First Quarter report

Date: 01/04/2019

First Quarter and final report from the now retired Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Mr Guy Clard.

The Quarter to 28th March 2019, will be the last period to be reported by the Lord-Lieutenant,
Guy Clark CVO., JP., and in addition to his list of diary engagements will follow some recollections of his tenure as Lord-Lieutenant from 2007 – 2019.

Engagements 1st January 2019 – 28th March 2019.


January 2019

25th Funeral – Chairman of Borders Reserve Force – Dalbeattie
28th PM Holocaust Memorial Day – Eastwood Park Theatre


February 2019

12th AM Thanksgiving Service (Mr Alan Devereux) Former DL Allander
14th PM Royal Garden Party Meeting – East Renfrewshire
20th AM Dedication On-board RFCA Tidesurge – Greenock Ocean Terminal
21st PM Civic Prayer Event – Greenock Town Hall
24th AM Inspection of Boats – Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club
27th AM Pre AGM Meeting SSAFA – Bridge of Weir
27th PM Dined out by RFCA Board – Golden Jubilee Hotel, Dunbartonshire
28th AM Visit Bravest Manufacturing Company – Erskine Hospital


March 2019

5th AM SSAFA AGM – Kilbarchan
8th PM Queen Scout Awards – 32nd Greenock
9th PM Ardgowan Hospital Ball – Greenock
11th AM Commonwealth Flag Raising – East Renfrewshire
13th AM Interview – Greenock Telegraph - Braeton
14th PM Meeting Provost of Inverclyde
16th PM Luncheon for DLs Ardgowan
18th PM Meeting RFCA Chief Executive – Lowland House
21st PM Meeting for Lord-Lieutenants – RFCA Edinburgh / AGM RFCA – Edinburgh
22nd PM Scots Guards Association Dinner – Partick Burgh Hall
25th AM Meeting Provost of East Renfrewshire, Chief Executive, Leader of Council
26th PM Luncheon Renfrewshire Council – Paisley
28th AM Address Scottish Lord-Lieutenants – Palace of Holyroodhouse - Edinburgh


(1st April PM Lunch East Renfrewshire Council
11th April PM Lunch Inverclyde)

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections:

My term as Lord-Lieutenant started in April 2007 and it has been a huge privilege to have served as Her Majesty’s Representative until March 2019.

As a background the Renfrewshire Lieutenancy has a population of circa 350,000 spread across three unitary authority areas; Inverclyde, Renfrewshire (Paisley) and East Renfrewshire: within this landscape there is a varied social mix together with a growing ethnic population. The major area includes Greenock, Port Glasgow, Johnstone, Paisley, Linwood and a large area of Glasgow South of the River Clyde.

At first it was difficult to prioritise how and where to advance people’s awareness of the Lieutenancy and how it could be of benefit to them, from the support to individuals, religious groups, charities, Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys Brigade etc., to public bodies such as Police, Fire Brigade and companies to local authorities. I supported these organisations as much as possible.

Five years prior to stepping down I was appointed President of the Lowland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. This entailed being involved with all three Arms of the Reserve Forces across a wide area from Edinburgh to Glasgow down to Dumfries and Galashiels. This was an enjoyable duty meeting very many service personnel on a regular basis. Also assisting with recruiting was part of this responsibility.

A most pleasurable duty was the presentation of National Honours and also a number of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners and also Companies who had won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

I was fortunate to be invited to represent Renfrewshire at the Diamond Wedding Anniversary Service of Her Majesty and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey in 2007; the marriage of Prince William of Wales (as he then was) to Miss Catherine Middleton within St Pauls Cathedral in 2012. I also attended the Service to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and was present on the occasion of the procession of boats on the River Thames.

A number of successful visits by members of the Royal Family to Renfrewshire were made including Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH the Duke of Rothesay; HRH The Princess Royal (many times), HRH The Earl of Wessex, HRH The Duke of Gloucester and HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.

This hardly scratches the surface of the many other events I attended during my tenure, far too many to quote.

I formally retired on 28th March 2019.


G.W.N.H. Clark CVO JP