11.50am for 12 noon - Two Sittingbourne businesses join forces to launch new Coffee Lounge. Two long established family-run businesses in Sittingbourne have joined forces to open a new Coffee Lounge, upstairs in Blundells Limited, the furniture shop at 33-37 High Street, Sittingbourne. Blundells have been in business in Sittingbourne for 68 years and they are now partners with A E Barrow & Sons Limited, the bakery and coffee shop at 38a High Street, established by Mr William Barrow in 1931 and still run today by his grandson. The new Coffee Lounge will provide mainly Kentish produce and existing Blundells customers have been invited to visit the Coffee Lounge over the weekend of Friday 17 to Sunday 19 October to receive a complimentary hot drink. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend at 12 noon to officially launch the new venture.
Contact: Lisa Blundell - 01795 423933.
7pm for 7.30pm to 11pm - Trafalgar Day Dinner. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will be guests at the Trafalgar Day Dinner hosted by the Swale Branch of The Royal Society of St. George. The venue is the Masonic Hall in Albany Road, Sittingbourne.
Contact: Mrs Ann Smith, RSSG Swale Branch Secretary - 01795 421145.
6pm for 6.30pm to 8.30pm - Carnival and Torchlight Procession. The Deputy Mayor, and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will be the guests of the Town Mayor of Faversham, Councillor Nigel Kay and Mayoress Mrs Anne Kay, at a Reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, prior to viewing the Faversham Carnival and Torchlight Procession from outside the Alexander Centre in Preston Street, Faversham. After the Carnival, the Mayor of Faversham will host a supper at The Alexander Centre, prior to the Annual Carnival Dance. During the afternoon, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress will attend the Carnival Meal for the Visiting Queens, also at The Alexander Centre.
Contact: Adrienne Begent, Town Mayor’s Secretary - 01795 594442.
2.45pm for 3pm - Funeral Service. The Mayor will attend the funeral service for Mrs Dianne Lewin, the late wife of Swale Borough Cabinet Member, Councillor Gerry Lewin. Dianne was Mayoress alongside her husband when he served as Mayor of Swale in 1998-99. The service will be held at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Upchurch, followed by a Committal Service at the Garden of England Crematorium in Bobbing.
Contact: Mrs Heather Elliott, Mayor’s PA - 01795 417392.
10.30am for 11am - Civic Launch of 2014 Kent Poppy Appeal. At the invitation of the Chairman of Kent County Council, Mr Peter Homewood and The Royal British Legion, the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend the Civic Launch of the 2014 Kent County Poppy Appeal at the Lecture Theatre, County Hall, Maidstone, to mark the start of the annual period of National Remembrance and associated Poppy Appeal. Cadets from Gads Hill School Combined Cadet Force will present poppies to both Serving and ex-Servicemen and women and their families who have received support from the Royal British Legion in Kent. Prior to the launch, the recipients of the first poppies will pin large display poppies onto the gates at the front of County Hall, to complete a display of poppies on the building.
Contact: Chairman’s Civic Office - 01622 694067.
12 noon for 12.15pm - Annual General Meeting. At the invitation of the Centre Manager, Mrs Anita Provan the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend the Annual General Meeting of the Freedom Centre at the Centre’s Hall in St George’s Avenue, Sheerness.
Contact: Mrs Anita Provan, Centre Manager - 01795 666233
10.15am for 11am to 11.20am - Service and Official Opening of Garden of Remembrance. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend a Service and Coffee Morning organised by the Sheerness Branch of the Royal British Legion, to open and dedicate the Garden of Remembrance at Holy Trinity Church, Sheerness.
Contact: Steve Louch, Lt (SCC) RNR MIfL, Parade Marshall, Royal British Legion, Sheerness - 01795 877488 - mobile 0753 565 8610.
OOB Civic: Self-drive: 12 noon for 12.45pm - Annual Poppy Appeal Luncheon. The Mayor, accompanied by Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend the Kent County Royal British Legion Annual Poppy Luncheon at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Officers Mess, at Brompton Barracks in Chatham. The event will be hosted by the President of the Kent County Royal British Legion, Councillor Leyland Ridings MBE, JP, and the Legion’s National Chairman, Mr John Crisford, will be in attendance.
Contact: Mr Richard Cast, Kent County Vice Chairman and County Training Officer, Royal British Legion - 01795 474179.
7.15pm for 7.30pm - Choral Society Autumn Concert. The Faversham Choral Society will hold their Autumn Concert at St Mary of Charity Parish Church in Faversham and the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will attend. The programme will feature Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten), Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry) and Five English Folk Songs (Vaughan Williams). The Society will also perform BirdSong, a series of songs written by Richard Sissons and Richard, formerly of Kit and the Widow Cabaret Duo, will be playing the piano on the night.
Contact: Malcolm Phelps, Secretary, Faversham Choral Society - 07968 227856.