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Jacky Bowes takes up her new role as High Sheriff of the East Riding

Driffield resident Jacky Bowes was sworn in as the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire during a ceremony at Highfield House on Friday 1st April.

Jacky, a food safety specialist, replaced Little Driffield’s Richard Shepherdson in the role and was joined by 85 people, including husband Andrew and dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant James Dick and Chris Blacksell, Chief Fire Officer and CEO at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

The role of High Sheriff has existed for over 1,000 years and is the oldest continuous secular office under the crown.

I feel honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve as High Sheriff and especially so during what is a momentous year, as we celebrate the amazing achievements of our monarch, Her Majesty the Queen, during her Platinum Jubilee years

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Over the next 12 months, Jacky will act as the Queen’s representative in the East Riding on all matters concerning the justice system and maintaining law and order.

The title of High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire has existed since 1996.

Previously, Yorkshire as a whole was covered by a single High Sheriff of Yorkshire, but in 1972, the title was split, with most of the East Riding covered by the High Sheriff of Humberside.

Jacky told the Wolds Weekly she will be using her role to help young people who suffer adverse childhood experiences and women and young girls who are abused.

She will also be supporting the Tribune Trust, which helps groups and communities reduce crime and make their areas safer through grants.

This is done in partnership between the High Sheriffs of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

The ceremony at Highfield House was presided over by John Thackray QC and witnessed by magistrate Caroline Heaton.

Rev Jacki Tonkin, Priest-in-Charge of the Wagoners Benefice, will be the High Sheriff’s chaplain for the year.

“Last Friday was brilliant,” said Jacky. “There was only two or three people who couldn’t attend from those invited, due to COVID.

“We had 83 people at Highfield House and it was just fantastic. Everything went according to plan and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve as High Sheriff and especially so during what is a momentous year, as we celebrate the amazing achievements of our monarch, Her Majesty the Queen, during her Platinum Jubilee years.

“I have been fortunate to have already met with several members of the senior team,within Humberside Police and I am very grateful to the Chief Constable for facilitating this.

“One comment which grabbed my attention and continues to resonate with me is that we all have collective responsibilities to help tackle some of the pressing issues which our county faces, including those related to the rise in mental health issues in young people, especially post-COVID, in particular of how this makes many individuals all the more vulnerable.

“There are also so many young people who are subject to Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs for short.
“These events often have a lifelong impact on them and, along with the abuse of women and young girls, are the areas where I am going to focus much of my time throughout the year.

“I hope that I can try and help facilitate more connectivity between the organisations who are already doing great work, but perhaps with a more joined-up approach, we can maybe more effectively implement our collective responsibilities in order to help address some of the issues that many of these individuals are facing.

“I am passionate about encouraging young people, especially those who are living in difficult circumstances.

High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire 2022 Jacky Bowes – Declaration of Office at The Highfield

“I know from experience the amazing feeling of having someone who believes in you, actively encourages you and makes you trust that there is a brighter future ahead.”

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