For Immediate Release
Press Release 13th May 2022
WE are proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities on June 2, 2022
Harrietsham Parish Council has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2, 2022.
The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.
The Beacon will be lit at St John The Baptist Church, Marley Road, Harrietsham (ME17 1AX) and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.
In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “ Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.
“ For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglets and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”
A representative from Harrietsham Parish Council said; “ We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities have been conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.
For more information or interviews please contact Harrietsham Parish Council (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Timeline for many Beacons lightings, although events might change at individual locations
· At 2pm hundreds of town criers and 50 Pearly Kings and Queens will announce a specially-written Proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacons later that day.
· At 9.35pm local time across the UK and Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipe bands will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.
· At 9.40pm buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.
· Then at 9.45pm exactly local time, and to coincide with the lighting of the beacons, community choirs across all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.
Notes to Editors
Details of the event and those taking part can be viewed by going to the Guide To Taking Part found at www.queensjubileebeacons.com
Speed Limit Order - West Street and Church Road
(and surrounding roads)
The effect of this proposed Order would be to reduce the 30MPH speed limit to 20MPH speed limit in Harrietsham, Maidstone on the following roads:
Alexander Road Baldwins Place BoxfieldClose Butler Close Church Road
Cricketers Close Cutbush Close Forge Meadow Harrison Drive Hook Lane
Horwood Way Ivens Way Lakelands Parkfield Close Quested Way
Shrubwood Close Station Road The Hampshires Tithe Mews West Street
This order is being made for the following reasons:
- for avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising
- for facilitating the passage on the road or any other road of any class of traffic (including pedestrians).
- for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.
The scheme will be reviewed so that Kent County Council can make the decision to make the Order permanent, amend or abandon it.
If you wish to submit a comment to this consultation, further details can be found by clicking on this link: 20mph Speed Limit Consultation
North Downs Walk – 12 June 2022
Sponsored Walk for Cancer Research UK and your own selected charities
The Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent are running our annual North Downs Walk on Sunday 12th June, starting at Harrietsham Village Hall. It is a sponsored walk, which has been run annually (except in 2020 due to the pandemic) for the past 37 years and has raised in excess of £500,000 for Cancer Research UK and the walkers’ chosen charities.
There are alternative routes to suit walkers of all levels of fitness. The 1 mile and 3 mile routes are fairly flat; the 6 mile and 9 mile routes take in the beautiful North Downs, with stunning views across the Weald. We have water stations, including dog bowls (this is a dog-friendly event) and toilets en-route.
Walkers can start at any time between 8am and 11am and should be back in time for lunch. When you get back to Harrietsham, all walkers are given a free ploughman’s lunch, strawberries and cream, and entertainment by local musicians. Come and make a day of it, and raise money for your favourite cause or charity at the same time.
Half of your sponsorship money will be donated by Rotary to Cancer Research UK. The other half is yours to donate to your selected cause or charity, which might include Scouts, Guides, school PTA, local church, sports club etc. This makes it a great way of raising money for your cause, with Rotary looking after all of the details.
Many thanks to our event sponsors, Family Funeral Service, who have underwritten all the costs of the event; every penny raised in sponsorship will go to the charities.
Visit our website at www.wealdofkentrotary.org.uk to download registration forms, route maps and event posters, or to learn more about Rotary. For further details contact Duncan, our walk committee chairman on 07519 320919 or at email@example.com
Advice regarding E-Scooters
The following was copied from the Kent Police Website;
Electric scooter owners in Maidstone are reminded to comply with the law and be considerate of other road users.
The warning is issued after police community support officers seized an e-scooter from a child after he was seen riding it in a dangerous manner in Plains Avenue, on Wednesday 2 December 2020. The boy had been advised by the same officers regarding a similar incident a few days earlier. His parent was asked to attend the police station to retrieve it and they received guidance regarding their son's conduct.
Inspector Stephen Kent of Maidstone's Community Safety Unit said: 'In the town centre and surrounding housing estates we have been receiving reports of the antisocial and dangerous use of e-scooters.
'Owners should be aware that these currently fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. This means for use on a public road the user requires insurance, vehicle tax, a driving licence and registration.'
The use of e-scooters on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas is illegal and, in general, they should only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.
Inspector Kent continued: 'Our officers will be stopping and giving words of advice to e-scooter users and will seize the equipment where offences have been committed. Where appropriate, persistent offenders or dangerous riders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or receive a traffic offence report.'
The following is a summary copied from the .gov.uk website.
“Powered transporters” is a term used to cover a variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices which are powered by a motor, including e-scooters.
Given how powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a “motor vehicle”. Therefore the laws that apply to motor vehicles apply to powered transporters.
It is illegal to use a powered transporter:
- on a public road without complying with a number of legal requirements, which potential users will find very difficult
- in spaces that are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders; this includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes
Any person who uses a powered transporter on a public road or other prohibited space in breach of the law is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.
It is legal to use a powered transporter:
- on private land with the permission of the land owner
Please specifically note the following;
“If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.”
The term “powered transporters” does not include electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), which have their own regulatory framework.