Annual civic service at St Augustine’s

Bexhill mayor Brian Kentfield
Bexhill mayor Brian Kentfield

LOCAL Scout movement leaders formed a significant element when fellow Charter Trustees, family and friends supported Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield and his wife and Mayoress, Susan, on Sunday.

The occasion was the annual Civic Service. Cllr Kentfield has chosen the Rev Robert Coates, Vicar of St Augustine’s Church, as his mayoral chaplain.

Cllr Kentfield and Deputy Mayor Cllr Stuart Earl were wearing their scarlet robes of office as members of the town’s Charter Trustees together with their secretary, Derek Stevens, paraded into St Augustine’s behind the mace of the former Bexhill Borough Council for the service led by the Vicar.

The Charter Trustees (councillors representing Bexhill wards on Rother District Council) were created when Bexhill lost its borough status in 1974 with the merger with Battle and Rye into the new district council.

Their responsibilities are to safeguard the former borough plate and regalia, aintain the town’s heritage and to elect a town mayor and deputy mayor from among their number.

The first lesson was read by the Deputy Town Mayor. The Prayer Book reading was by Rother chairman Cllr Bridget George.

The second lesson was read by the Town Mayor.

Hymns were Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

A reception was held after the service in the church hall.

Cllr Kentfield has been an enthusiastic member of the Scout movement throughout his life.

At his mayor-making ceremony in May he announced that his mayor appeal would be on behalf of the campaign to build a new accommodation block at the district Scout camp-site at Kiteye Wood. The old building had become unsafe and has had to be demolished. Already, the foundations have been laid for the new building.