Melton Borough Council

High Sheriff of Leicestershire to visit Melton Mowbray on Wednesday 31 August 2016

Published Tuesday, 23rd August 2016 melton vineyard logo

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Professor Surinder Sharma, and his wife, Mrs Vijay Sharma, are to visit Melton Mowbray on Wednesday 31 August.

Hosting them for the occasion will be the Mayor and Mayoress of Melton, Councillor David Wright and Mrs Maureen Wright, along with Councillor Pam Posnett, Leader of Melton Borough Council. 

The day’s  itinerary includes a visit to the Storehouse Food Bank . Professor Sharma expressed a keen interest in seeing the work of the local voluntary project, Storehouse, as part of his visit to the town. Storehouse offers food, clothing, bedding, baby equipment and other household items to those living in the borough of Melton who have been referred by one of the local agencies. 

It also offers advice and support to anyone in need and is open three times a week, providing hot drinks and snacks on Monday and Wednesday mornings and a soup and bread lunch on Friday afternoons. Storehouse is run by Melton Vineyard church and supported by Churches Together in Melton Mowbray, as well as other local organisations, businesses and individuals. 

The Mayor and his guests will have an opportunity to talk to both Storehouse volunteers and those using the service, and to see how the project works. They will also get to meet the new Storehouse Co-ordinator, Caroline Webb, who takes up her post just one day earlier! 

The High Sheriff’s visit to Melton will also include a trip to Dickinson & Morris in Nottingham Street, the Council’s Me and My Learning project based at Phoenix House, and the Melton Learning Hub.  The visit will conclude at 103 The Eye and an interview  with the High Sheriff live on air after 4pm


Notes to editors

Storehouse receives referrals from local organisations such as Melton Borough Council, Brooksby Melton College, Childrens Centres, Myst Lodge & Westbourne House, Latham House Medical Practice, Social Services, Supporting Leicestershire Families, Melton Furniture Project and others.

The office of High Sheriff is at least one thousand years old and is a royal appointment. Nowadays the principal duties are to support the Lord-Lieutenant on royal visits and on other occasions as appropriate, and to offer hospitality and support to visiting High Court judges.  The High Sheriff is also expected to assist and encourage voluntary and third sector organisations, particularly those involved in the maintenance of law and order. Professor Surinder Sharma has been a City Councillor for Leicester and chaired the Housing Committee. He has served as a Justice of the Peace and was appointed an Alderman for the City of Leicester in 2013. 

For further information please contact:

Lena Shuttlewood
Democracy & Involvement Officer
Melton Borough Council
Tel: 01664 502314

Neal Swettenham
Senior Pastor
Melton Vineyard
Tel: 01664 502390