Margate Army Cadets recently held their annual Presentation Evening which was attended by the Mayor of Margate, Councillor Robin Edwards and former Army Cadet Force PR Officer, Barry Duffield DL, representing the Lord-Lieutenant. The Detachment Commander, 2nd Lieutenant Alison Green, thanked all those who attended the evening and congratulated all cadets who received awards which were presented by The Mayor of Margate and Barry Duffield DL.
Twelve Kent residents were honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals on 12th May, 2016.
Chosen for their tireless community work and dedication, the recipients were named in The Queen’s New Year Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held the Investiture at Penshurst Place to present the Medallists with their awards.
Short citations were read by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Richard Dixon TD DL. One of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Sergeant Major Thomas Hunt also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the ceremony. In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
Joining the ancient office of Justice of the Peace carries a huge responsibility as well as an exciting chance to administer the law within the local community, and this is not any less true for Kent’s youngest Magistrate, Alex Hyne.
Having been appointed at the age of 18 (the minimum age for appointment), Alex has always been keen to support his local area in any way he can. Working for Medway Council, he is already laying the foundations for a career dedicated to serving the public. He has been passionate about representing local young people especially within factions of society where there is found to be little diversity in age.
Through his new vocation as a magistrate, Alex is keen to encourage more young residents to join the bench and add their experience or perspective on crime in their area. He says that his new role will be challenging and interesting, and is pleased to be representing the area that he loves.
In the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant,Viscount De L’Isle and His Honour Judge Griffith-Jones QC the new intake of Kent magistrates’ were sworn in on the 2 December last year. This happened to be a very special day for Alex as it was his 19th birthday.
With his colleagues, Alex has completed all the necessary initial training and now enters the mentoring phase where he will be supported by an experienced magistrate during his first few years on the bench. Sitting in the adult courts, he will be dealing with summary and either-way offences and will not be able to sit on any cases involving Medway Council as he is an employee.
Alex sees his role on the bench to be a lifetime commitment to serving his community and developing the culture of the magistracy. He has an interest in family law cases and has ambitions to hear these types of case in the future. Alex is now looking forward to his first day behind the bench within the next few weeks.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE attended the CRM office on the Medway City Estate in Rochester on the 16th October to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Established in 2003, CRM Logistics Ltd provide freight and warehousing services. The company provides bespoke services and has a policy of high-quality after-sales reporting which underpins its approach and serves as a strong baseline for winning new business. Although small with 16 employees, the company is a successful exporter and it has expanded its markets through recommendations and overseas visits. The company also follows a defined strategy and invests in facilities to support its strategy such as advanced software to allow customers to track and trace their cargo. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for growth in overseas earnings of 575% over the last three years.
After words of welcome from Mr Matt Smith, Managing Director, Deputy Lieutenant Russell Race read the citation, and the Lord-Lieutenant made the presentation.
On presenting the award the Lord-Lieutenant said: “I congratulate and thank each and every person involved in CRM’s remarkable success story, for what you are achieving and will go on to achieve. Kent and Medway are extremely fortunate to have so many SMEs leading the way with innovative approaches to their business, which augurs well for the future of our wider county. Great Britain relies on overseas trade to pay its way in the world. The cut glass Trophy and certificate I am presenting today, is proof that you have been assessed as one of a handful of companies, from many thousands of entrants, worthy of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in the International Trade Category for this year.”
AbBaltis Limited was founded by Giedre Brandao in 2010 to provide research materials for the In Vitro Diagnostic Business. This innovative Kent based company based at the Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne, has recorded outstanding overseas sales growth in the last three years and now has a growing staff of nine. The product is perishable and therefore it needs to reach its destination safely and very quickly. AbBaltis prides itself in not having lost any shipments in transit.
The Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the company – which has just celebrated its fifth anniversary – on Her Majesty The Queen’s behalf. He also praised the increasing number of small companies in scientific manufacturing, which are adding greatly to Kent’s growing knowledge-based economy, which must be the way forward in the 21st century.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE held his annual awards presentation at his family home on 28th September 2015. Twenty four 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, he has appointed seven Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2015/2016 who will accompany him on County engagements for the next twelve months.
The event was attended by Brigadier Andrew Hughes MBE, Commander II Infantry Brigade, based in Aldershot, with dignitaries from across Kent present to witness the ceremony, which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues of those receiving awards. Congratulating all the award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant said, “There have been many exceptional events that have taken place in this hall and it is my pleasure on behalf of Her Majesty and the County to congratulate all those who have received an award this evening”.
