A head and shoulders shot of Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst. She wears a dark jacket with the Lord Lieutenant medal on her left breast. She wears a necklaces of two short strings of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a dark pillbox hat. Behind her is a Union Jack unfurled and stained glass windows.

The Essex Lieutenancy

HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex is Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the first woman to be appointed to the office in the county since it was established in the 1500s.

She is Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the county.

The main duty of the Lord-Lieutenant is to uphold the dignity of the Crown in Essex, including encouraging voluntary service and benevolent organisations, helping to create a spirit of co-operation in the county, supporting business and industry and the social life of Essex. The appointment is non-political and unpaid.

Good News from Essex

2019 New Year's Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2019 New Year's Honours, for their services to their communities.

First Responders awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Volunteers of the Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders have helped save hundreds of lives attending life-threatening emergency ...

Thurrock Mind outstanding

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Thurrock Mind, a mental health charity, won the 2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its outstanding work.


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And here’s the ⁦@K9memorialUk⁩ itself, destined to be a great attraction to Chelmsford and a firm favourite with children of all ages, as well as a fitting tribute to police dogs and their handlers.

On Faramir, one of the @CirdanTrust boats from @MaldonDC @maldontown to learn more about this special organisation which takes youth groups on off-shore sailing voyages. With us @simonhall_essex @DavidHurst Philip Tolhurst and 14 others

With the airforce cadets and two L-L cadets PO Catherine Prior and Flight Sergeant Rebecca Coriero @Marks_Hall for Cllr Vanessa Santomauro’s Chairman’s Civic Celebration @BraintreeDC. Very happy occasion.

Dr Mark Banting lecturer in history of art at the opening of the Colour exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery @SouthendMuseums . So pleased to be asked to open it and see such exciting use of colour in a gallery.@SouthendBC

It was really good to gather with Christians from all denominations and none to pray for our nation @CCathedral this morning

What a fabulous day showcasing the achievements of both our cadets and CFAV’s in #Essex ACF Awards Ceremony today in the presence of @Essex_LL and VIP guests. On a personal level it was my last formal County parade before stepping down in 3 weeks. Thanks to all involved!

Essex Army Cadet Force on Twitter

“#Farewell Sir @iainraemac #ACF https://t.co/rClHh3Kn7s”


Very pleased to be at a special parade to mark the retirement of @iainraemac and the Essex Army Cadet Force Awards Ceremony @EssexACF @yourcolchester Merville Barracks.

Essex Army Cadet Force on Twitter

“While our #Musical #Cadets play @Essex_LL inspects the parade with @iainraemac. #ACF https://t.co/u7KM2XFYaL”


#Congratulations to #SergeantMajor Cheeseman for receiving the @Essex_LL #LordLieutenant’s #Award for #MeritoriousService #ACF

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited Essex today. @gilwellpark @UKScouting Thank you very much for coming to help celebrate their hundredth birthday, it was a wonderful day.
Congratulations to CEO Matt Hyde and his team

Great visit by the @RoyalFamily Duchess of Cambridge to Gilwell Park, Epping Forest, Essex @UKScouting All ages of scouts represented including the very young. Wonderful adult and senior scout leaders.

BBC Essex on Twitter

“.@UKScouting CEO Matt Hyde talks about @KensingtonRoyal Kate Middleton’s visit to Waltham Abbey to mark Gillwell Park’s 💯 birthd...


Two projects in Essex are set to get over 2 million pounds from the government's coastal communities fund. 1.5 million will go towards Canvey Island's Seafront regeneration project. The rest will be used to boost the image of the Essex Costal Path as a tourist destination.

Oti Mabuse choreographed a remarkable production of dancing to Fats Waller’s music in Ain’t Misbehaving and photographed with the wonderful members of the cast and musicians @mercurytheatre @yourcolchester

Today I had the privilege of attending a Citizenship ceremony at County Hall Chelmsford with the @Essex_HS. Certificates handed out by @Essex_LL . People from all over the world electing to become a citizen of the UK. Enriching the UK with their skills & diversity. V emotional.

🍀 The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the @irish_guards, and The Duchess, joined 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St Patrick’s Day Parade this morning. #StPatricksDay

Follow @KensingtonRoyal for more.

Future Judges, Barristers, Solicitors, Magistrates, Jurors? Very possibly, having watched a selection of talented Essex school children take part in the excellent Essex Magistrates School Mock Trials at Basildon with @Essex_HS run by @MagsAssoc @Essex_CC