Anthony Woodhouse takes office as the new High Sheriff of Dorset

Anthony Woodhouse became Dorset’s next High Sheriff at a ceremony held at the Tank Museum on Sunday 25th March 2024.

The office is an independent and non-political position appointed by the monarchy for a single-year term.

The High Sheriff is the King’s representative in the county in respect of law and order. Established before the Norman conquest of 1066, the role of the High Sheriff was established by royal appointment, and in contemporary times, plays an active role in supporting work being done across the county, both in areas of emergency services as well as public sector bodies such as probation and prison services.

High Sheriffs also play an increasingly active role in promoting the voluntary sector within their communities and highlighting the work of often unsung heroes.

Anthony Woodhouse said: “I feel honoured to step into the role of High Sheriff for Dorset and am excited for the year ahead. I look forward to educating myself on the judicial system, discovering amazing people doing amazing things, and thanking those people who work so hard helping and supporting others.”

Anthony’s appointment was marked with a declaration ceremony and celebration at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Wareham. Dignitaries and community leaders from across the region gathered with friends and family to celebrate Anthony’s appointment, with the Dorset Police Brass Ensemble accompanying the occasion.

The ceremonial panel included Chaplain to the High Sheriff The Reverend Chris Beaumont, Justice of the Peace Chika Udezue, JP, Under Sheriff of Dorset Katharine Jones, and Colin Weston MBE JP, High Sheriff of Dorset in 2023/24.

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