One of 2019’s great successes has been the Kent Volunteering Campaign and its associated website – Kentvolunteers.org.uk – created by the Kent Lieutenancy, by Paul Auston, in partnership with the KM Media Group, which puts charities in touch with volunteers, and volunteers, with charities. When last visiting the website it was noted there were over 85 volunteer posts currently being advertised which proves its need, I’m sure helped by the media coverage received for it by the KM Media Group throughout 2019. We must therefore ensure its promotion is continued among us all, resulting in these roles being satisfactorily fulfilled and to guarantee the campaign’s ongoing success into the next decade.
Kent received a number of royal visits to the County in 2019, the highlight being Her Majesty The Queen’s visit to Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) Village at Aylesford in November, celebrating RBLI’s centenary year. The Village provides a home for more than 300 residents as well as offering welfare, training and employment opportunities and is now embarking on a £22 million expansion programme for the veterans into the next century.
HRH Princess Alexandra visited Leeds Castle in June for its 900th anniversary, followed by visiting Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust and Romney Tweed. Also in June HRH Prince Michael of Kent went aboard the paddlesteamer The Medway Queen to see the ongoing restoration work. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall named the new Saga cruise ship the Spirit of Discovery in Dover in July and in the same month HRH The Duke of Kent made a visit to the Kent Show and to Canterbury Cathedral. The Princess Royal had a full day recently visiting Goldfield Rural Housing in Warehorne, on to Maidstone Hospital to officially open their new helipad, and Medway Maritime Hospital where she spent time at the maternity unit, being patron of the Royal College of Midwives, and she also visited the Paediatric Emergency Department at the hospital, as Patron of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
As we set out on a new decade I extend every good wish for 2020.
With Best Wishes,