Activities & News

Loughborough University Winter Graduation

It was an honour to attend the Winter Graduation Ceremony at Loughborough University by the kind invitation of the Chancellor, Lord Sebastian Coe, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings. It is always a privilege to be present at such a special moment for students and their families and friends after years of hard work. Congratulations to…

Visit to the Jain Centre in Leicester

The High Sheriff had the pleasure of visiting the oldest Jain Temple in the UK. A warm welcome awaited me. My tour of the Temple and the shrines was led by Usha, who is the president of the Jain Centre. With a growth in the Jain community the first Jain Samaj was established some 50…

Visit to East Midlands Airport

Prior to Christmas the High Sheriff visited East Midlands Airport, which is home to the UK’s largest pure air cargo operation which links the region to 185 of the world’s largest cities and handles more than 400,000 tonnes of goods a year. Ahead of the Christmas period, this equates to around one million packages a…

Christmas Day at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope in Leicester

The High Sheriff joined staff and volunteers from The Bridge Homelessness to Hope at the charity’s facility in Melton Road, Leicester, serving Christmas dinner to guests on Christmas Day. It was an honour to thank all the dedicated staff and volunteers for their work year-round and their annual commitment to the city’s homeless community on…

HMP Leicester Carol Service

An excellent Carol Service at HMP Leicester. It was good to have so many prisoners taking part and good to spend time talking with them after the service. Thank you to the Chaplaincy team and volunteers.

Melton Fire Station Christmas Day

It was a pleasure to visit the duty crew at Melton Fire Station to thank them for their service to the community and being there when we call, even on Christmas day. As well as hearing about the variety of work that they undertake, which is sometimes very challenging, I also learnt about the fantastic…

Santa’s Grotto in aid of The Air Ambulance

It was wonderful to visit the Santa’s Grotto, organised by Joshua and Jack Bailey in aid of The Air Ambulance Service. I was touched how well supported the event was by the community. I was honoured to be able to present both Joshua and Jack with awards from the Air Ambulance Service for the impressive…

HMP Fosse Way, Leicester, Christmas Carol Service

The prison choir, the Fossetones, were in great voice at the HMP Fosse Way Christmas Carol Service and were very impressive after such a short time together. A pleasure to be at the service and to speak to the prisoners, staff and contributors. Thank you to musicians Eleanor & Richard, The Chapel Band, Beating Time…

De Montfort University Christmas Carol Service

It was the first time the De Montfort University Christmas carol service had taken place in the beautiful Trinity Chapel, the Newarke, Leicester. With thanks to Father Johannes Arens and all the readers and contributors at the service.

LOROS Christmas Concert, Leicester Cathedral

The High Sheriff attended the LOROS Christmas Concert at Leicester Cathedral to hear music from a variety of talented local choirs led by Simon Lubkowski. It was a spectacular event with over 100 singers from Lux A Cappella, The Ratcliffe Chorale, The Pantones, The Knighton Community Choir, the LOROS singers and Simpletones. There were some…