With the approval of The Queen, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP, has appointed the new Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL will succeed Lieutenant Colonel Sir Guy Acland Bt. LVO DL when he retires on 24 March this year.
Maurice was born, educated and grew up in Carisbrooke and gained two degrees before joining the teaching profession. For 39 years he served full and part time in the British Army in the UK, Germany, the Gulf region and the Balkans. In particular, working closely with the officer corps of
fledgling armies, he led British military teams that re-established the Iraqi Military Academy in 2005 and established the Afghan National Army Officers’ Academy in 2013. The media dubbed both academies as “Sandhurst in the Sand.”
In addition to being invested with the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal, Maurice was unusually honoured by the award of the United States Bronze Star for his work in Iraq and was created CBE for his service in Afghanistan. He lives in Totland and amongst several voluntary activities he is currently the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Chair of South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, County Chair of St John Ambulance, a member of the Deanery Synod and a volunteer at Osborne House.
He said, “I am both humbled and honoured by this opportunity to serve the diverse community of the Island, a place of great beauty and a place that wherever I have served in the world has always been my real home. If I can do half as good a job as Sir Guy, who has served the Island with great
distinction over many years, I shall be a very happy man.”
On Tuesday 8th December 2020, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP attended the Completion Ceremony of the Friends of Quarr Accessible Paths Project at Quarr Abbey.
The Lord-Lieutenant unveiled the donor board and The Chairman of the Friends of Quarr, Dr Rebecca Ashton spoke about the project and gave thanks to all those involved. Further information on the project can be found here.
On Tuesday 8th December 2020, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP attended an awards ceremony for the 2020 Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society’s (RIWAS) Isle of Wight Rural Awards sponsored by the CLA at Nettlecombe Farm.
The winners of the awards were:
Rural Business of the Year – Nettlecombe Farm
Rural Tourism Business of the Year – Nettlecombe Farm
Small Countryside Business of the Year – Four Winds Dairy
Rural Young Person of the Year – Abbie Morris
Lifetime Achievement – Hugh Milner
Wight Marque Food Business of the Year – Brownrigg’s Farm Shop and Café
Countryside Business of the Year – Farmhouse Fayre
The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon, attended a brief service given by The Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight at the War Memorial in St Thomas’s Square Newport and laid a wreath as the Queen’s representative. The Chairman of the Council, George Cameron and the Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, also attended and laid wreaths.
Meanwhile Deputy Lieutenants laid wreaths on War Memorials around the Island on behalf of the Isle of Wight Lieutenancy. Where services were taking place within the Government Rules, the Deputy Lieutenants took part in these services but elsewhere they attended on their own and laid a wreath at an appropriate moment.
The Lord-Lieutenant said “It was sad that our normal community Remembrance Events could not take place this year but I am aware of the enormous effort that has been put into making sure we mark the day appropriately. Many people have quietly laid their own wreaths and wreaths for the organisations they represent and our War Memorials around the Island show that we have not forgotten the huge sacrifices that have been made in the past.”
On Tuesday 3rd November, a Service was held in the Garden of Remembrance at Carisbrooke Castle and crosses were laid in memory of members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air-Force as well as other uniformed Servicemen and women. A video of this service can be found on the home page of this Lieutenancy website.
Due to the current social restrictions and advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the Island’s Remembrance Day Parade followed by the Civic Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at Newport War Memorial was not able to take place this year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council and the MP laid wreaths on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and the Island’s community on Sunday 8th November 2020, outside the Minster at Newport War Memorial.
Susie Sheldon, Lord-Lieutenant said, “The act of remembrance is of huge importance and significance for the Isle of Wight, so it is disappointing that for this year we cannot have a shared act of remembrance but must all mark the day privately.
“Just as it is important to look back and remember the sacrifices made by so many, we must also look forward to a time when we have collectively worked togetherto find a way through the virus and are once again free to gather together on this important day.”
George Cameron, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council said, “I am sure that despite this disappointment, people will still mark this important occasion and by spending a few moments at 11.00 on the Sunday 8th and Wednesday 11th November, to “remember from home” all those that that gave their lives in war to protect our way of life.”
Anyone wishing to lay wreaths at the Newport War Memorial and any memorial across the Island are asked to do so over the course of Remembrance Sunday and also on Remembrance Day itself and in accordance with the latest social distancing guidance.
On Wednesday 4th November 2020, the Lord-Lieutenant officially opened Cowes Milk Shed at Crockers Farm, along the main Newport to Cowes Road.
The family behind the rural venture have made a significant investment to allow people to drink local freshly pasteurised milk from a vending machine – which has come from the family’s herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cows.