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PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:54 14 July 2015

Amanda Cottrell's Canterbury sheep drive

Amanda Cottrell's Canterbury sheep drive

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Freeman exercises ancient right to drive sheep through Canterbury, and a new Chairman for Chatham Historic Dockyard

Crowds flock to sheep drive

Just an ordinary day out for Kent Life’s most-photographed local resident…

Saturday shoppers flocked to see Freeman of the City of Canterbury Amanda Cottrell exercise her medieval right to drive sheep through the high street, on behalf of homelessness charity Porchlight.

The Visit Kent chairman was joined by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Ann Taylor, Lady Mayoress Claire Taylor and the Sheriff of Canterbury Tony Austin, to lead the sheep from Barretts’ car park to the cathedral gates where they were blessed by Canon Nicholas Papadopulos.

“I was delighted to join the roll of Freemen earlier this year and I’ve been looking forward to making the most of this unique privilege,” said Amanda.

“The sheep, kindly provided by Kent College, have been very well behaved and I’m proud to uphold this age-old British tradition in support of Porchlight, a charity that I admire for its excellent work with homeless and vulnerable people in Canterbury and across the whole of Kent.”

Philanthropy Phil

Property guru Phil Spencer has been on location at a house in Sevenoaks in support of Kent Life’s Charity of the Year ellenor.

The TV star and charity Patron attended the launch of ellenor’s new Philanthropy Circle, hosted by ambassador Candy Kitsz and her husband Jan.

Now in its 30th year, ellenor is the only charity in Kent to provide hospice care to seriously ill people of all ages across north and west Kent, most of that care in the comfort of a patient’s own home. More than 150 of ellenor’s patients are babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Phil shared anecdotes about his work with fellow presenter Kirsty Allsop and his support of a charity “which is so unique.”

● To find out how you can make a donation or become a member of the Philanthropy Circle please visit www.ellenor.org

New Chairman Elect at Chatham

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar will take over from the current Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, as Chairman Elect in May 2016.

Sir Ian has been highly influential in leading the Trust over the last 10 years, during which time, a substantial amount has been achieved in creating the carefully balanced mixed use heritage environment, museum and visitor attraction that exists today and for future generations.

The timing coincides with an important period in the Trust’s development with final elements of the Corporate Plan for 2012-16 being implemented and the new plan for the next five years being developed. This includes the delivery and launch of the Command of the Oceans project due to open next spring.

Sir Trevor, a former Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Commanding Officer of HMS Ocelot, HMS Chatham and an Ambassador for the Dockyard, will be the fifth Chairman in the Trust’s 32-year history.

Lovely indeed

“The loveliest Castle in the world” has been recognised as top performing in five categories by reviewers on the world’s largest travel site.

Leeds Castle has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in five categories, for delivering a superior customer experience as a tourist attraction and for the Stable Courtyard B&B, Great British Kitchen, Fairfax Restaurant and Knight’s Glamping.

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Leeds Castle attracts half a million visitors a year and is located just off Junction 8 of the M20.

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