High Sheriff 2014
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.
Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. In recent years High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work. High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff’s year falls on the public purse. For more information on the role of High Sheriff please click here.
Many High Sheriffs of Staffordshire have supported the Staffordshire Community Foundation’s High Sheriff Fund. More information on who they were and their fundraising efforts can be found here.
Ann Fisher, High Sheriff of Staffordshire 2014-15
Two Saints Way
The Two Saints Way is a 92 mile walk stretching from Chester Cathedral to Lichfield Cathedral, and taking in some of the most beautiful Staffordshire countryside along the way. It is named for St Werburgh and St Chad, who introduced Christianity into ancient Mercia from Northumbria.
The route is broken down into sections, although Ann’s walk will break this down further;
Section 1 – Chester to Nantwich. Starting at Chester Cathedral, the route is mostly along the Shropshire Union Canal with a diversion to the dramatic Beeston Castle and the pleasant village of Bunbury before ending at the fine market town of Nantwich.
Section 2 – Nantwich to Stoke-on-Trent. Farmland predominates in this second section and after the relative flatness of Cheshire there are some hills to walk over on the way into Stoke-on-Trent, which is notable for its industrial heritage sites and the Potteries Museum where you can see the Staffordshire Hoard.
Section 3 Stoke-on-Trent to Stafford. The route follows the Trent Valley along sections of the Trent and Mersey Canal and remnants of the Staffordshire New Forest at Trentham and Tittensor Chase, passing through Stone to Salt where it turns south west over Hopton Heath and Beacon Hill to the county town of Stafford.
Section 4 – Stafford to Lichfield. After meandering out of Stafford along the River Sow, the route joins the Heart of England Way to cross Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before the last few miles of farmland and country lanes to Lichfield and the pilgrim sites at the Cathedral and St Chad’s Well.
For more information on the Two Saints Way please click here.
Even if you are not part of the High Sheriff’s party, you can still take part in walking the route with Ann and her supporters. The routes are detailed above and if you’d like to be involved please contact us on 01785 353789 and we can give more information.
To donate to the High Sheriff Fund and to support Ann’s fundraising efforts please follow the JustGiving link to the right. You can even set up your own fundraising page if you intend to join the walk and raise funds for the High Sheriff’s Fund. If you just want to donate, you can either create an account or sign in with your facebook account. You can also donate by text, by texting ANNF14 £X, (where X is the amount you want to donate) to 70070. (There is no charge for the text, but any donation you make by text will be added to your phone bill).