The Lord-Lieutenant presented Young Lives Foundation with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at an awards ceremony at Eastwell Manor, Ashford on 5th August, 2015.
Over 80 guests including the volunteers of YLF’s Appropriate Adult Service, to whom the award is owed, attended the event to see the Lord-Lieutenant hand the crystal award and certificate to CEO, Stephen Gray and two of the longest serving volunteers, Janet Judges and Mike Lowrey.
Deputy Lieutenant, Kate Lampard, delivered a citation at the event followed with a speech by the Lord-Lieutenant who said,
“Her Majesty rates the importance of recognising the wonderful work organisations like yours do in the community very highly indeed – and on her behalf I bring heartfelt congratulations and thanks. This group is truly exceptional and as Lord-Lieutenant I am hugely grateful for the outstanding contribution you make. The work you undertake and your depth of knowledge is so valuable and deserving of recognition.”
The closing date for 2016 entries for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), was 18th September 2015. For 2017 applications should be received by 16th September 2016, however they can be submitted at any time before then. Details can be obtained from https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/
The Award winners for 2016 will be announced on 2nd June 2016.
This year six awards went to Kent organisations see https://www.kent-lieutenancy.org.uk/6-kent-winners-queens-award-voluntary-service-announced-2nd-june-2015/
It is very much hoped there will be another strong list of candidates from Kent for 2016.
There are many very exceptional voluntary groups across the County who might consider sending in a nomination for 2017, and in particular volunteer- led groups which involve young people.
Supporting letters accompanying nominations might include a description by a person who has received help, rather than a bland statement from an official source. Any supporting letter needs to explain why the writer endorses the group, not just that he/she does.
The Cabinet Office will ask The Lieutenancy to assess 2016 Kent entries during the Autumn for the national selection by a QAVS panel to take place in London in the New Year.
The Lord-Lieutenant urges anyone who knows of a voluntary group who should be nominated, to read the information at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ and then persuade the group to put in their entry for 2017 before the closing date of 16th September 2016.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle congratulates the six Kent winners of the 2015 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service who are as follows –
The winners will receive a crystal trophy and certificate and be able to add the prestigious QAVS logo to their printed material. This award is equivalent to a corporate MBE.
Nominations for the 2016 QAVS are now open details can be found at: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/guidance-notes
2016 Nominations will close on 18 September 2015
Those people in Kent, who were awarded the British Empire Medals in the 2015 New Year Honours List received them from The Lord-Lieutenant, who made the presentation on Her Majesty’s behalf, on 16th April, 2015.
The five recipients and their guests travelled to Penshurst Place for the Investiture, which took place in the Sunderland Room.
The Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Mr Geoff Wild, read an edited version of the recipient’s citation, before each received their medals. The Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet, Flight Sergeant James Woodroofe, was on duty to assist.
British Empire Medallists will be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace during the summer.
Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC KBE CB DSO. 1888- 1978
Philip Neame was born at Macknade near Faversham on 12th December 1888 and educated at Cheltenham College.
Entering the Army in 1908, he was a Lieutenant at the outbreak of war in 1914 when in October he was posted to France with the 15th Field Company Royal Engineers. On 14th December 1914 he was awarded the Victoria Cross “For conspicuous gallantry near Neuve-Chapelle when, notwithstanding the very heavy rifle fire and bomb-throwing by the enemy, he succeeded in holding them back and in rescuing all the wounded men whom it was possible to move.”
At home for a week’s leave in July 1915, he was given a hero’s welcome in Faversham at an official reception before going on to Windsor to receive his medal from King George V. He continued in the war, being mentioned in despatches five times and awarded the DSO in 1916. Later he was also awarded both the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre and made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, ending the war as Lieutenant Colonel.
He continued his Army career after the war with various postings which included India and Tibet and managed to keep up his target shooting, winning a Gold Medal with the British Empire Team at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. He was made CB in 1939.
He fought in the Second World War in France, Egypt Palestine and Libya where he was captured in 1941 in the desert in Cyrenaica and then moved to Italy as a prisoner of war. He escaped in September 1943, spending nearly 4 months ‘on the run’ supported by local Italian partisans before linking up after a hazardous journey with the advancing Eighth Army, finally arriving back in London on Boxing Day 1943 and was knighted in 1946.
After the end of the war in 1945 he became Lieutenant-Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey until 1953.
