The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
The Lord-Lieutenant and his Deputy Lieutenants attended a large number of Remembrance Sunday Services and parades throughout Kent on 11th November 2018. This year the services, to honour and remember those who have sacrificed their lives in war and who continue to do so in conflicts around the world, additionally marked the centenary of the end of World War I.
Deputy Lieutenant Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven joined the Mayor of Gravesham Councillor David Hurley as chief guests at Diwali celebrations which took place at the Civic Centre in Gravesend on 10th November 2018.
The event, organised in partnership by Kent Equality Cohesion Council, Gravesham Borough Council, the Hindu Cultural Society and Cohesion Plus, brought local communities together as lanterns and candles were lit to symbolise the essence of Diwali, which celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
Guests enjoyed performances by local young people including the Hindu Cultural Society, Saheli Dancers, Gravesend and Gillingham Shakha Group and Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club, before joining a parade from the Community Square to the Hindu Mandir (Temple) on Manor Road.
A special award was presented to Mrs Daya Sharma for her outstanding service and commitment to the local community over the last 30 years, including being one of the leading lights in the establishing of the Hindu Mandir.
Deputy Lieutenant Air Marshal Christopher Nickols CB CBE DL enjoyed Kent County Council’s launch of this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The event, to mark the beginning of the Remembrance period in Kent, was held at County Hall, Maidstone on 1st November 2018.
HRH The Duke of Kent presented staff at JTA (Jon Tibbs Associates Limited) with the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2018 at the company’s head office in Kent on 1st November.
It was announced in April that JTA, the world’s leading independent communications and public affairs consultancy in sport, had won the 2018 “Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years”. This is the second such award for JTA in four years, with the company winning its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2014.
HRH The Duke of Kent was accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE for the formal presentation of the award. JTA Founder and Chairman Jon Tibbs OBE welcomed the guests with a short opening speech, before the Lord-Lieutenant read the citation and HRH presented JTA with the award.
After being presented with the Queen’s Award by HRH The Duke of Kent, Jon Tibbs said:
“It was an honour to be presented with such a prestigious award from His Royal Highness in the office where JTA officially started 10 years ago. Today was a truly special day for all the staff at JTA and a reminder to everyone of the value of their dedication and hard work. This award is a reflection of our commitment and quality of service to our international clients, and we are fully aware that we are only as good as our clients’ success. We are so grateful for their continued loyalty to JTA.
“JTA is incredibly proud to be recognised as a growing British exporter. We are driven by the excitement of new challenges in new parts of the world, and we are determined to continue growing in markets we have yet to explore.”
Since receiving its first Queen’s Award in 2014, JTA has continued to grow its revenue and profits. To help accelerate further overseas growth, JTA is in the process of opening new offices in Beijing and Lausanne. The Los Angeles office was opened in 2016, and there has been expansion of the JTA Design business in Alicante. However, the heart of JTA remains rooted in the local community, with its headquarters based in Kent, where the company was founded. The company’s fast-growing core client-facing team is based in JTA’s central London office, where a young staff is dedicated to sustaining JTA’s reputation as a world leader in brand building, communications and international relations within the Olympic Movement and the wider world of sport.
Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, attended the launch of The Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment digitized records to be held in the University of Kent. Robert Sidney, a forebear of Lord De L’Isle, was the first Colonel of The Buffs from 1665 to 1668. Lord De L’Isle is extremely proud to have served as Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment (1992-1999), a successor regiment of The Buffs.
The President of the Regimental Association of the Queen’s Own Buffs (PWRR), Colonel (Retd) Peter Bishop OBE DL, has made the decision, after hearing that the Regiment will cease to exist from December 2019. However, to date, there is no evidence in the County that The Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment ever existed. To that end it is intended to have two ‘memorials’ – one at the National Memorial Arboretum (to be unveiled in September 2019) and one in Kent.
The memorial in Kent is very much ‘a first’ in memorial terms as it is ‘digital’ and part of the University of Kent’s offering to their military history students and to the world at large, thanks to the power of the internet. There is a ‘domain page’ with the regimental history outlined but, more importantly, all the archival records have been digitized and can be accessed by those wishing to do research or just learn more about the Regiment. There will be a display of the activities of The Buffs The Royal East Kent Regiment (Buffs) and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment (QORWK) in World War I – the two Regiments amalgamating to form The Queen’s Own Buffs in 1961.
No other Regiment or University has formed such an alliance and this is a great coup which is already attracting much attention. The University website will be linked to the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum, all associated Regimental Museums and, now, the British Library have requested the same.
Five trees have been planted in the grounds of Margate’s historic Tudor House as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
The project was launched in 2015 with an appeal to all 53 Commonwealth nations to take part in tree planting to mark Her Majesty’s long service.
Tudor House was one of 10,000 organisations and individuals to be planting some 50,000 trees in the UK this Autumn to mark the project.
The trees have been donated via a partnership between Sainsbury’s, the Woodland Trust and ITV, which screened The Queen’s Green Planet programme in April.
It is thought that the Tudor House was the only venue in Thanet to successfully receive the tree pack, made up of two silver birch, two rowan and one hazel sapling.
The trees were planted at the ceremony by the Lord Lieutenant, Lady Suzy Gale, Margate Mayor, Cllr Julie Dellar; Margate’s Cllr Iris Johnston and Seppy Oduwole, a pupil from Holy Trinity & St John’s School.
The aim of the canopy scheme is to create a unique network of forest conservation projects across the Commonwealth.
