The Lord-Lieutenant’s Autumn Message
As the nights draw in and the trees start to turn, we know autumn is upon us.
Many of us will now be preparing for Armistice Day Services at our local war memorial or in our churches on Sunday12th November. Next year marks the centenary of the end of The First World War, which I expect will be well recognised with many ceremonies across Kent. The Kent Lieutenancy will be holding a County Drumhead Service on Sunday 23rd September 2018 to mark the event at Kent County Showground, the event will be ticketed for members of the public who wish to attend, and details will be made public in the spring of 1918 on this website. The occasion is being held well in advance of Armistice Day to prevent clashing with other events and in the hope the weather will be kinder to those who will be on parade.
The Civic Service next year will be in Canterbury Cathedral on 20th March, following the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey on Monday 12th March, attended by The Queen and other members of The Royal Family. The Civic Service will be celebrating Kent’s links with the Commonwealth, this will be followed by the Commonwealth Games in Queensland 4-15 April 2018, at which I hope some Kentish athletes will be competing.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with Heads of State/Government and young people will be arriving on 18th April. The Prime Minister will host a one day CHOGM retreat at Windsor. On Saturday 21st April it will be The Queen’s 92nd Birthday and the London Marathon with many Commonwealth Athletes taking part and it will give us all a very good chance to celebrate The Commonwealth. The United Kingdom will Chair the CHOGM for the following two years.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QE) and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) are awards well worth entering. Details are available on this website. Now is the time to think of entering rather than waiting until the deadline for the 2019 Awards approaches.
May I wish everyone a very enjoyable autumn.