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September 2017

September 30 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill joined other dignatories to listen to a 'musical spectacular' by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) at the Philharmonic Hall. A wonderful performance enjoyed by all.

September 23 2017

The High Sheriff joined the Police Cadets at Headquarters to receive a cheque for funds raised from the cadets sponsored walk on the Wirral Way which took place in June.  The cadets were raising funds for the High Sheriff and Police Constable's Trust which distributes funds to worthy causes in Merseyside.  The High Sheriff inspected the cadets and complimented them on their immaculate appearance and thanked them for their support.

September 22 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Home-Start Southport and Formby to attend their AGM and speak to the volunteers and staff.  Stephen complimented Home-Start on the wonderful support the volunteers offer to parents who are struggling to cope with day to day life.  The volunteers visit familites at home to help build their strength so that they learn to cope again and manage their own lives.  Home-Start is meeting a real need in the area.

September 14 2017

Merseyside was delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Cambridge when he visited Aintree University Hospital to open the Urgent Care and Trauma Centre, The Life Rooms of Walton, and Guinea Gap Leisure Centre, Wallasey.  Children lining the streets to wave flags were delighted when the Prince stopped to speak to them and accept gifts for the Duchess of Cambridge.

September 7 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Altar Training Camp.  Our host, Camp Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Black showed us around the camp to see the fantastic facilities they have available for all the armed forces and cadets as well as visitors from the private sector.  We witnessed the rifle range in action and the wonderful addition of 'Code's Retreat', an area housing 4 pods which will provide Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel accommodation where they can sleep,  relax, enjoy the scenery and chat to staff and military personnel conducting training in the hope this will aid their recovery.

September 6 2017

A wonderful day was spent visiting the Liverpool Seafarers Centre.  The Centre is equipped to ensure the needs of seafarers are met while they are in port and the dedication and support provided by the staff and volunteers is outstanding.  From the Centre we were transported to the port and were welcomed on board the vessel SBI Hera to look around the ship and meet some of the seafarers, most of whom had been at sea for 9 months.  They were most grateful for the opportunity to visit the Seafarers Centre for some much needed time off the ship.

The following day saw us at the Seafarers centre again where the staff and volunteers hosted an afternoon tea for the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Lorna Muirhead to mark her retirement.  The High Sheriff joined Dame Lorna in opening a new area at the Centre which will provide an outside sanctuary where the seafarers can feel at home during their short time in port.

August 2017

August 30 2017

The High Sheriff was invited to present certificates on behalf of the National Citizen Service.  The service is an opportunity open to 15-17 year olds which helps build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges and making new friends.  The young people have a 5 day residential stay away from home involving outward bound activities and they complete a two week social action project which they plan and deliver themselves in the community.  The young people had clearly benefitted from the Programme and were thrilled to receive their awards.

August 17 2017

The High Sheriff of Lancashire invited the High Sheriffs and partners from Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Cheshire for a tour of Lancaster Castle.  Our guided tour included the underground pit where the Pendle Witches were held, the medieval stone cells and the modern day Pentonville style prison which was in active service until 2011.  The Castle is also home to one of the oldest, longest sitting Crown Courts in the Country where cases are still tried today.  From the Castle we traveled to the High Sheriff of Lancaster's home where we were treated to a lovely lunch.

April 13 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill joined the Lord Lieutenant and other guests and volunteers to present the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the Heswall Disabled Children's Holiday Fund.  The residential Centre which is situated in Barstondale, Wirral provides disabled children with a weeks holiday in a secure environment where they can experience a variety of team building pursuits and activities, socialise and make lasting friendships while also allowing their parents a period of respite.  The High Sheriff commended the volunteers for their support and commitment and congratulated them in achieving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

August 3 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill attended an awards evening at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters.  Staff at the Headquarters help to deliver the Prince's Trust Team Programme on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Service.  The Team Programme is a 12 week personal development programme, designed to help young adults improve their employability, teamwork and community skills.  The awards were to celebrate the achievement of 11 young people who have completed the most recent course.

July 2017

July 19 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Lister Infant School in Liverpool to present awards to the graduating Year 2 children. The pupils conducted an assembly which was full of songs, poems and memories. The children wore caps and gowns made for the occasion by one of the parents. The children have now graduated to the Junior School and hopefully they will have many more graduations during their school and university career.

July 10 2017

Stephen and Gill joined The High Sheriff of Manchester and his wife when they entertained High Sheriffs and their wives from Cheshire, Cumbria, and Lancashire and representatives from The Duchy of Lancaster. A wonderful meal at The High Sheriff of Manchester's restaurant, Yang Sing Cathay.

July 1 2017

The High Sheriff joined 50 Police Cadets as they embarked on a sponsored walk along the Wirral Way starting from Thurstaston and finishing at Hooton Station. The funds raised will benefit the Merseyside Police and High Sheriff's Charitable Trust which in turn will be distributed throughout the year to young people and worthwhile benevolent ventures across Merseyside. The walk was approximately 10 miles and enjoyed by all.

