REpresentative Deputy Lieutenant for the borough of Bexley
Mr David Easton JP DL
Appointed Rep DL: 2020
David was born in SE London and has worked in the capital throughout his entire career. He served as a uniformed officer for 27 years, across all parts of London, in the London Fire Brigade, attending many of the major incidents that occurred in the capital during that period. Since 2000, David has worked for the London Borough of Bexley, and currently has responsibility for a number of departments, including the organisation and management of election events and the promotion of the Mayoralty and work of local Councillors. David is passionate about the role of the Civic and Ceremonial Mayoralty in local areas and is keen to further young people’s knowledge and understanding of this historical aspect of London’s heritage. He has served as a Magistrate on the SE London Bench since April 2006 and over recent years, as a Presiding Justice on that Bench. David and his wife, Janet, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Further information about the London Borough of Bexley can be found at http://www.bexley.gov.uk
The 2020 Best Royal Signals Cadet Detachment Award
Saturday 26 June 2021 was a very important date for 107 Detachment, GLSE Sector Army Cadet Force. Not simply because it was Armed Forces Day 2021, but it was the date when they were presented with the most prestigious of awards – Best Royal Signals Cadet Detachment in the UK 2020.
2Lt Jay Russell and his young cadets were presented with a certificate, a plaque for their wall in the barracks and a model of ‘Jimmy’ – Mercury, the Roman God of Communications, which is the primary role of the Royal Signals.
2020 was a tough year for our nation’s young people in particular, but over 50 cadet force detachments went online and undertook some 20 difficult challenges throughout the year – sword drill, bake-offs and even building their own ‘jimmy’ at home!
The judges commented: ““We were astounded by the variety, quality and immense amount of training that has been achieved, despite the challenges of COVID-19 over half of the training year. The creativity and commitment in delivering virtual training by so many cadet detachments was inspirational. “We were also taken aback by the achievements of the cadets as individuals and their amazing commitment and resilience during such a testing year.”
It was a real honour and privilege for Bexley’s Representative DL, Dave Easton, who joined Bexley’s Mayor, James Hunt and The Right Honourable Sir David Evennett MP and the Council Leader, Teresa O’Neill, to meet and congratulate Jay Russell and the young people of Bexley, who are under his leadership.
The highlight of the morning for everyone attending was the screening of a very special message that the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE had prepared and recorded especially for the occasion. At the end of Sir Kenneth’s message, he invited Cadet Ziggy Ajibode to march forward and raise the new Corps of Royal Signals flag, which had been presented to the detachment on that day.
The Mayor of Bexley congratulates the young Cadets of 107 ACF
The plaque, certificate and the model of ‘jimmy’, which forms the basis of the regiment’s cap badge
The Mayor of Bexley presents the plaue for best ACF Detachment to 2Lt Jay Russell
107 ACF’s cadets with 2Lt Jay Russell and their detachment Sgt (Holding the model of (Jmmy’)
A close-up of the certificate that was presented by the Mayor to 2Lt Jay Russell
Raising the Flag for Armed Forces Day
Bexley’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Dave Easton, joined the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor James Hunt, and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Teresa O’Neill, on Monday 21 June 2021, to raise a flag, denoting the start of Armed Forces Week 2021.
The annual event takes place across the Capital and culminates in Armed Forces Day, this year on Saturday 26 June. It is a wonderful opportunity for Bexley and the rest of the UK to recognise and to say thank you to all of our armed service communities and our veterans, for their service to our nation.
While the numbers attending had to be reduced this year, the event was incredibly well supported, including attendance from Borough’s MPs, Sir David Evennett and James Brokenshire. The local Fire Borough Commander and representatives from Bexleyheath Police also attended, to say thank you to the Royal British Legion and Veteran attendees.
The short service of thanks was led by The Reverend Mark Blakely, who is the current Mayor’s Chaplain.
The Armed Forces Day flag can be seen flying on the flagpole furthest to the left of the photograph.
