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October 6 2012.

On Wednesday 3 October Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, visited the Rotary Club of Seaford's weekly lunch meeting at Seaford Golf Club. By chance, on the previous day, representing her Majesty the Queen, he presented a Rotary Club of Seaford member, Tony Lees, with his well-deserved British Empire Medal (BEM). A double treat for Tony, and no doubt for the Lord Lieutenant!

Peter started his address by describing some of the history of the Lord Lieutenant. The position was introduced by King Henry VIII, and there was, and still is, one Lord Lieutenant in each county. His primary task in those days was to help raise the army for the King in his campaigns abroad, as well as defence of the realm.

Presently the role of the Lord Lieutenant is much more community based. Lord Lieutenants are unpaid and non-political, and have the, slightly modified, uniform of Major General. They are appointed directly by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, and have three areas of activity, but at all times he is required to uphold the dignity of the Queen.

Royal roles include:
a. Performing any duties Her Majesty the Queen may require
b. Organising Royal visits and escorting the Royal visitors
c. Royal Garden parties
d. Queen's Awards
County roles include:
a. As Master of the Rolls he is responsible for Magistrates and the lower courts
b. County Archives and Records
c. Reserve Forces and all the County cadets
d. Welcoming new citizens into the community on behalf of her Majesty and the government

Community roles include:
a. Fostering goodwill throughout the local community by, for example, helping charities and local voluntary organisations.
b. He is patron or president of over 40 local charities and voluntary organisations

Thje Club thanked  Peter for a very informative, entertaining and interesting explanation of his duties.