News and Events

When 'life' happens - sometimes good, sometimes not so good - we want people to know as soon as possible.   This page shares news about the Association, past and current Sheriffs, the Cities and Towns to which they belong and any events that may be of interest to our Members. 

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Firstly, updates from the Chair of NACTSEW, David Brown.  Read his latest newsletter from Spring 2022 using the link below. 

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Congratulations to our Honorary Life President Andrew Gravells for his MBE awarded in the Queens Birthday Honours List 2020. The honour was awarded to him in respect of his public and political service. He is pictured receiving the award from Princess Anne

Southampton is Awarded Lord Mayor status

On 20th May 2022, Southampton was awarded Lord Mayor status as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours.  Her Majesty the Queen was the final decision maker. 


Southampton City Council’s bid demonstrated the city’s proud and distinct identity, a  welcoming and friendly character, and a passion and commitment to the Mayoralty and the important role it plays in bringing people and communities together.


The bid also laid emphasis on the importance the City places on protecting its history, traditions and heritage whilst encouraging growth and opportunity for the future. 


Only two Lord Mayors have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in the 21st Century, and Southampton is the first English city to receive the honour since Exeter in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year of 2002.  It joins 27 of the 63 districts with city status in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland that are headed by a Lord Mayor. 

The title of Lord Mayor will be taken by the current Mayor, Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Sheriff of Southampton in 2021-2022 once the 'Letters Patent' has been presented to the city.   

Berwick-upon-Tweed's 2021 Sheriff, Canon Alan Hughes is the chosen Chaplain for the new High Sheriff of Northumberland, Colonel James Royds.  Colonel Royds was installed in an ancient ceremony at Hexham Abbey on Saturday April 9th. He and Canon Hughes have served together in various military roles for over 35years

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Sheriff of Berwick, Canon Alan Hughes stands to the left of the newly appointed High Sheriff of Northumberland, Colonel James Royds

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Sheriff of Southampton in 2021-2022

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Giving thanks for their lives and to the service they gave to their communities and to the Association

Cllr Chris Thomas

We were very sad to hear of the unexpected death of a very active Member of NACTSEW, Cllr Chris Thomas, Haverfordwest.  Tributes have been paid to the Town's Sheriff who served in Office for three periods: from 2015 to 2016; 2018 to 2019 and 2019to 2020.

It is understood that he died on Sunday, November 21 following a short illness.

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Chair of NACTSEW in 2015, Peter Barrett was a very active and enthusiastic member of the Association and a valuable member of the Lichfield community.  We were saddened to hear of his death in September 2021, just prior to the AGM and Conference.

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From Berwick:

Past and present Sheriffs of Berwick-upon-Tweed together celebrated their 39th Sheriff's Club dinner in April.  The dinner took place at the Guildhall where much of the 2022 AGM will take place. 


Guest speaker was the current High Sheriff, Colonel James Royds to whom the current sheriff, Canon Alan Hughes is serving as Chaplain.   The two have served together in various military roles for over 40 years. 










Also, it is with deep regret to announce that Sheriff James Armstrong passed
away yesterday morning, the day of our 39th Sheriff's Club of
Berwick-upon-Tweed dinner, after a short illness.  A farmer who was
Sheriff to his close friend and fellow farmer the late George Miller (mayor of the former Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed 1988/89).  He
leaves a widow Joyce and two sons David and Neal and their  families.

James's late father was Sheriff of Berwick-upon-Tweed 9 years earlier in 1079/80

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Left to right standing, former Sheriffs Ian Hay, Andrew Swinburne, Lance Robson, Robbie Dalgleish Judith Eltringham, Martin Warner.Seated left to right Jim Smith, Canon Alan Hughes, Colonel James Royds, High Sheriff of Northumberland and David Wilson

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Photographs by by Canon Alan Hughes

Sue Hughes, Sheriff of Berwick's consort with High Sheriff, Col James Royds

And now, sadly we have just lost another Berwick member. 


It is with deep sadness that we announce that Sheriff John Reay passed away, peacefully at home on Sunday, 1st May 2022.

A former senior partner of the Berwick Solicitors T.C. Smith, John leaves a
widow, Hilary and family.

An officer of NACTSEW for many years, John and Hilary are well known
throughout  the NACTSEW cities and towns.


Chester's Annual St George's Day Dinner

The City of Chester Sheriffs' Association held their annual St. Georges' Day Dinner at the Mill Hotel, Chester, on Saturday 23rd April 2022, having had to miss both 2020 and 2021.  It was a great delight that amongst the  select guests the Sheriff's Association were able to welcome the National President, Cllr Andrew Gravells, and also the National Chairman Cllr David Brown with his wife Cllr Joanne Brown (now the new Sheriff of Gloucester) who had all travelled up from Gloucester to join the event.  

Guest Speaker was Dame Lorna Muirhead, the past Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, who gave a wonderful account of her life and also told guests about her many meetings with Queen Elizabeth II.   Jeannie Storer reports that members had "a lovely dinner with superb company, but everyone agreed that the speaker was the highlight of the evening."