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Saturday 14 May 2022
Mr Richard Bennett DL represented the Lord Lieutenant at a concert of Gospel Music, performed by the award-winning Reading Community Gospel Choir, at Reading Minster on Saturday 14 May.  The concert was in aid of their Ukraine Appeal, raising money to help Ukrainian refugees already arriving in this area.

Thursday 24 March 2022
The Berkshire Community Foundation welcomed 100 donors and supporters to Ascot Racecourse for their Annual Showcase event.  Also hosted at the event was the Berkshire High Sheriff Awards 2022 recognising individuals and organisations for their outstanding contributions to local communities.  Mrs Gerry Lejeune OBE DL represented the Lord Lieutenant at this event

Monday 7 March 2022
The Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mr Graham Barker DL was delighted to represent the Lord Lieutenant and officially open The Cowshed's brand new referral centre in Reading. The charity now occupies some 12,000sq ft on the site in Reading as well as their original site in Hurst, with over 150 volunteers dedicating time to ensure they meet the needs of families and individuals referred to them for support with essentials such as clothing, bedding, toiletries, and baby equipment.

Thursday 11 November 2021
Mr Richard Bennett DL, representing the Lord Lieutenant, joined the Mayor of Reading Borough and others and laid a wreath on the GWR Poppy Train at Reading Station. The poppies continued their journey on to Paddington Station and were ceremoniously placed at the War Memorial on Platform 1 along with dozens of other wreaths from across the GWR network.

Saturday 30 October 2021
Deputy Lieutenant Dr Christina Hill Williams DL represented the Lord Lieutenant at a memorial service to remember the life of long-serving councillor and Freeman of the Borough, Cllr James (Jim) Finnie on Saturday, 30 October at St John the Baptist Parish Church in Crowthorne. The service was attended by family, friends, and colleagues from his exceptional career within Bracknell Forest. In his memory, the square outside Crowthorne Library has been renamed ‘Jim Finnie Square’. 

Wednesday 20 October 2021
The Lord Lieutenant and Mrs Puxley joined guests, funders and supporters to the Waterside Centre, Newbury on 20 October for an Open Evening. As well as tours of the building, guests were invited to talk to young people and staff about the amazing opportunities Waterside has created for young people in West Berkshire.

Friday 8 Oct 2021

The Lord Lieutenant, Civic Dignitaries and guests from across the county attended the ceremonial service to mark the opening of the Crown Court at the start of the Judicial Year 

Tuesday 27 July 2021
The Lord Lieutenant was joined by Deputy Lieutenants for a tour of the new facilities at the Thames Hospice in Windsor.

June 2021
Deputy Lieutenants represented the Lord Lieutenant at Armed Forces Day events in Reading and Sandhurst.

Sunday 10 November 2019
The Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants attended Remembrance Services across the Royal County of Berkshire on Sunday 10 November 2019.  The Lord Lieutenant, Mr James Puxley joined residents of Reading Borough at Reading Minster Church.  There was a procession through the town centre, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Forbury Gardens.

Friday 27 September 2019
The Lord Lieutenant attends the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) Award Ceremony for those that have gone above and beyond to deliver a truly outstanding service in the last 12 months and staff that have devoted 20 years to serving the public.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Brigadier Stephen Matthews DL, Deputy Lieutenant for Berkshire attends Reading Borough's Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 29 June at Forbury Gardens, Reading.  Brigadier Matthews joined the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Paul Woodward to hand out Veteran's Badges.  Lord Lieutenant's cadets Cdt Sergeant Harry Manocha and Cdt Petty Officer Peter Talbot assisted during the ceremony

Thursday 6 June 2019
On Thursday 6 June the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley attended the County Priory (CPG) of Berkshire's annual Organ Donation Awards Ceremony.  The Ceremony, hosted in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant and also representing the CPG's  of Glouscestershire and Oxfordshire, was held at The Guildhall, Windsor

Thursday 16 May 2019

The Lord Lieutenant attends Berkshire Community Foundation’s (BCF) Celebrating Impact: Showcase Event held at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 16 May, recapping the great year BCF has had and highlighting the Impact six groups in particular have made in the community.  

Wednesday 1 May 2019
The Lord Lieutenant joined hundreds of people at Reading Minster on Wednesday 1 May for a joyful service to mark the retirement of the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, the Bishop of Reading. Bishop Andrew has been the Bishop of Reading since 2011. Before coming to Berkshire, he served as Chaplain of St Matthew’s, Addis Ababa and was consecrated Bishop of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa in 2007.

Saturday 13 April 2019
The Lord Lieutenant for Berkshire, Mr James Puxley attends the Berkshire Army Cadet Force Centenary Celebrations on Saturday 13 April.

Thursday 4 April 2019 

The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley presented 3 British Empire Medals (BEM), on behalf of HM The Queen, awarded in the New Year’s Honours list, at a Reception at Arbour Park, in Slough on Thursday 4 April

Ms Mary Mayes                 Police Constable, Met Police                                              For Services to Policing

Mr Alan Skipworth            Border Force Assistant Officer, Heathrow                          For Services to Border Security

Ms Kirsten Willies            Head of Operations, South Central Ambulance Service     For services to NHS Leadership

Mr James Puxley also presented certificates to 18 voluntary organisations from across Berkshire to recognise their achievement in being nominated for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.Mr Puxley presented Certificates to representatives of each voluntary group.The groups are currently being considered for the National Awards, and the results will be announced in June.

List of voluntary groups nominated for the 2019 Awards:

Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice Service
Berkshire Care Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Berkshire Magistrates Mock Trials Competition Team
Coffee and Craft
Destiny Support
Eagles Netball Club
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Volunteers
Maidenhead & District Stroke Club
Paving the Way
Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG)
Sport in Mind (pooled 2018)
The Mills Archive Trust
The Sikh Golf Society of Great Britain
The Tuesday Burchett Club
Wargrave Girls Football Club
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap Ltd