9am for 9.30am - Official Opening of new School Building. The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Ms Brenda Le Pavoux will attend the Official Opening of the New Building at Fulston Manor School, Brenchley Road, Sittingbourne. The building will be opened by Gordon Henderson MP.
Contact: Mrs Dawn Payne, PA to Headteacher, Fulston Manor School - 01795 412602.
10am - Flying the Flag for Commonwealth Day. Swale Borough Council will mark Commonwealth Day across the Borough by raising the Commonwealth flag on its public buildings at Swale House in Sittingbourne and The Sheppey Gateway in Sheerness. This landmark occasion will see 500 flags raised across the British Isles, simultaneously for the first time in its history, offering a unique opportunity for local communities to become involved and join with others nationwide in an expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities available. The Mayor will be attending Sheppey Gateway with her Mayoral Cadet, Cadet Corporal Jake Hanley of Kent Army Cadet Force, Sittingbourne Detachment. They will both share the responsibility of reading the Commonwealth Affirmation and Queen’s Message in the Courtyard, at the rear of the Gateway, as the flag is raised. Meanwhile, Council Leader Andrew Bowles will be reading out the Commonwealth Affirmation and Queen’s Message at the front of Swale House, whilst the flag is raised on the roof. In Faversham, the Commonwealth flag will be flown at The Alexander Centre in Preston Street.
Contact: Mrs Heather Elliott, PA to the Mayor - 01795 417392.
12 noon - Annual General Meeting of Employees Association. As Honorary President of the Swale Employees Association, the Mayor will attend the Annual General Meeting of the Borough Council’s Staff Association, in the Assembly Room at Swale House in East Street, Sittingbourne.
Contact: Mrs Sue Revell, Secretary, Swale Employees Association - 01795 417269.
2pm to 3pm - Annual ‘In Bloom’ Station Roundabout Competition Prizegiving. Each year students at all the Primary Schools in Sittingbourne are given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Annual Sittingbourne in Bloom Competition’ to design a layout for the summer bedding on the Station Roundabout in St. Michael’s Road. The Mayor will be in the Parlour at Swale House to present a prize to the pupil whose winning design has been chosen from over 400 entries from seven schools. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded. The winning design will be planted up on the roundabout in late May, with a sign crediting the winner. The Station Roundabout is sponsored by Sittingbourne-based company Let's Go Green Cabs.
Contact: Joanna Marolia, Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator - 01795 417240 or 0771 334 2218 or Malcolm Moore, Chairman of Sittingbourne in Bloom - 01795 438083.
10.15am for 11am - Lord Lieutenant of Kent’s Annual Civic Service. Her Majesty the Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, will hold the annual Civic Service at Canterbury Cathedral and the Mayor will attend, accompanied by Mrs Jill Willmott. With other civic dignitaries from across Kent they will join a procession into the Cathedral, for the Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for Public Service to Kent. The Service will be attended by many of those in public service, including borough/district/parish councillors, magistrates, emergency services and uniformed community organisations such as the Red Cross and RNLI. A wide cross-section of people from the voluntary youth, education and healthcare sectors have also been invited. There will be a privately funded reception with refreshments afterwards.
Contact: Miss Joanne Holmes, Deputy Clerk to Kent Lieutenancy - 01622 696383 or 07889 475073.
6.45pm for 7pm - Licensing and Installation of New Rector. The Mayor will attend the Licensing and Installation of the new Rector, The Reverend Julian Staniforth, to The Six Benefice, comprising Newington, Hartlip, Stockbury, Lower Halstow, Upchurch and Iwade Churches. The service will take place in St Mary’s Church, Newington with refreshments afterwards at Newington School. The Bishop of Dover and Archdeacon of Maidstone will be leading the service along with the Area Dean.
Contact: Mr David Lane - 0784 029 0007.
6.45pm for 7.15pm to 10.30/11pm - LGC Awards 2014. The Mayor will attend the LGC Awards 2014 at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Contact: Mr Bob Pullen, Policy and Performance Officer, Swale Borough Council - 01795 417187.
10.40am for 11am - Funeral Service. A funeral service for Mrs Stella Calvert, the late wife of Honorary Alderman Richard Calvert, a former Member of Swale Borough Council, will be held at the Garden of England Crematorium in Bobbing. The Deputy Mayor, and Mayoress Ms Brenda le Pavoux, will attend.
Contact: Mrs Heather Elliott, PA to Mayor, Swale Borough Council - 01795 417392.
7 for 7.30pm - Charity Jukebox Concert. The Mayor will attend an Opus 32 ‘Jukebox Concert’ in support of local charity, the Swale Youth Development Fund, at the Baptist Church, High Street, Sittingbourne. The Jukebox theme means that, for a nominal donation, members of the audience can choose on the night, from a repertoire of 100 tunes, what they would like the choir to perform.
Contact: Mrs Carole Nealey, Chairman, Swale Youth Development Fund - 01795 874366.
6.45pm for 7.30pm to 12 midnight - Swale Civic Dinner, Cabaret and Dance The Venetian Masked Ball. The Mayor will host the Swale Civic Dinner, Cabaret and Dance at the Rivers Restaurant at the Upchurch River Valley Golf Club in Oak Lane, Upchurch, near Sittingbourne. She will be accompanied by Mayoral Cadet, Cadet Corporal Jake Hanley of Kent Army Cadet Force, Sittingbourne Detachment. Guests attending ‘The Venetian Masked Ball’ include Past Mayors of Swale, the Leader and other Members of Swale Borough Council, Mayors and Chairmen from across Kent and South London, the President of Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta, members of the local Royal British Legion and Kent Air Ambulance, together with various family and friends. Guests will enjoy a five course dinner, with entertainment and dancing. The evening will end with a Grand Prize Draw and Auction, with all proceeds from the event to benefit the Mayor’s Charity Appeal for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
Contact: Mrs Heather Elliott, PA to the Mayor - 01795 417392.