Lord-Lieutenant Certificates for Meritorious Services were presented to members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from within the Army Cadet Force (ACF), Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and Air Training Corps (ATC). Cadet Forces’ Clasps were awarded for long and meritorious service to one member of the SCC and one member of the ACF.
Sponsored by Shepherd Neame, this award was presented to Private Scott Clark, 28, who serves with C (Royal West Kent) Company, 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, based in Chatham. The award was presented by Johnathan Neame DL, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame.
♦Lieutenant Duncan Wood – 579 Field Squadron (EOD); ♦Staff Sergeant Christopher Harman – 133 Field Company REME; ♦Staff Sergeant Isabel Sage – 133 Field Company REME; ♦Commander Antony Rawlins (Retd) RNR – Dover and Deal SCC; ♦Chaplain Grahame Whittlesea RNR – Canterbury SCC;♦Chief Petty Officer (SCC) Leisse Gambell – Sheppey SCC; ♦Second Lieutenant Keith Fuller – D Company Kent ACF; ♦Company Sergeant Major Alan Buckle – A Company Kent ACF; ♦Sergeant Major Instructor Daniel Westall – D Company Kent ACF; ♦Wing Commander Russell Goodayle RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC; ♦Flight Lieutenant Nigel Taylor RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC; ♦Flight Lieutenant (Retd) Paul Collins RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC;
Wealden Sailability, a Sevenoaks charity that provides people with disabilities the chance to learn to sail has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Mr Richard Oldfield.
The accolade is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, and the Vice Lord Lieutenant made the official presentation of the crystal trophy and the plaque signed by Her Majesty The Queen in front of more than 100 Wealden Sailability volunteers, clients, carers and guests at the organisation’s Chipstead Sailing Club base.
Wealden Sailability supports more than 60 people a week, with a whole range of physical and learning disabilities, in getting out on the water every Tuesday and Thursday between April and October.
Established in 2008, with no money or boats, Wealden Sailability has grown from being a small group of enthusiastic sailors wanting to help people with disabilities enjoy the fun and independence sailing offers, to now having some 21 specially-adapted boats and enjoying outstanding relationships with many local community groups and independent sailors. There are now over 80 volunteers.
The plaque was presented to Brian MacCormack, one of the original volunteers but following a severe stroke and over three months in hospital is now a client, while the crystal trophy was handed to Meg Warren, another long-time volunteer. The Vice Lord Lieutenant was supported by Deputy Lieutenants, Mr Douglas Horner, who read the citation, Lord Sackville and the High Sheriff of Kent, Mr William Alexander.
Brian Stanley, Founder Trustee of Wealden Sailability, said: “The presentation event took place on a normal operational day so that the Vice Lord Lieutenant could see Wealden Sailability in action and he even joined the clients on the water in a Laser Stratos boat.”
Wealden Sailability’s philosophy is to encourage its sailors to develop their sailing skills so that they may aim towards achieving personal goals, which may be simply to enjoy the freedom of being on the water, or to progress to taking full control and sailing solo, or even to learning to race.
For more information on Wealden Sailability visit www.wealdensailability.org
The Lord-Lieutenant as President of Kent County Priory Group attended the Thanksgiving and Re-dedication Service to mark the centenary of St John Maidstone Division which was held in the open air at the Friars on Saturday 22nd August 2015.
The Service was conducted by The Rev Mark Griffin, Deputy County Chaplain, joined by Father Damian Cassidy, Prior at Aylesford.
The Act of Remembrance and Act of Re-dedication were made by The Kent Priory Group Chairman James London and the lessons were read by Ben Holley, Kent Cadet for 2015 and Denise Warman.
The Lord-Lieutenant presented a Certificate recording the 100 years of dedicated service given by all members of the Division since 1915. The following received Long Service Clasps –
– 2nd Medal Bar (22 years’ Service) Paul Collins and Shirley Collins
– 5th Medal Bar (37 Years’ Service) Denise Warman
– Badger Chloe Chapman received a certificate to acknowledge her achievements as a Super Badger.
The Lord-Lieutenant made a short address thanking the Division for their dedicated service to the community as well as praising those who have given long and valued service, while encouraging the young to go on to great deeds in the future. The Service was followed by tea for everyone attending the event.
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