The Lord-Lieutenant was asked by The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary to nominate four winners of the QAVS to attend the Patron’s Lunch held on the Mall 12th June 2016. Each group chose two people to join the party as guests of Her Majesty. In consultation with The Lieutenancy Honours and Awards Panel the following received invitations –
2015 Rainham Bereavement Friendship Group
2015 The Young Lives Foundation (Appropriate Adult Service) ylf.org.uk
2015 Wealden Sailability, Sevenoaks wealdensailability.org
2012 Demelza Kent Children’s Hospice www.demelza.org.uk/about-us/demelza-kent
Despite the torrential rain everyone enjoyed themselves. Julie Sharp of the Rainham Bereavement Friendship Group was interviewed by the BBC and appeared on the One o’clock News.
Young Lives Foundation was grateful to be invited to the Lunch and CEO Stephen Gray said:
“Despite the rain, the atmosphere was great. It was a real privilege to be there and to be so close to the Royal Family as they passed through the crowd! I spoke with several others from charities both national and local, and it was good to share stories of the wonderful work we all do to make a difference to others – the very reason why we were all invited.”
The Lord-Lieutenant attended the Final of a 90th Birthday Cake Competition for Kent Primary Schools held on Wednesday 8th June at County Hall, Maidstone, as part of The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.
The initial entry was 100 designs in the first round. This was whittled down to 13 Finalists, who were asked to make the cake and decorate it to the design which was submitted in the first round.
The judges were Rosemary Shrager, who runs her own Cookery School in Kent and the Lord-Lieutenant’s wife, Viscountess De L’Isle, herself an accomplished Cordon Bleu Cook who managed her own London Cookery School before marriage.
The Judges toured the 13 contestants who were seated at tables on which was their cake. Following this they joined the Chairman, Tom Gates, and his wife, in the Chairman’s Office to compare notes and decide on the three best cakes. As the standard was very high this was no easy task.
This was followed by a prize-giving ceremony introduced by the Chairman.
The worthy winners photographs appear below.
The Lord Lieutenant and Lady De L’Isle were in the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral to welcome the Hungarian Pilgrims who brought with them the relic of St Thomas Becket from the Basilica of Esztergom. The Pilgrims had visited Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London before coming to Rochester Cathedral for an overnight stop, the last leg was a walk from St Mary’s Church, Harbledown, into the city centre and The Cathedral Precincts.
It is believed that the relic, part of Becket’s elbow bone, may have reached Hungary through the marriage of Queen Margaret who was first married to King Henry II’s son but was widowed and subsequently became Queen of Hungary. Becket negotiated the marriage pact which brought her to England and would have been a major influence on her life.
King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries saw that Becket’s grave was destroyed and the jewels which decorated the tomb were removed and the worship of saintly relics discouraged as idolatrous.
During the communist era in Hungary Becket came to symbolise the struggle of The Church against the repression of religious liberty.
This Pilgrimage, after more than 800 years, is a vivid symbol of reconciliation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. A Roman Catholic High Mass took place in the Canterbury Cathedral Crypt on Sunday 29th May before the relic was returned to Hungary.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle and Viscountess De L’Isle attended the 13th Annual Kent Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner at Leeds Castle on 19th May 2016. It was organised by the Kent Messenger Charity Team and co-sponsored by many other firms and charities, together with Kent and Medway Councils.
The Awards were divided between 10 areas across Kent and Medway and a further 22 individual overall winners which can be viewed at – http://www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/2016/05/kents-top-teachers-revealed-annual-awards/
The Judges received a large number of strong nominations, which made for a difficult task, when selecting both the area winners and the individual awards.
The Lord-Lieutenant made a short welcoming address:
“Tonight we are pleased to be celebrating the very best practice amongst teachers, their support staff and volunteers in schools across Kent”.
“We all know how important a good education, provides firm foundations for Kent’s broadly based “knowledge economy”, which will provide jobs of all types for differing skill sets and requirements. This in turn will bring success and fulfillment for the youth of our community.”
Twelve Kent residents were honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals on 12th May, 2016.
Chosen for their tireless community work and dedication, the recipients were named in The Queen’s New Year Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held the Investiture at Penshurst Place to present the Medallists with their awards.
Short citations were read by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Richard Dixon TD DL. One of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Sergeant Major Thomas Hunt also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the ceremony. In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent has called on local communities to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and her great service to the nation.
Speaking at the Lord-Lieutenant’s annual Civic Service, Viscount De L’Isle, Her Majesty’s representative in the county, said: “It is hoped that communities in Kent and across the United Kingdom will come together in their streets or in their villages and hold a lunch, similar to those held for the Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.”
He added: “I would urge everyone here to support their local event in any way they can. Many communities across Kent are already making plans but many hands make light work.”
A large congregation of civic leaders, parish council chairmen and women, school governors, clergy, magistrates, volunteers, Queens’ Awards winners, Deputy Lieutenants, and representatives of the armed forces, police, emergency and rescue services, attended the service, held in All Saints Church, Maidstone.
”On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, I thank you all for what you are doing for Kent’s communities,” Viscount De L’Isle told them. “You are doing Kent proud. We are here to pay tribute to Her Majesty, who continues to give great service to the Nation and the Commonwealth.”
Many events are planned across the UK to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, including a chain of beacons on April 21, and street parties and village lunches on Sunday June 12.
Viscount De L’Isle recalled 1952 when Her Majesty became Sovereign. “The Second World War had only finished seven years before, there was still food rationing and most of our city centres were still bomb sites, as was much of Western Europe. The Commonwealth was largely still governed from London. The Iron Curtain had come down and the Soviet bloc had acquired Atomic Weapons.
“In 1953, the nation was pleased to celebrate The Coronation as the beginning of a new Elizabethan age.” Since then, Her Majesty had been “a firm hand on the tiller of the ship of state,” he said.
He appealed to the congregation to “rededicate ourselves to support Her Majesty. I believe we all owe it to The Queen in her 90th year to give her our heartfelt thanks for her unfaltering leadership and steadfast faith over her long reign in times of conflict and in peace. God Save The Queen, Long may she reign over us.”
Exactly a century after Corporal Cotter’s act of bravery for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, a Service of Commemoration organised by Sandgate Parish Council (Chairman Robert Bliss) was held at St Paul’s Church Sandgate, followed by the unveiling of the slab set into the pavement adjacent to the Sandgate War Memorial.
Members of the Cotter family attended and were joined by L/Sgt Johnson Beharry VC, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, the successor Regiment of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
A large number of The Buffs Association and the Regimental Association Standards were on parade. The Lord-Lieutenant took the salute and was joined by five Deputy Lieutenants, The Mayor of Sangatte, France and many other members of the public were also present. A reception was held, following the unveiling at the Saga Pavilion.
The following citation was published in the London Gazette on 31st March 1916.
`No 6707 Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal) William R. Cotter, East Kent Regt. – For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. When his right leg had been blown off at the knee and he had also been wounded in both arms, he made his way unaided for fifty yards to a crater, steadied the men who were holding it, controlled their fire, issued orders, and altered the dispositions of his men to meet a fresh counter attack by the enemy. For two hours he held his position, and only allowed his wounds to be roughly dressed when the attack had quietened down. He could not be moved back for fourteen hours, and during all this time had a cheery word for all who passed him. There is no doubt that his magnificent courage helped greatly to save a critical situation. Sadly Corporal Cotter later died of his wounds but not before he had been decorated with his VC medal ribbon, while being nursed in a Field Hospital.’
William Cotter is buried in the Lillers Communal Cemetery, France.
Joining the ancient office of Justice of the Peace carries a huge responsibility as well as an exciting chance to administer the law within the local community, and this is not any less true for Kent’s youngest Magistrate, Alex Hyne.
Having been appointed at the age of 18 (the minimum age for appointment), Alex has always been keen to support his local area in any way he can. Working for Medway Council, he is already laying the foundations for a career dedicated to serving the public. He has been passionate about representing local young people especially within factions of society where there is found to be little diversity in age.
