Mosque president and prison officer among those honoured by High Sheriff

The high sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay presented his annual awards at a ceremony at the Judges Lodgings in Aylesbury
The high sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay presented his annual awards at a ceremony at the Judges Lodgings in Aylesbury

The outgoing high sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay has handed out awards for community service at a ceremony.

The outgoing high sheriff of Buckinghamshire Joe Barclay has handed out awards for community service at a ceremony.

The awards were presented to individuals for the long service they had given to organisations in the county.

Mr Barclay said: “All these people have made a contribution to the life of the county and helped to maintain law and order.

“These people were selected because I wrote to the police, the courts, the prison and the community foundation asking for nominations.”

The winners were presented with their awards during a ceremony at the Judges Lodgings in Aylesbury in March.

The full list of winners was as follows:

> Graham Brigginshaw, police constable, Thames Valley Police.

> Peter Chapman, magistrate, former deputy chairman.

> Patricia Layer, volunteer, coroners court support service.

> Kevin Morris, supervising prison officr, HM Young Offenders’ Institution, Aylesbury.

> Vic Norman, prison officer, HMP Grendon.

> Iftekhar Bashir, president, Aylesbury mosque.

> Robert Shirley, Aylesbury youth motor project.

> Woodhill videolink team

> Philip Densham, Her Majesty’s courts and tribunal service.

> Marc De La Rue and Jayne Raynor, Aylesbury County Court.

> Sara Thornton, chief constable of Thames Valley Police.

> The paedophile online investigation team, Thames Valley Police.

> Lisa Heaton, detective constable, Thames Valley Police professional standards team, formerly of the paedophile online investigation team.

> Officers of the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit.

> Piers Dingemans QPM, head of the eastern counter terrorism intelligence unit.

Mr Bashir, from Aylesbury mosque said it was a great honour to be given an award by the high sheriff.

Mr Bashir said: “It was very humbling to be invited and great that Aylesbury Mosque was recognised. It was great to be among other people who do a lot of unrecognised work in the community. This award is down to all the hard work by our staff working on our outreach programme.”

Mr Barclay, who hands over to Francesca Skelton today (Wednesday) said it had been a very interesting year for him in his role as high sheriff.

He said: “It has been a fascinating year and I feel privileged to have been able to hold office over the last 12 months.

“I counted that I have done 392 engagements during the course of the year which is more than one a day.

“Buckinghamshire is unusual in that it is a very diverse county and it has been great travelling around meeting people who are involved with law and order, the economy and the charitable sector in Bucks.”

Mrs Skelton, who has been a deputy lieutenant since 2007 will be holding the office which dates back to 1252.

Mrs Skelton said of her appointment: “I am really looking forward to an exciting year exploring the county, celebrating our culture and diverse community, and applauding the commitment of our citizens.”