One minute silence for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Bexley’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Dave Easton, joined the Mayor and MPs from across the borough on Saturday 17 April to stand in silence outside the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath, in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral service was being held at Windsor Castle at that time.
(From left to right: Councillor Teresa O’Neill, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, The Right Honourable Sir David Evennett MP for Bexleyheath & Crayford, Councillor James Hunt, Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley 2020/2021, Dave Easton JP DL, The Right Honourable James Brokenshire MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup & Minister for Security, and the Borough’s Macebearer, Mr Paul Holloway).
The Mayor said: “It is so important that we remember and recognise the wonderful and fun experiences that thousands of Bexley’s young people have benefitted from by taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. He personally created and promoted the activities, remaining close to the ethos and organisation of the scheme, even after he formally retired from public service.
We remember, with great fondness, his visit to the former Civic Offices and Bexleyheath town centre on 13 March 1984.
His loss will be felt deeply, not just by his family and the people of the United Kingdom, but across the Commonwealth and around the world.”
On Tuesday 15 September 2020, Dave Easton, Representative Deputy Lieutenant, LB Bexley, joined the Mayor of Bexley and other dignitaries, outside the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath, to commemorate Battle of Britain Day 2020.
It was a warm, bright and dry day, much as it was back in September 1940 and the sounds of an air-raid warning were once again, sounded over the borough, along with the iconic music of Dame Vera Lynn and the sound of a Spitfire.
Dave spoke about the attack on Buckingham Palace that was averted by a brave fighter pilot, who used his Hurricane aircraft to, quite literally, barge the enemy plane, which was aiming directly for the Royal residence. The pilot’s brave actions saved the palace from further damage and the scene was recreated in the film, The Battle of Britain.
The RAF Ensign was hoisted and flew throughout the week of commemorations.
On Saturday 15 August 2020, Dave Easton, Representative Deputy Lieutenant, LB Bexley, joined the Mayor of Bexley and Borough representatives in Danson Park, to commemorate VJ Day 2020.
In the centre of the park is a simple, but poignant memorial to the Far East Prisoner of War Association (London). The stone memorial, along with a cluster of 21 oak trees, was placed there on 21 November 1985, by a former Councillor of the borough, Alec Pease, who was himself a prisoner of the Japanese Army in Burma.
The two stars that sit on top of the memorial are actually cast from the medals that were awarded to Alec. His son, Edward Pease, attended the event and laid a wreath on behalf of all Prisoners of War in the Far East.
Dave spoke about the wartime experiences of his father, Charlie Easton, who was himself captured by the Japanese Army in Burma.
Bexley’s representative Deputy Lieutenant, Major David Hewer OBE TD D, and the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, planting a tree to celebrate National Tree Planting Week 2019.
The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, CStJ, FRSA, FBCS, encouraged the borough’s Deputy Lieutenants to plant a tree during this year’s event. Major Hewer contacted the Council and a decision was taken to plant a Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca) in the grounds of the beautiful Danson House in Danson Park, Bexley. The tree was placed very close to where the Lord Lieutenant himself planted a tree in 2018.
Set overlooking the award-winning Danson Park, Danson House is a Grade I listed Palladian villa, It was officially re-opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in July 2005. Built by Sir John Boyd in 1766 for his second wife Catherine Chapone, Danson House was originally designed by architect Sir Robert Taylor (who was also the architect of the Bank of England). In the twentieth century, the house fell into an almost ruinous state. In 1995 English Heritage identified the house as ‘the most significant building at risk in London’, signalling the start of a decade of restoration. In 2005 the restored interior opened to the public for the first time in thirty years.
Trio of Bexley Organisations win Faith Award
Bexley’s winners are Basics of Sikhi Sunday Katha in the Inspiring Youth category; Bexley Interfaith Forum in the Interfaith Relations section; and part of the Promoting Inclusion winners is the Yog Foundation. Their work was celebrated at the London Faith and Belief Community Awards ceremony on November 26 at the Royal Society of Medicine.
The Faith and Belief Forum is an interfaith organisation, supported by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith.