Three of the Four Battalions of PWRR were presented with New Colours at Canterbury Cricket “Spitfire” Ground on Saturday 23rd September, 2017.
The recently re-formed 4th Battalion PWRR of Reservists marched on to parade to join their sister battalions.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, was to have presented the new Colours but sadly she was unable to be present, so her place was taken by her Danish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, HE Lars Thuesen, who had only recently assumed the appointment.
The Presentation coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Regiment’s formation, being a composite Regiment of previous Regiments recruited in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London, all with proud histories of Service to the Crown. This enabled many serving members of the Regiment and a large number of Old Comrades to attend and celebrate in style.
The three battalions to receive new Colours marched on to the cricket ground and their old Colours were marched off, to be “laid up” at a future date. The new Colours were marched on cased and then uncased and laid on Drums piled in front of each battalion. The Colours were blessed by the Deputy Chaplain General, The Venerable C Langston QHC. After, the Ambassador gave each battalion their new Queen’s and Regimental Colours.
HE Lars Thuesen, the Danish Ambassador, addressed the Regiment and the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Doug Chalmers DSO OBE, was pleased to reply.
The Regiment then marched past the Ambassador in Slow and Quick Time before being marched off at the end of a most successful parade which was much admired by all who were attending.
Following lunch the Regimental Band of PWRR and Pipes and Drums gave a musical and marching performance. The day ended with a display by The Flying Tigers Freefall Team jumping into the cricket ground, including one parachutist displaying a giant Regimental Flag.
Eastchurch Aviation Museum has been awarded a Red Wheel plaque, marking it as a site of special historic interest in the Transport Trust’s scheme to commemorate Britain’s rich and globally important legacy in the development of transport.
The plaque was unveiled by Mr Paul Auston DL, representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, in a ceremony held on 20th September. Peter West from the Museum provided the welcome and Martin Hawkins led a short walking tour of the site. Elizabeth Walker provided a brief talk on the Short brothers and their part in early British aviation, particularly at Eastchurch. The Guests of Honour included five descendants of the Short brothers.
By August 1909 Horace Short had a factory on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, with eighty people on the payroll. Built for Francis McClean, the ‘Short No.1’ biplane was not a great success. However J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon placed an order for what would become the ‘Short No.2′ and on 30 October 1909 he flew that machine to win the Daily Mail prize for the first flight in England of one mile by an all-British combination of pilot, aircraft and engine.
In 1912 a Shorts Pusher became the first aeroplane to take off from a moving ship and the Shorts Tractor biplane was the first naval aircraft to have a practical folding-wing mechanism and to launch a standard naval torpedo. During the First World War many naval aeroplanes were built to Short Brothers’ designs.
For further information visit the Aeronautical Association website: http://aerosocietyheritage.com/biographies/horace-short
Carbon8 Systems Limited, a University of Greenwich spin-out company, was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, in a special ceremony held at the Medway Campus on 6th September.
Founded just 11 years ago, the company has successfully patented its Accelerated Carbon Technology (ACT). It is now a world leader in the capture of carbon dioxide using industrial waste and contaminated soils to create carbon-negative building materials.
The company’s technology is of huge benefit to the environment, as this process prevents the release of hazardous waste into the atmosphere.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are considered the UK’s most prestigious business prizes, rewarding outstanding achievements. Carbon8 won in the Innovation category. Since its launch, the company has been supported by the university, making use of its research facilities and commercial expertise.The Carbon8 team, who received a certificate and a cut-glass rose bowl from the Lord-Lieutenant, also attended a royal reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace this summer. The team includes Professor Colin Hills from the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science and Dr Paula Carey, Managing Director, and Mark Orsbourn, Engineering Director.
The Lord Lieutenant of Kent congratulated the company on its “achievements, success and excellence,” adding that “Kent is extremely fortunate to have so many SMEs leading the way with innovative science and technology”.
“Your commercial development over the last five years, together with your growing international reputation, augers well for your future in expanding your business worldwide,” he said.
Carbon8 Systems has now been granted patents in Europe, America and Canada. The Global CO2 Initiative has identified Carbon8 as the world leader in the mineralisation of CO2. Furthermore, a UN Environment Programme cites the University of Greenwich as a leading expert in the area of accelerated carbonation technology. The company’s vision is to create a global portfolio of waste treatment plants, combining CO2 with industrial wastes such as cement dusts, steel slags and contaminated soils.
Kent Army Cadet Force held their Visitors Day in August while at Camp in the Cinque Ports Training Area, at St Martins Plain Camp, Shorncliffe. Among those who attended with the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’ Isle, were David Brazier, the Chairman of KCC, Mr Stuart Gemmell from Deal RBL, the Mayors of Sevenoaks, Margate and Deal and representatives from the Royal British Legion, The Remembrance Lodge and the Worshipful Company of Patternmakers, the latter two kindly gave financial support to KACF.
