The historic Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London made a splendid backdrop to the annual general meeting of the High Sheriffs’ Association as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Last year, the HSA held the AGM online. But this year, 220 High Sheriffs from England and Wales and their consorts, including Dr Llewelyn and her husband, were able to attend the AGM and lunch in person.
The consorts, including Dr Llewelyn’s husband, enjoyed a talk about the global role of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the City’s 12 famous livery companies, and its history. They discovered that the word ‘hallmark’ comes from gold being stamped with the crowned leopard’s head at the assay office in the Hall in 1478.
At the AGM lunch, the High Sheriffs were read a letter from the Queen. Her Majesty said she recognised the value of their role and thanked them for their work. Then Dr Llewelyn took the opportunity to meet as many fellow High Sheriffs as she could.
Dr Llewelyn said: “It was great to share notes on how our year is going. I shared the digital system we have devised to post on this website and social media, which the High Sheriffs I met were all interested in hearing about.”