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High Sheriff of Cumbria Christopher Holmes DL

Portrait photo of High Sheriff of Cumbria Chris Holmes DL 2024/2025 in full ceremonial dress

I was appointed as King Charles III’s High Sheriff of Cumbria on Thursday 28th March 2024. The ceremony took place at the Fratry, Carlisle Cathedral where my Declaration was signed before a magistrate in the company of the Lord Lieutenant with His Honour Judge Barker presiding and the Mayor of Carlisle.

The role of High Sheriff is an ancient one but still very relevant today. I look forward to meeting and promoting many of the inspirational people and organisations who make Cumbria an exceptional place to live.

“Cumbria is a ceremonial county, geographically the third largest in the UK but the eighth smallest by population. It consists of two districts, Cumberland and Westmorland & Furness.

Cumbria is unique in many ways with the natural beauty of the fells and Lake District but not unique with the challenges that many families and organisations are facing at this time.

Part of my role as High Sheriff is to engage and support those in the community that make a positive contribution to our wonderful county and I am honoured to serve as High Sheriff of Cumbria 2023.”

Lake District Sheep

Morecambe Bay walk with the King’s guide
Saturday 29th June

The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Chris Holmes, is hosting a charity walk on Saturday 29th June.

The walk across Morecambe Bay will be led by the royally-appointed King’s Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, who will help walkers traverse the ever-changing flats and channels as they take in the Bay’s exceptional scenery and wildlife.

The walk will start from Arnside to Grange at 11.20am prompt (meet for registration at 10.20am). Sign up to be part of this walk here High Sheriff Cross Bay Walk 2024. All ticket proceeds will go to the High Sheriffs Fund administered by the Cumbria Community Foundation where Charitable funds can apply for grants, in addition to being a source of the High Sheriff annual awards.

If you cannot join us on the day you may make a donation via the fundraising page here Cumbria Community Foundation: A walk across Morecambe Bay.

Photo by Andrew Hall on Unsplash

Role of the High Sheriff

High Sheriff Shrievalty Badge

There is a High Sheriff in every county in England and Wales, and their history and tradition dates back before the Norman Conquest. The Office is the oldest Royal appointment. As the holder in Cumbria today of this entirely voluntary, non-political office, I hope to take an active part in supporting, encouraging and promoting the many voluntary organisations, to bring people together within the county and to support crime prevention, the Judiciary, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies, the emergency services and the other public and voluntary sector and community services that work towards making Cumbria a better place.

Latest News & Events

Portrait photo of High Sheriff of Cumbria Chris Holmes DL 2024/2025 in full ceremonial dress

Find out more about some of the events from my year as well as the organisations, groups and individuals I have met that actively help Cumbria, its people and its communities to thrive.

To contact the High Sheriff or to invite him to an event

I hope you find the information in this website both interesting and informative. You may like to visit The High Sheriff Association to learn more about the Office of High Sheriff  www.highsheriffs.com 

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