I would like to pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip and offer my sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness was a great man who was a big supporter of the County of Surrey and will be remembered for his work with young people with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the 992 associations and patronage's he held with a great many charities including, since 1961, the World Wildlife Fund, based here in Surrey, his Military life, work with education and his lifelong service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I had the honour of reading the following words at a special service at Guildford Cathedral on the eve of his funeral:
‘I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.’
(text: Louise Haskins (1875–1958) quoted by King George VI in his Christmas Broadcast, 1939)
May he rest in peace.
Shahid, Azeem, High Sheriff of Surrey 2020-21.
Photos - Andy Newbold
2021 High Sheriff Youth Awards Celebration - Tuesday 23rd March 6.00 -7.00pm- Register for your online invitation.
This year - The High Sheriff Youth Awards Celebration will be hosted online! It promises to be a great event featuring some of the recipients of the awards and videos of their achievements. I would like to invite you to join us on Tuesday 23rd of March at 6.00pm by registering via this link:
Today the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux with Shahid Azeem DL current High sheriff and High sheriff in nomination Julie Llewelyn, volunteered at Shah Jahan Mosque to support the mosque committee with NHS and local GPs to lend support in the immunisation if the Covid-19 vaccinations.
The shah Jahan Mosque opens every Sunday for four hours to vaccinate over 60 individuals who are eligible for the vaccine. Shahid Azeem DL was also vaccinated as he is in the eligible group.
A huge thank you goes to the Shah Jahan Mosque, the Chairman, the Imam and volunteers, and a particular thank you to NHS staff including Professor Aftab Ala, Dr Mohammed Munira & Dr Paul Van Den Bosch for their valuable time to ensure we are all protected.
Virtual Remembrance to remember Surreys' War Heroes.
The High Sheriff of Surrey, Shahid Azeem, was amongst the dignitaries that laid a wreath in Jubilee Square, Woking, during a closed ceremony due to the second lockdown of 2020. Woking Borough Council kindly supplied LIVE footage which was aired on the High Sheriff's social media pages allowing the citizens of Surrey to share in the ceremony as it happened. Another challenge overcome during the coronavirus pandemic in a year that has minimised activity for the High Sheriff who would normally attend many public events and visits. Together we remembered them.
Together we remember them.
Interview on Radio Woking with Jon Andrews
22nd April 2020
Surrey's new High Sheriff, Shahid Azeem talks to Jon Andrews about his role, his life and his goals.
Aired on 22nd April at 8am.
A video about the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Muslim Peace Garden to recognise the contribution by the armed services during the World Wars.
Surrey's first Virtual Installation of a High Sheriff is a great success!
The Coronavirus pandemic and its social restrictions meant that the 2020 High Sheriff's Installation was unable to take place and so technology helped to mark the occasion and the resulting video was watched by almost two thousand people over various online platforms meaning considerable more people were able to see the ceremony being performed. The Surrey Advertiser's subsequent spread appeared the following week and can be read here by clicking on the picture.
Installation of the High Sheriff of Surrey 2020 – 21
High Sheriff's message to Surrey Heroes during the Coronavirus Crisis.
The High Sheriff paid tribute on Eagle Radios' the Peter Gordon Breakfast Show. (March 27th). She praised the work of the NHS, Voluntary groups and Charity workers in the county. Listen in by clicking the link below and scrolling to 1:10:50
Service for the Judiciary brings together four female High Sheriffs
Guildford high street was awash with pageantry on the 4th October as the High Sheriff, Bridget Biddell, and the County's dignitaries paraded along the cobbles between the Guildhall and the Holy Trinity church to celebrate the work of Surrey's Judiciary with a service in their honour. Also present in support of the role were Female High Sheriffs from 3 neighbouring Counties - West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire.
The service featured readings from prominent Judiciary members including the High Sheriffs' Cadet - Meghna Singh and was attended by the Lord Lieutenant - Michael More-Molyneux, Chairman of Surrey County Council - Tony Samuels and Mayors and Chairs from the region. Then followed a reception in Guildford's stunning Guildhall.
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High Sheriff holds 'Nurture through Nature' event at Hampton Estate for Surrey Volunteer Cadets.
Police Cadets from all over Surrey spent a glorious bank holiday Sunday in the sunshine at the Hampton Estate near Farnham this weekend and enjoyed a day of scavenger hunting, learning about 100% pasture-fed beef, BBQ and competitive team building activities including a sack race, egg & spoon racing and Tug of war. The event was organised by High Sheriff, Bridget Biddell and her family, as part of her 'Nurture Through Nature' initiative - one of several held at the Estate. For more information about the Cadet scheme visit the website: https://www.surrey.police.uk/police-forces/surrey-police/areas/au/about-us/in-the-community/surrey-police-cadet-scheme/
Open Farm Sunday - Hampton Estate
Welcomes nearly 1,000 visitors
The High Sheriff of Surrey, Mrs Bridget Biddell and her family and staff on The Hampton Estate welcomed almost a thousand visitors to her family farm last weekend, as part of the national LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
The Hampton Estate, nestled in between the villages of Seale and Puttenham, opened its gates at 10.30 am and from then onwards hailed a constant flow of cheery farm-goers, ready to explore the best of Surrey’s farming.
