Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Nettleham Welcomes Duke of Kent to Open Bishop's Palace Site

Nettleham welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent today where he officially opened the Bishop's Palace Site and planted an English oak to commemorate the occasion.

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The Duke arrived in the village by helicopter, at around half past ten, at the Police Headquarters, Deepdale Lane and was welcomed by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr. Tony Worth and his wife, Jenny. They departed by car for Nettleham Parish Council at the Old School, Mill Hill.

Arriving at the Old School the Lord Lieutenant presented the Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Mrs. Irmgard Parrott and Mr. Len Parrott, the Chairman's Consort, the Police & Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick, the Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr. Terry Williams and Mrs. Kathleen Williams, the Chairman's consort.

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The Duke was escorted into the Large Hall of the Old School by Cllr. Williams and was introduced to Cllr. John Evans who has been the Lead on the Bishop's Palace Heritage Project.  Cllr. Evans gave an explanation of the project and introduced a number of key individuals to the Duke. Including:
  • Mrs. Pat Gregory - Founder Member of Nettleham Heritage Association
  • Mr. Chris Williams - Chairman, Nettleham Woodland Trust
  • Mr. David Gibbons - Headteacher, Nettleham Junior School
  • Mr. Nigel Kingston - Editor of Nettleham News; and
  • Miss Chrissie Clayton - Orchard Specialist
A number of individuals from support organisations who have provided assistance to the project were also presented, they included:
  • Ms Liz Bates - Director of Heritage Lincolnshire
  • Mr. David Start - Director (Retired) of Heritage Lincolnshire
  • Ms Mary Hurst - WREN
  • Mr. Barry Billingham - Cory Trust
Also in attendance were:
  • West Lindsey District and Parish Councillor Giles McNeill
  • Parish Councillor Mrs. Janice Clayton, Vice Chairman of Nettleham Parish Council
  • Parish Councillor John Hill
  • Parish Councillor Joe Siddall
  • Parish Councillor Mrs. Susan Harland
  • Parish Councillor Allan Bonney
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A little after eleven o'clock His Royal Highness was escorted to the Bishop's Palace Site by Councillors Evans and Williams and given further information about the project, walking through the parish cemetery, into the newly named Swathe and through into the site where the Duke was invited to plant a commemorative English Oak by Mr. Rod Newborough, a forestry expert. There were cheers, applause and frenetic waving of flags by local school children.

At a quarter past eleven the Duke formally cut a ribbon on the ceremonial gateway into the main field of the Bishop's Palace Site and officially opened the site. Cllr. Williams proposed a vote of thanks.
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The tour continued into the Bishop's Palace Site into the schedule Ancient Monument with an explanation of the visible archaeological features.

Around half past eleven the Royal Party departed the village from in front of the White Hart public house and Methodist chapel for their next engagement.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulation to everyone in Nettleham who have worked on this project.