THE LIEUTENANCY OF KENT ARMS
Viscount De L'Isle with Brigadier C J Clayton MBE MA Commander 2 (South East) Brigade and the winning team from The North School, Ashford, Kent

Viscount De L’Isle with Brigadier C J Claydon MBE MA, Commander 2 (South East) Brigade and the winning team from The North School, Ashford, Kent

In the presence of The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, eight schools from the Folkestone area participated in a gruelling day of challenging activities designed to develop team spirit, build communication and teamwork skills. The event took place on Monday 21st October, at Shorncliffe Barracks, Folkestone. The first  of its kind, lead organiser Challenger Troop CIC, along with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, IMPACT and The Army Recruitment Team facilitated a range of command and communication-based activities for 7 teams of 10 KS4 students of schools from Dover, Folkestone, Ashford and Canterbury.

Each team had five challenges to complete in a set time and were scored on the result. Assessment was based on overall team performance, with effort, participation, team-member engagement, leadership, communication, teamwork, and completion of the task in the time allocated all taken into consideration.

One of the competitors clearly having a great time.

One of the competitors clearly having a great time.

Viscount De L’Isle presented the Lord-Lieutenant’s Inter-school Challenge Winners Trophy to The North School, Ashford as well as an award to Furness School, Swanley as the runners up. In addition, a special award from The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment was awarded to a pupil from Furness School, who greatly impressed them with his resilience, overcoming his personal physical challenges to complete the tasks with as much enthusiasm and gusto as everybody else. In addition, awards were presented to the most outstanding individual team member within each team.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle said “I am delighted to be present and support this event, seeing where young people are motivated and challenged, and so building core life skills. I have seen some outstanding examples of young leadership and teamwork which should help the participants as they go through life.”

The winning team from The North School, Ashford.

The winning team from The North School, Ashford.

Simon Dean, CEO of Challenger Troop said “This event is very much in the spirit of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, where local communities come together to support the armed forces community and encourage activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life. As a provider of uniformed youth leadership and engagement programmes, we see on a daily basis how the values and standards of the armed forces can help and support disengaged young people in our community.”

Alyson Pott, KS4 Student Support Manager, Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford said her team “thoroughly enjoyed themselves and certainly gained valuable experience in teamwork and communication, so it was a hugely rewarding day for them”.

It is hoped that this event will become an annual event open to all schools in Kent. Further information on Challenger Troop is available at www.challengertroop.org .

 

The procession enters All Saints Church for the service.

The procession enters All Saints Church for the service.

 

The Annual Justice Service for the Kent Judiciary was held at All Saints Church, Maidstone on Friday 4th October, 2013. The High Sheriff arranged the Service at the beginning of the Michaelmas Law Term. This year this service was followed by a luncheon hosted by the High Sheriff in the Archbishop’s Palace.

The Lord-Lieutenant attended as The Queen’s Personal Representative and Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Magistracy within Kent.

 

 

From l to r:  The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle, The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Clive English, Lady Colgrain Deputy Lieutenant, The High Sheriff, Lord Colgrain, Viscountess De L’Isle and Reverend Chris Smith, Chaplain to the High Sheriff .

From l to r: The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle; The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Clive English; Lady Colgrain, Deputy Lieutenant; The High Sheriff, Lord Colgrain; Viscountess De L’Isle, and Reverend Chris Smith, Chaplain to the High Sheriff .

 

 

 

The Lord-Lieutenant presenting the QAVS crystal trophy to colleagues from The Pickering Centre

The Lord-Lieutenant presenting the QAVS crystal trophy to colleagues from The Pickering Centre. Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Gower, Therapy Team Leader, Polly Taylor, Centre Manager, the Lord-Lieutenant, and Ann Carley, Volunteer Team Leader.

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.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Kelvin Holford watch three young scientists in action

The Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenant Kelvin Holford watch three young scientists in action

 

The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle met with 6000 young people from around the world at the Kent Scouts International Jamboree 2013 at the Kent Showground, Detling.

The Jamboree hosted by Kent Scouts was a week-long event and brought together Scouts and Guides from over 30 countries and as far afield as Canada, Africa, New Zealand and America.

Young climbers imparting their new found skills to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenant Kelvin Holford

Young climbers imparting their new found skills to the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenant Kelvin Holford

The Lord-Lieutenant was delighted to experience first-hand, young people from different cultures and backgrounds, all working, learning and having fun together.

Ann West (DL)  Admires the skills being displayed and passed on the young people

Deputy Lieutenant Ann West admires the skills being displayed and passed on to the young people

 

 

 

 

 

SIX new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent have been appointed, each of them honoured for their positive contributions to the County and the Nation. They are Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DLMrs Rosemary Dymond DL, Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell  OBE DL, Philip Harland Esq DL, Mrs Marion Regan DL and Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL. 

Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL

Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL

 

Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL

Served in the Grenadier Guards. Past Mayor of Hythe, President of East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards Association. President and Director of Hythe Festival Company, involved in a wide range of Military charities.

