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Estate News

Latest news from Lees Court Estate

6th June 2023

Thanking the Kent Archaeological Society

Lady Sondes and her team welcomed the Kent Archaeological Society and volunteers for a hog roast and Estate visit to thank them for their outstanding efforts.

Following the hog roast, the guests visited Rearing Field viewing day old pheasant and partridge chicks, followed by a visit to the 137 Giant Sulcata Tortoises!

All of us at Lees Court thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

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20 May 2023

The Dig & Pig

The Countess Sondes invited friends to join her to visit the Kent Archaeological Society Dig and hog roast at Lees Court. The Dig has been running in excess of eight weeks and is currently the largest Community Archaeological dig in Britain. The archaeologists and volunteers are uncovering two prehistoric monuments dating back to 6000BC.

Friends and Archaeologists had a terrific day!

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01 Mar 2023

Tatler’s Best Butler.

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 HERE:

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28 Jan 2023

‘Ghosty’ and ‘Dave the Dog’ Remembered

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

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30 Aug 2021

Kunekunes at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show

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.

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27 August Jan 2021

Kent Archaeological Society

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.

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