County’s High Sheriff visits Kettering community projects

James Shepherd-Cross, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, meets volunteers at the Green Patch garden. Also pictured are Sgt Julie Mead, Kate Williams from Groundwork and Green Patch volunteers
James Shepherd-Cross, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, meets volunteers at the Green Patch garden. Also pictured are Sgt Julie Mead, Kate Williams from Groundwork and Green Patch volunteers

The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire has visited Kettering to check out community engagement projects in the town.

James Shepherd-Cross took over the apolitical ceremonial role – in which he represents the Queen in the county – last month.

He came to Kettering to see how the borough council and the police try to prevent offending, visiting the Green Patch community allotments and attending a Jam in the Hood session at the Elm Bank care home.

The Green Patch also undertakes children’s after-school clubs and disabled children’s service clubs.

“Because I am High Sheriff I take an interest in law and order,” Mr Shepherd-Cross said. “I am spending time with all the different departments in the police and going everywhere (around the county).”

Sergeant Julie Mead, from the Kettering safer community police team, said: “He has come out here to see how we as a police force work with young people to keep them out of trouble.

“He has seen us doing prevention with people who are at risk of offending. At places like the Green Patch there is more space for them to express themselves.”