George Anson sworn in as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire On Friday, March 26, 2021 at a Declaration Ceremony held virtually at 12 noon and presided over by Neil Arnold JP, the Bench Chair of the Buckinghamshire Magistrates Court, George Anson was sworn in as the next High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. Mr Anson succeeds the outgoing High Sheriff, Andrew Farncombe of Beaconsfield. Also, in attendance at the Declaration Ceremony were the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe; the Resident Judge of Aylesbury Crown Court, HHJ Francis Sheridan; the High Sheriff, Andrew Farncombe; and the incoming High Sheriff’s Chaplain, The Reverend David Meakin.The term of High Sheriff traditionally lasts for one year. The Office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular Office in the United Kingdom after the Crown. The High Sheriff is appointed personally by The Queen at the Pricking Ceremony held in March each year. The role of High Sheriff has evolved over time and the current COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated that change. The central element of supporting the Crown, the Judiciary and Law Enforcement has remained, but the High Sheriff has had to adapt how they interact and work with crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and also the charitable sector. Mr Anson commented that his area of focus for his year in office would be highlighting the pervasive and growing impact that cyber-crime is having on the population. Cyber-crime and on-line fraud have the fastest rates of growth of any crime nationally. He will campaign to educate people on the risks they face on-line, and how they can make themselves safer.
High Sheriffs of Buckinghamshire
There were 459 previous High Sheriffs of Buckinghamshire from 1575 to today. Prior to 1575, the High Sheriff duties were combined with Bedfordshire. Those date back to 1125, which adds another 318 to the list. So there have been 777 High Sheriffs overseeing Buckinghamshire since 1125. Records before that time are much less reliable, with the earliest High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire being recorded as “Godric” before 1066, who was “killed in 1066”. You can guess which side he was on!
Closer to home, there have been three High Sheriffs of Buckinghamshire from Hardwick. JohnWorship (1397); John Brecknock (1440) and Richard Reading (1773). There have also been three
prior High Sheriffs of Buckinghamshire from Weedon. Ralph de Wedon (1323 & amp; 1333); Edward Nugent (1804 & 1805) and Henry Cazenove (1880). The last two were also residing at Lilies during their term of office.
This was the second year that the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire was sworn in virtually.