The Lord-Lieutenant held an investiture at Penshurst Place on Monday 16th September, 2013.
He awarded British Empire Medals on behalf of The Queen, to four of those nominated in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year.
The ceremony was held in the Sunderland Room and attended by a number of relatives and friends of the recipients.
Geoff Wild, Clerk to the Lieutenancy, officiated at the ceremony.
The Award of a British Empire Medal to Mrs Pauline Taylor (Polly) in the Birthday Honours list for her charity work at the Pickering Cancer Care Drop-in Centre,was announced shortly after the Centre had been selected for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).
Normally these awards would have been treated as two separate events, but because of the coincidence, The Lord-Lieutenant decided a joint ceremony would be most appropriate so the Centre volunteers could witness both events. Exceptionally Penshurst Place hosted both events and a reception which followed.
The Pickering Cancer Care Drop in Centre won the QAVS 2013 for providing vital emotional support and advice for cancer sufferers and their families. The Centre was set up in 2004 by a group of cancer patients, led by Polly Taylor who recognised there was a need for somewhere to meet, relax and talk freely with others in similar circumstances.
The Centre is now open 3 days a week and is run entirely by an extremely dedicated group of volunteers and therapists, many having been touched by cancer themselves.
The Lord-Lieutenant said “This prestigious national award recognises the dedication and effort of public-spirited volunteers like you who make time and contribute so much to help others. You are the backbone of our communities.”
The closing date for applications for the 2014 Award is 30th September 2013.
In November last year, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent handed over, after six years, as the Honorary Colonel of Kent Army Cadet Force to Colonel James Partridge TD DL. Having consulted the Commandant Colonel Jeremy Wilson TD, Lord De L’Isle presented a Junior Leadership Trophy for the Junior Adult Officers or NCOs, as well as Cadet NCOs, who have demonstrated the most improvement in his or her leadership skills and will normally be awarded at the end of annual camp.
The Trophy was awarded for the first time at Oakhampton Camp in August, to Adult Under Officer, Hannah Green, Detachment Commander (DC) Dartford.
The Commandant of Kent ACF, Colonel Jeremy Wilson, TD said:
“AUO Green was appointed as an Under Officer in 2012 and is now one of the stalwart members of the Potential Officer Cadre in the County. Since joining the Cadre her self-confidence has improved considerably with the realisation that she has the ability to make clear assessments of situations, produce workable plans and implement her ideas with confidence and success.”
Under Officer Green said:
“The Army Cadets is a great way for young people to test themselves and to broaden their horizons. If you are willing to apply yourself and try something different, you will really enjoy it”.
For further information about joining the Kent Army Cadets please contact: ceokent-se@RFCA.ORG.UK
The Lord-Lieutenant attended a ceremony held in the Quire of Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 17th June to present certificates on behalf of the education charity CVQO celebrating the achievements of 91 Kent cadets. The certificates acknowledge the Cadets completion of CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
The group are the largest single cohort ever to have been presented with CVQO certificates. The cadets, aged between 13 and 15, represented all three military services as well as St John Ambulance and came from units across Kent including the Medway towns, Maidstone, Ashford, Swale and Thanet. For many of the cadets, the qualification was the first they had received, building their confidence in education from an early age, and the first step along the path to employment in the county’s knowledge based economy. The Lord-Lieutenant praised the cadets for their achievements and thanked the Volunteers for their work with the cadets.
The event took place in front of an audience of parents, adult volunteers who work with the cadets and a number of VIPs including those who funded the qualification, through the charity.
A marimba ensemble from the Combined Cadet Force at Gad’s Hill School, Kent, played as guests arrived and took their seats. Their performance was being assessed for their CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 in Music, which fittingly demonstrated the continuity of education that can be achieved with CVQO.
The Lord Lieutenant would like to congratulate all those who have received honours in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013.
The Lord-Lieutenant wishes to congratulate this year’s winners from Kent Voluntary Organisations, following the Cabinet Office announcement of the 2013 QAVS Awards nationwide.
Teaching disabled people of all ages to ride and to improve their physical and mental abilities.
Management of two major Roman monuments, open to the public seven months a year, and educational workshops.
27 Monson Road
Offering emotional support to cancer sufferers, their families, and carers together with complementary therapies and counselling.
The Lord-Lieutenant held an Investiture at Penshurst Place on the 17th April, 2013, to award the British Empire Medal (BEM) to Mr Peter Barrell and Mrs Anne Hawkins who were listed in the New Year Honours.
Additionally Mr Bernard Thompson was presented with the Imperial Service Medal (ISM) following his retirement from the Civil Service after 40 years service.