The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an investiture at Penshurst Place for the six British Empire Medal recipients nominated in Her Majesty The Queen’s June 2018 Birthday Honours List.
Chosen for their outstanding and dedicated community work and public service the 6 recipients, Reverend Marina Jeffrey-Watson (Birchington); Mr Ewen Kellas (Tonbridge); Mrs Diana Knox (Wrotham); Mrs Dorothy Mcgovern (Folkestone); Mrs Shelley Phillips (formerly from Tonbridge); and Dr Agimol Pradeep (Ashford) were named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Ceremony took place in the Sunderland Room where guests of the recipients were able to witness the Ceremony. The short citations were read by Mr Douglas Horner, a Deputy Lieutenant and one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Flight Sergeant Sophie Parker from 2520 (Tonbridge) Squadron, Kent Wing Air Training Corps also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the Ceremony.
Reverend Marina Jeffrey-Watson began her working life as a Community Nurse. She later became a Minister and dedicated her time to looking after those in need in the local community. She established a Lunch Club 26 years ago which ensures the more vulnerable members of the area can meet regularly in a caring environment, giving them much wanted friendship and support.
Mr Ewen Kellas has served the community of Horsmonden for over 40 years. He established a youth club where he taught table tennis, cricket and football. He was instrumental in reviving the Working Men’s Club which now enjoys a thriving membership. He also helps organise the annual village Fete and arranges litter picking and path clearing sessions.
Mrs Diana Knox has been a tireless fundraiser in the village of Wrotham for over 15 years. She established the Friends of St George’s Church Committee which hosts fundraising events to help maintain the church. They have raised enough funds to install a new lighting system, restored the bells and are now looking to repair the roof.
Mrs Dorothy Mcgovern has been an active member of the community in Folkestone for nearly 25 years. She is a Stroke Nurse but still manages to find time to serve on numerous groups to support disadvantaged people. She created the Hill Road Community Garden which transformed a dilapidated area into a beautiful garden for people to enjoy. She has raised over £50,000 for Stroke and Cancer charities.
Mrs Shelley Phillips has spent over 20 years hosting concerts to raise funds for various charities and has, so far, raised over £50,000 for the Hospice in the Weald and over £20,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. She was also instrumental in encouraging the local community to help raise over £75,000 for specialist equipment for a local resident after they had suffered a severe stroke.
Dr Agimol Pradeep has made a significant impact in increasing the number of people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to join the organ donation register. She has given talks at numerous events, including faith festivals, fetes and workshops to explain the importance of organ donors coming forward from the BME community. Her work in this area has been hugely successful as the number of donors on the register has now increased by 4500.
In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Award Ceremony for the County of Kent took place on 25th September 2018 at the prestigious Salomon’s Estate in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards are for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces and are recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, presented 19 Meritorious Service Certificates and 9 Cadet of the Year Awards. The Shepherd Neame Best Reservist Award was presented by Mr G Hilton, along with a trophy and a cheque for £100. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service were instituted in order to afford public recognition to those members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces whose efforts are not recognised by the twice yearly Honours Lists. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate thus ranks second to The Queen’s Honours Lists.
The Cadet of the Year Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement. A certificate is awarded, together with a Lord-Lieutenant’s Badge which the individual is entitled to wear when in uniform.
The best Reservist Award is awarded to the Reservist considered by the selection board to have achieved the most or to have made the greatest contribution to the Reserve Service in the County of Kent.
Message of Congratulations from Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent and Deputy President of SERFCA (Kent)
“I am delighted to congratulate Kent County Council on winning the prestigious Ministry of Defence 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for outstanding commitment and support towards the Armed Forces Community. This reinforces Kent’s long-standing support for the Armed Forces and their families. A significant number of veterans and their dependants live among us, as well as the Regular and Reserve Forces. Our magnificent young men and women of the Cadet Forces and CCFs will, I am sure, aid the continuance and growth of our support into the future.
This award is very much an award for all those involved. We can be pleased and proud of all those involved.”
Details of the Gold Award can be found at https://kccmediahub.net/gold-award-kccs-support-military745
Square Pegs, a youth arts organisation for people with special needs aged 7-25 exists for young people who don’t fit in with mainstream activities because of learning or communication difficulties. The group which started 12 years ago, were very proud to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in November, the only organisation in the county in 2017 to be presented with the accolade. Beth James, Square Pegs Director, received the award from the Vice-Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Richard Oldfield, at a special ceremony to celebrate the occasion.
The organisation holds five weekly drama clubs and monthly singing and film club sessions in Chatham, Maidstone and Canterbury for around 70 young people a week. The next planned progression is for Square Pegs to create a professional theatre company to build on the high standard it has achieved to date. The organisation has also applied for charity status and if successful, it will create more opportinites for funding.
Kent’s finest have been honoured by The Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals (BEM). Chosen for their outstanding and dedicated community work and public service the 3 recipients, Mr Henry Austin (Tonbridge), Mr Dean Faulkner (Sheerness) and Miss Melanie Hipwood (Sittingbourne) were named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an Investiture at Penshurst Place on 17th October to present the 3 Medallists with their award, following the official announcement in June. The short citations were read by Mrs Louise Bryant, a Deputy Lieutenant and one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Warrant Officer Bradley Relyea from 2158 (Sevenoaks) Squadron also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the Ceremony.