The day was spent visiting groups of Cadets undergoing training for their “Star Qualifications”. Everyone had the opportunity to speak to the Cadets during their visit and it was established all were greatly enjoying the experience.
During the break for lunch Viscount De L’Isle was pleased to award The Junior Leadership Cup to Sergeant Instructor Simon Kenmure. The award is for the junior leader who is judged to be the best in KACF. This Cup is awarded after due consideration by the Commandant and his senior officers, and is open to all junior adult instructors to promote the best possible standards of leadership at an early stage of all participants.
Speaking at the award presentation The Lord-Lieutenant thanked KACF for inviting their guests and urged all to promote the recruitment of Adult Instructors saying “The role is a challenging one but is extremely rewarding, while helping Kent’s youth to acquire important life skills through their training”.
A service organised by Walmer Parish Council took place on the Hawkshill Freedown, adjacent to the south side of Walmer Castle commemorating the opening in Spring 1917 of the Royal Naval Air Service Aerodrome. A commemorative stand erected by Walmer Parish Council in honour of all Service Personnel who were stationed at Walmer Aerodrome in both WW1 and WW2, was unveiled by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL. The Lord-Lieutenant was represented at the event by Brigadier (Retd) David Ralls CBE DFC DL.
It was late afternoon, when, the Crucifer of St. Mary’s Parish Church , Walmer, led the small procession through the grounds of Walmer Castle to the Freedown. The cross was followed by the Vicar of Walmer, The Rev’d Canon Seth Cooper, Chaplain of the Fleet The Venerable Ian Wheatley CB QHC RN, Deputy Chaplain in Chief of the RAF, The Reverend (Group Captain) John R. Ellis QHC RAF, The Lord Warden, preceded by his attendants, and the Chairman of Walmer Parish Council, Mr Pat Heath. The procession route through the Castle grounds was lined with members of local Cadet Forces and the procession upon arriving at the Service was greeted by Standard Bearers from the RBL and Local Cadet forces who were under the command of the Parade Marshall Julian de-Zille.
From the Castle grounds the procession made its way across the Hawkshill Freedown to the site of the Service where Deputy Lieutenant Brigadier (Retd.) David Ralls CBE DFC DL and the invited guests were assembled. There was representation from both the Canadian and Australian High Commissions, who had many citizens serving with British forces in WW1. Senior Officers from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy were also present and two members of the family of one RNAS Officer who served at Walmer during WW1. The County President and Branch Presidents of the Royal British Legion were present and the National President sent a message. There were other invited guests including people from the local branch of the Royal British Legion who had contributed to the organisation and success of the event.
Military Prayers were said. The Lord Warden, Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL gave an address and read a letter that had been received from HRH The Duke of York. He also read out the names of the sixteen Officers whose names were put on a memorial, which is now on private land.
The County President of the Royal British legion read the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph. Wreaths were laid and it was a poignant service remembering the great sacrifice that was made during WW1 and WW2. After the blessing by the Vicar of Walmer and the singing of the National Anthem, the service came to a close and the Procession returned to Walmer Castle through a parade of Cadets from the local Cadet Forces after viewing the new Commemorative Stand.
On the same day exactly one hundred years ago at the same time that this service was ending a plane took off from the aerodrome, piloted by the Commanding Officer at that time, Flight Lieutenant Harold Spencer Kerby RNAS. Reports had been received that German aircraft had bombed Margate. He engaged the enemy off Southend and for that action was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross – ‘For the great courage and initiative shown by him’.
Three new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent have been appointed, each of them honoured for their positive contributions to the County and the Nation. They are Mrs Louise Bryant JP (Tonbridge); The Lord Colgrain (Sevenoaks) and Mr Clive Stevens (Margate).
Louise Bryant has lived in Tonbridge since 1999 and sits as a Magistrate on the Adult and Family Panels of the Central Kent Bench. She is currently the Magistrate member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Louise has recently served as the Chairman of the Kent Judicial Business Group and of the Central Kent Bench. She has used the skills gained from qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and as a Barrister in assisting a variety of charities including the Citizens Advice Bureau in Tonbridge. Louise studied Modern Languages (Portuguese) at Oxford University and owns a coconut farm in Brazil.
The Lord Colgrain was born and brought up in Kent. On leaving Trinity College, Cambridge, he entered the world of banking, working both in the UK and overseas. He then spent a year at The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, after which he spent six years working full time on his family farm. For the last 30 years, he has continued to oversee the running of the farm whilst working in London in Executive Search specialising in Financial Services. In 2015 he took over the role as President of the Kent County Agricultural Society and is currently Chairman of the Trustees of Belmont House and Belnor Farms, near Faversham. He is a Trustee of the Rochester Cathedral Trust and is a Governor of Sevenoaks School. He is also a Kent Ambassador and was the High Sheriff of Kent in 2013/14.