 

 

 

Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL

Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL

 

Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL

A practising Headteacher for over 26 years, Chairman of the Thameside Schools Music Association and Trustee of the Local Learning Partnership also serving on local sports bodies.  Trustee of Cobham College and Chairman of the Friends of Cobham Hall.

 

 

Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell  OBE DL

Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell OBE DL

 

Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell  OBE DL

Regular Army Infantry Officer from 1966 to 1995.  Bursar The Royal School for Deaf Children 1996 to 2001.  Army Welfare Support Officer Kent 2001 to 2012.  Joined SSAFA 2001, Chairman SSAFA Kent since 2007.

 

 

 

Philip Harland Esq DL

Philip Harland Esq DL

 

Philip Harland Esq DL

Former partner with Cluttons and now consultant with Smiths Gore specialising in land/estate management. Vice chairman of The Avante Partnership and trustee/ committee member/volunteer with other charitable organisations.

 

 

 

Mrs Marion Regan DL

Mrs Marion Regan DL

 

Mrs Marion Regan DL

Farmer and fruit grower from Mereworth. Director of the growers’ co-operative Berry Gardens, Produced in Kent, and the Horticultural Development Company, and Trustee of East Malling Trust. STEM Ambassador for Kent schools.

 

 

 

Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL

Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL

 

Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL

A semi-retired GP in Gravesend, after a 25 years’ service. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Medicine. The Chief Executive of the Walk in Centre in Ebbsfleet and the Life boat medical advisor to RNLI (Gravesend station).

 

 

 

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “We welcome these new Deputy Lieutenants whose experience will further reinforce the effectiveness and diversity of the Lieutenancy and will ensure we continue to take up whatever challenges lie ahead”.

“They will be joining an outstanding network of men and women whose role it is to support the Monarchy and celebrate Kent, its unique history and culture, serve its communities – and contribute positively to its future.”

He further added: “These appointments are important because the Lieutenancy plays a major role as an effective independent force for good in Kent. As the Monarchy does nationally, our aim is to provide a focus for County identity, unity and pride, give a sense of stability, recognise achievements, success and excellence, and promote service to others.”

The Lord-Lieutenant and Lady De L’Isle held a reception at Penshurst Place for The High Sheriff, The Lord Mayor, Mayors and Chairmen of Local Authorities in Kent, who have recently assumed office for 2013, they were joined by their wives, escorts or partners too. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Link Deputy Lieutenants for each Local Authority and Clerk and their wives were on hand to help entertain all present.

Civic Reception, Penshurst Place

Guests at the Civic Reception held for the new incoming Mayors, in the Baron’s Hall, Penshurst Place.

Lord De L’Isle welcomed everyone and congratulated them on becoming the ‘first citizens’ in their communities and wished them well for a happy, memorable and productive year in office.

The Lord Lieutenant welcomed teh Chairman of Kent County CouncilMr Eric Hotson and his wife, Janet. Pictured from left to right are: The Lord Lieutenant, Councillor Eric Hotson, Mrs Janet Hotson and Viscountess De L'Isle

From left to right: The Lord-Lieutenant, Chairman of Kent County Council, Mr Eric Hotson, Mrs Janet Hotson and Viscountess De L’Isle

More images of guests in attendance are available in the 2013 Gallery section of this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of British Empire and Imperial Service Medals, 17th April 2013

Left to right: Viscount De L’Isle with Mr Bernard Thompson, Mr Peter Barrell and Mrs Anne Hawkins, following the Investiture on the 17th April, 2013.

 

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.

 

The Kent Lieutenancy joined Kent County Council and Kent Messenger Group in this year’s Kent Choices Live 4U Event held at the Kent Agricultural Society’s Showground at Detling.

The Lord-Lieutenant and a number of his Deputies were at the event lending encouragement and thanking the exhibitors for attending.

Jools Holland DL with the band from The Princes Trust/Fairbridge 'Get Started in Music Programme'

Jools Holland DL with the band from The Princes Trust/Fairbridge ‘Get Started in Music Programme’

Viscountess De L'Isle silversmithing on The Ottewill's stand under the watchful eye of the Lord Lieutenant

Viscountess De L’Isle silversmithing on Ottewill’s stand under the watchful eye of the Lord Lieutenant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aim of the event was to give young people inspiring advice on the important choices they will need to make on deciding on their particular type of training and employment. Having left school, more than 3000 people attended over two days, including 1200 clients from Job Centre Plus on 14th March.

Industries covered by exhibitors included the IT and Gaming Industry from Encouraging Programming in Kent (EPIK), Hairdressing  from the Hair Academy, Kent Police, Apprenticeships in BT, RAF and Army Careers Teams, The City Livery Skills Council, Further Education Colleges and many others.

