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April 18 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill attended the National Crimebeat Awards ceremony in London. Allsopp School, Liverpool's submission - FAITH 2017 was awarded a finalists place and the High Sheriff was there to support the young people who also had a 7 minute presentation to do on the day. We were delighted that FAITH 2017 was awarded a second place and their medals and certificate were presented by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. After the ceremony and lunch the participants in the ceremony were taken on a bus tour around London and a trip on the London Eye. A wonderful result and a fitting end to the High Sheriff's year in office.

April 13 2018

The High Sheriff held an afternoon tea for recipients of his High Sheriff Awards which included volunteers, teachers, heads of charities, the High Sheriff's police cadets and many more.  The High Sheriff said 'Each and every one of you are my unsung heroes and you should feel justly proud of the wonderful work which you do'  Everyone enjoyed tea, cakes and a glass of bubly and an opportunity to chat to each other about the roles they have in Merseyside.

April 11 2018

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool hosted an Away Day where guests were taken to the Liverpool War Museum where commanders, WRNS and WAAF personnel worked day and night in the map room - the nerve centre olf the Battle of the Atlantic. We were also taken to the top of the Liver Building, Liverpool for an amazing view of the City.


April 9 2018

The High Sheriff held his final fundraiser of the year at Everton Football Club.  A wonderful response from Past High Sheriffs, DL's and the Business Community of Liverpool - 187 attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal, a music interlude with the Voices of Hope Choir and a presentation from Capt Booker on the docking of The Three Queens at Liverpool.  An auction and a raffle took place with all proceeds from the evening to benefit 'The High Sheriff and Chief Constable's Fund'

April 6 2018

The High Sheriff visited the Headquarters of the North West Ambulance Service to hear and witness the wonderful work which the team carry out in the community.
It was an enlightening visit to this very busy operation.  It remains a very challenging time for the ambulance service in general and the tour was a great insight into understanding what happens behind the scenes where there is such marvel taking place by these unsung heroes.

April 4 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill hosted 'A Day in Merseyside' for the High Sheriffs from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire.  David Cam the Under Sheriff for the County Palantine of Lancaster was also in attendance.  Guests were treated to a tour of the China's First Emperor and the Terracota Warriors Exhibition in Liverpool followed by a visit to Cammell Laird in the Wirral for a tour of the RRS Sir David Attenborough Polar Research Ship.  We all then returned to the High Sheriff's home for lunch and a glass of bubbly.

March 22 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Allsop High School, Liverpool.  The School were part of the National Crimebeat Awards for 2018 and their submission named Faith 2017 was picked to represent Merseyside at the Crimebeat National Finals in London on 18 April.  The High Sheriff met the young people who would be representing their School in London and wished them good luck - he told them that he would also be travelling to London to support them.  We were given a tour of the school including the 6th form hub where students have their own cafeteria and study area.  We wish the School all the best in London!

March 15 2018

The High Sheriff visited The Living Well in St Helens.  The centre is an extension of Willowbrook Hospice and offers support and care to patients and their families.  The fundraising department for the Hospice is located here and the High Sheriff spoke to a number of the staff working hard to raise funds for the Hospice. 

March 14 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill were delighted to attend the Police Cadets Final Award Ceremony.  Stephen has very much enjoyed working with the Cadets over the past year and has tried to attend as many of their Saturday morning sessions as possible.  The programme equips the Cadets with skills that make communities safer and stronger and those skills will also stand them in good stead as they continue their transition to young adults.

February 14 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill visited the premature baby unit at Arrowe Park Hospital.  The unit provides life saving care for sick or premature babies.  The Charity IncuBabies was set up by several local ladies dedicated to raising money for Wirral's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  We also visited Ronald MacDonald House which is situated inside the hospital itself.  The unit provides respite for families seconds from their sick child's bed, however it is more than just a place to stay - it offers comfort, support and a safe environment where families can interract and share their experiences.

February 5 2018

The High Sheriff joined the Chief Constable and members of the business community for the Merseyside Police launch of 'Regional Hate Crime Awareness Week'
The launch was held at The Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas.  The messages relayed highlighted the need for everybody to be free to live their lives without fear, hatred or intolerance. 

January 2018

January 25 2018

The High Sheriff presented certificates to newly qualified solicitors and barristers in the Liverpool City Region.  Prizes were awarded and Nina Ferris, President of the Liverpool Law Society congratulated those attending for their hard work and dedication.

