High Sheriff Awards

The High Sheriff is one of the oldest Crown Offices, dating back to before the Battle of Hastings. As the Sheriff’s powers increased, they were considered to be a threat and in 1540 Henry VIII created Lord Lieutenants to take over the military duties. To this day both the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are appointed by, and are representatives of, the Sovereign with the High Sheriff being responsible for keeping the Queen’s Peace. High Sheriffs support the High Court judges, together with the rest of the judiciary and all those involved in law and order, including the voluntary sector. As the office is independent and non political High Sheriffs are well-placed to bring together a wide range of people within the communities they serve, offering encouragement and connection where it is most needed, honouring the pledge made at their declaration – to “truly and faithfully support the Judiciary and all who maintain The Queen’s Peace, who administer justice, and who protect and support their fellow citizens.”

The High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2021-22 is Mr Phillip Sykes (pictured below).

Award ceremony and photographs

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, at 3pm in the Great Hall, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ.

Photographs from the ceremony are available here using the password: win2022

Previous High Sheriff Awardees

Pictured below are the awardees for 2019/20 and 2020/21 at the joint High Sheriff of Hampshire Award Ceremony in September 2021, the ceremonies had been delayed due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click here to read the full press release launching the High Sheriff of Hampshire awards for 2021-2022.