April 15th 2016

Attending a Royal Garden Party

Robert and Josephine Ewart-Sear from Whitehouse Construction

Representatives from two Derbyshire-based organisations have been invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace as a result of their active support to the Armed Forces Community.

Derby College and Whitehouse Construction in Ashbourne will each send two representatives to Buckingham Palace in May where they will have the opportunity to wander through the prestigious Palace, usually out of bounds to members of the public, before being hosted in the Palace garden and having the chance to see members of the Royal Family.

HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will circulate among the guests in the garden and the National Anthem will be played by a military band.

Directors Robert and Josephine Ewart-Sear will be attending the garden party on behalf of Whitehouse Construction. Explaining why he was honoured to be invited to the event, Robert said: “Whitehouse Construction proactively supports the Armed Forces Community and are always seeking to use the skills of veterans, serving personnel and their families in the organisation. We were delighted to be invited to the Royal Garden Party and feel this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Derby College’s Head of Broomfield Hall Campus Eileen Swan and Public Services lecturer Chrissie Draper are also set to attend the event.

Eileen explained: “We are delighted to be representing the college at this wonderful event.

“Derby College has close links with the Armed Forces – both supporting staff who serve as reservists and also preparing our learners for future careers through our Uniformed Public Services study programmes.

“For staff, we recognise the opportunity for individuals to develop themselves and bring transferable skills into our organisation.  We also received a Silver Award from the Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme last year.

“Our Public Services learners also benefit from the master classes provided by representatives of all the Armed Forces and workplace visits to ensure they have the skills and attitudes that they will need to make a positive contribution to the valuable work that these organisations undertake.”

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Colonel John Wilson OBE DL, who is also the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, nominated both organisations to attend the Garden Party in recognition of their support for Defence personnel, in particular their employees who are reservists or veterans.

“We are delighted to be representing the college at this wonderful event."