A LUNCH fit for a High Sheriff was cooked up by students from Rugby College, who put their catering skills to the test at the inauguration of the High Sheriff of Warwickshire.
Catering students at the college laid on the food and drink for Lords, Ladies, Judges, other dignitaries and prominent guests at David Kelham’s inauguration at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.
Students Damian Kucemba, Kallie Wallis, Jenna Pollitt, Megan Brumby, Eloise Kerr, Alex Rogers and Finnley Hudson-Beard also helped to set up the Great Hall for the lunch, and used their front-of-house training – developed at the college’s on-site Courses restaurant – to serve the VIP guests.
Alan Clark, tutor at Rugby College, said: “Our CEO Angela Joyce was approached by the organisers of the event to see if our catering students could support on the day and we jumped at the opportunity.
“This inauguration ceremony has been happening for more than 900 years, so it was a real honour for our students to get the chance to be part of such a prestigious and historic event.
“It gave our students some great on the job experience and gave them a taste of what it is like to deliver an event of this standing.
“The students really impressed everyone on the day and we hope it will open some more doors for them as they look to pursue careers in catering and hospitality.”
David Kelham is Warwickshire’s 688th High Sheriff, with the position first being held by Elfwine of Warwick in 1066.
The office of High Sheriff is one of only two royal appointments in the county and the Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown.
Historically, the Sheriff was responsible for raising troops, collecting taxes and catching criminals, powers which have been taken on by others over time.
The High Sheriff is these days an unfunded ceremonial position, supporting the judiciary and the uniformed public services as well as charities and voluntary groups working for the benefit of society.
WCG – the group which runs Rugby College – is hosting a virtual open event for its Warwickshire colleges on Tuesday June 14. Visit www.wcg.ac.uk/openevents for more information.