Community Celebrations for Queen and Country
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A special celebration event in honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday is being held for members of the Hartley Memory Cafe and local elderly residents in Hartley and surrounding villages in Kent on Sunday 12th June.
The special event is being provided by Ash Green Scout Group, who have organised an amazing party as part of their work for the Scouts’ Million Hands Project. The project aims to help increase scouting awareness in the local community by supporting a number of charitable causes, including Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services.
Peter Lewis, Group Scout Leader said:
“Ash Green Scout Group are delighted to be putting on this party today to celebrate our Queen’s 90th Official Birthday. This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to show that they really do care about our growing elderly community.
"Working closely with the Hartley Memory Café, a support network for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia for several months, we have arranged this completely free event as part of our work in the worldwide Scouts ‘A Million Hands’ project - an on-going project where young people are challenged to involve themselves in supporting our local community.
“We’ve had fantastic local business, charity and community support – both financially and in providing services – and without that support the Scout Group alone could not have put the show on.
“New Ash Green Village Association have given us free use of the Village Hall, Longfield Village Butchers, the New Ash Green Co-op and The Granary in New Ash Green have all provided food and we’ve had donations from Ash Tyres, Longfield Hardware, The Village Barber and Lyn’s Breakfast Bar in New Ash Green, and Hartley Estates. We have also had generous donations from the Wheatsheaf Freemasons Lodge and the Jubilee Freemasons Lodge, as well as a considerable number of personal donations from friends and supporters.
“Entertainment is being provided by popular local professional Jazz and Swing singer, Shane Hampsheir supported by The Local Vocals, a 100+ strong Hartley-based singing choir.
Local taxi company, Safhire Cars have generously provided free transport for many of ourguests. The Vintage Barn in New Ash Green have provided all our balloons and Wonderland Venues have assisted with our chair and table decorations.
Veronica McGannon who along with other volunteers, helps to run The Memory Café, managed by Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services said:
"I am so humbled by the all the support and organisation from Ash Green Scouts and the donations and help from local businesses. This will be a great event to bring our Memory Cafe attendees some joy and excitement and hopefully something to remember. It will be a perfect way to mark the Queen's 90th birthday."