5th - Lakeside YMCA
The High Sheriff of Cheshire Mr Bill Holroyd CBE and founder member of On-Side visited the Lakeside YMCA at the invitation of Sam Rayner. The Lakeside YMCA have obtained planning permission for a complete re-building of the site and apart from requiring £5.2 million for the first phase they are seeking more partnerships with other organisations that work with young people as well as raising the capital for the project. The meeting produced some opportunities for potential sharing of facilities to help young people from mainly outside of Cumbria access the facilities at Lakeside.


May 2015

May 28th - Magna Carta Exhibition
The High Sheriff and his wife attended the pre-view of the Magna Carta Exhibition at the British Library in London. 

May 27th - Carlisle Court Awards
HHJ Paul Batty and the High Sheriff of Cumbria presented 3 Court Awards for outstanding bravery and assisting in the apprehension of offenders.

The photograph of the High Sheriff and the lady with the mop is Mrs Sharkey who stopped a young man from stealing from the shop till by bashing him over the head with a mop.

The second photograph shows Mr & Mrs Musson who were enjoying a family meal out in a restaurant when one of their children noticed a young man being beaten up, and they intervened in stopping what was already a very serious assault.

In both of these cases the offenders received custodial sentences.





May 26th - Wigton

The High Sheriff joined past Mayor of Wigton Paul Radcliffe on a tour of the town to see some of the community work being undertaken.

The first visit was to see Dennis and Kath Graham at the Wigton Recycling Centre which illustrated how what is one person is waste is another persons asset. I would single out the paint shop as a good illustration of how you can get value from waste. The paint shop sells off partly used tins of paint which would otherwise be tipped. 

Just across the yard is a small industrial unit used by North Allerdale Development Trust and they operate Up-Cycle from here. This is a furniture restoration project providing training to unemployed young people. 

We then went to the old Methodist church and ventured over to see Mike & Sandra at what will be the Wigton Computer and Heritage Museum. This is in the very early stages of renovation and will then be followed by the preparation of displays of Mike's large collection of computers and accessories. You can see the vision for the museum, but it will be many months of work and fund raising before they open to the public. 

Dennis Graham then took me along the road to the John Peel Theatre. I received a tour from a small group of students who were preparing for a forthcoming performance. The Theatre had recently received a small grant for some much needed renovation work and they were very pleased with the outcome. It was great to see the level of enthusiasm amongst all of the team and they are hoping that the recent run of full houses will continue.

My final stop was at Wigton Boxing Club to see Andi and what a thriving club he runs. He is so passionate about his boxing and you can't help but share his enthusiasm as loads of his members, both male and female, pour in for an evening training session. Like a lot of clubs he runs it all on a shoe string and is in need of financial support to keep the club going.

A great day in Wigton.



The High Sheriff and Mrs Rayner were invited for a tour of the Innovia Films facility in Wigton.

I had no idea of the scale of this world class facility and global research and development centre, it is so impressive. The future is also looking bright as Innovia are very close to completing the new high security building for the production of the "substrate" (material to you and I) for the new £5 & £10 notes. It is a great joy to see a company like this keeping its heart in Cumbria and investing in the future for the plant.





May 22nd - Caldbeck Flower Festival
As I had never been to Caldbeck before it was an enjoyable excursion anyway to this corner of the Lake District National Park and what a joy it was. But the flower festival was a brilliant display of quality and creativity. The community had put on a magical series of displays both inside and outside the church.



May 21st - Official opening of Kendal Peace Garden at Abbots Hall Park Kendal
In the Abbott Hall Park the Mayor of Kendal Tom Clare officially opened the Kendal Peace Garden to commemorate the end of the First World War. The garden had been designed by Stephenson Halliday and most of the work was completed by Continental Landscapes and Horticare. At the centre of the garden is a 4 metre tall carved oak post that was commissioned through Kendal College and completed by their students and erected on VE Day. It was also fortunate that two of the towns that are twinned with Kendal were on an official visit to the town. The Mayor of Killarney Cllr Joe Culloty and the Mayor of Rinteln Thomas Priemer attended the ceremony.
It was unfortunate that the High Sheriff was unable to attend the Kendal Mayor making that evening due to a prior commitment.


Mayor of Killarney Cllr. Joe Culloty, Mayor of Kendal Tom Clare, High Sheriff of Cumbria Sam Rayner, Mayor of Rinteln Thomas Priemer.

May 14th - On exercise with Coniston Mountain Rescue
I accompanied Coniston Mountain Rescue team on a training exercise. For the team this was a routine training night on the fell, but for me it was a great opportunity to see them simulating a search and rescue operation. The team had two search dogs out on the evening who saved the team so much leg work covering acres of ground in a matter of moments. Once the dogs with handlers had found the casualty the rest of the team came up with all the kit from slightly lower down. It was only a matter of moments before the situation had been assessed, medical attention provided and the recovery of the casualty was planned. A lot of kit was taken up the mountain including, medical equipment, gas and air, stretcher, ropes and a rather nifty body blanket. When this was wrapped around the casualty, the air was pumped out it became a complete body splint and the person could be lifted onto the stretcher. It also helped to protect the casualty as they were being moved off the mountain in a stretcher.
Afterwards in the CMRT base I presented a High Sheriffs award to Coniston Mountain Rescue on behalf of the Community.