Mr Henry Austin has dedicated over 47 years as a volunteer for The Boys’ Brigade and has held over 12 positions in the Tonbridge and North West Kent Battalions. When he was made Vice President, he supported 15 other Boys’ Brigades, mentored new Captains and was instrumental in the inclusion of females which saw 10 young girls achieve The Queen’s Badge – the highest honour available.
Mr Dean Faulkner has dedicated many years to St John Ambulance since joining as a young Cadet. He was made a Cadet Leader at the very early age of 16, which was a considerable achievement. His continued dedication to the organisation was recognised in 1995 when he was made Assistant County Commissioner. In addition to this very demanding voluntary role, he is a member of the Isle of Sheppey St John Ambulance Band since 1976 and is an active fundraiser to ensure the band continues for many more years.
Miss Melanie Hipwood has worked as a Civil Servant for the Department for International Development (DFID) since 1993. She was instrumental in the successful move of this Department to Whitehall, which significantly reduced estate costs and enabled them to be one of the leading Whitehall departments in adopting modern work practices. It has been her outstanding service to public administration, ‘going above and beyond’ for the benefit of others, that she has been recognised with the British Empire Medal.
In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE held his annual awards presentation at the Salomon’s Estate in Tunbridge Wells on 26th September 2017. Twenty-two outstanding members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air – were presented with medals and certificates in recognition of their dedicated service throughout the County. In addition, the Lord-Lieutenant has appointed seven Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2018 who will accompany him on County engagements throughout the year.
The event was attended by the Chief Executive of SERFCA, Colonel Patrick Crowley with dignitaries from across Kent present to witness the ceremony, which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues of those receiving awards.
The Shepherd Neame Best Reservist Award winner was Lance Corporal Dan Campbell from C (Royal West Kent) Company, 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, Mr Jonathan Neame DL presented the award.
Congratulating all the award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant said in his speech –
‘The Reserves are a vital asset to the nation, contributing to its security, its safety and its place in the world. They are made up of volunteers drawn from across society, who are trained and equally equipped to work with the three Regular Services.
These men and women are well-respected and well-rewarded: they enjoy the kind of challenge and comradeship which are rare in civilian life and yet are able to balance military service with their responsibilities to their families and civilian careers. In the words of Field Marshal Lord Slim they are ‘twice the men and women’ as a result.
The support that you provide to these volunteers is extremely important and I urge you to continue to promote their commitment. In particular, the volunteers need the support of employers that some of you represent or know; whether it is your giving Reservists time off to train or having Human Resources Reserves-friendly policies in place. Your help is invaluable and in return you have people, who through their training and time on duty, are a great asset to your workforce on their return to work.
Similar support applies to the four cadet forces. The cadets only flourish because of the dedication of the Adult Volunteers. I would like to repeat my plea for all of you to do what you can to encourage more adults to serve, as there is an increasing challenge to find adult volunteers across many civilian youth organisations as well as the cadets. The four cadet forces provide fantastic opportunities to the cadets in developing their life skills for future careers and adult volunteer instructors gain great satisfaction in seeing their cadets thrive from their training and care, as well as honing their own management skills.
You have also heard from SE RFCA about how you can help these marvellous volunteer organisations. I urge you to understand, support and encourage volunteer service in both the Reserves and Cadets.
None of this voluntary service is going to work without the support of families and friends. I take this opportunity to thank them for the sacrifices they make for such worthy causes.’
Carbon8 Systems Limited, a University of Greenwich spin-out company, was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, in a special ceremony held at the Medway Campus on 6th September.
Founded just 11 years ago, the company has successfully patented its Accelerated Carbon Technology (ACT). It is now a world leader in the capture of carbon dioxide using industrial waste and contaminated soils to create carbon-negative building materials.
The company’s technology is of huge benefit to the environment, as this process prevents the release of hazardous waste into the atmosphere.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are considered the UK’s most prestigious business prizes, rewarding outstanding achievements. Carbon8 won in the Innovation category. Since its launch, the company has been supported by the university, making use of its research facilities and commercial expertise.The Carbon8 team, who received a certificate and a cut-glass rose bowl from the Lord-Lieutenant, also attended a royal reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace this summer. The team includes Professor Colin Hills from the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science and Dr Paula Carey, Managing Director, and Mark Orsbourn, Engineering Director.
The Lord Lieutenant of Kent congratulated the company on its “achievements, success and excellence,” adding that “Kent is extremely fortunate to have so many SMEs leading the way with innovative science and technology”.
“Your commercial development over the last five years, together with your growing international reputation, augers well for your future in expanding your business worldwide,” he said.
Carbon8 Systems has now been granted patents in Europe, America and Canada. The Global CO2 Initiative has identified Carbon8 as the world leader in the mineralisation of CO2. Furthermore, a UN Environment Programme cites the University of Greenwich as a leading expert in the area of accelerated carbonation technology. The company’s vision is to create a global portfolio of waste treatment plants, combining CO2 with industrial wastes such as cement dusts, steel slags and contaminated soils.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Patron of Royal British Legion Kent, attended the Poppy Appeal Community Awards Ceremony held on 4th July at the Capel Morris Centre, RBL Village, Aylesford, to thank volunteer groups who support the Poppy Appeal in Kent.
There are 170 Poppy Appeal Districts in Kent raising a total of £1.7 million, compared to £1.2 million four years ago. Present at the event were 30 nominees selected by the Poppy Appeal Organiser of the area, because they have been an extraordinary supporter of the appeal.
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