Jennifer Gretton

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"Lady Gretton, as Lord-Lieutenant, is the official representative of Her Majesty The Queen for the County and City of Leicester, and was appointed on 1 February 2003.

"On 24 February 2003 Lady Gretton was appointed Chairman of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace and General Commissioners of Income Tax, and a Justice of the Peace and Keeper of the Rolls for Leicestershire. In 2004 Lady Gretton was made a Dame of the Order of St John.

"Lady Gretton (Jennifer Ann) was born on 14th June 1943 at St Ives, Cornwall. She is the widow of the Third Baron Gretton, and has a married son (the Fourth Baron Gretton), and a married daughter. Lady Gretton has a granddaughter and three grandsons.

"Lady Gretton has been running the Stapleford Estate near Melton Mowbray since the death of her husband in 1989. In the same year she was appointed to the Leicestershire and Rutland Country Land and Business Association Committee, the Student Affairs Committee and Advisory Council at Harlaxton Manor (the British Campus of the University of Evansville) and President of the Melton Mowbray and District Model Engineering Society. She served on the Country Land and Business Association Environment and Water Committee at national level from 1994 -1998. In 1994 she was appointed President of the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) and in 1999 President of LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief of Suffering). In 2001 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire. Lady Gretton has been a Member of the Committee of Somerby Parochial Church Council since 1991, Church Warden of All Saints Church Somerby 1992-1995, and has been a member of the Leicester Cathedral Council since 2003.

"She is Patron of six Parishes in Leicestershire and Staffordshire, and is patron or president of a wide range of local charities and organisations.

"Lady Gretton is interested in sport, especially tennis when she has the time, and music, singing with the Oakham School Choral Society. She is interested in all aspects of steam, and restored the Stapleford Miniature Railway with the help of volunteers, and instigated the Stapleford Steam Rally in 1996. "[1]


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  1. Jennifer Gretton, organizational web page, accessed April 25, 2013.