Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

GLO­RIA LEWIS looks at what was re­ported in the Ken­tish Ex­press 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

March 2, 1907

Lieu­tenant Boyd Alexan­der, who has just re­turned af­ter his suc­cess­ful ex­pe­di­tion in Africa, which has ex­tended over a pe­riod of three years, dur­ing which he has cov­ered a dis­tance of over three thou­sand miles and ac­com­plished a most ac­cu­rate and im­por­tant sur­vey of vast re­gions of ter­ri­tory hith­erto prac­ti­cally un­known, was on Tues­day evening the guest at a din­ner given in his hon­our at the Ge­orge Ho­tel, Cran­brook.

Mrs. Lau­rence Hardy has con­sented to open an ex­hi­bi­tion and sale of work at the Whit­field Hall on Tues­day next. The func­tion is held un­der the aus­pices of the Gen­tle­women’s In­dus­trial Guild and is sup­ported by the in­flu­en­tial ladies of the dis­trict, many of whom are to act as stall-hold­ers.

Fe­bru­ary 26, 1932

Guard A. H. Millen, of 229, Beaver-road, Ash­ford, who has just re­tired af­ter fiftytwo years’ rail­way ser­vice, does not find 13 an un­lucky num­ber. He was 13 when he started work on the 13th, was mar­ried on the 13th and re­ceived a gold medal for long ser­vice on the 13th. Mr. Millen did duty on royal trains and was with the train that con­veyed King Ed­ward VII on his last jour­ney from Lon­don to Dover.

In com­mon with other towns, Ash­ford has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the gold rush of re­cent days, and all classes of peo­ple have raked out gold from queer hid­ing places and changed coins and jew­ellery into pa­per and sil­ver cur­rency. Messrs. Her­bert and Com­pany, Bank-street, where Mr. F. Martin and his as­sis­tants have been kept busy have taken in coinage alone an av­er­age of £500 a day. One of their first cus­tomers was an el­derly man who brought in 1,000 sov­er­eigns. Fam­ily relics have been brought into the shop and some in­ter­est­ing pieces of old jew­ellery have been bought. Among the pur­chases have been a Garter half-sov­er­eign of Ge­orge II, a Kruger, Aus­tralian and French coins and a num­ber of £5 pieces.

March 1957

A po­lice pa­trol car beat the clock by 24 min­utes on Wed­nes­day night, when Ash­ford Hospi­tal put out an emer­gency call for ice. It was needed for a child very ill in an oxy­gen tent. The night sis­ter phoned Ash­ford Po­lice who flashed a mes­sage to the Kent po­lice in­for­ma­tion room. A pa­trol car was sent to Can­ter­bury for ice. The sis­ter had told po­lice the ice must reach the hospi­tal by 12.30am or the child’s con­di­tion might be­come dan­ger­ous. The car ar­rived with the ice at 12.06am.

From be­neath white cov­er­ing sheets in the cor­ner of Kent garages this week emerged two new cars which are be­ing launched on Bri­tish and world mar­kets. Th­ese were the en­tirely new Vaux­hall Vic­tor and the Austin A55. Over nu­mer­ous glasses of sherry the cars were pre­sented lo­cally through­out Kent. Per­son­al­i­ties made ap­pear­ances at some Kent show­rooms to mark the oc­ca­sion. Lo­cal celebri­ties Eric Barker and Pearl Hack­ney vis­ited show­rooms in Ash­ford to see one of the new ve­hi­cles. The greater in­ter­est ob­vi­ously cen­tred around the new Vic­tor which was shown at the show­room of Martin Wal­ters Ltd., at Can­ter­bury and Folkestone, and also Stan­hay (Ash­ford) Ltd.

Fe­bru­ary 26, 1982

Ash­ford’s MP, Keith Speed, is among those urg­ing the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion to run an in­sur­ance scheme cov­er­ing its mem­bers in event of death or dis­able­ment. His con­cern was high­lighted by the Pen­lee Lifeboat dis­as­ter. Mr Speed wrote to the RNLI ask­ing for a scheme which would pro­vide rea­son­able sums in such cir­cum­stances. RNLI di­rec­tor Rear Ad­mi­ral W Gra­ham replied to Mr Speed say­ing that the in­sti­tu­tion was pre­pared to re­con­sider its pol­icy in the light of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sellindge cou­ple John and Gil­lian Dare have heard that their bid in Par­lia­ment to win per­mis­sion to wed has been taken up by peers. Gil­lian is John’s step­daugh­ter and the law for­bids their mar­riage. So now they have pre­sented a pe­ti­tion to the House of Lords, hop­ing to get a per­sonal Bill adopted to make their case an ex­cep­tion.

Royal as­sent was given later that year

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