The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire


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A welcome from the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

Apart from the Monarchy, the office of High Sheriff is the oldest in the country having existed for over 1,000 years. With that in mind, when I made my Declaration as the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire on the 6th of April I was very conscious that my year in office would represent no more than a blink of an eye in the continuity of the Office but nonetheless one I hope to be able to put to some good effect.

It is an enormous honour to take on the role of High Sheriff of the great county of Northamptonshire, the home of Formula One, the traditional heart of the British footwear industry where shoemaking continues to flourish and where agriculture and the food and drink sector are such important players in the local economy.

Crispin is thoroughly enjoying his year in office which has coincided with the Knife Angel initiative in Northamptonshire, the opening of the Five Wells Prison in Wellingborough, and of course the Platinum Jubilee.

His interest in rural affairs has led him to focus more perhaps than would normally be the case on issues in the county that affect our rural communities. There are so many major issues to deal with in our towns that sometimes the rural communities feel that their own challenges remain unnoticed. There are some fabulous charities working with rural communities, and Crispin is very much enjoying supporting them and seeing what he can do to help them achieve their aims.

Paul Parsons, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

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