The role of the High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

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Berkshire's High Sheriff for 2017/2018 is Mrs Sarah P Scrope DL.

The Town Council invites the High Sheriff to attend key events.