This year, The High Sheriff wants to focus on supporting charitable initiatives across the county with a priority to provide better opportunities for young people, helping them to understand and reach their full potential.

Who can apply?
Non-profit organisations
Maximum grant
Up to £5,000
Eligible area
1 February

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What is a High Sheriff?

A High Sheriff is appointed by His Majesty The King at a meeting of the Privy Council, for one year. The Office of High Sheriff is over 1,000 years old and the key elements of the role are supporting those who administer law and order and working with the local charity sector.

It is an apolitical role, undertaken on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the public purse and so it is well suited to lending support and encouragement to charities, community groups and voluntary services. High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising for charity during their year in office.

The High Sheriff’s Fund was established in Cambridgeshire over 20 years ago to support this charitable work.

Who is this year’s High Sheriff?

David Way is serving as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2024-2025.

David and his wife Rosemary have lived in a 16th century yeoman’s house, in what was Huntingdonshire, for 37 years. They met and married in Bournemouth.

David was Churchwarden of the parish church for 34 years; he is currently chairman of the Friends of Peterborough Cathedral. He read Law at Cambridge and worked as a solicitor in London, specialising in private capital; Rosemary was a primary school teacher.

They have two sons— Alexander, also a lawyer, who lives in the county, and Sebastian, an Anglican priest in the Oxford diocese – and four granddaughters.

They retreat regularly to their cottage in Wales, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons (or as we should now say, the Bannau Brycheiniog).

Within the county, their interests include the Art Friends
Cambridgeshire, the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust, the Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust, and the Hunts Local History Society. David is also actively involved with the Alumni Society of his old Cambridge College, St. Catharine’s, and is a former trustee of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely.

During his shrieval year, David plans (inter alia) to raise awareness of the issues relating to modern day slavery, and to highlight the importance of public libraries and the services they provide to the community.

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Headshot of High Sheriff, David Way.

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