High Sheriff of Bedfordshire - Charles Whitbread
Mr Charles Whitbread was officially appointed to the Office of the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2016/17 at a ceremony held at All Saints Church, Southill on 3rd April.
The ceremony was attended by around 120 dignitaries, family and friends, including the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis.
The Office of the High Sheriff is an annual appointment by the Queen which goes back to Saxon times and Charles takes over the role from the Countess of Erroll.
The High Sheriff is the Queen's representative in Bedfordshire for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
The Office of High Sheriff is non-political and entirely self-funded.
As such, the 55 high sheriffs of England and Wales are able to bring people together within their counties and to support not only the Judiciary but also the enormous contributions made by the emergency services, the armed forces, local authorities, church and faith groups and the voluntary community.
Bedfordshire has been home to the Whitbread family since around 1280.
The family lived firstly in the parish of Shillington at Ion before moving to Cardington in 1639 and then to Southill in 1795.
Charles and his wife Jane, now live at Southill Park with their two sons and two daughters.
Charles follows a tradition of high sheriffs from within his family: 1767 Samuel Whitbread (Hertfordshire), 1831 Samuel Charles Whitbread, 1837 William Henry Whitbread, 1947 Major Simon Whitbread, 1962 Humphrey Whitbread TD, 1973 Sir Samuel Whitbread KCVO.
As well as heading up the family estate at Southill, Charles is involved in several organisations in Bedfordshire, and counts natural history, conservation and reading amongst his interests.
During his shrieval year he is looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of the legal system as well as meeting and connecting people in a variety of organisations, both voluntary and statutory, throughout the county.