April 2015

April 25th - Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate AGM & Conference Penrith
Opening of the ICWCI (Institute of Clerks of Works & Construction Inspectorate AGM and Conference at North Lakes Hotel Penrith. I asked to welcome everyone on behalf of Cumbria and officially open the conference, and congratulate Neil Dickinson from Kendal who would be installed as National President later in the day. 


Mike Readman Chairman of Cumbria & Lancs., Sam Rayner and Ian Carey President of ICWCI.

April 23rd - St Georges Day Parade with Reivers Scouts and dignitaries
The High Sheriff paraded with the Mayor of Carlisle and a very large contingent of Reivers Scouts from the Civic Centre to Hardwick Circus. The Head Verger of Carlisle Cathedral James Armstrong gave an inspirational and fun address to the scouts but it was also enjoyed by all of the crowd.
Cumbria Commissioner Matthew Canwell then presented a number of awards to Scout Leaders accompanied by the High Sheriff and the Mayor of Carlisle. Afterwards the scouts and guests enjoyed refreshments at the Civic Centre. 


High Sheriff of Cumbria Sam Rayner, Reivers Scout flag bearer , Mayor of Carlisle Steven Bowditch.

April 22nd - Cumbria Scouts Annual Awards Ceremony Ulverston Coronation Hall
I had the privilege of presenting a large number of awards to the Cumbria Scouts. It was a great opportunity for me to relate my own experiences as a Queens Scout and the positive influence it has had on my life as a whole. Also fantastic to see so many Cumbria Scouts achieving the highest award in scouting, the Queens Scout Award. I also heard about the forthcoming Jamboree in Japan and that 18 Cumbria Scouts have raised 10's of thousands of pounds so they can go, but they also sponsor a contingent from Botswana.


Sam Rayner and two Cumbrian Scouts who received awards, Tim Leader Chairman of Cumbria Scouts and Matthew Canwell, Cumbria Commissioner.

April 21st - Visit to Siemens Subsea Ulverston
Judy and I visited Siemens Subsea and were taken on a tour of the facility by Calvin Cain one of a number of apprentices on the site that we came to hear about. This was a very interesting tour as we had no idea what was being produced at the plant. They make special connectors for data and power that are used thousands of feet down under the sea to connect oil and gas platforms.


Colin Kendal Training Manager to the apprentices, Sam Rayner High Sheriff, Mrs Judy Rayner and Calvin Cain.

April 18th - Freedom of the Town for 2223 ATC Squadron Ulverston
The High Sheriff paraded with the Mayor of Ulverston and the Town Band for the Ulverston ATC to be presented with the freedom of the Town. It was a glorious April Day and following the march into the town centre a wreath was laid at the memorial by the Mayor, High Sheriff and the ATC. The Mayor made a short speech and then presented a certificate to Wing Squadron Leader Ray Browns and Flight Lieutenant Mrs Elizabeth Parker, granting the ATC freedom of the town.


High Sheriff of Cumbria and Ulverston Town Crier Peter Winston.


Displaying their Freedom of Ulverston Certificate for 2223 Squadron Ulverston Air Training Corps. L to R Flight Lieutenant Mrs Elizabeth Parker, High Sheriff of Cumbria, Wing Squadron Leader Ray Browns, Reverend Alan Bing ATC padre, Mayor of Ulverston Councillor Hazel Irving.

April 4th - High Sheriff presents his award to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team. 
Sam Rayner High Sheriff presenting an award of appreciation to Adrian Cottrell Team Leader of Kirby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team. The High Sheriff visited KSMRT during an open day. He praised the team for their volunteering and turning out for rescues in often the most appalling weather conditions.




April 1st 2015 - Visit by Prince Charles to Cumbria 
Sam Rayner High Sheriff of Cumbria greeting Prince Charles at Rheged near Penrith. Prince Charles visited Cumbria's Herdwick Project and met young farmers. He then travelled to Crooklands to the Westmorland County Showground and visited a series of exhibits related to rural life and farming. Before leaving he presented awards on behalf of the Dry Stone Walling Association and unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit. His third visit of the day was to Peter Hall & Son Furniture makers in Staveley.




March 2015

March 31st 2015 - Installation of the new High Sheriff of Cumbria at Kendal Town Hall
The Installation ceremony for the new High Sheriff of Cumbria took place at Kendal Town Hall on March 31st 2015. This was the first time the Declaration has been heard in Kendal and the venue also allowed a larger than usual guest list which included representatives from Scouts, Girl Guides, Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Mountain Rescue, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Rotary, Lions Club, to mention a few.


The Shrieval party outside the Kendal Town Hall. From left to right, Stephen Baker JP (the Presiding Magistrate), Tony Fitch (Under Sheriff of Westmorland), Martyn Hart (outgoing High Sheriff), His Honour Judge T Lancaster (Presiding Judge), Claire Hensman (Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria), Sam Rayner (High Sheriff), Richard Mathews (Kendal Town Crier), Tim Cartmell (Under Sheriff of Cumberland).


Richard Matthews Kendal Town Crier and Sam Rayner High Sheriff.


Claire Hensman Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, His Honour Judge T Lancaster, Sam Rayner High Sheriff.



The Rayner family after the Installation of Sam Rayner as High Sheriff of Cumbria.Daughter Becky, Son Ben, Sam, Son Matthew and Judy his wife.


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