Clive Stevens qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a partner in Kreston Reeves in 1989 before being promoted to Managing Partner in1995. He now serves as the firm’s Chairman. Under his continued leadership the firm has grown to being one of the Top 25 accounting firms in the UK employing 500 people. He also holds a number of other external positions, which include being a Board Director of Kreston International and is a Member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is Chairman of the Trustees of Turner Contemporary in Margate and is Deputy Chair at Locate in Kent Limited, the inward investment organization for Kent. He is also a Kent Ambassador.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “We welcome these exceptional new Deputy Lieutenants whose wide breadth of experience will further add to a strong team of men and women who help me support Her Majesty The Queen and her Family within the ceremonial county of Kent”.
The Lieutenancy of Kent consists of the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord- Lieutenant, and a maximum of 70 other Deputy Lieutenants, approximately one per 25,000 people.
The hot summer weather on Sunday 9th July at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne was similar to that which the RAF enjoyed 77 years before in the opening days of the Battle of Britain, before battle was joined with the Luftwaffe over the Channel and skies above Kent.
The event included a parade of Veterans with Air Training Corps Cadets, a fly past and a display of a Hurricane and a Spitfire aircraft. The Salute was taken by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF.
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, aged 99, one of the surviving pilots of The Few, attended.
Members of the public had an opportunity to see the “Scramble” experience housed in the iconic “wing” visitor centre.
2018 will celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. A number of events will be held at Capel-le-Ferne, those interested in attending them should refer to www.battleofbritainmemorial.org
The Lord-Lieutenant, Patron of Royal British Legion Kent, attended the Poppy Appeal Community Awards Ceremony held on 4th July at the Capel Morris Centre, RBL Village, Aylesford, to thank volunteer groups who support the Poppy Appeal in Kent.
There are 170 Poppy Appeal Districts in Kent raising a total of £1.7 million, compared to £1.2 million four years ago. Present at the event were 30 nominees selected by the Poppy Appeal Organiser of the area, because they have been an extraordinary supporter of the appeal.
Outstanding contributions to conservation and the forestry and woodland sector in Kent have been recognised at a CLA awards ceremony held during a reception at The Kent County Show, the awards being presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent. The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.
The joint winners of the Emsden Trophy for contribution to conservation in Kent were Peter Lingham & Partners and Plantlife, a conservation charity working to save threatened wildflowers, plants and fungi. The 250ha Ranscombe Farm near Rochester is Plantlife’s largest nature reserve in England. It includes arable farmland, ancient woodland and chalk grassland and is an important site for rare wildflowers. The site is managed by Plantlife in partnership with Medway Council, with farmer Andrew Lingham providing the grazing and arable management needed to ensure its future. The Emsden Cup was presented in memory of Brigadier Brian Emsden, secretary of the Kent Branch during Lord De L’Isle’s tenure as Chairman.
The CLA Woodland Trophy, one of three forestry awards presented at the Kent County Show, is awarded to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to forestry and land management in Kent. This year’s winner is Aubrey Furner who has been at the forefront of arboriculture in Kent for more than thirty years. He has made a significant contribution through his work on highway tree inspections and school tree inspections for Kent County Council and Jacobs Babtie, as well as helping train many junior colleagues.
Steve Wright, the winner of the Edward Hardy trophy, was nominated for his work as a contractor and volunteer at the Ranscombe Farm Reserve. The trophy recognises his extremely high standards of work, knowledge, willingness to give up his time to lead volunteer task days and a vocation to development new initiatives to make woodlands wildlife-rich, productive and valued within local communities.
The Woodreave Trophy, which awards young individuals based in Kent for outstanding achievements within their learning and study of woodland and forestry, was presented jointly to Brendan Maher and Craig Scott. Brendan was nominated for his strong academic performance and Craig, for his green wood working skills and design skills.
Robin Edwards, CLA Director South East said: “The winners of these awards are an important reminder of the many benefits which are delivered to our wider society by those working in the forestry and farming sector, from conservation to education, and we congratulate all of them on their outstanding achievements.”
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 Thursday 22nd June. In welcoming everyone to Penshurst Place the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated those civics present on being honoured as first citizen of their communities. Two of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets were on duty – Cadet Warrant Officer Bridie Wakeford from 2520 (Tonbridge ) Squadron ATC and Cadet Warrant Officer Jack Etherington from 2374 (Ditton) Squadron ATC.
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.Back to top