Archive for September 25th, 2012

Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Sept 25th

September 25, 2012

Tonight we went to the Great Hall in Winchester for the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire’s meritorious Awards Ceremony.

Although this was mainly to recognise the work of members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces, there were several other categories of awards.

The first part of the evening was the presentation of their medals to nine recipients of the British Empire Medal. Of the nine, two of them were from the Borough of Havant. The first was Leigh Park’s Michael Chalk, whose medal was awarded for services to Havant Rugby Club, and the second was Councillor Brendan Gibb-Grey, given for services to the community in Emsworth.

This was followed by presentation of Royal Humane Society Awards and then the presentation of Commissions to four newly appointed Deputy Lieutenants.

Next came the Lord-Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Awards, given to selected members of Reserve and cadet Forces. Other awards included the Hampshire Territorial Trust Award, given to an exceptional Reservist, and the Best Reservist Award, sponsored by Fuller’s Brewery.

Also recognised were companies who gave encouragement to employees who are Reservists.

Finally five new Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets were presented with their badges, and the five outgoing ones were given certificates. Included in the last category was Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Beacham from Cowplain, who was selected last year and was previously the Havant Mayor’s Cadet in 2010 – 2011.

COPP Exhibition Sept 25th

September 25, 2012

This morning Elaine & I went to the Newtown House Hotel on Hayling Island to look at the Combined Operations Pilotage Party exhibition which is on show there for the until Thursday from 11.00 till 5.00.

The exhibition includes maps, story boards, clothing and various items of equipment.

Old & new

Old & new

Some of the storyboards

Some of the storyboards

However, what must be the centrepiece of the exhibition has to be a Mk2 COPP canoe which has recently been restored by Hayling  boatwright Derek Abra. It is hoped that it will be used to paddle around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for charity. For comparison there is a modern SBS canoe alongside the original.

With plenty to see, the exhibition reveals a little of Hayling’s hidden past.