'ONE Community' is the theme of the year for Wiltshire's new High Sheriff, who made his declaration and acceptance speech during a video conference yesterday.

Major General Ashely Truluck CB CBE has taken over the position from David Scott DL, and will continue an active role in upholding the Constitution and supporting the volunteer community.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak however, what was meant to be a traditional ceremony at Salisbury Guildhall on Wednesday with more than 120 guests, was transformed into a virtual celebration.

Ashley retired as a major general in 2001, and has since been a strategic consultant working with central government, the emergency services and International Maritime Bureau, as well as helping run a commercial tour company.

The keen sailor, walker and military history enthusiast is also involved in a variety of both national and local charities and community projects with wife Jenny.

Following the change-over he said: “I am honoured to be appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 2020/21.

"I will be aiming to encourage even closer links between Wiltshire’s existing civil and growing military communities, and shine a light on the work of the Wiltshire Community Foundation, of which I am privileged to be chairman, in connecting people who care with communities that matter.”