High Sheriff Events

During the Shrieval Year there are a number of formal events which the High Sheriff organises and participates in.  Some are private events limited by numbers, where invites will be issued throughout the year.  Others involve Awards or Grants where further information will be provided through the year and detailed in the blogs below.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY, Tuesday 10th April.

The start of the Shrieval Year where the High Sheriff is sworn in at the Crown Court in Oxford in front of the Lord Lieutenant and the officiated by a senior Judge who this year will be Mrs Justice McGowan, A Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit.

HIGH SHERIFF’S FUND RAISING DINNER, Thursday 26th April at D’Overbroecks School in aid of the SANE Black Dog project

The amazing new facilities at D’Overbroecks School will provide the venue for a special fundraising dinner in aid of the SANE ‘Black Dog’ campaign…see blog below.  The dinner is limited to 100 people and will enable Oxfordshire to have its own Black Dog and associated back up to raise awareness around the issues of mental health in schools.  The Black Dog will travel around Oxfordshire visiting as many locations as possible in the year.

GARDEN PARTY, Friday 14th September, Thomley Activity Centre, Worminghall

The High Sheriff hosts a garden party as a gesture of thanks to all those taking an active part in the life of the County.  This year the garden party will be taking place at Thomley Activity Centre to showcase the amazing facility provided for autistic and disabled children and their families on the eastern boundary of our County.  An organisation many people do not know that exists.

HIGH SHERIFF’S GALA BALL, Saturday 15th September, Thomley Activity Centre

The day after the garden party there is to be a Gala Ball as a fund raiser for Thomley for upto 450 people.  Amazing food, spectacular entertainment, fabulous music and a silent disco will ensure a great night for all.

LAW LECTURE, Tuesday 9th October, University of Oxford Examination School

In early October a series of events take place to mark the start of the Legal Year. The High Sheriff invites a distinguished speaker from the legal world to present a talk to students and other guests on a topic of law.  The Law Lecture is held in the University of Oxford Examination School.  Michael Beloff QC has this year agreed to deliver a lecture on the law and sport, linked to his many appointments including the Court of Arbitration of Sports and many other eminent positions relating to sport.

GLOVE CEREMONY, Tuesday 9th October, Christ Church.

Later in the afternoon there is a Glove Ceremony held in the Deanery at Christ Church.  This is an event which dates back to the C16th where the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University present a pair of white leather gloves to the Judge in Commission.

COURT SERMON, Tuesday 9th October, Christ Church

After the Glove Ceremony there is then a procession from the Deanery to Christ Church cathedral for the annual Court Sermon; an evensong with full choir with a distinguished speaker delivering a sermon and attended by both Town and Gown in full robes, gowns and mace bearers in attendance.


Towards the end of 2018 the High Sheriff will invite submissions for the High Sheriff’s Awards which are given to people who are volunteers in the community who have made a significant difference or who have gone the extra mile in other roles.  The High Sheriff will specifically be seeking those who are active in the sporting life of the county or who support communications in their community.  Approximately 15 awards are given annually with a special presentation ceremony held in Christ Church in March 2019.


Established in 2013 in order to foster positive relationships and better understanding between diverse groups in Oxfordshire;  the aim is to bridge differences and encourage a sense of belonging to the wider community by bringing together groups across, for example, different cultures, age-groups, faiths, class, abilities or life experiences. This is a fund which provides grants of between £500 and £5,000 to organisations.  Grants in 2018 will only be made for projects where two or more groups with different characteristics work jointly together in a new way, towards a shared goal . The grant applications will be launched soon and must be submitted by 31st July 2018.


In addition the High Sheriff will attend many functions during the year in support of the law enforcement agencies, armed forces, Local Authorities and others.



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