THE LIEUTENANCY OF KENT ARMS

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

Arrival of HRH Prince Michael of Kent escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Barry Duffield DL

Arrival of HRH Prince Michael of Kent escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Barry Duffield DL

Even in the presence of royalty, the Few inevitably steal the show – and it was Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM who did just that at July’s Memorial Day commemorations at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone.

HRH greeting Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM. (c) Barry Duffield DL

HRH greeting Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM. (c) Barry Duffield DL

Wing Commander Farnes, two weeks short of his 100th birthday, took centre stage at a moving event that included a display by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and music from the RAF Central Band.

The Lord-Lieutenant laying a wreath at the Memorial. (c) Barry Duffield DL

The Lord-Lieutenant laying a wreath at the Memorial. (c) Barry Duffield DL

The event was held in the presence of the Trust’s Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, who was welcomed by the Lord- Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE.

Standard-bearers on parade. (c) Barry Duffield DL

Standard-bearers on parade. (c) Barry Duffield DL

As well as marking the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of the National Memorial to the Few by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, this year’s Memorial Day marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

 

 

 

Mr Steve Sherry, Chief Executive of RBLI pictured left, presenting a plaque to the Lord-Lieutenantof Kent which was manufactured on the premises. (c) RBLI

Mr Steve Sherry, Chief Executive of RBLI pictured left, presenting a plaque to the Lord-Lieutenantof Kent which was manufactured on the premises. (c) RBLI

The Lord-Lieutenant recently visited the Royal British Legion Village to updated by Chief Executive, Mr Steve Sherry CMG OBE, on excellent progress made to date. RBLI is winning more attention for its integrated health and social care, which means it has something very powerful that can be replicated across the country.
RBLI is a separate charity, both in governance and finance, from the Royal British Legion. RBLI has a distinct and consistent focus on service delivery, particularly in providing employment, care and housing to the Armed Forces Community. It also delivers  core capabilities of employment support for Veterans and people with disabilities into the much wider community, and is committed to halving the disability employment gap. RBLI  values their very close working relationship with their sister charity the Royal British Legion. Its close co-operation allows  both sectors to help as many beneficiaries as possible; for example sharing many facilities on the Village in Kent and also across the UK, when delivering its LifeWorks programme for Veterans.

Further information –
https://www.rbli.co.uk/
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Left to right: Viscount De L'Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Mr Mike Angell, Chairman of KCC; Mrs Cecelie Vavasour, Chairman's Escort; Viscountess De L'Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Mr Mike Angell, Chairman of KCC; Mrs Cecelie Vavasour, Chairman’s Escort; Viscountess De L’Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

The Lord–Lieutenant and Viscountess De L’Isle hosted their Annual Civic Reception for  all incoming Local Authority Mayors, District Council Chairmen and Chief Executives in the Barons Hall at Penshurst Place on 19th June.

In welcoming everyone to Penshurst Place the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated those civics present on being honoured as first citizen of their communities.

The Deputy Lieutenants, who act as an important link between The Lieutenancy and the Local Authorities were also present as hosts. In his speech Lord De L’Isle wished everyone, on behalf of his wife, Richard Oldfield the Vice-Lord-Lieutenant, and all members of the Lieutenancy, combined very best wishes for a happy and productive year in office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent presenting the Princess Royal to Headmaster Dr Weeds. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography

The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent presenting the Princess Royal to Headmaster Dr Weeds. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography

Cranbrook School was delighted to receive a visit by HRH The Princess Royal on Tuesday 12 June to celebrate its fifth centenary year. The Princess Royal, who was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, made an extensive tour of the school site, meeting a large number of staff and students along the way, before opening the new Sixth Form Centre. The two-storey building features a relaxed sitting and games area downstairs, with a kitchen, and an extensive quiet study area on the first floor.

HRH enjoying a joke with pupils. (c) Ali Kittermaster of Blush Photography.

HRH enjoying a joke with pupils. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography.

Amongst those students who were thrilled to have an opportunity to speak with the Princess were those in the historic new Year 7 intake, Physics specialists on hand to demonstrate the school’s Observatory, and senior Sixth Form students who showed off the new Sixth Form facility.

The Princess Royal touring the premises with pupils and staff. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography


The Princess Royal touring the premises with pupils and staff. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography

HRH concluded her visit by speaking to the whole school including pupils from Cranbrook Primary School who are due to join the school in September. Her recollections of her time at all-girls Benenden School and the occasional social gatherings with the boys at Cranbrook brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

HRH delivering her speech  to the whole school including pupils from Cranbrook Primary who are due to join the school in September. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography


HRH delivering her speech  to the whole school including pupils from Cranbrook Primary who are due to join the school in September. (c)Ali Kittermaster at Blush Photography

Headmaster Dr John Weeds said, “This has been the real highlight of an already special year. Cranbrook is 500 years old this year and is celebrating in so many different ways this summer. This was the icing on the cake!”