Through his new vocation as a magistrate, Alex is keen to encourage more young residents to join the bench and add their experience or perspective on crime in their area. He says that his new role will be challenging and interesting, and is pleased to be representing the area that he loves.
In the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant,Viscount De L’Isle and His Honour Judge Griffith-Jones QC the new intake of Kent magistrates’ were sworn in on the 2 December last year. This happened to be a very special day for Alex as it was his 19th birthday.
With his colleagues, Alex has completed all the necessary initial training and now enters the mentoring phase where he will be supported by an experienced magistrate during his first few years on the bench. Sitting in the adult courts, he will be dealing with summary and either-way offences and will not be able to sit on any cases involving Medway Council as he is an employee.
Alex sees his role on the bench to be a lifetime commitment to serving his community and developing the culture of the magistracy. He has an interest in family law cases and has ambitions to hear these types of case in the future. Alex is now looking forward to his first day behind the bench within the next few weeks.
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 Mr Desmond Crampton (Canterbury), Mr Bill Ferris (Headcorn), The Lord King of Lothbury KG, GBE, FBA (Canterbury) and Her Honour Judge Adèle Williams (Ashford).
Mr Crampton left his native South Africa to settle in Kent in 1985. His subsequent business career involved him in the commercial operation and statutory conservancy of the River Medway for over twenty years.
During that time Mr Crampton served on several industry and county bodies including Thames Gateway Kent Partnership and Kent Economic Board. He led the founding of Lorenden Preparatory school and helped establish the Isle of Sheppey Academy. He is now a Vice President of Demelza Hospice Care for Children after more than a decade as a trustee including six years as chairman. He is a non-executive company director.
Mr Ferris OBE has lived in the Headcorn area since 1991 and has been involved in a number of heritage and tourism projects in Kent. He has operated in Tunbridge Wells, Dover and Canterbury as well as nationally. He has held the post of Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust since 2000 where the strategy of “preservation through re-use has transformed the most complete dockyard of the age of sail into a world class visitor attraction and thriving residential and business community.
Bill has served on the Visit Kent Board for a number of years and has only recently stepped down as chair of the national Association of Independent Museums with more than 1000 members. His interest in the role that heritage can play in regeneration and economic prosperity means that he is a keen participant in a range of other associations and bodies at a local, regional and national level and is a regular speaker at conferences on the subject. He was awarded the OBE for Service to Heritage in 2011.
The Lord King of Lothbury KG, GBE, FBA served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee from 2003 – June 2013. He was previously Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2003, Chief Economist and Executive Director from 1991, and non-executive director of the Bank from 1990 to 1991. He was knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by The Queen to be a Knight of the Garter in 2014.
Lord King took up a position as Professor of Economics and Law at New York University in September 2014, and a position as School Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics in 2015. He studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and Harvard (as a Kennedy Scholar) and taught at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities before spells as Visiting Professor at both Harvard University and MIT. From October 1984 he was Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics where he founded the Financial Markets Group.
Lord King is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of King’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge and holds honorary degrees from Birmingham, Cambridge, City of London, Edinburgh, London Guildhall, London School of Economics, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Helsinki, Abertay, Dundee and Kent Universities. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is on the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra, is President of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and a Trustee of the National Gallery.
Judge Adèle Williams was born and grew up in Wales. She has lived in Kent for the last 36 years. She has worked at first as a barrister and then as a Judge in the Kent Courts since 1974. At different times, she was both Junior and Senior of the Kent Bar Mess. She was appointed as a Recorder in 1995 and as a Circuit Judge in 2000.
In 2008, she became Resident Judge at Canterbury Crown Court. She is Diversity and Community Relations Judge for East Kent. She is interested in both the treatment of witnesses in the Criminal Justice System and in the rehabilitation of offenders. She has been married to His Honour Andrew Patience Q.C. for forty years (he was Resident Judge at Maidstone Crown Court between 2000 and 2010). Between 2008 and 2010, they were the only married couple in England and Wales who were both Resident Judges.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “In making these appointments we are further strengthening a team of men and women who share their great experience, in helping me support The Queen and her family throughout the ceremonial county of Kent”.
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