On 23rd August 2014 three new boards were unveiled in St Peter’s Churchyard. These were part of the Commemoration of the start of the First World War. Two of them were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and show the location WW1 graves. The third was funded by Kent County Council and shows the location of all WW2 graves. Tour members Maggie Cook and Ronnie Cox are pictured unveiling one of the WW1 boards, and they were joined by Bernie Doran of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. These boards are needed because the Churchyard covers 9 acres, and many graves are hard to find.
Hugo Fenwick, the High Sheriff of Kent, made an official visit to the Tour on 7th August 2014.
In June, The Chairman of the K C C, Cllr Peter Homewood, visited the St Peter’s Village Tour, along with his wife. They were greeted by Brian Sleightholm, President, the Mayor of Broadstairs, Cllr Rosalind Banks and the Town Clerk of Broadstairs, Sarah Pengelly.
The St Peter’s Village Tour has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. Here you can see Chairman, Sue Elliott, receiving the award from Peter Homewood, Chairman of the KCC. The Tour has been ranked first by Trip Adviser of Activities in Broadstairs.
A group of teachers from across Europe visited the St Peter’s Village Tour. The visit was arranged through Bradstow School in Broadstairs and was part of a programme run by the British Council to build relationships and develop ways of learning for children with severe learning difficulties. On arrival to the Tour they were greeted by Brian Sleightholm, President, the Mayor of Broadstairs, Cllr Rosalind Banks and the Chairman of the KCC, Cllr Peter Homewood.
In April, Members of the St Peter’s Village Tour gather with staff from the Co-op in St Peter’s in support of the Co-op’s launch to raise funds for the St Peter’s Church Tower appeal. The Church Tower (built in the 15th century), its clock and stained glass window are in urgent need of repair, indeed even the Church bells have had to be silenced and the area surrounding it fenced off. The St Peter’s Village Tour group are also hoping to support this appeal.
Following the appointment of Brian Sleightholm as President, Sue Elliott has been appointed as the new Chairman of the St Peter’s Village Tour. Sue has spent eight years with the Tour and was previously the Tour Co-ordinator.
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The Village Tour held a special tour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in June 2013. Her Predecessor Queen Victoria made a visit with her daughter Princess Louise. To commemorate the occasion the Queen bestowed a Knighthood on a visitor from St Nicholas at Wade. The picture shows from left to right, Princess Louise, Sir Peter of St Nicholas at Wade, Queen Victoria, the Mayor of Broadstairs and St Peter’s Cllr Rosalind Binks, the Town Clerk of Broadstairs and St Peter’s Sarah Pengelly, and the Lord Chamberlain.