Watling Court, a brand new extra care scheme in Gravesend, Kent, is to be officially opened later this week by The Viscount De L'Isle MBE, Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Kent.
The official opening ceremony for Watling Court is taking place on Friday 27th April at the Gravesend home. Lord De L'Isle will perform the opening of the scheme at the ceremony, and will be accompanied on the day by his wife Lady De L'Isle.
The Queen appointed The Viscount De L’Isle, MBE as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Kent to succeed Mr Allan Willett CMG, who retired on 24 August 2011.
Lord De L’Isle, of Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, is the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. He was born Philip Sidney in 1945, a descendant of the great 16th Century soldier poet. Commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in 1966, he served in a variety of posts, and was awarded an MBE in 1977. He retired from the Army as a Major in 1979 to manage the Penshurst Place Estate.
Since 1992 he has been a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Trust, becoming chairman in 2007; he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in 1996. In August 2006 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of Kent Army Cadet Force.
The Watling Court extra care scheme welcomed its first resident in 2011, and provides housing and care to around 70 older people from the borough of Gravesham. Extra care is a concept that provides independent living with 24 hour-a-day care available when needed.
The Watling Court project has been overseen by Abbeyfield Kent Chief Executive Leon Steer, who is looking forward to the opening ceremony: "Everyone at The Abbeyfield Kent Society is delighted to receive the support of Lord and Lady De L'Isle for the opening of Watling Court. The extra care scheme was a significant project for the Society; we're so pleased that the opening is going to be carried out by someone so important to the county. I'm looking forward to giving them a tour of the scheme on what promises to be a great day."