The High Sheriff’s theme for her year of office is ‘Nurture through Surrey’s Nature’, and Open Farm Sunday exemplified the nurturing qualities of Surrey’s nature. Giggling children jumped on tractors and learnt about cows, families ate picnics amongst the bluebells and learnt how to identify different trees.
The farm focused on three different areas - the cows, the woods and the natural environment. Each area had a host of different activities to get stuck into, from tree planting to worm counting, learning about pasture fed cattle to watching a chainsaw demonstration, following a woodland trail to making beeswax candles. The soil science was a particular hit, one child explained ‘my favourite part was learning about the unbelievable worms. I now know they are very important to help crops survive’.
Guests didn’t leave hungry, with ice creams from nearby Meadow Court Farm on sale as well as Hampton’s famous home grown beef sausages and home baked biscuits.
A plethora of local organisations were involved in the event - Seale Village forest pre-school, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Tice’s Meadow, Farnham Beekeepers, The Livestock Partnership Vets, and The Pirbright Institute.
As well as a brilliant team of volunteers (family and friends of the farm), the superb Surrey Voluntary Police cadets supported the day, ensuring everything ran as smoothly as possible. Caroline Drummond, CEO of LEAF, also visited the farm, impressed by the large range of activities on offer and commented ‘this is exactly what we hope for in an Open Farm event.’
‘Best bit – riding the tractor and watching the cow poo’
‘Beautiful environment, very child friendly, great activities and relaxed atmosphere’
‘favourite part was the woodland trail and we learnt loads about farming!’
‘really enjoyed learning about the soil and how important worms are’
Words by Molly Biddell, Pictures - Andy Newbold Photography
High Sheriff Welcomes first 'Surrey Day'
The very first 'Surrey Day' took place on bank holiday Saturday (4th May), with many venues and organisations taking part across the region. New High Sheriff, Bridget Biddell went along to @wattsgalleryartistsvillage in Compton and showed her support for the event, also talking to BBC Surrey live on air about her home county and new role as the High Sheriff of Surrey.
Surrey Day has been created by three organisations working together to showcase the County - @visitsurrey, @BBCSurrey and @SurreyLife. Events included a street party at @silentpoolgin, viewings of @clandonpark, celebrations at @TheLightboxWoking, half price entry at @thesculpturepark and much more wrapping up with the lighting of a beacon at @prioryfarmsurrey.
High Sheriff attends TeenTech Surrey 2019
The High Sheriff recently attended TeenTech Surrey which is an award winning insight into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industries aimed at Year 8 students. TeenTech Surrey took place on 22nd January 2019 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and it was a day of intriguing encounters and practical challenges with over 30 employers in STEM companies. SATRO delivers TeenTech's Surrey Festival. This is an insightful video just released!
Surrey's 'Total Respect' Initiative Wins First Prize at National Crimebeat Awards!
And not only that, our terrific team of young people also won the Burnett Award for Best Presentation on the day! The initiative was created by the amazing Tamara Cooper (third right), Public Protection Strategic Manager at Surrey Police, but led and implemented by our very own wonderful young people using their own experience of life in the care system. Over 500 police officers across Surrey have now experienced the programme and the impact has been astonishing. This is a great example of partnership working between the young people themselves, experts within Surrey County Council and Surrey Police - as was greatly appreciated by all distinguished guests present to cheer the Surrey team on!
The High Sheriff is 'Guest Editor' of University of Surrey
newsletter (November 2018) - Click box to read!
Visit to Viewpoint
High Sheriff, Jim Glover and Surrey & Sussex Police Cadets recently took part in an exercise at a 'Police Training Facility' where they helped to provide lifelike disorder scenarios for a Police Support Unit (PSU) These training sessions are part of a set curriculum giving officers training in various situations from peaceful and mildly disobedient ones to facing more serious situations. The cadets were playing the role of a rioting mob and the atmosphere was highly charged and very realistic. It was a valuable exercise not only for the PSU's (commonly referred to as Riot police) but for the cadets too who were able to see first hand some of the careful planning that went into management of this type of situation in order to protect the public and handle the situation properly. (Big thanks to Sgt Kerslake, Co-ordinator of Surrey VPC Scheme for arranging the visit)