Art & Design Degree Show

17th June 2018-  De Montfort University Art & Design degree show.  A great evening in the stunning setting provided by the new Vijay Patel building. Pictured (left to right) are Stuart Lawson, Associate Head Design; myself; Grahame Hudson, Design management and Imogen Aust, Programme leader for Design Crafts.

Cancer Research UK lunch and lecture

12th June – I attended a Cancer Research UK lunch & lecture at Greetham Valley Golf Club. There was a fascinating talk on the ‘liquid biopsy ‘ – research into using blood tests & genetic analysis to target cancer treatment. Congratulations to the High Sheriff, Sue Jarron for organising it. Picture is of Maggie Gover and myself.

Rutland High Sheriff’s community service

400 people attended High Sheriff’s service celebrating voluntary work in county of Rutland – a great tribute to the immense amount of good in county. Pictured High Sheriff Sue Jarron, the Mayor of Oakham Adam Lowe & myself.

Oakham in Bloom

Oakham in Bloom takes masses of effort by lots of people, some are pictured with me. Great for Oakham to look floriferous in the summer – well done to all involved.

Edith Weston open gardens day

10th June – A perfect day for exploring Edith Weston’s beautiful gardens, Thanks to all who opened their gardens and organised the High Sheriff’s Garden walkabout.

Leicester Chorale concert

There was a splendid fundraising concert on Saturday 9th June  at St Andrew’s Church in Whissendine, given by Leicester Chorale, followed by dinner in a marquee in our garden next door. Proceeds of Leicester Chorale events go to fund music scholarships. St Andrew’s Whissendine was filled with glorious music.  Over 100 people attended.

The photo is of the marquee going up – very exciting!

Royal Garden Party!

A very special day on Tuesday 5th June . At a Buckingham Palace Garden party hosted by HR The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall. Pictured below with Kate Hiseman, CEO of the Sustainable Land Trust, from Rutland – a brilliant organisation helping youngsters and environment.


Rutland Show is brilliant!

Was the best ever? We had great weather and there was such variety- living up to the county motto, ‘Multum in Parvo’! As is obvious below, I enjoyed myself on The Paras stand; the Army was well represented at the show.

I was happy to support For Rutland’s tombola. This annual event is a great effort on part of For Rutland’s hard working volunteers.  The charity funds two specialist advisors at Citizens Advice. Since For Rutland started they have brought in £2.5 million of funding to help ill Rutlanders !

An example of the Rutland Show’s diversity of entertainment:  Bee-keeping being taught to youngsters in the Leicestershire and Rutland Bee-keeper’s Association ‘bee tent’.  It is so important that bees are understood and protected; much of our food depends upon them pollinating plants.



Army Cadets at Belvoir Castle

2nd June – Leicestershire & Rutland cadet force officers were two of 12 counties represented at the Commission Parade  at Belvoir Castle. A spectacular event, with parade, bands & a great picnic at the finish. It’s fantastic what volunteer officers make possible. The cadets gain leadership skills, work in teams – and have fun.  It sets them up well for future life, whether in or out of the armed forces.