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The Earl of Wessex came to Ross-Shire on 23 September and visited Fortose Academy, the Highland Museum of Childhood where he opened the new Goods Shed Education and Storage Centre and then went on to Munro Saw Mill in Dingwall.

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HRH Duke of Rothesay visits Storehouse at Foulis on 30 July 2010 hosted by David Whiteford of the North Highland Initiative.

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A garden party celebrating 100 years of guiding was hosted by Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty.

Almost a hundred Guiders, Trefoil Guild members and ambassadors to the movement attended the event at her Strathpeffer home.

Mrs Bowen,, on behalf of Her majesty The Queen, thanked the assembled company for their dedicated work over many years in the leadership of the Guides in Ross-Shire, and noted that a lot of the load fell on supportive husbands and families, without whom the movement would not be able to achieve half as much.

Mrs Bowen said, "This was a party where I sent out the invitation and the Guiders with their normal can-do attitude not only provided the tents and put them up, but also did all the baking as well, and then tidied up afterwards! It was a great example of self help with a bit of assistance from the Army Cadet Corps, who were brilliant as well."

Some of those attending had been with the movement for over 60 years.

"It's just so good to be able to thank those who run the extra miles in our communities, some of them over long periods" said Mrs Bowen. "There's too many unsung heroes and heroines in Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh and I want to help us all recognise and thank them".

The Guide movement started 100 years ago in 1909 when some girls asked Sir Robert Baden Powell at the Boy Scouts Rally at Crystal Palace for "something for the girls".

Since then the Guide movement has grown to a worldwide membership of 10 million, with 500,000 in the UK.

(original article courtesy of the Ross-Shire Journal)


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A presentation will be made next week to the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for the coming year…

Lord Lieutenant for Ross, Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen, will present the framed parchment to Cadet Flight Sergeant Scott Bannerman from Newmore. It will take place on Tuesday 8 June at the 379 (County of Ross) squadron of the Air Cadets in Alness.

The appointment is held for one year and the selected candidate will attend the Lord-Lieutenant in the course of official duties. Flt Lt Andy Dobson RAFVR(T), Squadron Commanding Officer, said "It is a great honour for any cadet to be awarded this prestigious award and for this honour will be the pinnacle of their cadet experience."

The Lord-Lieutenant will also present the certificate of appointment to Cadet Warrant Officer Alexander MacDonald from Barbaraville, who was recently confirmed as a Cadet Warrant Officer - the highest rank achieved within the Air Cadet organisation.


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Tribute for Special Cadet by RobElliottRobElliott, 04 Jun 2010 08:45

1Sir - I have been asked by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup, to help put Armed Forces Day even more on the map.

He writes, "The defence of this country, its people and their interests is fundamental to our wellbeing and prosperity. So those who assume the responsibility for delivering it take on a vital and sometimes daunting challenge. The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, have consistently risen to that challenge in magnificent fashion, no matter what difficulties they face. Regulars, Reservists and indeed their families, who bear so much on our behalf, have more than earned the nation's gratitude." Last year the day was marked by march pasts and parades in Dingwall and Tain. This year we are being asked for a wider range of community led activities to recognise our sailors, soldiers and airmen.

So, I have two requests: Firstly, could any member or ex-member of the Armed Forces, especially younger ones, not definitely already known to the British Legion please make themselves known to me via June Forsyth, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN, email: ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj#ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj or phone 01349 868 5002. Your contact details will not be passed on to other parties without your specific permission. What we would like to ask you to do is to attend Armed Forces Day, ideally to march past and parade, and, if you have not already received one, to agree to presentation of the Veterans Badge at some suitable time.

Secondly, could any ex serviceman or indeed any member of a community anywhere in Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, who is prepared to run an event to recognise Armed Forces Day please contact me, once again via June Forsyth.

I fully appreciate that not everyone can muster a parade, but surely anyone, perhaps through their Community Council, can stop to raise the Armed Forces Day flag (we will provide one), and perhaps raise a glass too, and so mark our debt of gratitude. Private ceremonies with say ten or more are quite in order.

The more people who mark Armed Forces Day the better.

