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... from the Armada to Jools

PUBLISHED: 10:59 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

ON STAGE: Jools in uniform at military band concert.

ON STAGE: Jools in uniform at military band concert.

Later with the Deputy Lieutenant resplendent in uniform.

MUSICIAN, big band leader and popular television music programme host Jools Holland OBE, who lives at Cooling Castle, is proud to have been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant.

Representing the Lord Lieutenant at an Army Benevolent Fund military band concert, Jools was persuaded on stage - in his new Deputy Lieutenant's uniform - and gave an impromptu keyboard performance to the delight of the audience.

All a far cry from seeing off the Armada, but another positive example of the modern lieutenancy at work for a good cause.

Another deputy lieutenant heavily involved in youth work is Kelvin Holford, from Dartford, who is also County Commissioner for Kent Scouts.

The lieutenancy maintains close and cordial relationships with all Kent's local authorities, each having a nominated deputy for liaison.

Link Deputy for Dartford is the Reverend Martin Henwood, vicar of Holy Trinity, who chairs the charity Faith in their Voices, which engages the leaders of faith communities in community development.

He explains: "One of our initiatives is a flagship regeneration project taking place at Gravesend Old Town Hall, where the faith communities are engaged in outreach projects, welcoming new arrivals into the community." This exemplar model is spearheading the way in which existing communities are able to engage in the wider regeneration agenda and other issues.

John Ogden, from Meopham, is the link Deputy Lieutenant with Gravesham Council. Occasionally, deputy lieutenants are called upon to look after royal visitors - as Mr Ogden did when the Duke of York visited Gravesend two years ago.

Godfrey Linnett is the link Deputy Lieutenant for Sevenoaks, which encompasses Swanley.

Horton Kirby farmer Sarah Ward OBE chairs the Kent Rural Task Force and is on the Board of East Malling Horticultural Research, the independent provider of research, development and consultancy serving the food chain and other sectors of land-based industry.

She is among those deputy lieutenants who now take part in ceremonies held by Kent County Council and Medway Council welcoming new citizens of the United Kingdom.


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