Cumbria's new Lord Lieutenant appointed

HER Majesty the Queen has appointed a new Lord Lieutenant for Cumbria who hopes to raise the aspirations of youngsters.

Claire Hensman, of Crosthwaite, will take over from Sir James Cropper as the royal representative when he retires from the role next month.

The Lyth Valley community ambassador, who is in her 60s, said she hoped to use her high-profile position to help widen the horizons of young people across Cumbria.

“It’s a huge honour to be appointed. It’s going to be quite a commitment,” she said. “Sir James Cropper has filled the office with such distinction and dedication for an exceptional 18 years and I will endeavour to maintain the same high standard he has set.

“To have the opportunity to serve Her Majesty the Queen and the Cumbrian community is a great privilege and I look forward to the challenge enormously.

“I feel very privileged. My husband Peter and I feel passionate about the welfare of Cumbrians and we have tried to contribute to the community.

“I want everyone to have the chance to make the most of their lives.”

Mrs Hensman, who is originally from Somerset, said her parents, who were both practising GPs, had left her with a sense of obligation to her community.

She was High Sheriff of Cumbria in 2007 and is a member of the Council of the High Sheriffs’ Association.

Previously she has focused her energies on education and health, as a board member of the University of Cumbria and the council.

Her role has also included standing as deputy pro-chancellor of Lancaster University and a non-executive director of Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust.

In the charity sector, she has concentrated on the marginalised, working for disabled and disadvantaged young people, prisoners and those with alcohol and drugs problems.

Sir James Cropper said: “I am delighted such a worthy successor has been appointed and I wish Mrs Hensman every success and as enjoyable a time as I have had.”

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8:37am Thu 8 Nov 12

jimjames says...

Sincerely hope this lady does not imagine that she somehow represents Furness & Cartmel. Inevitably, she will, so here's a bit of information for her - I contacted the Duchy of Lancaster re the status of the two areas concerning their identity. The Duchy replied that despite admin reforms in the 1970s (i.e. the forced imposition of cumbria) both Furness and Cartmel remain within the County Palatine of Lancaster and the historic County of Lancashire.

Then, I contacted Ordnance Survey regarding this and asked why we appear under cumbria on maps. They replied that legislation compels them to show only administrative divisions (not counties) on their maps, the point being that when cumbria's admin area is altered or abolished then it simply disappears from maps. If anything underlines the artificial nature of cumbria, surely this is it!

So, Furness and Cartmel, by law, remain part of Lancashire, albeit not run from Preston. Whilst I wish Mrs Hensman well it is a shame that her office will continue to perpetuate the myth of the "county of cumbria."
Sincerely hope this lady does not imagine that she somehow represents Furness & Cartmel. Inevitably, she will, so here's a bit of information for her - I contacted the Duchy of Lancaster re the status of the two areas concerning their identity. The Duchy replied that despite admin reforms in the 1970s (i.e. the forced imposition of cumbria) both Furness and Cartmel remain within the County Palatine of Lancaster and the historic County of Lancashire. Then, I contacted Ordnance Survey regarding this and asked why we appear under cumbria on maps. They replied that legislation compels them to show only administrative divisions (not counties) on their maps, the point being that when cumbria's admin area is altered or abolished then it simply disappears from maps. If anything underlines the artificial nature of cumbria, surely this is it! So, Furness and Cartmel, by law, remain part of Lancashire, albeit not run from Preston. Whilst I wish Mrs Hensman well it is a shame that her office will continue to perpetuate the myth of the "county of cumbria." jimjames

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