Unlike the High Sheriff, the role of High Steward does not change each year; the position is for life or at such time he/she feels that are unable to continue with the office.  Each has its own coat of arms which can be seen inside the Town Hall.

Historically, a High Steward would have been an eminent man, who was a medium of communication between the Crown, the government and the town.  In more modern terms he would have the ear of the king and government ministers and would "lobby" on behalf of the inhabitants of Wokingham.   This is not the case anymore although the High Steward today should still be an eminent man or woman, and should be someone who can get involved with all the people of note in the town.

high stewardThe current High Steward for Wokingham is Lady Elizabeth Godsal MBE DL who has held the title since 1992.  Wokingham has had a High Steward for four hundred years but Lady Elizabeth has been the first lady.

In 2001, Lady Elizabeth Godsal was made an MBE for services to the community, especially for her work with St John Ambulance Brigade in Berkshire.  

Lady Elizabeth Godsal continues to take an active interest in Wokingham and is frequently present at our key events.

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