Welcome to the new Lieutenancy of Kent website, which has succeeded the original website which went live 10 years ago. During this time the work undertaken by the Lieutenancy has evolved and grown under the directions set by my predecessor, Allan Willett.
A year ago when I became Lord-Lieutenant I promised you “More of the same but slightly different” You have now all had a chance to see what was meant and I hope you are pleased with the result.
Richard Oldfield of Doddington Place near Sittingbourne, has been appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Richard is well known throughout the county as a past High Sheriff and his Chairmanship of the Fund-raising committee at Canterbury Cathedral. As Vice Lord-Lieutenant he will be in charge of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This year has been an exceptionally busy one for all of us with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, particularly the Diamond Jubilee weekend 2nd -5th June, when everyone responded magnificently to The Queen’s call for local celebrations, and by the reports I have received, nearly every community across Kent took part.
Early in the year I asked through my Deputy Lieutenants for Local Authorities to promote the plan for Kent to take part in the chain of 2012 beacons across the United Kingdom Protected Territories and Commonwealth. I am pleased to report 196 beacons were registered in Kent, the largest number for any single county.
I would like to thank all those ‘unsung heroes’ who took part in the arrangement of all the events. It proves once again Kent has an amazing army of volunteers ready to spring into action and help others and good causes.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been tirelessly touring regions of the Kingdom and still have one or two more planned in the autumn. It was never going to be possible for them to visit every county; therefore TRH the Earl and Countess of Wessex came to Kent on 31st May and visited Royal Tunbridge Wells, Boxley and Gillingham acting for The Queen on those occasions. They were welcomed enthusiastically everywhere.
The Olympic Games have just ended and been proclaimed a great success, my thanks go to all those from Kent who volunteered either here in Kent or London. You have certainly made a bench mark for the cities and nations who follow London. We now look forward to the Paralympics.
Following the very successful Deputy Lieutenants’ Talks to 140 schools, celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, discussions are underway as to the possibility of continuing these talks in future.
At the Civic Service held at Rochester Cathedral in March I expressed a wish for my mantra of “Kent is best seen as a whole rather than a sum of all its parts” to be embraced by everyone across the county. Divided we will fail to reach our full potential, united we are a force to achieve all our desires.