Latest news from the Lees Court Estate
11 Sep 2016
Mills Hand Grenade found during Metal Detecting Rally
An unexploded Mills hand grenade was found by a metal detectorist during the three day rally organised by Medway History Finders and held on the Estate on the 9th, 10th and 11th September 2016.
The grenade was found in a grass field close to the Lees Court Mansion. It was "gently" placed beside a tree and the police were called.
The Estate arranged for the cattle, which were grazing in the field, to be moved and the police cordoned off the area until the Bomb Disposal Team arrived from Folkestone Barracks.
The hand grenade was x-rayed but it was not clear as to whether of not it still contained explosives and was therefore not safe to be transported. A 500m area of was cordoned off to allow the Bomb Disposal Team to safely detonate the grenade in the field. The shrapnel confirmed that the grenade did contain explosives.
08 Apr 2016
Kent Archaeological Society Project at Lees Court Estate
The Fieldwork Committee of the Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) is undertaking a project to investigate and define the achaelogical account of the Lees Court Estate. The Project has been named "The Archaaeological Story of the Lees Court Estate from Prehistory to Yesterday - A 600- year journey".
This is a phased programme of events and in this initial phase KAS are conducting a desk based research exercise whereby they will be plotting on to the Estate Map the known archaeology and history. They will be collecting and collating information from the Society's Heritage List for England from Historic England. To finalise this mapping examination, KAS will overlay the Estate Map with a Lidar Survey. Once complete, KAS will be able to indentify known archaeology and areas that will need further on site archaeological investigation.
01 Jan 2016
The Countess Sondes - Ambassador of the Global Partnerships Forum
The Countess Sondes Becomes an Ambassador of the Global Partnership Forum
The Global Partnership Forum (GPF is a unique, not-for-profit, knowledge platform, providing change-makers with the tools to build innovative partnerships. The GPF convenes thought leaders and practitioners from across sectors to address challenges around the world, and supports the goals and objectives of the United Nations.
Lady Sondes is proud to be one of ten Ambassadors, who include Cherie Blair, The First Lady of Gabon, and Geena Davis.
Photo: Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and The Countess Sondes
17 Dec 2015
Dean of Canterbury Expresses his appreciation to Lady Sondes
The Very Reverend Dr. Willis, Dean of Canterbury, expresses his deep appreciation for the work of Lady Sondes and the Lees Court Estate in focusing attention on the global development agenda.
The Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury paid a courtesy call to His Excellency, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York. The Dean of Canterbury also met with Mr Amir Dossal, President and CEO of the Global Partnerships Forum (GPF), with aims to develop a strategy to help further the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The GPF is honoured to be working with the Canterbury Cathedral to develop a global outreach strategy that will engage faith-based communities in concrete action to achieve the UN's 2030 Agenda
Please click here for the full press release.
Photo: Left to Right: The Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, Mr Amir Dossal
09 Dec 2015
Lees Court Hosts Christmas Party for Friends of the Estate
Over 100 people attend the 2015 Christmas Party held at the Estate Yard Barn on December 9th, 2016.
The party was for friends of the Estate and represented the many varied organisations reflecting a wide range of interests.
The Countryside Code is a set of statutory guidelines on the responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land.
Below is a brief summary, the full code can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code
Respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people's lives and livelihoods.
- Respect the needs of local people and visitors alike – for example, don’t block gateways,driveways or other paths with your vehicle.
- When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders on bridleways.
- Co-operate with people at work in the countryside. For example, keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved and follow directions from the farmer.
- Busy traffic on small country roads can be unpleasant and dangerous to local people, visitors and wildlife - so slow down and where possible, leave your vehicle at home.
- Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths.
- A farmer will normally close gates to keep farm animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water. Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
- Follow paths unless wider access is available, such as on open country or registered common land (known as ‘Open Access land’).
- Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.
- Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them and increase the risk of farm animals escaping.
- Our heritage matters to all of us – be careful not to disturb ruins and historic sites.
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Litter and leftover food doesn’t just spoil the beauty of the countryside, it can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
- Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property – so be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year.
- Keep dogs under effective control, when you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you: keep your dog on a lead, or keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command and ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access
- It’s always good practice (and a legal requirement on ‘Open Access’ land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner.
- However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead.
- Always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly –‘ bag it and bin it’.