Richard Dixon DL enjoying time on The Army's stand

Richard Dixon DL enjoying time on The Army’s stand

Jools Holland DL on the Microsoft stand with Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of the KM Group, (pictured far left)

Jools Holland DL on the Microsoft stand with Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of the KM Group, (pictured far left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event took place during National Apprenticeships Week. A growing number of young people are taking up apprenticeships and Kent is leading the way in providing opportunities for young people.

Speaking at the opening the Lord-Lieutenant reminded everyone:

“We all need to achieve a high level of skills and be prepared to constantly re-train as technology and the speed of change transform our working lives”.

 

 

AGM 2013

The Kent Lieutenancy Reception following the 2013 Annual General Meeting, to which 58 of the 64 Deputies attended.


The Lieutenancy of Kent held their Annual General Meeting at Penshurst Place on Saturday 2nd February 2013. It was an opportunity for the eight new Deputy Lieutenants to meet other members of the Lieutenancy and sadly say farewell to those who retire during 2013.

Junior School Talks
Following last year’s successful Diamond Jubilee talks to Junior Schools it was agreed to continue them when schools requests are received and will be available later this year.

Briefings were given on The Lieutenancy Themes for 2013:

Youth Employment
Kent Choices Live being held on 13th-14th March at Detling in association with Kent County Council and Kent Messenger Group.

Restorative Justice Seminar hosted jointly with The High Sherriff
A seminar is to be held in the autumn on Restorative Justice. Details of this will be circulated in the spring.

The 60th anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen
The 60th anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen will be celebrated on Sunday 2nd Jun 13. While no special events are being planned nationally, it is hoped Thanksgiving Church Services will be held on that day, across Kent.

The AGM was followed by a reception and lunch which gave everyone a chance to network and catch up with colleagues from across the county.

 

FOUR new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent have been appointed, each of them honoured for their positive contributions to the County and the Nation. They are Jacques Arnold of West Malling, His Honour Judge Jeremy Carey of Ashford, Mr Richard Henderson JP of Ashford and Jonathan Neame of Faversham.

 

Jacques Arnold

 

 

Jacques Arnold of West Malling, a former Member of Parliament for Gravesham, is now an international adviser on Latin America. He was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of the Environment, and at the Home Office, and served on the Treasury Select Committee, and as Chairman of the Backbench Constitutional Affairs Committee.  Previously he had been Thomas Cook’s Regional Director for Latin America, Africa and Iberia. He has served as Chairman of the Kent County Scout Council, and is a Trustee of the Constitutional Monarchy Association, and author of a series of books on royal genealogy and parliamentary history.

 

 

Jeremy Carey

Jeremy Carey

 

His Honour Judge Jeremy Carey lives in Smarden, Kent and went to school in the county. He practised as a barrister in London for 30 years before being appointed a Circuit Judge at Maidstone in 2004. From 2005 he was liaison judge for the Kent Magistracy and in 2010 became Resident Judge at Maidstone Combined Court.  He was appointed Honorary Recorder of Maidstone in 2007,  an ancient office whose purpose is to act as link between judiciary and Borough.  He is a member of the Parole Board, a Patron of the Caldecott Foundation and supports many Kent-based organisations.

 

 

Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson

 

Richard Henderson, of Warehorne, near Ashford, sits as a Justice of The Peace on the East Kent Bench.  A former Chairman of the Kent Branch of the Magistrates Association, he now represents Kent’s 850 magistrates on its National Council.  He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Governors of Ashford School and Chair of the charity Home-Start in Ashford.

Formerly a director of investment managers Henderson Group plc, and managing director of its charities and private clients division, he has also served as a member of the National Trust’s Regional Committee for the South East and as Chairman of its Finance Committee.

Married, with four children, he has traveled extensively in Russia, former Soviet Union countries and in the Caucasus.

 

 

Jonathan Neame

Jonathan Neame

 

Jonathan Neame lives in Oare. He was educated at Harrow School, Pembroke College Cambridge, The City University and Inns of Court School of Law.  He achieved 2.1 MA Cantab Classics; Diploma in Legal Education and is a Barrister at Law.   In 1987 he joined the COBA Group as a Strategic Management Consultant.

Jonathan joined Shepherd Neame in 1991 and became Chief Executive in 2003.  He is Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association and a Non-Executive Director of the St. Austell Brewery Co Limited.  He is also a Trustee of The Leeds Castle Foundation and a Kent Ambassador.

 

 

 

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “We welcome these new Deputy Lieutenants whose experience will further reinforce the effectiveness and diversity of the Lieutenancy and will ensure we continue to take up whatever challenges lie ahead”.

“They will be joining an outstanding network of men and women whose role it is to support the Monarchy and celebrate Kent, its unique history and culture, serve its communities – and contribute positively to its future.”

He further added: “These appointments are important because the Lieutenancy plays a major role as an effective independent force for good in Kent. As the Monarchy does nationally, our aim is to provide a focus for County identity, unity and pride, give a sense of stability, recognise achievements, success and excellence, and promote service to others.”