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Russian Arctic Convoy Week at Aultbea 7 to 12 May

Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen had the pleasure of attending two events during the Russian Arctic Convoy Week at Aultbea.

On Thursday 10 May she attended the Tea Party at the Aultbea Hotel for those of an age to remember Aultbea during the war. Some 60 attended. Mrs Bowen said:

First of all thank you for asking me to come. As you can see I have arrived wearing my Lord Lieutenant’s badge and that means that I am here formally representing the Queen, and, from all I know, were she to be able to be here, this event is something that she would absolutely endorse and support.

For a start the Queen will clearly remember the war, and will therefore, as we see each year at the Cenotaph, want to honour those who gave so much for their country and thus, in effect, for us.

Secondly the Queen very clearly sees part of her remit as supporting community in all its aspects, and this sort of meeting, both honouring those who have gone before but also seeking to build and bind community together in a common cause, is something that I know that she thinks is important.

And it precisely because of this that Prince Michael, as a member of her family, travelled back from a holiday in Europe to be with us last August when we remembered the fallen at Cove, and I’m really delighted at the continuing support that he has shown in supporting this week of activities. One of the benefits of my job is that I get to see members of the royal family close up, and I can tell you that Prince Michael was as much heartened by the show of community in the hall after the ceremony at Cove as he moved by the ceremony itself.

Which, in a sense, brings me to this splendid tea party. It’s the first time that an event like this has ever taken place, as far as I’m aware, and for me it’s like watching a jigsaw being put together. I’m a war time baby, but I can clearly remember my mother talking about the procedures to get north of Inverness to visit Little Scatwell at the foot of Strathconon, which was our family home. Mum was the word, and Idle Talk Costs Lives, and with that a veil of secrecy has fallen over the war effort in the Highlands. The role of Loch Ewe is a part of that, but the fact is that the whole picture is hugely fragmented with different people holding different pieces, and here’s a moment, so to speak, to put you piece or pieces on the table, and to try and see where they fit in. And as we do that the whole picture will gradually form before our eyes. So, get gossiping and share what you have, however insignificant you feel you little bit of information is.

I am now going to use something that has been written by Margaret Scott, and may well have already been used this week. But it chimes perfectly with my thinking . She writes:

"War is never anything to celebrate, but we can celebrate and enjoy the legacy left by our wartime experiences.

"Firstly, the resulting development and investment in the area that brought prosperity and jobs that would not have occurred otherwise,

"Secondly, the continued relationship with the armed forces, who still use the area for regular training exercises, and

"Thirdly and finally, the most important legacy of all: the relationships that were built during that time, friendships and romances with new beginnings, and lasting connections for both them and their children some who have come to stay in the area and who still keep in touch with what goes on, and for the many who have returned to visit in remembrance of loved ones lost, and all because of the war time connection.

"This is what this week, and this afternoon is all about, celebrating and remembering those times, and hopefully working together, so that we can bring about the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, as a lasting memorial to all those that served their country in so many different ways.

Speaking personally I would really like to echo her last sentiment. Getting this Museum off the ground really does matter. It is right and fitting that we should remember with honour those that died and served on the Arctic Convoys, and my view is that there is simply no better way to do this than to build a Museum which can tell their story for generations to come. The fact that it may also help to bring economic benefit to this area is important too, but what matters is the story of what happened here at Loch Ewe, and I would urge you to talk to everyone you can about this project.

Russian Arctic Convoy Week at Aultbea 7 to 12 May

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 13/05/2012

Lord Lieutenant's Jubilee programme

Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen will be attending the following events (amongst others) over the Jubilee period:

2 June Jubilee Parade at Portree
3 June Uniform Service at St Clement's Dingwall
Community Picnic at Strathpeffer
Jubilee Service at Tain
4 June Jubilee Parade at Tain
Jubilee Party at Dingwall
5 June Jubilee Service at St Paul's Cathedral
16 June ATC Jubilee Day at Inverness
3 July Garden Party at Holyrood, Edinburgh
4 July Jubilee Service at Glasgow

Lord Lieutenant's Jubilee programme

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 13/05/2012

Ross and Sutherland District Scouts and Guides

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Croamarty incorporating Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Queen's Diamond Jubilee District Service at St Clements Church, Dingwall on Sunday 13 May at 2.30 p.m.

At the service she awarded Euan Mackenzie, an Explorer Scout with 1st Muir of Ord Scout Group, with no less than three awards:

The Milennium Award for Exceptional Services to the Community
The Chief Scout's Platinum Award for Scouting Achievement
The Young Leaders Buckle for outstanding leadership qualities

Euan's citation read:

"He is an inspiration to his peers, a credit to his leaders and a role model to those who follow in his footsteps. He has worked his way through all sections in scouting and flourished in the responsibilities given to him."

Ross and Sutherland District Scouts and Guides

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 12/05/2012

Lord Lieutenant' Jubilee Tea Party

On Friday 11 May 2012 Mrs Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, incorporating Skye and Lochalsh, hosted a tea party for 250 guests from within her area who in some way had been associated with youth work.

In her speech Mrs Bowen pointed out that there couldn't be a repeat of the party: Diamond Jubliee's only came along every 60 years, and went on to say:

"This Jubilee also gives me a chance, to stand so to speak in the Queen’s shoes, to host this Tea Party and to fulfil one of her roles, which is to recognise achievement and to support service.

"Possibly you may have wondered why you have been invited, and in passing it is wonderful to see such a splendid turnout. The reason is that you will have been involved in some way with service to young people, maybe in the past, maybe in the present and maybe with many years of service in front of you.

"It goes without saying that the young of today are our future, but possibly the pressure on our young people is greater than ever, and it gives me great pleasure in this small way to honour all of you who commit so much of your time to guiding, listening, sharing, encouraging, sometimes pushing, and generally equipping the young people of our communities for their adult lives."

Lord Lieutenant' Jubilee Tea Party

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 14/05/2012

Memorial Parade for 'Fighting Mac' MacDonald

Mrs Janet Bowen took the salute at a parade held on Saturday 2 March at the Sir Hector MacDonald Memorial tower on the hill above Dingwall.

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Photographs were taken by Mrs Alaine MacDonald

Memorial Parade for 'Fighting Mac' MacDonald

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 02/03/2012

Remembrance Day

The Lord Lieutenant attended Remembrance day services at Dingwall and Strathconon on 14th November 2010 and at Cove, Loch Ewe on 13th November.

Remembrance Day

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 14/11/2010

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