Mrs Milly Soames DL
Milly Soames DL was sworn in as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire on Friday 8th April 2016 before his Honour Judge Francis Sheridan at the County Court, Aylesbury.
Her Under Sheriff is Miss Sarah Plumridge, Senior Partner of Parrott & Coales LLP.
Milly will serve as High Sheriff for 12 months, serving in an office which dates back over 1,000 years; High Sheriffs were originally appointed to collect taxes due to the Crown, and to maintain law and order within their county.
Today, High Sheriffs are still appointed by the Queen; the role is non-political and receives no public funding. Duties include supporting the principal organs of the Constitution – the Royal Family, the Judiciary, the Police and other law enforcement agencies, the Emergency Services, Local Authorities and Church and faith groups. High Sheriffs support the Lord Lieutenant during Royal visits and often serve as the Returning Officer for Parliamentary elections. Each of the 55 counties in England and Wales has a High Sheriff.
During her year as High Sheriff, Milly intends to highlight the plight of loneliness and to promote ideas and organisations working to alleviate it. “Loneliness affects people from all backgrounds, circumstances, and ages; it has been described as a ‘silent epidemic’ and can be the scourge of people’s lives. It is something we can all help to banish.”
Milly has lived in Buckinghamshire for 25 years and has her home on a small farm near Cuddington. With her children now living away from home she keeps herself busy farming, supporting local charities and volunteering. She meets many people from the county whilst working as a volunteer bus driver at Waddesdon Manor. She is a Patron of the Pace Centre in Aylesbury which cares for children with motor disorders, and as Chairman of Pace’s Capital Appeal is helping to raise over £5 million towards building a new Early Years Centre. She is a Trustee of The Horse Trust, based at Speen.
Milly and her husband Rupert have three children in their 20’s: Arthur, who is a serving soldier, Daisy who is currently in Kenya, and Jack who studies at Bristol University