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Recent events

The Lord Lieutenant is invited to many events. On some occasions, the Lieutenancy is represented by one of Hertfordshire's 40 Deputy Lieutenants.

New Deputy Lieutenants 2018

The Chairman of the County Council, Richard Thake, hosted a Reception at County Hall to welcome the three newly-appointed Deputy Lieutenants.  The Lord-Lieutenant, The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, together with four current Deputy Lieutenants and John Wood, the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

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The photograph shows from left to right Vinay Tanna, the Lord-Lieutenant, Robert Voss, Jane McCue and Fergus McMullen.

YOPEY Awards Ceremony

On 16 November, the Lord-Lieutenant attended the YOPEY Awards Ceremony which was held at Moor Park Mansion.

YOPEY Awards

Remembrance Day 2017

The Hertfordshire Lieutenancy was represented on Sunday 12 November at several Remembrance Day Services throughout the county. The Lord-Lieutenant laid the Lieutenancy wreath in St Albans and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant in Hertford.  Wreaths were laid by Deputy Lieutenants in Stevenage, Hatfield, Harpenden, Goffs Oak, Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Knebworth, Royston and Chorleywood. The Lord-Lieutenant also attended the Hertfordshire Constabulary Remembrance Day Service at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on 10 November where he also laid a wreath.

St Johns Annual Organ Donation

The Lord-Lieutenant attended the St John Annual Organ Donation event in Potters Bar on 19 November, where he presented awards at a very emotional ceremony to the families of organ donors.

 Lord lieutenant St Johns Organ Doner Event

The photograph shows members of The Hertfordshire County Priory Group of St John of which the Lord-Lieutenant is President.  Dr Sarah Coffey JP DL who can be seen on the far right of the photograph is the President of St John in Hertfordshire.

Keech Hospice

On 9 November, Robert Voss – Lord-Lieutenant of
Hertfordshire and Helen Nellis – Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, visited Keech Hospice at Streatley near Luton. Where they met with the Chief Executive of Keech, Liz Searle. During the visit they met with Hospice staff and some of the children who are helped by the Hospice.

 Keech Hospice

YOPEY Befriender Awards

On 31 October, Marion Brown MBE JP DL, visited The Greenbanks Home in Watford, where a group of 14-15 year old girls from Watford Grammar School were being trained to relate to elderly people with dementia. 

After the training, the young people spent time mingling with the residents.  Marion Brown presented each girl with a Befriender badge and was able to chat to them about what they had learned. Mrs Brown said ‘It was lovely to see so many of the girls engaging so well.'

From my observations they had all overcome their apprehensions and seemed to really enjoy the experience. Hopefully, they will be able to supply the skills they have learned in a variety of situations and perhaps some of them may also get involved in such initiatives on a long-term basis.

On 7 November, Marion Brown MBE JP DL attended the second of the YOPEY Befriender Events at Greenbanks Care Home in Watford. 

YOPEY Befriender Awards

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The photographs show Mrs Brown with some of the girls from Watford Grammar School for Girls.  A third event is due to be held at Greenbanks on 5 December.

Bhaktivedanta Manor and The Hari Krishna Temple

The Lord-Lieutenant and his wife visited Bhaktivedanta Manor and The Hari Krishna Temple on 9 October.

Bhaktivedanta Manor and The Hari Krishna Temple

North Herts Leisure Centre Opening Ceremony

On Saturday 9 October, the Lord-Lieutenant attended the opening of the refurbished North Herts Leisure Centre, together with Councillors from North Herts District Council and representatives from Stevenage Leisure Limited.  The Lord-Lieutenant had a tour of the new facilities and then helped cut a celebratory cake.

Full report on the opening of the Leisure Centre

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The Bosnia and Herzegovina Community Association in Hertfordshire hosts the Learning From history event on 23 September 2017

Howard Guard MBE DL and Akhtar Zaman DL represented the Lieutenancy at the 25th anniversary of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Association in Borehamwood. 

They listened to stories by survivors of the Serbian Concentration Camps 68 of whom were brought to Hertfordshire in 1993 for hospital treatment. They settled here and now have families of their own. The children performed traditional dances in national costume. 

It was moving afternoon, and demonstrated the strength of the Bosnian culture and its value to Hertfordshire by their determination to embrace what happened and to move forward. There is a thriving, hard-working community in Borehamwood and Hatfield which is proud of how well it has integrated with the local community.  Like many refugees before them they arrived here with nothing, and their story was inspiring.

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The Lord Lieutenant visits Arsenal Training Ground

On Wednesday 20 September, the Lord-Lieutenant visited Hertsmere Borough Council to meet with the Mayor, Cllr Charles Goldstein and have a tour of the Borough. The Lord-Lieutenant and the Mayor visited Elstree UTC, the Elstree Studios and finally, the Arsenal Training ground.