In his speech the Lord-Lieutenant said:
“The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 sovereign states. Nearly all of them are former British colonies or dependencies of those colonies. Put simply it is the world’s oldest political association of sovereign states. No one government in the Commonwealth exercises power over the others, as is the case in a political union. Rather, the Commonwealth is an international organisation in which countries with diverse social, political, and economic backgrounds are regarded as equal in status, regardless of size or wealth and collaborate within a framework of common values and goals.
Formed in 1947 The Queen has tirelessly led all these Nations as either Head of State or Head of the Commonwealth since 1952, giving advice to all the Heads of Government, often heading off problems out of public view. It is therefore very fitting that we should celebrate her long association with the Commonwealth by creating a Commonwealth Canopy by planting trees across the world to acknowledge her remarkable achievement. Today five of us will plant trees our ages spanning the years of her 66 year reign to date in the hope we will be marking the Platinum Jubilee in 2022. I wonder how many of us here today will remember here accession in 1952.
As we plant these five trees native to Kent let us give thanks to the Queen for her steadfast leadership and pray these tress will spread their branches and flourish like the Commonwealth.”
The Sittingbourne Maritime Cadets and Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Caroline Goodwin, hosted a Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Coniston Hotel, Sittingbourne on the 20th October to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and to commemorate the immortal memory of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Representatives of both the Royal and Merchant Navies were in attendance and the Guest of Honour representing the Lord-Lieutenant was Mr Paul Auston DL accompanied by Rear Admiral John Roberts CB, who both made presentations of awards during the evening.
Mr Auston presented awards to the Unit President, Captain James Kitney, for his support whilst being at Sea, the Unit Vice President, Mr Ron Lamb for appreciation and gratitude in support of what he has done for the unit, and Mrs Anne Hill, for supporting the Unit as Kent Poppy Organiser on the evening.
Rear Admiral John Roberts presented certificates to cadet Mariner Lee Gumbrill, who has achieved the advanced piping badge and to Mr and Mrs Moroni, for donating an 8 man tent.
Sittingbourne dazzled with colourful lights as the second Swale Fusion Festival took place on Friday 12th October 2018.
The festival was organised by Cohesion Plus, working in partnership with Swale Borough Council and Kent Equality Cohesion Council. The Festival began in Sittingbourne High Street with spectacular performances from Bloco Fogo Samba, who brought their signature carnival beats to the proceedings, as well as a show stopping performance from the Folk in Fusion Drumming Collective and the Stilt Batteristas, as festival-goers, including Deputy Mayor Cllr Ken Ingleton, enjoyed the spectacle.
The Festival then continued with a special lantern parade featuring local residents and eight local schools who worked with Same Sky, Ideas Test and Big Fish Arts in the build-up to the Festival. The parade, which at its peak had over 1000 people, was led by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Mr Paul Auston, and Cllr Nicholas Hampshire.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an investiture at Penshurst Place for the six British Empire Medal recipients nominated in Her Majesty The Queen’s June 2018 Birthday Honours List.
Chosen for their outstanding and dedicated community work and public service the 6 recipients, Reverend Marina Jeffrey-Watson (Birchington); Mr Ewen Kellas (Tonbridge); Mrs Diana Knox (Wrotham); Mrs Dorothy Mcgovern (Folkestone); Mrs Shelley Phillips (formerly from Tonbridge); and Dr Agimol Pradeep (Ashford) were named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Ceremony took place in the Sunderland Room where guests of the recipients were able to witness the Ceremony. The short citations were read by Mr Douglas Horner, a Deputy Lieutenant and one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Flight Sergeant Sophie Parker from 2520 (Tonbridge) Squadron, Kent Wing Air Training Corps also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the Ceremony.
Reverend Marina Jeffrey-Watson began her working life as a Community Nurse. She later became a Minister and dedicated her time to looking after those in need in the local community. She established a Lunch Club 26 years ago which ensures the more vulnerable members of the area can meet regularly in a caring environment, giving them much wanted friendship and support.
Mr Ewen Kellas has served the community of Horsmonden for over 40 years. He established a youth club where he taught table tennis, cricket and football. He was instrumental in reviving the Working Men’s Club which now enjoys a thriving membership. He also helps organise the annual village Fete and arranges litter picking and path clearing sessions.
Mrs Diana Knox has been a tireless fundraiser in the village of Wrotham for over 15 years. She established the Friends of St George’s Church Committee which hosts fundraising events to help maintain the church. They have raised enough funds to install a new lighting system, restored the bells and are now looking to repair the roof.
Mrs Dorothy Mcgovern has been an active member of the community in Folkestone for nearly 25 years. She is a Stroke Nurse but still manages to find time to serve on numerous groups to support disadvantaged people. She created the Hill Road Community Garden which transformed a dilapidated area into a beautiful garden for people to enjoy. She has raised over £50,000 for Stroke and Cancer charities.
Mrs Shelley Phillips has spent over 20 years hosting concerts to raise funds for various charities and has, so far, raised over £50,000 for the Hospice in the Weald and over £20,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. She was also instrumental in encouraging the local community to help raise over £75,000 for specialist equipment for a local resident after they had suffered a severe stroke.
Dr Agimol Pradeep has made a significant impact in increasing the number of people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to join the organ donation register. She has given talks at numerous events, including faith festivals, fetes and workshops to explain the importance of organ donors coming forward from the BME community. Her work in this area has been hugely successful as the number of donors on the register has now increased by 4500.
In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
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