Message from the Lord-Lieutenant


New Year Message from The Lord-Lieutenant

As we approach a New Year we should reflect on the past year and look forward to the next.

Canterbury Cathedral achieved its HLF grant which takes the funds raised to £43 million and work will start on the nave roof in January, which is the beginning of the five year programme of work that will repair the structure, and greatly improve the visitor experience and educational opportunities.

I recently wrote about the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and Queen’s Award for Enterprise. There are a large number of splendid voluntary organisations throughout Kent, if you know of one or have been helped by an organisation, please consider nominating them. You can read on this website about those winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, I especially draw your attention to Ecoegg which suffered an arson attack, but was able to move premises and continue their growth without missing a beat.

Kent has a proven track record of demonstrating best practice I should just like to draw your attention to two instances:
First –  the Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s newly opened Road Safety Experience, which is located at the new Rochester Fire Station, next to Rochester Airport. The course is intended to inform and challenge 15-25 year olds, but is equally applicable to older people, as I discovered when I visited. I would highly recommend all Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities to arrange visits for their students. The Team of Firefighters, Police Officers and Paramedics who run the course will inspire all age groups to act responsibly by their matter of fact approach to a problem that affects us all on a day to day basis.
Second –The Hadlow Group will be opening its new Betteshanger Sustainable Energy College and Park, which includes a Mining Museum to recall the coal mining history of Kent. The Betteshanger site lay empty for more than 20 years. Now The Hadlow Group is breathing new life into an area of Kent which deserves sustainable economic development.

May I wish everyone a very successful New Year.

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