Two of the county’s new Deputy Lieutenants are chosen from Saffron Walden and Thaxted

PUBLISHED: 13:10 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 21 July 2017

Colonel (Retd) Roger Burgess. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Colonel (Retd) Roger Burgess. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A magistrate from Saffron Walden has been announced as one of five new Deputy Lieutenants for Essex.

High Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDHigh Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Lorna Jane Rolfe JP DL has been working in courts for more than 30 years, and, although born in Scotland, has lived in the county for almost 40.

As part of her new role, she will support the work of the Lord Lieutenant, as well as assist the Territorial, Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve and Pre-Service organisations.

The news comes as Lord Petre, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, prepares to stand down on August 4 after turning 75 – the retirement age for the sovereign’s representatives.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to make these appointments. The individuals concerned have made a great contribution to the county and fully deserve the recognition they have received.”

Mrs Rolfe has also been chairman of training and development within the magistracy, chairman of the bench, and is a past member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

No stranger to achievement, she was also appointed as the 836th High Sheriff of Essex in April last year – the seventh woman to hold the title.

She has also been chosen for the role for her work with the Red Cross, of which she has been local chairman since 1990, and for her services to community activities including voluntary co-ordinator at a new community centre in Great Chesterford.

A lover of music, Mrs Rolfe has been instrumental in developing creative organisations too, and is a founder member of The Granta Chorale and a members of Cambridge Philharmonic.

Joining her is Col (Retd) Roger Ian Stuart Burgess OBE DL from Thaxted who will take up the deputy role.

Col Burgess has spent most his working life in the military, joining the Army in 1966 and working there until 1997.

Since leaving, he has worked as a consultant in the defence industry and undertaken voluntary work with the RFCA Essex Committee, County Commandment, Cambridgeshire ACF and Thaxted Parish Council.

He joined the Royal British Legion’s branch in the town in 1997, and became county chairman last year.

The other new deputies include former Essex police and crime commissioner Nick Alston.

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