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Mrs Pat Holder, BEM

On Thursday 12 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty had the pleasure of investing Pat Holder with her BEM. She said:

You have been recognised, and very rightly so, for:

• a lifetime of supporting Save the Children,
• being at the very centre of every community in which you have lived,
• a pillar of the church and
• the first in and the last out when it comes to doing anything for other people

And, as such it gives me the very, very greatest pleasure on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to invest you with the British Empire Medal for charitable services, principally to Save the Children.

Mrs Pat Holder, BEM

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 20/07/2018

Princess Royal visits Dingwall

On Thursday 5 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenenat for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh was present in Dingwall to meet Princess Anne.

Her programme began with a visit to the Town Hall where she met a party of Young Carers. This was followed by an engagement as Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The photographs are courtesy of the Press and Journal.

Princess Royal visits Dingwall

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 20/07/2018

Blue Flash Challenge 2018

Blue Flash Challenge returned to Strathpeffer for the weekend of 30 June and 1 July. Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh attended a number of events.

Firstly she attended the march on of those who had trekked overnight from Fort Augustus to present their medals. She said:

We are of course at the end of Armed Forces Week, which culminates today, Armed Forces Day, and once again I am absolutely thrilled to see the flag being raised here in Strathpeffer, not just because this is my home village but because I feel the flag is not being raised enough, and (as I said last year) I would like to see a wider recognition of this day of remembering and being remembered.

As such it is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome the veterans of the Fourth Royal Tank Regiment and their supporters here today to do two things:

1. To remind us of our military family and of the covenant we have with them
2. To support an outstanding military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and I know that we will hear more about that this evening

This particular event, Blue Flash Challenge (named after the blue shoulder ‘flashes’ that the fourth wore to distinguish them from the other Royal Tank regiments which had different colours) contains something for everyone.

First of all, I would like to honour the teams who have yomped as much as a 100 kms to get here. By any yardstick that is serious achievement and I will be awarding your medals in just a moment. Then there are the bikers and the shinty players. Later on we will all enjoy a ceilidh at the Pavilion and I think I am right that there are some tickets still available for that; whatever, the man to ask is Murdo. And finally, there will a church service tomorrow at the kirk in Strathpeffer at 1100 followed by the laying of wreaths at the recently renovated war memorial at Fodderty at about 1230. Last year’s service and wreath laying were poignant reminders of an important year for the Regiment: the battle of Cambrai, and this year of course commemorates the end of the Great War which saw the birth of the Regiment.

Finally, on your behalf I would like to introduce Mr David Rose, the Chief of Clan Rose with whom the Fourth Royal Tank regiment are associated and whose tartan the Regiment wear. I know that he would like to meet as many of you as possible both now, but also at the ceilidh tonight and at the church parade tomorrow.

And so, to business. What I want to say to you marchers today is first of all very well done indeed; you have done a great thing for a great charity, and without doubt shown your fitness for role! So, if I may, I would now like to meet you individually and award you with your Blue Flash Challenge 2018 medals.

She then attended a shinty match between the Army and a scratch Caberfeidh team (Cabers won!) and then a ceildh in the evening.

On Sunday she attended Church Parade followed by the laying of wreaths at the newly restored War Memorial at Fodderty, and the at the Loch Kinellan.

The photograph shows the blue wreath of 4 RTR.

Blue Flash Challenge 2018

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 20/07/2018

Raising the Flag

On Monday 25 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Council Offices in Dingwall for the Raising of the Flag at the Commencement of Armed Forces Week 2018.

Mrs Margaret Patterson and Mrs Angela MacLean represented the Highland Council and the event was attended by other officials and veterans of the Armed Forces.

The Rev Julia Boothby conducted a brief service.

Raising the Flag

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 20/07/2018

Susan Kruse MBE

On Thursday 14 June, Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended The Goods Shed at Strathpeffer Station to present Dr Susan Kruse with the MBE that she had been awarded in the Queen's 2018 Birthday Honours.

Mrs Bowen said: Normally an MBE would be presented with all the pomp of Holyrood Palace or Buckingham Palace, but Susan has chosen to have her very well deserved award presented here in the heart of her community, amongst all of you with whom she has worked over the years.

I have to say that I find this particularly appropriate, because although the award is entirely hers, to a degree it rubs off on everyone here. I’m blessed to live next door to a couple of archaeologists and there’s no doubt that archaeology is infectious; indeed I fear I may have got a tiny bit of the bug which, as far as I can see, is without any cure! So, Susan has been infecting others with all of this and being infected right back by all of you. All of which means, as I said, a little bit of this MBE rubs off all over the place and that’s why I’m so delighted that Susan has chosen to receive this award amongst all of you.

The first thing to get straight is that Susan has a double major from Cornell in Archaeology and Anthropology, and a MA and MPhil from Durham in Anglo Saxon and Viking studies and then Archaeology and then finally a Doctorate from University College London. So, from a generation where girls going to university didn’t matter very much, I stand in awe from the outset! Her next step was a spell at the National Museum of Scotland, but then came the came the move to the Highlands and community based archaeology. And it is in community that Susan’s abilities have flowered.

She’s a mover and shaker in the Worker’s Educational Association, the WEA is the UK’s largest provider of adult education, and a Women at Work co-ordinator, and was nominated by them in 2014 as one of their inspirational women. But Susan has also worked with children too. Since 2003 she has led the Inverness Young Archaeology Club. Nearer to home, in 2009, she volunteered with ARCH (that’s Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands, not that I need to tell any of you that!) where she successfully attracted funding to deliver a range of community archaeology projects across the Highlands, becoming the Project Officer a year later.

Since then…well, I think I have entered territory which is well known, but perhaps I could just flag up her work with the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee representing Community interests.

So, thank you Susan, because, without your incredible background and enthusiasm and encouragement, the knowledge of our ancestors and how they lived would still be buried, literally. You have galvanised teams to go out in all weathers, following your example. You have galvanised teams to work with children and enthuse them in your subject. You have taught about and fought for archaeology, and you are infectious! I now have the greatest pleasure, on behalf Her Majesty the Queen, in investing you with your MBE for Services to Community Archaeology in the Highlands of Scotland.

Susan Kruse MBE

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2018

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 - Award of CVO to Mrs Janet Bowen

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 - Award of CVO to Mrs Janet Bowen

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2018

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