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.”
Show your support by attending The First World War Centenary Drumhead Service, 12.30, Sunday 23rd September 2018, Kent County Spitfire Cricket Ground, Canterbury. Free tickets (entry is by ticket only) available from kentcentenary.co.uk
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Mrs Jane Ashton, High Sheriff of Kent; Mr Hubert Ashton, High Sheriff’s Escort; Viscountess De L’Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
The Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Mr Neil Davies, Chief Executive of Medway Council; The Viscountess De L’Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr David Saunders, Chairman of Thanet District Council; Cllr Mave Saunders, Chairman’s Escort; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Bill Fawcus DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Mrs Pat Bosley, Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council; Viscountess De L’Isle; Cllr Ian Bosley, Chairman’s Escort (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Mr Stephen Kingsman DL; Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Colin Spooner, The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Canterbury; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mrs Valerie Hale JP DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Samuel Koffie-Williams, The Worshipful the Mayor of Swale; Mrs Doreen Koffie-Williams, Mayoress of Swale; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mrs Valerie Hale JP DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr David Mote, The Worshipful the Mayor of Dartford; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mrs Ellen Mote, Mayoress of Dartford; Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Mrs Pam Bates, The Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling; Mrs Pauline Plummer, Mayor’s Escort; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Jacques Arnold DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Len Horwood, The Worshipful the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells; Mrs Judy Horwood, Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Peter Blackwell JP DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr David Hurley, The Worshipful the Mayor of Gravesham; Cllr Lyn Milner, Mayor’s Escort; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mrs Sharon Vasudaven, Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Mrs Jessamy Blanford, The Worshipful the Mayor of Ashford; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Mike Bax DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr Steve Iles, The Worshipful The Mayor of Medway; Mayoress of Medway, Cllr Mrs Josie Iles; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Russell Race JP DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent; Cllr David Naghi, The Worshipful The Mayor of Maidstone; Viscountess De L’Isle; Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL. (c) Barry Duffield DL.
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 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
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
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
Mrs Brenda TRENOWDEN (Sevenoaks). For Services to Exports in the Financial Sector and Gender Equality
Dr Michael BAKER (Broadstairs). For Services to Defence
Mr Roger BOURNE (Rochester). For Services to the British Aerospace Industry
Mr Simon DENEGRI (Tunbridge Wells). For Services to Public Health and Social Care Research
Mrs Clare HORROCKS (Maidstone). For Services to the Armed Forces and to the Administration of Justice
Mr Richard OLDFIELD (Sittingbourne). For Services to the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal and Charity
Mrs Cathleen REEVES (Gillingham). For Services to Local Sustainable Transport
Mr Darren STYLES (Cowden). For Services to the Economy, Diversity and Charity
Mrs Agnes WYLIE (Sittingbourne). For Services to Art
Mrs Beverley AITKEN (Margate). For Services to Further Education and the Community in Kent
Mr Richard ASH (Maidstone). For Services to the Community in Bearsted
Mr Christopher BATTEN (Tonbridge). For Services to Public Administration
Mr Derek DREHER (Hartley). For Services to Information Management
Mrs Rachelle FREEGUARD (Rochester). For Services to the Prevention of Trafficking and Border Security
Mr William HEWSON (Hythe). For Services to Sport and the Community in Hythe and Folkestone
Mr Nur-ur-Rahman KHANDAKER (Aylesford). For Services to Catering and the Community in Aylesford
Mr Guy MAGINN (Deal). For Public Service
Mr William McKNIGHT (Ramsgate). For Services to the Community and Marine Environment
Dr John RIBCHESTER (Whitstable). For Services to General Practice
Mrs Christine RICHARDS (Maidstone). For Services to Cancer Patients
Ms Barbara SCHONHOFER (WELCH) (Tenterden). For Services to Women in Business
Dr Farnaaz SHARIEF (Chatham). For Services to Mental Health
Mr Jagdev Singh VIRDEE (Gravesend). For Services to Statistics and the Sikh Community
Marina JEFFREY-WATSON (Birchington). For Services to the Church and Community in Westgate-on-Sea
Mr Ewen KELLAS (Horsmonden). For Services to the Community in Horsmonden
Mrs Diana KNOX (Sevenoaks). For Services to the Community in Wrotham
Mrs Dorothy McGOVERN (Folkestone). For Services to the Community in Folkestone
Mrs Rosemary PHILLIPS (Tonbridge). For Charitable Services to the Local Community in West Kent
Dr Agimol PRADEEP (Ashford). For Services to Organ Donation
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
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, 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.
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
The Lord-Lieutenant introduces The Princess Royal to from left to right: Mayor of Dartford, Cllr Rosanna Currans; MP for Dartford, Mr Gareth Johnson MP and shaking hands with HRH, CEO Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Ben Travis. (c) Oxleas NHS.
Oxleas NHS was delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the Bracton Centre in Dartford. The Princess Royal received a warm welcome from Chief Executive, Ben Travis and Chair, Andy Trotter, before enjoying a tour of the occupational therapy services for service users in the medium secure service, led by Patsy Fung, Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy.
HRH unveiling the plaque.(c) Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
As patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, HRH has a particular interest in occupational therapy and was introduced to a number of therapists to talk with them about the care they provide. The Princess Royal was told about the many and varied therapy programmes provided via a busy daily schedule of daytime, evening and weekend pro-social activities. These include spiritual care, design and technology, Black and Minority Ethnic Group Drop-in and the Forensic Recovery College.
Unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit, HRH The Princess Royal, said: “Thank you for the opportunity to learn about the work that you do at the Bracton Centre. It has been a pleasure to meet so many staff and service users and I was really impressed to see so much support on offer here through occupational therapy. The centre is the perfect platform to help people along the stepping stones of their recovery journey.”
Citizens Advice Swanley Centre
From left to right: HRH; The Lord-Lieutenant; Lady Newey, Chief Executive Citizens Advice in North and West Kent; Steve Whitehead, Director of People & Equality Citizens Advice. (c) Barry Duffield DL
The Princess Royal toured the new offices in the Swanley Centre, meeting Citizens Advice volunteers, staff, trustees, sponsors of the building refurbishment and local dignitaries. Citizens Advice Swanley had to leave its former home on Swanley High Street in 2015 to make way for redevelopment. It moved to temporary accommodation in the Swanley Link.
HRH speaking with the Swanley Citizens Advice volunteers. (c) Barry Duffield DL
Angela Newey, chief executive officer of Citizens Advice in North & West Kent, which includes Swanley, was delighted by The Princess Royal’s visit. “It was a fantastic opportunity to launch our new Citizens Advice Swanley and let people see the services we can provide,” she said. The advisers are looking for more volunteers to join them at the new offices, and also for local partner organisations to share the space and offer a more joined-up service to the community.
The Princess Royal unveils the plaque to officially open the new Citizens Advice Swanley. (c) Barry Duffield DL
The new Citizens Advice is easy to find in part of what used to be the West Kent Housing Association offices in the Swanley Centre. The revamped offices are between Wilko and Specsavers. Arranged on two floors, the ground floor has disabled access. Trained advisers are available at a drop-in service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Clients can also call the Advice line for advice on the spot or to make an appointment. The Advice line is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm on 0300 330 9001.
As national patron of Citizens Advice, The Princess Royal welcomed the new offices which she said were “a huge improvement”. She added: “I wish you well for the future, and a few more volunteers wouldn’t go amiss!”