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01 Mar 2023

Tatler’s Best Butler

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Best Butler – Dale Burrluck

We are delighted to congratulate Dale Burrluck, Butler at Lees Court Estate, who was named by Tatler magazine as “Best Butler”.  Dale is a veteran of various Royal and Ancestral Households before settling at Lees Court 14 years ago.  Dale, works very closely with Lady Sondes and travels between the Kent and London homes.  He is known for his amazing floral decorations and attention to detail.  We are all delighted that his work has been recognised.

Read the Article: https://www.leescourtestate.com/files/leescourt_media/tatler_full_apr_23-01032023101843.pdf

28 Jan 2023

‘Ghosty’ and ‘Dave the Dog’ Remembered

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On the 28th January 2023, the shooting community of the Lees Court Shoot, came together to plant memorial trees remembering Graham Ghost and Dave Petty.  Both were long-time members of the ‘Picking Up’ Team and would often be seen together working their dogs.  The two trees have been planted in an area which they often stood, overlooking the Halls Bottom Drive. 

In Memory of Dave and Graham

On Beaters Day, two trees were planted for Dave and Graham now sadly departed.

For Lady Sondes it was an emotional affair as she read Dave’s letter to us all gathered there.

I hope those trees grow strong and tall and bring back fond memories for us all.

Between them is a log for a seat, so I can take a rest, on my next Beat.

Paul Smythe (Beating Team) 
January 2023

30 Aug 2021

Kunekunes at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show

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Lees Court Estate was delighted to sponsor the Championship Class for the Kunekune Pig held at the Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show.  The two day show held over the August Bank Holiday weekend returned to the Lingfield Showground, Surrey after being cancelled in 2020.

27 Aug 2021

Kent Archaeological Society

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The first KAS training and volunteering opportunities since the beginning of the panademic are scheduled for Lees Court on the 28th August 2021.  

There will be structured field walking and metal detecting, concentrating on the WW11 AA gun emplacement and basic training in fieldwork surveying,using a Bartington Magnetometer, Leica GNSS and the rudiments of DJI Drone Flying.

22 Jun 2020

Peel Ports Notice to Mariners NtoM 30 2020

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Peel Ports have confirmed that the 'Liftmoor' will be returning to Faversham Creek to remove the remaining debris from the Revenge wreck area.  Two beacons will be installed later.

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The Countryside Code

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’.