Summer Message from The Lord-Lieutenant
It is difficult to appreciate we are nearly at midsummer’s eve already. The year is slipping quickly past.
I am most grateful to the Kent Community Foundation for sponsoring my Civic Service in Rochester Cathedral on 14th March 2017, when all our civic leaders gathered together, with many who do so much for Kent. In my address I encouraged all present to enlist the help of adult volunteers for youth organisations. While as a county we provide a great number of volunteers for a diverse range of charitable causes, there is a lack of people coming forward to help as adult volunteers in the Cadet and Scout movements, which is holding back the number of young people we can assist into becoming good citizens. Many people are reticent in volunteering, but there are a wide variety of roles suitable for all age groups and differing skill sets. Teaming up with others to deliver youth training can be very enjoyable and widen our circle of friends.For further details click here: http://www.serfca.org/Links/Volunteering/Cadet-Force-Adult-Volunteers and https://www.kentscouts.org.uk/777
The Lieutenancy visited the Kent Fire and Rescue Service “Road Safety Experience” based next to Rochester Airport. This is the first of its type in the United Kingdom and it is highly recommended for young people who are learning to drive or have recently passed their test. I would urge all schools, colleges and universities to take the opportunity of sending groups of students to learn of the hazards of drink/drug driving in a non-confrontational way. I think many of us who are older could benefit by learning the hazards of ignoring the advice the course gives. http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/road-safety/road-safety-experience/
The Battle of Medway in 1676 was not one of our finest hours, however the commemoration events have enabled us to cement our links of friendship with the Dutch and showcase our Historic Dockyard and the strides Medway has made in resurrecting itself following the closure of the Dockyard as a naval base. http://thedockyard.co.uk/
It is very much hoped as many people as possible will support Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June. Events are being planned across Kent. It is our annual opportunity to show our support for our Servicemen and Cadets.
May I wish everyone a very enjoyable summer.