Welcome to the website of the High Sheriff of Surrey. Here you can keep in touch with the ongoing work of the High Sheriff throughout the Shrieval year and learn about the role of an appointment that goes back to before the Norman conquest. It will feature details of each High Sheriff's focus areas and galleries of images taken at the events attended and of projects supported. Dr Julie Llewelyn, is Surrey's High Sheriff for the year 2021-22. Whilst the post is a very traditional and ancient one it is important to embrace modern technology to help raise awareness of the vital work undertaken to improve and enhance our county.
Join the Dots Together
The first recorded High Sheriff of Surrey was In 1066 and since then the role has evolved through plague, wars, huge upheavals of all kind and pandemics. Long gone are the law enforcing, tax collecting strongmen of old and, as Surrey emerges from the ravages caused by Covid 19, I feel hugely privileged to take on the ‘softer power’ of the modern day High Sheriff. The ability to support, say thank you, convene and connect: or as I like to say, ‘join the dots together’ bringing people together to share professional and personal experiences, one of those things that makes life better.
Every Child Included
My theme for the year will be ‘Every child included’ with the focus on education. In Surrey each and every school week of each and every school year, 2 or 3 children reach the very end of their mainstream education journey. They are permanently excluded from school. Our most vulnerable children are most likely to be permanently excluded and the pipeline out of mainstream education is also a pipeline out of mainstream society and into antisocial behaviour, offending, involvement in ‘county lines’ and, all too often, a place in one of the county’s prisons. These children are usually very well know by the people, services and organisations I have promised to support as High Sheriff, including the Judiciary, police, probation and prison services, emergency services and many charities. I will work to ‘join the dots’ bringing together all those involved to develop the solutions that Surrey needs and then support those responsible for implementation.
The High Sheriff Youth Awards, which provides vital funding to local charities helping young people, will continue to play an important part in the Shrieval Year and is a key part of my support for the ‘third sector’. During the pandemic Surrey’s charities have been an absolute lifeline for so many people and as High Sheriff I very much look forward to helping a very broad range of charities all across the county.
It has been a difficult 12 months and we all need to feel supported and respected for who and what we are, as we start to ‘join the dots’ again by reconnecting with friends, family, colleagues and our communities. This fits very well with the 2021-2022 High Sheriff ‘job description’ and so, once again, this ancient role has come of age and I will make the very most of this opportunity for Surrey.
to everyone who helped to provide food in Surrey during the Pandemic - many people, food banks and organisations who stepped up to the plate when needed. The Lord Lieutenant and I thank you on behalf of everyone in the County.
High Sheriff Youth Awards Celebration 2021
The 2021 High Sheriff Youth Awards Annual Celebration (HSYA) was held as a virtual event on the evening of 23 March, generously hosted and managed by the University of Surrey. Some 10 groups from across the County, who had all received HSYA awards, were showcased in recordings highlighting the scope of the projects and the benefits gained by young people who were able to participate. The event, which was compered by Asad Ahmad the well-known BBC presenter, included live appearances from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey – Mr Michael More-Molyneux, the High Sheriff of Surrey – Mr Shahid Azeem and Chairman of HSYA, Mr Peter Lee and a number of group leaders. Joining the online event were the Chairman of Surrey County Council, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and distinguished guests from all Boroughs and Districts, in addition to many young people involved in the projects together with their families and friends. During his welcome, the High Sheriff of Surrey praised the groups and project organisers for their achievements, which were even more impressive given the difficulties experienced by all groups over the past twelve months and the need for the groups to work within very challenging Covid-19 restrictions and limitations. He thanked the University of Surrey and the Events Team for their outstanding support. He stressed that HSYA were very much open for business and able to make awards to groups following a successful application. This Year £50,843 was provided for these groups and around £500,00 over the past ten years.