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High sheriff of Dorset appointed

Shrievalty of Dorset, New High Sheriff Appointed

| Published on April 1, 2015

At the Privy Council on 19th March 2015 Her Majesty The Queen “pricked” the name of Jennifer Coombs, who will assume office as High Sheriff of Dorset at a Declaration Ceremony to be held publicly at St Peter and St Paul C of E Church, Blandford at 11.30 am on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

The position of Sheriff dates back to Saxon times.  Every year a Sheriff is chosen for each county by the Queen who “pricks” the names which appear on the Roll of Sheriffs.

Mrs Coombs enjoys a long-term involvement and association with a variety of local organisations, including founding a Dorset Branch of Live Music Now!, Yehudi Menuhin’s outreach music charity which takes musicians to play in hospitals, hospices, special needs and day-care centres, residential homes and prisons.  As well as roles on the Board of Prospect Magazine, which her late husband founded, Mrs Coombs has been the Vice-President of Dorset Opera and an Ambassador for Dorset Community Foundation since 2014.

Born and spending her early years in Hampshire, Mrs Coombs then won a bursary to attend the Arts Educational School in Tring, Herts, followed by the Arts Educational Drama College in London.  She joined Royal Shakespeare Company in 1972 and a career in theatre and television followed, before settling with her family in Dorset.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1975 her many interests include the arts, sailing, history, politics and economics and she is involved with The Dorset County Museum, The Dorset Archives Trust, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a number of theatres, locally and nationally, The Landmark Trust and a schools in India Project – the Mondo Challenge Foundation.

Mrs Coombs said, “This is a huge privilege and honour and I am very much looking forward to my year in this ancient office.  It will provide an opportunity to learn more about the role of our Police Force, the judiciary and the prison service in the County, and to support other organisations, which rely so much on voluntary contributions and which do so much for the community.”

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