 

 

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all those who have received honours in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Commander (CBE)

Officer (OBE)

Member (MBE)

Medallist (BEM)

From left to right: Mrs Jane Aston, High Sheriff of Kent; Lt Col Will Robinson, CO 1 Regt RE and  Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Chris Lawson

From left to right: Mrs Jane Aston, High Sheriff of Kent; Lt Col Will Robinson, CO 1 Regt RE and  Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Chris Lawson

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas performed a Beating Retreat ceremony at Brompton Barracks following a reception in the Corps Officers’ Mess, given by Lieutenant Colonel Will Robinson, Commanding Officer of 1 Regiment RSME and Holdfast Training Services. The evening reception, followed by the ceremony of Beating Retreat, was an opportunity for the Regiment to thank the local communities and organisations who have supported and worked alongside the Chatham training facility.

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas playing “Sunset” as the Union Flag is lowered. (c) Chris Lawson

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas playing “Sunset” as the Union Flag is lowered. (c) Chris Lawson

Prior to the event a tea party hosted by Brigadier Matt and Mrs Becci Bazeley was held at Pashley House. Brigadier Bazeley is ex-officio Deputy Lord Warden  and Deputy Constable of Dover Castle in addition to his responsibilities as Commandant of RSME Group.
During the ceremony the Gurkhas performed a Kukri dance – all young Ghurkha men learn the dance to hone their skills in the use of the fearsome weapon, the kukri knife. The ceremony concluded with  Viscount De L’Isle taking the salute from The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

 

 

 

 

 

The new High Sheriff of Kent pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L'Isle MBE.

The new High Sheriff of Kent, Mrs Jane Ashton, pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE.

Mrs Jane Ashton was installed as the new High Sheriff of Kent at St George’s Church, Benenden, on Sunday 8th April 2018. The service was preceded by  a luncheon at Benenden School, and followed by tea there by kind permission of the Headmistress, Mrs Samantha Price.

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. In recent years High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work. The High Sheriff Association adopted DebtCred and Crimebeat in recent years in response to specific areas of need.

Mrs Ashton looks forward to busy year in office, succeeding Mr George Jessel DL in the role.

Sheerness Dockyard Church (c) Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust.

Sheerness Dockyard Church (c) Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust.

The Duke of Kent arrived on the Isle of Sheppey greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant, and started his visit at the Guildhall Museum at Queenborough to meet the Charter 650 Committee which was formed to celebrate 650 years of the town’s Royal Charter which was given by King Edward lll.

The Duke then toured the fire-damaged Dockyard Church at Blue Town where Will Palin and the Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust are masterminding a multi-million make-over to bring the building back to community use. for more information https://sdpt.org.uk/

After lunch, the Duke was driven to Eastchurch to inspect the Aviation Museum which is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of the RAF and was met by manager Peter West and trustees Martin and Rosemary Hawkins. Eastchurch played a pivotal role in the creation of the RAF and is widely hailed as the birthplace of British aviation.

 

The Princess Royal was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant when visiting the County on 1st December and was escorted to the following destinations –

AC Goatham and Son Cold Storage Facility and Packhouse

The Princess Royal  opened the new £10million Goatham packhouse and coldstore. Named the Arthur Goatham building after company founder and father of Clive Goatham , the packhouse is located at Flanders Farm, Hoo. The Princess was met by the senior management team of AC Goatham, where she was given a tour around the new state-of-the art facility. She also met members of staff, local dignitaries and unveiled a plaque.  Arthur Goatham  set up the business with his wife Phyllis in 1947 and they began as agricultural contractors and together with their son Clive, purchased their first farm, Street Farm in Hoo in the 1980s. Since then they have expanded their fruit growing business across 27 farms in Medway and Kent, growing some 200 million apples and 50 million pears each year which are sold in supermarkets across the UK.

Medway’s Copper Rivet Distillery

The Princess Royal officially opened the Copper Rivet Distillery  which is based in Pump No.5 at Chatham Dockyard. The family-run company produce Dockyard Gin, Vela Vodka and Son of a Gun – an unaged grain spirit with a whisky flavour profile, which has been designed especially for use in cocktails – with Masthouse Whisky due to be ready in 2020. HRH enjoyed a tour  of the premises and a tasting. Matthew Russell, co-founder of the distillery, said: “It’s a really exciting day. It’s a true honour to have her come so we’re very excited.”  Princess Anne unveiled a plaque to officially open the business and was presented flowers by some of the employees’ children.

Bracton Centre, Dartford