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Thanksgiving Service for New High Sheriff of Lancashire takes place

The service is an annual event at the Priory, and it was led by the Vicar of Lancaster, Rev Chris Newlands.
This year's High Sheriff, an ancient title dating back many centuries, is Robert Webb DL who lives in Arkholme. His responsibility is to uphold the dignity of Her Majesty's judges and encourage responsible citizenship. He was joined at the service by his wife, Carole.
The High Sheriff's Chaplain, Rev Michael Hampson, Vicar of The United Benefice of Hornby with Claughton and Whittington with Arkholme and Gressingham, was the preacher.
The Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, gave the Blessing at the end of the service and the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, also attended.
Rev Chris Newlands said: “The Thanksgiving Service is an ancient ceremony, peculiar to the County of Lancaster, whose High Sheriff is appointed by HM The Queen in her capacity as Duke of Lancaster.
“Following the church service, the High Sheriff hangs his shield in the Shire Hall, joining the shields of other High Sheriffs going back well over 600 years.”
Ronnie Semley

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