 The Mayor of Hertsmere, the Lord-Lieutenant and Sean O'Connor of Arsenal

The photograph shows (left to right) the Mayor of Hertsmere, the Lord-Lieutenant and Sean O'Connor of Arsenal.

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust

On Thursday 17 August, the Lord-Lieutenant presented Rickmansworth Waterways Trust with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. 

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust

Krishna Janmashtami Festival

On Tuesday 15 August, the Lord-Lieutenant, accompanied by The Countess of Verulam visited Bhaktivedanta Manor as part of  the Krishna Janmashtami Festival. 

The Lord-Lieutenant said he found the experience very interesting – especially the serenity and peace he experienced in the

 Krishna Janmashtami Festival

The photograph shows from left to right. The Lord-Lieutenant, Srutidharma das (Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor), Satish Sharma (General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples), Rev Canon Richard Leslie, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, Cllr Charles Goldstein (Mayor of Hertsmere) and Oliver Dowden MP

Hertfordshire Regiment Memorial

The Countess of Verulam travelled to Belgium at the end of July to join a Herts at War event where she formally unveiled a Memorial to the Hertfordshire Regiment. Following a full day of commemorative events and battlefield touring, the Herts at War group returned to Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony and the Menin Gate, where The Countess laid a wreath.

The Countess commented:  ‘It was an extraordinary privilege to have been part of the Herts at War event on 31 July; it was something that I shall never forget, and I was deeply impressed by the organisation of the day and the knowledge and passion of the guides. 

Belgium Memorial

British Empire Medals presentation (October 2017)

The second of the 2017 Investitures was held in the Council Chamber on Wednesday 4 October 2017.  

British Empire Medals were presented to:

  • Miss Rosalind Cramp – for services to Disability Sport in Hertfordshire
  • Mrs Shirley Galsworthy – for services to Elderly People and the community in St Albans
  • Mr Richard Golland – for services to Business and Charity
  • Mr Vinod Kotecha – for services to the Asian Community
  • Mr Michael Tuohy – for services to Homeless People.

British Empire medals

After the formal presentation, the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, Richard Thake, hosted a reception for the medallists and their guests in The Ballroom.

Elizabeth Cross (January 2011)

On 1 July 2009, the MOD made an announcement about the Elizabeth Cross, a new Emblem and Scroll to be presented to the families of service men and women killed in operations since 1948.

Lieutenancy Offices throughout the country have been asked to become involved with the presentations of the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll to the next of kin of fallen servicemen since 1948 on operations, or as a result of terrorism.

On 13 January 2011, Lady Verulam hosted a ceremony at Gorhambury when the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll was presented to the brother of Sergeant Robert Frederick De Rosa who lost his life on 26 September 1953 when he was on board Valetta WD164 which had taken off on a resupply mission to a remote police post in the jungle. The plan had been to push the supplies out of the aircraft at low level. Whilst manoeuvring to make the drop, the weather deteriorated rapidly and thick fog developed. With visibility lost, the aircraft crashed into the jungle killing all eight on board, including Sergeant De Rosa. This was one of a number of accidents in this type of aircraft which undertook a very hazardous role in order to sustain British and allied forces during the Malaya conflict.

Elizabeth Cross

The photograph shows the Lord-Lieutenant presenting the Elizabeth Cross to Sergeant De Rosa’s brother, Mr Paul De Rosa. Mr De Rosa was accompanied at the presentation by his sister, Mary, and his son, Dominic

The third YOPEY Befriender Event

The third YOPEY Befriender Event took place on 5 December.  Dr Helen Hanbury DL and Lady Nichols DL were in attendance.

Third YOPEY Befriender Event

North Herts Civic Service

Dr Helen Hanbury DL represented the Lieutenancy at the North Herts Civic Service on 19 November.

North Herts Civic Service

High Sheriff's Justice Service

The Lord-Lieutenant attended the High Sheriff’s Justice Service in St Albans Abbey on Sunday 5 November.

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Prince’s Trust Team event

On Thursday 7 December, the Lord-Lieutenant presented the Awards at the Prince’s Trust Team event at West Herts College, Watford Campus, on Thursday 7 December.  The event was organised by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and more details about their work with the Prince’s Trust can be found by clicking on the link:




Hertfordshire Young Person of the Year Award

The Lord-Lieutenant presented Jodie Goodacre with the Hertfordshire Young Person of the Year Award at the YOPEY Award  Ceremony which was held at Moor Park Mansion on 16 November.

Hertfordshire Young Person of the Year Award