6pm to 7.30pm Bishop’s Reception. At the invitation of the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend a Reception at The Old Palace, The Precincts in Canterbury.
Contact: Sue Bowles, The Diocese of Canterbury - 01227 459382.
9.30 for 9.40am Formal Opening Benin and British Heritage Civic Day 2015. The Mayor has accepted an invitation to attend and formally open the Diversity House ‘Benin and British Heritage Civic Day 2015’ at the UK Paper Leisure Club in Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne. Diversity House, a charity which aims to promote community integration, inclusion and cohesion, received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run an eighteen months project ‘Benin and British Heritage: A Learning and Engagement Project’. The purpose of the Civic Day is to celebrate the strong links and rich cultural heritage of both Britain and Nigeria, symbolised by the Old Benin Kingdom. Diversity House, in collaboration with South Avenue Primary and Meadowfield School, will showcase music, dance and theatrical performances, and exhibit arts and crafts from the two great nations.
Contact: Jessica Finn, Project Officer, Diversity House - 01795 420455.
3pm to 5.30pm Afternoon Tea in the Lavender Fields. The Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, have accepted an invitation from the High Sheriff of Kent, Mr William Alexander and Mrs Caroline Alexander, to attend Afternoon Tea in the Lavender Fields at their home, Castle Farm, Shoreham, Sevenoaks.
Contact: Mrs Susie Fox, PA to High Sheriff of Kent - 07958 582594.
2pm Primary School Beach Party. The Headteacher, Mrs Hopkins, and the teaching and office staff at Westlands Primary School in Homewood Avenue, Sittingbourne, have invited the Mayor to attend the Year 1 pupils’ ‘Beach Party’. The children will be participating in activities such as fruit cocktail making, sand bracelet making, a game of volleyball and of course ice cream cones, with or without a chocolate flake, will be available!
Contact: Mrs Liz Bruce, Office Manager, Westlands Primary School - 01795 470862, option 3.
6.55 for 7pm to 9pm Challenger Troop Awards Evening. Challenger Troop CIC will hold an Awards Evening at Meadowfields School, Swanstree Avenue in Sittingbourne, to showcase their work with local, vulnerable and disengaged young people throughout the Swale and Medway area. The Challenger Troop Awards Evening will celebrate the achievements of students who have completed a challenging 6-week or 12-week course designed to push them both emotionally and physically to reach their fullest potential. The Deputy Mayor will attend and will hand out some of the awards. The local Deputy Lieutenant of Kent will also attend and after the presentations they will both have the opportunity to meet the young people and talk with their families and Headteachers about their successes.
Contact: Karen Masterson, Administrator, Challenger Troop CIC - 0845 548 5070.
9.30am for 9.40am to 1pm Formal Opening 2015 Annual Conference. The Diversity House ‘2015 Swale Women Empowering Women’ (SWEW) Annual Conference will take place at the UK Paper Leisure Club in Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne. The theme for this third annual conference is ‘Women on the Move: Breaking Barriers” and the Deputy Mayor will formally open and address the Conference at 9.40am. Diversity House is a charity which aims to promote community integration, inclusion and cohesion.
Contact: Christine Locke, Chair and Project Lead, Diversity House - 01795 420455.
11am Preview of new Public House and Restaurant. The Mayor will be at the new Wetherspoons pub and restaurant in Sittingbourne, The Golden Hope in Park Road, for a preview of the facilities as the staff start out on their training programme. The official opening ceremony will be on Tuesday 21 July at 8am, when the Mayor will cut the ribbon.
Contact: Amy Kortegas, Manager, The Golden Hope.
5.30 for 6.15pm to 9pm Rotary and Academy Annual Art and Design Exhibition. The Annual Oasis Academy Art and Design Competition is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Isle of Sheppey, which also provides the prizes. The Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will be at the Academy’s West Site, at Marine Parade in Sheerness, to view the exhibition and present the prizes. After the presentations the Mayor and Mayoress will stay on to watch performances given by the Academy’s music students.
Contact: Mr Andrew Parr, Vocational Chairman, Rotary Club of the Isle of Sheppey - 01795 875835.
2.30pm for 3pm to evening Teynham Carnival Day. At the invitation of the Teynham Carnival Association the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, will attend Teynham Carnival Day, spending time with the Teynham Court at their meal at the Community Hall, 89 Station Road, Teynham. At 4.30pm the Mayor will take the curtsey from all Courts before helping to judge the entries from 5pm. The Mayor will take the salute throughout the carnival procession at 7pm, and then present the winning court/entry with their prize at 8pm.
Contact: Jai Frost, Vice Chair and Secretary, Teynham Carnival Association - 07578 331131.
11.30am for 12 noon Formal opening of Fun Day. The Mayor, herself a Trustee of the West Faversham Community Centre in Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, will formally open their Fun Day, accompanied by Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Lawrence.
Contact: Beverley Swan, Chair of Fundraising and West Faversham Community Centre Trustee - 0771 833 9004.