As Part of the centenary commemorations of World War I, paving stones are being laid in memory of holders of the Victoria Cross, near their home. Kent has six holders of the Victoria Cross awarded in 1914-1918. The slab for General Neame’s VC was unveiled in a ceremony on 19th December 2014 by The Chief Royal Engineer Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans KCB CBE DL and attended by Lieutenant General Neame’s children,Veronica and twin sons Nigel and Philip, followed by a reception in the Shepherd Neame Brewery.
In June this year it was announced that the Kent Special Constabulary had been given the prestigious award by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of its service to residents in Kent. They are the first Special Constabulary ever to be presented with the award and the officers were recognised for providing innovative community focused policing to the people of Kent.
Special Constables from across Kent gathered in Maidstone at the Kent Police Training School on the 18th October, to be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle.
Special Constables are volunteers who have full police powers and equipment, and work alongside regular police officers. Contributing a minimum of 16 hours per month, Kent’s Special Constables have so far this year contributed 80,000 hours of policing, which resulted in 470 arrests, including 40 drink drivers. Each month they perform an average of 1,500 hours of walking the beat on the streets of Kent, and they have attended 8,000 calls for assistance from the public so far this year.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: ‘I’m exceptionally proud of the Special Constabulary in Kent. They are extremely community spirited and every week they volunteer their own time to police the county, doing the same job as their regular colleagues. Our volunteers come from so many walks of life and integrating volunteers into the force in this way introduces so many different skills sets into Kent Police and makes us a better police force. I would like to extend my sincere thank you to every single one of our brilliant specials for their contribution to keeping Kent safe.’
The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle said ‘This is a great day for everyone who has, and is, serving in the Special Constabulary of Kent. This award marks the respect in which the Queen holds all those who give voluntary service to their community.’
Gavin McKinnon, the Chief Officer of Kent Special Constabulary said ‘We are very proud of our achievement of this hallmark of excellence, and the recognition it brings to the hard work, dedication and commitment that volunteer police officers in Kent demonstrate every day in support of the regular police force and in the service of their community. Serving as a Special Constable is a decent and honourable calling, and a really great way to give something back to society by helping keep people safe and working to solve issues in the community.’
Kent’s finest have been honoured by The Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals (BEM). Chosen for their tireless community work and dedication, the 6 recipients, Major (Ret’d) Maurice Bernard from Chatham, Mr Anthony Condon from Dover, Mr Noel Grabham from Tonbridge and the following recipients all from Folkestone – Mrs Rose-Marie Milton, Mrs Christine Pledger and Mrs Doris Thorogood 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 to present the six Medallists with their award, following the official announcement in the Birthday Honours list in June this 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 Geoff Wild, the Clerk to the Lieutenancy. Two of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Sgt Major Jessica Fox (Cranbrook School Combined Cadet Force) and Sgt Major Oliver Aucamp (Sutton Valence School Combined Cadet Force) assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the Ceremony.
Major (Ret’d) Bernard received his award for tirelessly campaigning for improved dementia services for both patients and their carers in the Medway area.
Mr Anthony Condon has dedicated many years volunteering with the scouts and the local scout clubs in Dover and has seen a number of his scouts achieve the Chief Scouts Gold Award.
Mr Noel Grabham receives his British Empire Medal for his work with the Royal Society of Chemistry, particularly in relation to work with its Benevolent Fund.
Mrs Rose-Marie Milton has spent 26 years working for St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and her services in the field of education have been recognised with her being awarded a British Empire Medal.
Mrs Christine Pledger has been a volunteer for the Pilgrims Hospices for the last 36 years and was a member of the initial fundraising group and continues to actively fundraise for the benefit of the Hospices.
Finally, Mrs Doris Thorogood has been recognised for over 60 years of service to music in the Folkestone area and has been the local area representative for the London College of Music in Kent for over 20 years.
Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for an award of the BEM should go to https://www.gov.uk/honours and download an application form.
The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, presented one of the world’s leading sports communications agencies, JTA, with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade on 2nd October. It follows a record-breaking year which saw their exports rising by over 20 per cent.
JTA is based in Speldhurst Business Park and over 90 per cent of its staff come from Tunbridge Wells.The Lord Lieutenant formally conferred the award to JTA – one of only three companies in Kent to win it – with a grant of appointment and a presentational crystal bowl.
Jon Tibbs, founder and chairman of JTA, said: “Winning a Queen’s Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company and testament to our hard work and growth in emerging global markets. This is a very exciting time for JTA and for all British companies working in the sports sector. More and more nations are identifying sport as a way of building their profile on the international stage and this provides numerous opportunities for UK exporters to grow their business.”
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