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01 Jan 2016

The Countess Sondes - Ambassador of the Global Partnerships Forum

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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

The Dean of Canterbury Expresses his appreciation for Lady Sondes’ work.

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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 courtsey 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: Mr Fletcher Banner, 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

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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.

19 Oct 2015

Our Shooting Season has started!

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Having sold out in Spring 2015, we are delighted that our first few days are upon us and we are looking forward to another busy season.

30 Sep 2015

A Successful Day at the East Kent Ploughing Match

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Congratulations fo our Farm Foreman, Kim Acres, for becoming the Reserve Ploughing Champion at the 70th East Kent Ploughing Match.

Kim won the Six and Seven Furrow Commercial Plough class to put him through to the 'Plough Off' which decides the Champion and Reserve Champion.  Kim was also presented with the Southern Harvesters Trophy for the 'Best Work with a Six Furrow Plough'.

The Farm also won the class for the Best Field of Spring Beans as well as winning the Best Sample of Peas and gaining second place for Milling Wheat and Bean samples.

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The Global Partnerships Forum

What is the GPF?

​Vision: To accelerate the social impact of people and organisations around the world through innovation collaboration

The Global Partnerships Forum, is a membership-driven organisation that provides a platform for innovative partnerships and alliances.  It brings together leaders froma across sectors to address global challenges, and forsters economic growth, by moving the need beyond aid to economic empowerment.

At a glance:

  • a platform for ideas
  • a pool of knowledge
  • an aggregator of expertise
  • a broker of partnerships
  • a catalyst for ideas

Ideas, expertise, knowledge and collaboration are the four pillars of our operations.