Former Wisbech mayor takes on new role as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire - with the Queen’s seal of approval

Mr Richard Barnwell DL has been approved by Her Majesty the Queen to serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the county of Cambridgeshire.
Mr Richard Barnwell DL has been approved by Her Majesty the Queen to serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the county of Cambridgeshire.

Former Wisbech mayor and well-known auctioneer Richard Barnwell has been given the Royal seal of approval and will now serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire.

Former Wisbech mayor and well-known auctioneer Richard Barnwell has been given the royal seal of approval and will now serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence chose Mr Barnwell, who is married to Beverly and been a deputy lieutenant since 2004, to act as her Vice Lord-Lieutenant. The appointment needs the Queen’s approval as the Lord Lieutenant is her personal representative for the county.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant supports the Lord-Lieutenant, and carries out the normal duties of the Lord-Lieutenant when they are unavailable.

Mr Barnwell has lived in Wisbech for 40 years and has been involved with many charities in the town.

He will serve in his new role until June 2020.

He is currently chairman of Wisbech and Fenland Museum and Wisbech Charities (which manages the Wisbech Almshouses), and he is a trustee of seven other charities in the county.

Mr Barnwell was honoured by Wisbech Town Council in 2012 when he was appointed an Honorary Freeman of Wisbech. He has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and was appointed a Paul Harris Fellow in 2011 by his home club in Wisbech. Mr Barnwell was for 10 years Chairman of the Wisbech Preservation Trust, and Chairman of the Wisbech Tourism Group for 12 years, and a founder Trustee of the Octavia Hill Birthplace Trust Museum.

Mr. Barnwell was appointed the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire from 2011-2012.

Mr Barnwell, an Auctioneer, who also farms 800 acres in Northamptonshire, has owned and run Clifford Cross Auctions in Wisbech since 2001, and holds regular auctions of fruit and vegetables, and trees, shrubs and antiques and collectables.

He is well known by locals, especially for his interesting hobby of being an enthusiastic collector of unusual bygones and gives talks around the area “Barnwell on Bygones”, and also on “Old Wisbech” and “Auctions and Auctioneering in the Fens”.

As Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Mr Barnwell will serve his duties until 30 June 2020.