June 2017

June 28 2017

Stephen and Gill joined the Lord Lieutenant and other Dignitaries at Liverpool Cathedral to join in a moving service for the War Widows Association of Great Britain.

June 23 2017

This year Liverpool hosted the National Armed Forces Day and on 23 June HRH The Earl of Wessex attended various events in the region - Mariners Park, Wallasey to open the Seafarers UK Centenary Wing Accommodation Hub, Everton in the Community People's Hub, Brunswick Youth and Community Centre and a celebration to mark the 300th Anniversary of the Bluecoat. An evening Reception was hosted on board HMS Iron Duke at the Cruise Liner Terminal, Liverpool.

June 24 2017
Armed Forces celebrations continued in Liverpool with a march past parade viewed from a saluting dias on Princess Parade. Thereafter HRH, the Prime Minister and other guests were invited to view the various military stands on the waterfront before their departure.

The Armed Forces weekend concluded with the Church service entitled 'People of Faith Serving the Nation' at St Nicholas Church.

June 22 2017
The High Sheriff and Gill attended a Charity Golf Event at Kinross in Scotland in support of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity. The Captain and Senior Officers of HMS Prince of Wales were also in attendance.

June 16 2017
On June 16 the Signing of the Roll took place at Liverpool QE11 Law Courts. The traditional ceremony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant and other dignatories, the Judiciary, past High Sheriffs and friends and family of the High Sheriff.

Later that day the High Sheriff and Gill visited the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. Stephen congratulated the team on the wonderful rehabilitation work which they do enabling people to function more independently and encouraging them to participate in as many of their previous roles and activities as possible, while at the same time developing their lives as they choose.

June 8 2017
Stephen and Gill attended the Merseyside Mini Police Launch Event at Millbrook Community Primary School. The Mini Police Project is an interactive volunteering opportunity to engage with 9-11 year old children through their school. They are involved in a number of extra-curricular events to support their school and are true ambassadors for the School, Community and Merseyside Police. 50 children have already joined the Programme from other schools and 10 new recruits were welcomed from Millbrook. A police helicopter landed on the school fields and the children were able to view other police assets including the Police Mounted Division and motorcycles.

Stephen and Gill attended the Centre in Wirral where the results of the General Election for Wirral South and Wirral West were being counted. As the Returning Officer the High Sheriff announced the results at 2.30 am on June 9

June 7 2017
Stephen attended the SeftonCarers Centre to present awards to volunteers. The High Sheriff congratulated Vicky Keeley, the Services Support Manager and her teams on the work and wonderful efforts on the part of all the Volunteers.

May 2017

May 25 2017
On May 25 the Sheriffs of the City of London hosted a reception for all the High Sheriffs in England and Wales at the Old Bailey. The evening provided an opportunity to meet other High Sheriffs and Alderman William Russell gave an interesting talk on the history of the Old Bailey.

May 11 2017
On May 11 the High Sheriff joined the Lord Lieutenant and Vice Lord Lieutenant to present the British Empire Medals. The Honours System recognizes people who have made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.

May 6 2017
May 6 Stephen was invited to attend a dinner to present awards to 2359 (Woolton) Squadron Air Cadets. The Cadets were most impressive in their uniforms with obvious dedication to their role and most definitely lived up to their moto ‘Success Through Endeavour’


April 2017

April 27 2017
On April 28 the High Sheriff presented the awards at the Police Commendation Ceremony at Aintree Racecourse. This ceremony recognizes the exceptional work of our police officers and their commitment in the performance of their duty in going the extra mile in supporting the public and ensuring their safety.

April 27 2017
April 27 saw the High Sheriff joining the Mayor and other dignitaries on a tour of the Borough of Knowsley. Of particular interest was a visit to Halewood International Ltd to tour the distillery where Liverpool Gin is produced. In the afternoon a visit to the Foodbank in Knowsley highlighted the valuable work involved in ensuring that the needs of the community are met.

April 26 2017
On April 26 the High Sheriff attended the HMS Prince of Wales Affiliates Day in Rosyth. The day was cold and wet but an amazing experience touring this new aircraft carrier which is scheduled to be named in September. The ship is affiliated to Liverpool where Cammell Laird completed the Centre Blocks (Flight Deck) for HMS Prince of Wales and the photograph was taken on the Flight Deck.

April 20 2017
Stephen Burrows, Chairman of Law Firm Brabners has been officially installed as the High Sheriff of Merseyside for 2017/18. Mr Burrows officially began his year of office in a ceremony in the St George’s Hall, Liverpool. He was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in March. Stephen said 
I feel very honoured and privileged to be appointed High Sheriff of Merseyside and I intend to spend as much time as possible visiting and supporting many causes in Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton.”

High Sheriff of Merseyside Stephen Burrows with his wife Gill, pictured after his Installation ceremony on Thursday 20th April 2017. 

Following the Ceremony in the Concert Room, lunch was served in the Great Hall where the famous Minton Tiled flooring was unveiled.

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