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Sunday the 18 of April saw Countess Bathurst take over the role from former Pied Piper charity boss – Roger Head. The ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral was attended by approximately 800 including the county’s sitting judges, circuit judges, High Court judges, as well as representatives of the judiciary, emergency services, councils, community leaders and friends of the new High Sheriff.

For the first time, six women will hold some of the county’s most senior positions, with a female Bishop, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek; Dame Janet Trotter, who became the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2010; Lady Bathurst as High Sheriff; Suzette Davenport as the Chief Constable, and lady governors overseeing both Leyhill Prison and Eastwood Park Prison.

“I am hugely honoured to be taking on such an important role,” said the Countess. “I want to spend my shrieval year doing as much as I can for the county of Gloucestershire and have some great plans already in place.”

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