YJA meets the High Sheriff
Recently, I interviewed the High Sheriff of Rutland and gathered some very interesting facts for you to read. I hope you enjoy my mini series!
Andrew Brown, who runs a farm at Caldecott, is coming towards the end of his yearlong spell as High Sheriff of Rutland. Luckily for us, he visited the school before his term of office came to an end.
Chatting to me outside the school reception, he says, “It’s always good to come and talk to schools and tell people a little bit about this ancient role.”
I’m keen to find out how he was elected but he quickly corrects me: “The High Sheriff doesn’t get elected, he gets asked by the Queen!”
Apparently, there’s a committee in each county that tries to identify people who they thing might be able to take on the job. “I was very surprised to get a letter through the door, asking me if I could be the High Sheriff,” he tells me.
“I was very honoured to get that letter, and now here I am in my full regalia being interviewed by you!”
I want to know from Andrew what personal qualities the committee look out for.
“It needs to be someone who’s good at speaking to large groups of people, and you’ve got to like being the centre of attention because when you’re dressed like this, people all stare and wonder, why?” he admits.
I ask him how it felt to be the High Sheriff and am not too surprised by his answer: “It felt very honoured and humbled, because people thought I was good enough to be the High Sheriff, with sufficient quality and character to take on the role.”
Andrew, who is a very busy farmer, was once asked why he accepted this unpaid role. He was quick to respond: “Well I don’t imagine they’re going to ask me twice, and it would be a bit rude to refuse, wouldn’t it?”
Look out for my next article all about a sheriff’s wardrobe! (If you can’t wait you can always hear my full interview on the school website by clicking here.)
Georgia, Year 6
Cottesmore Millfield Academy