New High Sheriff appointed for Hertfordshire

HERTFORDSHIRE'S new High Sheriff has been appointed. Janie Wentworth-Stanley assumed the role on April 8. Born in Malaya, she grew up in Oxfordshire and is the eldest of six children. She married husband

HERTFORDSHIRE'S new High Sheriff has been appointed.

Janie Wentworth-Stanley assumed the role on April 8.

Born in Malaya, she grew up in Oxfordshire and is the eldest of six children.

She married husband Michael in 1975 and lived in London and New York, before moving to Hertfordshire, where they have resided for more than 20 years.


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They have three daughters and her interests include cycling and looking after her pets.

During her year as High Sheriff, she hopes to get involved in youth crime prevention and the hospice movement.

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The post of High Sheriff is one of the oldest offices in England, dating back to the Saxon era.

The incumbent is chosen each year by the Queen at a "pricking ceremony" in March before her Privy councillors.

During the ceremony, the Queen uses a bodkin to mark the name of each county's High Sheriff.

This practice is reputed to date back to an occasion when the Privy Council interrupted Queen Elizabeth I while she was busy embroidering.

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