New Hertfordshire High Sheriff backs Hatfield charity

PUBLISHED: 14:20 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 30 March 2017

Will Hobhouse has been appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, pictured by Picassa.

Will Hobhouse has been appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, pictured by Picassa.

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Hertfordshire has a new High Sheriff, a leading retail boss who has decided to support a Hatfield charity during his year in office.

Will Hobouse, 60-year-old chairman of the furniture store chain Heal’s, was appointed to the historic role at a church ceremony in his

home village of Sarratt near Rickmansworth on Sunday.

He has chosen a theme of volunteering, and chosen the Hertfordshire Community Foundation as a charity to support.

The Foundation, which is based in Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, has provided grants to various worthy local causes since it was formed in 2008.

Mr Hobhouse, who has inherited the role from Tewin businessman Stelio Stefanou, said: “I am keen to recognise as many of the kind and generous people in the county who give of their time as volunteers to help the community.

“One key programme I have inherited, partnered with the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, sees us taking in 10 volunteer organisations through a 12-month programme to increase effectiveness in their particular area.”

He has pledged to organise two concerts in his year of office to help the Foundation, starting with an evening of hit songs from musicals, performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday, May 13.

On Saturday, July 15, the Foundation will benefit from a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the London Handel Orchestra and the Bach Choir.

Tickets for the first concert are available online at stalbanscathedral,org/whatson, and will be available from organfestival,comlater this month for the Handel performance.

The office of High Sheriff dates from Saxon times, and involves supporting the police, the justice system, and the emergency services.


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