The High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Jo Hilditch, shines a light on a cross section of personalities from the county – from celebrities to volunteers, from entrepreneurs to frontline workers. As well as learning what make them tick and hearing about their work in the community, she also discovers their favourite, and their least favourite, aspects of Herefordshire life. Pick up some tips on the best that Herefordshire has to offer ….. and maybe what to avoid too. A candid, fast-paced podcast promising pertinent questioning and personal revelations.
4. Vince McNally - Bench Talk with Jo Hilditch
Vince McNally is one of those people, a modest MBE holder who has been involved with so many vulnerable young people in Hereford and the county beyond. As you will hear Vince is a softly spoken, self-effacing and straightforward man, but his heart is huge and is outreach into his community over the years he has been Manager at the Hinton Community Centre is quite outstanding. He talks about his life, his aspirations, the people he helps on a daily basis as well as the customary tips for visiting Herefordshire.
3. Suzanne Hughes - Bench Talk with Jo Hilditch
My subject this time, Suzanne Hughes, is an extraordinary ordinary person who has discovered the adrenaline rush that being a volunteer can give.
2. Kate Bingham - Bench Talk with Jo Hilditch
Jo Hilditch talks to Kate Bingham who voluntarily chaired the Vaccine Task Force from May - December 2020, which was responsible for procuring 357 million doses of 7 vaccines across 4 different types now being rolled out over the last 4 months (NB only 3 vaccines rolled out so far – with others to follow), and has put us in the top tier of world vaccine progress. She hails from the Herefordshire Welsh borders, she’s married to our Hereford MP Jesse Norman, 58, and has strong affiliations with our county. Our bench this time is Arthur’s stone - a neolithic chambered tomb dating back to between 2700 - 3700 BC atop Dorstone Hill. With fabulous views both ways - Golden Valley and Wye Valley and a good starting point for many footpaths, this transmission is enhanced by bird song, baaing sheep and again a few gusts of wind.
1. Tricia Thomas - Bench Talk with Jo Hilditch
Jo Hilditch talks to Patricia Thomas who was High Sheriff of Herefordshire from March 2020 to March 2021. A challenging year to take on such a role, they discuss the role of High Sheriff, what a High Sheriff can during a year of national lockdown as well as her thoughts and aspirations for Herefordshire. As with all the Bench Talk podcasts, and in keeping with intended authenticity, this transmission takes place on a bench in Hereford Cathedral Gardens on rather a windy afternoon, so apart from the bells, the seagulls and the birds please excuse the wind noise throughout the recording. We hope this doesn’t diminish your enjoyment of what is an informative and entertaining conversation with Tricia.
The role of High Sheriff is a little known, completely unfunded, ambassadorial and ceremonial position which is the oldest Royal appointment in the UK. It is a yearly position which has become an opportunity and a platform for individuals to raise profile of others in areas of crime prevention, emergency services, charitable, judicial and the services sector and to promote community cohesion. The first recorded Herefordshire High Sheriff was in around 1060 – we’ve come a long way! Listen to this podcast to discover more, and hear Jo and Tricia myth-bust the role, talk about the balancing of such a role as a working woman, particularly in light of the pandemic, about her affiliations to charities she has been able to support and her love of Herefordshire.
During this year Jo will be talking to some volunteers of note, and high profile personalities in the county as well as some less well known, but similarly amazing unsung heroes, people who head local charities and others who hold public office. As a first podcast, a chat to the preceding High Sheriff seems wholly apposite.