The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, recently held his annual awards ceremony for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service may be awarded to any serving Reservist or Adult Volunteer of the Cadet Forces. The award is not intended as a routine recognition of long and faithful service; the criterion of exceptional service must be the principal factor.
This year a member of Sutton Valence staff was commended for her dedication. We were delighted that Flt Lt Christine Kitchen was recognised for her service to Sutton Valence CCF by the Lord Lieutenant last Thursday. In a presentation ceremony at Penshurst Place, Flt Lt Kitchen was the only member of the CCF in Kent to be recognised and given this particular award. It is pleasing that her commitment to the cadets has been formally recognised.