Finally, the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at a short ceremony outside the Council Offices Dingwall at 10.30am on Monday, June 21, there will be a parade and march past in Dingwall on Saturday, June 26 hosted by the British Legion (further details will be announced) and a Help the Heroes March Past and Parade in Tain on Saturday, June 19 (once again further details are available).

Janet Bowen, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh


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Helping Heroes by RobElliottRobElliott, 21 May 2010 18:52

An invitation has gone out to the younger generation of current and former members of the Armed Forces to take part in celebrations in Ross-shire, marking their service to the country.

Armed Forces Day will be recognised in Dingwall with a raising of a flag on Monday June 21, and a parade and march past on Saturday June 26.

A Help the Heroes March Past and Parade will be held in Tain on Saturday June 19.

Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen, is appealing for current or recent ex-members of the Armed Forces to attend the local celebrations and take part in the march past and parade. They could also be presented with a Veterans Badge.

Anyone willing to take part in the events or to organise a similar celebration in their area is asked to contact Mrs Bowen via June Forsyth, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall IV15 9QN. email: ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj#ku.vog.dnalhgih|htysrof.enuj, phone 01349 868500 or via the contact form here.


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Armed Forces Tribute Day by RobElliottRobElliott, 21 May 2010 07:34

A Dingwall teenager has been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant's cadet for Ross-Shire.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Casey MacKenzie (18) was presented with her certificate by Lord Lieutenant Janet Bowen at the end of gruelling exercise at Fort George.

Casey has been an army cadet for the last 6 years and during that time she has completed her Four Star Certificate and will complete her Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award in July.

She has also represented the Army Cadet Force in Scotland at Tug 'o War and her Battalion at football. Casey is a qualified instructor and teaches cadets at Dingwall Platoon in a wide range of subjects.

She is currently helping in a nursing home but hopes to follow a career in the police.


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Award for Cadet Casey by RobElliottRobElliott, 21 May 2010 07:25

Jessie was joined by family, friends and fellow residents at the Ballifeary House residential home in Inverness, where she has stayed happily for the past year and a half.

The full article is on the Ross-Shire Journal website at http://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7186/Party_time_as_Jessie_turns_100.html


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Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen presented the badges to those who had served in the armed forces from all over the county at the Council Buildings in Dingwall.

In a brief introduction before talking individually to each veteran Mrs Bowen paid tribute to the service given to their country and thanked them on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Some of the recipients had served in WWII, while others had served in more recent times.

The full article is in the Ross-Shire Jornal at http://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7039/Awards_honour_paid_to_Ross_veterans.html


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Last Saturday was the first ever Armed Forces Day which was preceded by a week-long celebration of the men and women who are, and have, served in our armed forces.

Article By Dave Thompson MSP

I was privileged to be asked to take part in the parade in Dingwall which marched from the Royal British Legion along the High Street to the War Memorial and back.

The parade was very well attended with all ages from very young cadets to proud veterans taking part. At the end of the parade Lord Lieutenant, Janet Bowen presented around 50 Veterans Badges to men and women from Ross-shire who served in the forces.

The Armed Forces Day is to be an annual event and I hope it will grow as the years go on as it is extremely important to mark the service given to our country by our dedicated forces personnel, who make many sacrifices on our behalf.

Full article at the Ross-Shire Journal


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Armed Forces Day by RobElliottRobElliott, 17 Nov 2009 08:21
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A DEDICATED Dingwall volunteer who has helped thousands of people overcome their troubles through her 26-year service with the Citizens' Advice Bureau has been awarded the MBE.

Joan Healey was presented with her MBE by Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross, Cromarty and Skye.

The MBE recognises her long service with the Citizens' Advice Bureau which started 26 years ago in Caithness.

Mrs Healey, who lives in Bayne Drive, Dingwall, currently volunteers at the Dingwall office where during her time as a general adviser she has helped thousands of people.

Her casework and dedication is described as being unparalleled and she takes various changes and demands within the service in her stride.

(Photo courtesy of the Ross-Shire Journal)


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Dingwall volunteer honoured by RobElliottRobElliott, 17 Nov 2009 08:15

The visit on 4 June by His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay was a splendid day, greatly enjoyed by everyone who met them, or simply saw them, including the many people standing outside. Strathpeffer Primary School turned out in force!

Photos of the visit are on the website here.


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