High Sheriff visits Church Stretton September 2020

High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris with Staff and Volunteers from Mayfair

The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris, visited Church Stretton this week as part of her tour of the county’s towns.

On Tuesday September 29th, 2020 Dean Harris toured the town with the Mayor, Councillor Bob Welch, meeting volunteers, town council staff and business people who have been at the heart of our community support network during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mayfair Community Centre

At the Mayfair Centre, she met Deputy Manager, Helen Crumpton and a group of her staff and volunteers.

High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris with Staff and Volunteers from Mayfair
High Sheriff of Shropshire with Staff and Volunteers outside Mayfair Community Centre

Heart of Community Support

The Mayfair Centre was at the heart of the community efforts supporting people through lockdown. They recruited 120 new volunteers and delivered supplies and gave phone support to people shielding or self-isolating.

Meeting business People

She met Co-operative Store Manager, Julie Sumner, her staff and volunteers, who have now undertaken over 4,000 home deliveries, more than any other Co-op in the region.

High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris with Co-op Store Manager Julie Sumner, and staff
High Sheriff of Shropshire with staff outside the Co-op

John Vine, owner of Newsworld and Stretton Hardware, co-ordinated home deliveries from independent shops and pharmacists, together with Mr Bun the Baker and Hough’s Butchers.

High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris with the Mayor and staff of Hough's Butchers
High Sheriff of Shropshire with staff outside Hough’s Butchers

“The community spirit in Church Stretton was clear to see – and the way volunteers and businesses had pulled together over lockdown to ensure anyone who was vulnerable had regular supplies and social contact, for example through the phone calls made by the Mayfair team, was admirable.”

Dean Harris, The High Sheriff of Shropshire.

Carding Mill Valley

The visit ended at Carding Mill Valley, owned by National Trust, where Dean met Marcus Halliwell (South Shropshire Area Manager), Peter Carty (Countryside, Park and Gardens Manager), Patrick Edwards (Area Ranger), Charlie Bell (Stepping Stones Project Officer), and Tom Langrick and Andy Simpson (Membership and Welcome Assistants).

High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris with the Mayor and National Trust Staff and volunteers
High Sheriff of Shropshire with staff and volunteers in Carding Mill Valley

“Carding Mill Valley is truly a gem for Shropshire walkers, and I was delighted to meet with the National Trust team there to hear about their experiences this year. While I naturally want to encourage as many people as possible to make use of the beautiful sites we have in our county, I’d like to reiterate the call to do so responsibly and while maintaining social distancing at all times.”

Dean Harris, The High Sheriff of Shropshire.

Huge Visitor Influx

When lockdown restrictions were lifted, Carding Mill Valley had just been promoted nationally as the third best place in the country for wild walking and wild swimming so dealt with a huge influx of visitors while having to limit parking due to social distancing.

Thank you from The Mayor

 “The High Sheriff’s public acknowledgement of the collective community effort through the lockdown was much appreciated, as was her engagement with the issues needing to be addressed to aid the community’s recovery from the pandemic.”

Mayor, Councillor Bob Welch

Nominate an Unsung Hero

For more information about Dean’s projects, causes and meetings, or to nominate an unsung hero for a High Sheriff Award, go to:

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