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Peter Kingston has been appointed High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight for the year 2010-2011. Further information.

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28 October: East Cowes Council Reception The Mayor, Councillor Peter Lloyd, invited us to his reception in the Town Hall of East Cowes. This was well attended and it was good to see a very wide cross section of people who do so much for East Cowes being recognised. There was a delicious buffet prepared by the local delicatessen, all the food being home-made and much enjoyed by all present.

23 October: SSAFA 125th Anniversary Dinner The 125th anniversary has been marked on the Island by a number of events, ending with this dinner in the Events Centre at the Yacht Haven at Cowes. It was very well attended by over 200 people and the evening started with a very spectacular drumming display. The national president followed the Lord Lieutenant by speaking about the activities of the organisation and he was followed by Alan Titchmarsh who told us that this was his first event on the Island since he gave up being High Sheriff 18 months ago. As usual he was most amusing but also poignant. It was a very good evening and one which I hope has made a substantial sum for such a good cause.

22 October: Townswomens Guild Federation Lunch at the Channel View Hotel, Shanklin After a very good lunch I had been invited to speak about the activities and history of the High Sheriff. There were nearly 80 ladies and I was the only "boy". I managed to speak about my subject without sending all to sleep. It was a very jolly occasion and there was a great atmosphere. There was a raffle and the Federation very kindly donated the proceeds to a charity of my choice. I chose the Children's Society as they are currently working with children's centres on the Island and which had been written up in the County Press that day.

21 October: High Sheriff's Trust Meeting One of the regular High Sheriff's Trust Meetings took place at Newport Police Station and useful discussions took place. We would like to modernise the Trust Deed but that is proving quite difficult with the Charity Commissioners. Gay Edwards and John Matthews are on the case.

Community Fund Reception The Community Fund supports local organisations and has distributed substantial sums of money on the Island in the last year. It was good to meet a good number of those beneficiaries and it was interesting to learn about their organisations and how they used the money. One never ceases to be amazed by the amount of hard work that is done by volunteers on the Island.

20 October: Citizenship Ceremony At County Hall This was the first of these to be held in County Hall and it was held in the Council Chamber. Peter Grimaldi DL represented the Lord Lieutenant, Ian Stephens, Chairman of the Council the community and I was there as High Sheriff. Six people became British citizens. As this was the first in County Hall it was very different from the previous ceremonies in Northwood House and no doubt arrangements will settle down as it was not as convenient as had previously been the case.

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