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 9, 1907

Anx­ious to dis­pose of their small­pox hospi­tal the Sandgate Ur­ban Coun­cil have de­cided to write to the Town Coun­cil of Hythe ask­ing if they are pre­pared to pur­chase the build­ing on the ba­sis of cost.

March 4, 1932

Samuel Everett, 79 years of age, was charged with ab­scond­ing from the West Ash­ford Work­house and with steal­ing cloth­ing, the prop­erty of the Guardians. The mag­is­trate sent him to prison for seven days with­out hard labour.

The re­cent strong east­erly winds were con­trib­u­tory causes of two out­breaks of fire at Ash­ford on Sun­day night. The wind, it is as­sumed, blew a spark from a pass­ing rail­way en­gine on to the windswept bracken at the War­ren and caused such a large area to be in­volved that it was nec­es­sary to call out the Fire Brigade. The fire spread to a wood and threat­ened build­ings in close prox­im­ity, but the fire­men beat out the flames be­fore any se­ri­ous dam­age re­sulted. Within two hours of their re­turn to the fire sta­tion their ser­vices were re­quired at the rear of Messrs. Headley’s Bri­tish Wheel Works, Welles­ley Road, where a stretch of long, dry grass had caught fire. The flames se­ri­ously en­dan­gered the wheel works and tim­ber, but the fire­men soon had the out­break un­der con­trol.

In­quiries are be­ing made as to the cause of an ac­ci­dent “be­lieved to be a road ac­ci­dent about a month ago” to Ken­neth Hymers, aged seven years, son of a labourer, of Beaver Lane, Ash­ford, who died in Ash­ford Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day from pneu­mo­nia, fol­low­ing a sep­tic foot.

March 8, 1957

Dun­geness lifeboat put to sea on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter a call for help from the 7,000 ton Bri­tish ship Ma­ri­etta which had col­lided with a Ger­man tanker six miles south-east of Dun­geness in thick fog. The en­gine room of the Ma­ri­etta was flooded but a French tug man­aged to tow her into An­twerp. No­body was in­jured in the col­li­sion and the lifeboat re­turned.

March 5, 1982

Gawain Beste, 14, miss­ing from his home at Up­per Queens Road, Ash­ford, since Sun­day, was found alive and well in Chil­ham on Wed­nes­day. Po­lice, who had ear­lier said they were “con­cerned” about the boy, con­firmed that he was at Can­ter­bury po­lice sta­tion, await­ing his par­ents. The po­lice spokesman said: “The CB peo­ple found him.” His blind step­fa­ther, Frank Free­man, alerted fel­low CB ra­dio en­thu­si­asts late on Sun­day night and since then hun­dreds of CB ra­dio op­er­a­tors had been search­ing through­out Kent and East Sus­sex.

The vil­lage of Great Chart has breathed a great sigh of re­lief with the news that the county coun­cil is to start con­struct­ing its by­pass. Ten­ders to build the two-kilo­me­tre long road are be­ing sent out and work is due to start in the au­tumn. It will take two years to com­plete.

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