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11 June 2018 – High Sheriff of Rutland Service, Oakham
Mrs Susan Jarron, High Sheriff of Rutland, held a service to celebrate voluntary work within Rutland, with the Bishop of Peterborough leading the ceremony.  This was a musical evening held at All Saints Church, with some spectacular singing by Katie Marshall and the Uppingham Ladies’ Choir, who were accompanied by the Beauford Wind Quintet.  The charities being supported were Cancer Research UK, Warning Zone and Rotaract Family Support.

June 2018 – “Lord-Lieutenant’s Final Fling”, The Curve, Leicester
This very entertaining evening was devised and written by Dave Andrews and directed by Ed Stagg.  We were treated to a very entertaining evening of music, song, dance and memories in this “This is Your Life”/”Desert Island Discs” event recording Jenny, Lady Gretton’s time as Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. Funds were raised for charities which Lady Gretton had supported throughout her time as Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire since 2003.  She has done an amazing job for the county and will be much missed. 

June 2018 – Court of the Gild of Freemen of the City of Leicester, Annual Service and, Jennifer Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Retirement Ceremony
Sunday is not a day of rest!!  On this Sunday we were on duty for two services, but what a great day it was in the sunshine – I was very glad I had not had my uniform made of thick velvet and felt very sorry for all those in full uniform who suffered in the heat.  The new garden area outside the Cathedral worked so well for the reception after Jenny’s service and looked magnificent with the tents brimming with tea and happiness.

Jennifer Ann Gretton
Baroness Gretton, DStJ, DL, JP
(Photo credit: Leicestershire.gov.uk)

31 May 2018 –  Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
My son, Ben, and I were honoured to be asked to a Garden Party at the Palace. The sun shone, and the gardens looked magnificent. Her Majesty was there with Prince William and various other members of the Royal Family. A wonderful day with a delicious tea – the little chocolate cakes with a crown on the top really amused Ben and I. They were yummy too!!

31 May 2018 – High Sheriffs’ Reception in London
The Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Timothy Hailes and Alderman Neil Redcliffe, entertained all High Sheriffs in the country at a reception in the Grand Hall of the Old Bailey.  We were given a tour of the refurbished Court 1 and, when I sat in the dock, I thought of many who had been there before, eg Oscar Wilde and the Kray twins – a thought-provoking visit. 

(Photo credit: Gretel Ensignia)

25 May 2018 – Leicestershire Police Headquarters Tour and Lunch for the Lord-Lieutenant’s Retirement
I had a fascinating day at the Police Headquarters at Enderby with Sue Jarron, the High Sheriff of Rutland.  We visited all the areas, including firearms, dogs, digital hub and the control room.  The progress and speed with which the force can now collate information in the digital hub was quite remarkable.  The whole headquarters had a very good “family” feel about it and I could not have enjoyed myself more and look forward to re-visiting before the end of the year.  The photograph shows the Chief Constable (Simon Cole) and the Assistant Chief Constable with Sue and me. 

(Photo credit: Leicestershire Police)

24 May 2018 – Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre Dinner
I was asked to support this fund-raising dinner by Gordon Arthur, High Sheriff of Leicestershire 2015/16.  This is one of the oldest charities in our county and Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre in Mablethorpe has been giving underprivileged Leicestershire children free holidays for 120 years.  I would much recommend supporting them in their holiday ventures this year. 

20 May 2018 – 100th Anniversary of the RAF
A parade through Leicester with the Salute being taken by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF, was followed by a choral evensong at Leicester Cathedral to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.  The Chief of the Air Staff gave a moving address to the congregation and spoke fondly of his connections with Leicester as his first posting was in this area.  It was a wonderful day celebrating the rich history of the RAF, including seeing so many veterans on the parade and in the Cathedral. 

11 May 2018 – Lord Mayor’s Dinner
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Rashmikant Joshi, hosted a retirement dinner at Devonshire Place, Leicester, to raise awareness of the work done by the Alzheimer’s Society.  Mr Lloyd Butcher of the Alzheimer’s Society gave us a very informative talk about the disease, research, campaigning and advice and guidance.

(Photo credit: Leicester City Council)

May 2018 – “Warning Zone” Trustees Meeting and Founders’ Reception
As one of my chosen charities, I was invited to a meeting at Warning Zone to discuss future fundraising and to hear about the great strides they are making in covering schools with their new “Roadcrew” campaign.  Warning Zone delivers powerful and entertaining internet safety messages to over 10,000 year 6 students every year. When those students reach year 7 their social circles change beyond recognition, and that also applies to their online life. That’s why a whole new project  has been designed to bring useful advice about using the internet safely and recognising risk directly to schools.  I would urge any of you who have not visited their headquarters at Frog Island to go – it is worth a visit by those of all ages and they are always pleased to meet new volunteers.

May 2018 – Visit by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester
His Royal Highness the Duke of Goucester visited the headquarters of the Royal Airforce Association at Atlas House, which has recently been totally refurbished and is now operational as the RAFA new headquarters.  This modern building allows cost-effective management and continued welfare support for the RAF family.  I was honoured to meet HRH the Duke of Gloucester and also a number of veterans from the assisted living accommodation at Wexford House in Melton Mowbray amongst others.  In addition, I met the President of the Royal Air Forces Association, Air Marshal Sir Baz North KCB OBE MA FRAes, who I am talking to in the photograph below.

Photo credit: Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)

26 April 2018 – Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards Evening and Celebration Dinner
Lord-Lieutenants Young Person of the Year 2018: Kristiana Groza, aged 18 from Ashby de la Zouch
This was a very humbling and inspirational evening.  It was gratifying to see such talent in our county, and also to meet so many young people overcoming adversity and showing such courage and determination.  We were very lucky to sit on a table for dinner with Tom Ryan and his family, and let’s hope we will be there with our Union Jacks when he swims for our country!

Photo credit: Leicestershire County Council

22 April 2018 – Leicester City Scouts St George’s Service & Parade
Over 1,000 Scouts took part in the Service and Parade in Leicester.  The rain held off for the Salute and Parade, which followed an inspiring service and presentations in the Charles Wilson Building.

Photo credit: Leicester Mercury

12 April 2018 – High Sheriff Handover Ceremony
My High Sheriff year started with the handover ceremony at St Martin’s House, Leicester Cathedral, organised by the outgoing High Sheriff, Tim Maxted.  Taking on the role of High Sheriff is a huge honour and Tim Maxted gave a full report on his year.  I responded by setting out the aims I have for my year in office, which will be continuing to support the rural heritage of Leicestershire, as well as becoming involved with those organisations who are working with children and young people who have become disengaged, and sometimes excluded, from the education system. 

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