Our Man in West­min­ster

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser - By Damian Green

Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one who held their Bank Hol­i­day Event on Satur­day or Sun­day and deep com­mis­er­a­tions to ev­ery­one who had planned some­thing in­volv­ing open­ing the front door on Mon­day.

The Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day is a pe­cu­liar in­sti­tu­tion any­way, com­ing in the month most peo­ple take holidays, and never has it been more point­less than this week.

Any­way be­fore the bib­li­cal storms struck I was lucky enough to at­tend two very dif­fer­ent events which brought peo­ple to­gether for good causes.

The first was the an­nual Ap­ple­dore Flower Fes­ti­val, which on Satur­day morn­ing looked more packed than I have ever seen it.

Rightly so, be­cause in the church there were more than 30 dif­fer­ent dis­plays, ap­pro­pri­ately un­der the theme “In Which We Serve” to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War.

Th­ese dis­plays cov­ered teach­ers, po­lice am­bu­lance, lit­ter pick­ers, the Queen, the mil­i­tary, and of course priests as well as many oth­ers.

The ef­fort in­volved was ex­tra­or­di­nary and de­served the crowds that came.

A dif­fer­ent but even big­ger crowd was gath­ered at the Kingsnorth Golf Club’s Char­ity Day rais­ing money for two ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tions: Help for He­roes and Great Or­mond Street Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Apart from the 80 or so who played in the com­pe­ti­tion, many oth­ers turned up to sup­port, and it was great to see some of the Gurkhas who had served in the Army there to help present the prizes.

Th­ese in­cluded men who had been wounded in Afghanistan and one who had been awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross in 2007.

It was re­ally mov­ing to wit­ness the stand­ing ova­tion that came when they were in­tro­duced.

Al­to­gether this shows how to use a Bank Hol­i­day week­end both to have fun and to raise money for good causes. Apart from the rain, what could be more English than that?

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