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The TRUNK October 2021

29 October 2021

Berkshire MA: a dark history

Berkshire MA is hosting an online social event for all magistrates, colleagues, families and friends at London's Newgate Prison. A virtual tour of the prison will be held on 20 November 2021 at 7.30pm.

For 700 years, a prison stood in the heart of London with a dark and terrible reputation. Squalid conditions and tyrannical governors caused untold misery for its many inmates, many of whom would make their final journey to the nearby Tyburn Tree. It became the site of the infamous gallows ad the place of execution for some.

Join renowned tour guide and historian, Nick Richmond, on a virtual trip through its long and dark history and hear the tales of some of its unfortunate inmates, including one of London's most famous criminals, Jack Sheppard, who managed to escape this dreaded fortress three times.

Tickets for this event are £5.00 and can be booked through the payment link below - You will then be sent the Zoom link. 

For more informattion, please contact Simon Mitchinson.

Surrey MA: interactive webinars

Following the success of their inaugural ‘Let’s Talk About …’ webinar forum, Surrey MA, in collaboration with Greater Manchester MA, bring you the second in their ‘Let’s Talk About…’ webinar series 7 December at 5.30pm “Let’s Talk About … Women in Prison’.

Kate Fraser, Head of Prisons Partnerships and Participation of Women in Prison, and Dr Kate Paradine, Chief Executive of WIP will lead a presentation focusing on information to assist magistrates in understanding the root causes of women’s offending and the importance of trauma-informed sentencing practice, as well as highlighting community alternatives to prison, particularly services provided by the network of women’s centres.

If you would like any specific issues addressed or queries answered at this session pleased contact David Chappell ( by 30 November 2021.

If you are interested in attending the webinar, please email Eira Meller ( for the event link.

Please see event flyer here.

Clywd MA: an evening with the new police and crime commissioner for North Wales

Clwyd MA branch recently invited the new North Wales PCC Andy Dunbobbin to attend a meeting with colleagues via zoom. PCC Andy Dunbobbin gave the magistrates from North East Wales and Central bench an insight into his role, priorities, experiences so far and aims for the next three years. He has a clear vision and is committed to its delivery. Clywd MA were delighted that the new PCC could take time out of his busy schedule to attend.

For more information, please contact Denise Chadwick.

East Sussex MA: AGM and training event

East Sussex MA are delighted to be able to meet up again, in person, for their AGM and training event on 20 November 2021, at their usual venue in Eastbourne. The subject for the training event is domestic violence and East Sussex MA will be welcoming speakers from two organisation who work with victims of domestic violence and representatives of Sussex Police. The High Sheriff will also be presenting several well-deserved long service certificates to MA members.

This event is open to all MA members, no matter where they are based. A buffet lunch will follow the training event.

For those MA members that can’t physically make this event we intend to stream it live via Teams. If anyone wishes to confirm attendance, to request a Teams link, or who requires any further information please email

Dorset MA: AGM and training session

Dorset MA held its 2021 AGM at Bryanston School on 23 October 2021. Forty magistrates were in attendance including HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, the High Sheriff Michael Dooley, Dorset’s new police and crime commissioner David Sidwick, Patron His Honour Judge Stephen Climie and MA National Chair Beverly Higgs. After a brief AGM, presentations were given by Emma Marshall and Jo King JP from the Sentencing Council, and an informative insight into the Drink Driver Rehabilitation Course given by Sarah Fisk from IAM Roadsmart. Beverly Higgs then addressed the meeting with an update of the MA’s recent activity. The evening was rounded off by an excellent buffet dinner.

For more information, please contact Louise Dutton.

Lincolnshire MA: learn and lunch with Sarah Williams

Lincolnshire MA has organised an awareness event on 20 November 2021. Sarah Williams, senior probation officer for Lincolnshire, will be providing an overview of the targeted community sentencing interventions provided by the Probation Service and there will be a Q&A session afterwards.

Saturday 20  November

9:30 am for a 10:00 am start.

The Bentley Hotel, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9NH

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and hopefully this will allow members to catch up with one another – a lot has happened over the last 18 months; and Lincolnshire MA are very conscious that quite a number of members have retired from the bench during this time, so it would be a great opportunity to meet up again.

To book your place and lunch (detailing any dietary needs), please contact Mark Waller (Secretary) at 

Staffordshire MA: Conference and AGM

Staffordshire MA will hold it’s AGM and Conference on the 20 November 2021. The event will be held at the fabulous Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. The main topic is modern slavery and human trafficking supported by a programme on domestic abuse.

Be reassured that the venue is large enough to allow you to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the wearing of masks is also encouraged and there will also be hand sanitiser available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided in individually packaged boxes.

Travel and subsistence is again covered by HMCTS and should the event have to be cancelled due to further covid related restrictions the £10 fee to cover food costs will be refunded to everyone.

There is ample parking at the venue and it is also an easy five minute walk from Wolverhampton train station. For more information about The Grand Theatre, have a look on their website.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dannatt

Join North East and East London AGM by Nasrin Master JP

If you are reading this, you are part of an age old tradition of people using their knowledge, skills and experiences dispensing justice within our local communities. It is this tradition we wish to support and enhance. The pandemic has reminded me of the value of life, the value of community and the value of friendship. Join us on 16 November 2021 at 7pm and shape our future.

For more information, please contact Nasrin Master

Shropshire MA: more information sharing events

Shropshire MA has organised a series of more information sharing events, including topics such as working with victims of sexual abuse and children in the care system in the UK. These will all be held via Teams and start at 7pm.

Event Title

Event Date/Time





Jessica Carter


PURPLE LEAF and West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.




Bert O’Donoghue & Jonathan Whalley

Children in the care system in the UK


08/12/21 @7:00

Sarah Tredaway

Sarah is the Area Manager (Staffs, Warks and West Mercia)

For more information, please contact Nicola Hughes

Cheshire MA: AGM and members’ meeting

Cheshire MA members are invited to come together virtually for its upcoming AGM and members’ meeting. The meeting will take place over Zoom on 6 November 2021.

All Cheshire and Merseyside magistrates are invited to attend. There will be an interesting mix of speakers including presentations on county lines drug dealing and domestic violence.

For more information, please contact Alan Eyres.

Website: new Remember me feature when members log in 

Frustrated that every time you try to log in to the MA website you have to put in your password afresh? We've heard you - and taken action. Next time you log in to the website, you'll see a small ‘Remember Me’ tick-box has been added to the login page. Tick this, and you'll remain logged in for 30 days (unless you log out) even if you close your browser.


1st Prize – Janine Barber (Central & North London)
2nd Prize – Tracy Sortwell (Cambridgeshire)
3rd Prize –  James Dickinson (Lancashire County)

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