January 15 2018

The High Sheriff joined the cadets from 2359 Woolton Squadron Air Training Corp at their weekly meeting.  Under the leadership of Flt Lt Phyll Whitfield the organisation providess young people from South Liverpool and the surrounding areas with opportunities to pursue many worthwhile activities both at home and abroad.

December 2017

December 25 2017

The High Sheriff and his wife visited the Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool.  The Centre was started in 1975 to meet the needs of homeless people in Liverpool.  The staff work with people who are sleeing rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation.  The dedicated staff and volunteers provided a wonderful Christmas lunch for 75 homeless people and we were priviledged to join the volunteers and staff to thank them for their hard work in ensuring that homeless people in Liverpool were cared for at Christmas.

December 22 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Tomorrow's Women Wirral to join them at their Christmas party. The Charity is for women aged 18 plus with a commitment to reduce offending and to provide support and assistance to those women who have never entered the Criminal Justice System but who want to make positive lifestyle changes. The women who attend support each other and share skills and experiences.  

December 19, 2017

The High Sheriff joined the Merseyside Police Band and the Police Cadets at Liverpool One during one of the busiest Christmas shopping days to raise funds for the High Sheriff's and Police Constables Fund.  Shoppers were interested to hear of the role of the High Sheriff and the Police Band provided Christmas Carols and
music for everyone.  The public were very generous in their donations to the Fund and appreciative of the wonderful work which the police force do.

December 4 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited PSS (Making Days South).  The Centre provides structured day opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in South Liverpool enabling service users to get the most from their day to day lives. Our visit also took us to Making Days Dutch Farm which is an allotment based near Making Days South.  The allotment is run by the Service Users and supported by the Staff. The allotment is productive making Christmas wreaths for sale and in 2018 the team will be exhibiting at the Southport Flower Show.  

November 2017

November 24 2018

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Gladwys Street School in Knowsley to speak to the children at their assembly.  The children were interested to hear about the role of the High Sheriff and as always the hat and sword are popular topics of conversation.  We were shown around the school by Carla Baker who is Safeguarding/Mentor at the school.

November 19 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill attended the Service of Remembrance for Road Crash victims at St George's Hall in Liverpool. This was a very moving service which included music and poetry.  During the service the names of loved ones who had died or been injured in road crashes was read aloud and following the service candles were laid at the memorial to road crash victims in the gardens at the rear of the Hall.

November 12 2017

The Annual Service of Remembrance was held at St George's Hall, Liverpool.  Wreaths were laid and the Service of Remembrance took place at the Memorial situated outside the Hall.

November 8 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill were delighted to attend the celebrations for Sir Ken Dodd's 90th Birthday at the Town Hall, Liverpool.  Sir Ken and his guests enjoyed a lovely lunch with musical entertainment from the Liverpool Ukelele Orchestra and poems and stories from children at Trinity Primary School and Knotty Ash Primary School.

November 4 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill attended the Far East Prisoner of War Memorial Event at the Repatriation Memorial at The Pier Head Liverpool.  The memorial is significant because it pays tribute to those who survived captivity in the Far East during World War 11.  Liverpool played a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of servicemen, being both the port of embarkation as well as disembarkation from foreign parts.


November 3 2017

The High Sheriff visited Maggies Cancer Centre, Clatterbridge to learn about the wonderful work the Centre do in offering free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.  The Centre is a warm and welcoming place to drop in whenever wanted for as long as is needed.  There is professional staff on hand to offer advice and always a warm cup of tea and a biscuit!


October 2017

October 29 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill made another visit to the Brain Rehabilitation Trust as they celebrated Halloween.  Friends and family of the service users enjoyed spending time together and the staff and volunteers provided a buffet full of tasty halloween treats.

October 25 2017

Stephen and Gill visited Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens.  The Hospice provides inhouse care, a day therapy unit and classes aiming to improve the lives of people who have life threatening conditions.  The use of large windows in the corridors give a feeling of space and light and the wonderful japanese gardens built for the benefit of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers provides a quiet area for relaxation and calm.

October 15 2017

A service to mark the start of the Legal year was held at Liverpool Cathedral.  Judges joined the clergy, invited guests, friends and family for this wonderful service.  Police cadets and cadets from the armed forces provided a guard of honour for the procession.  A day of tradition and ceremony enjoyed by all. 


October 10 2017

The High Sheriff and Gill visited Sanctuary Family Support.  The service offers support for families of substance misusers and the substance misusers themselves.  Support, advise and crisis counselling is offered to develop coping strategies for dealing with difficult or stressful situations.

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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