The 32nd Annual General Meeting of NACTSEW held at York
The weekend spent in York, 23rd – 25th September 2016 was a truly splendid occasion, during which the National Association met and reinforced contacts between members old and new.
The following Sheriffs in office were in attendance – those from Berwick, Canterbury, Carmarthen, Chester, Gloucester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Southampton and from our host city, York. In all, almost 130 members and guests attended the events.
Following welcomes from the Lord Mayor, David Taylor and his Lady and the Sheriff of York, Jonathan Tyler and his Lady, members and guests were able to explore the wonderful and lively city of York – and following the AGM on the Saturday morning, at which our new Secretary, Janet Lugg, was elected, guided tours to the Minster, the National Railway Museum, and the Barley Hall were all eagerly taken up, and there was also time for members to explore the city for themselves.
The Annual Dinner took place in the imposing setting of the Merchant Adventurers Hall, where all were entertained by a witty and informative address by John Lacy, a former Police Commander of the Police Service in York.
Sunday’s procession to the Minster was a feast for the eyes of the general public and visitors to the city, who were doubtless amazed to see the medieval costumes of the York Waits and listen to their distinctive music as the Sheriffs in office and all the members and guests processed to the Minster for a service of Choral Matins.
The assembly dispersed after the service.
The purpose of the Annual Weekend and the public displays which form part of it is to remind the general public of the importance of maintaining a tradition of the town and city shrievalties which goes back many hundreds of years. This was amply shown in York, and I would like to extend via the website the grateful thanks of all members of NACTSEW to the officers of the National Association and to our members in York who made this weekend such a resounding success.