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 16, 1907

Smil­ing com­pla­cently at the Bench, Mary Ann Carthy, an Ir­ish wo­man, de­scribed as of no fixed abode, ex­cused her of­fence of drunken and dis­or­derly con­duct by say­ing that she had been cel­e­brat­ing St. Pa­trick’s Day, since ascer­tain­ing that her cel­e­bra­tion was too early. The Jus­tices sent her, in de­fault of pay­ing the in­clu­sive fine of 7s. 6d., to seven days’ im­pris­on­ment at Can­ter­bury, where Mary Ann will cel­e­brate St. Pa­trick’s Day in a qui­eter and calmer fash­ion.

Lord William Nevill was re­manded at West­min­ster on Wed­nes­day on an amaz­ing charge of theft of £400 worth of jew­els from a pawn­bro­ker. It is al­leged that at an in­ter­view at his house in Ea­ton-place the de­fen­dant sub­sti­tuted a sealed box, con­tain­ing pieces of coal wrapped in tis­sue pa­per, for a sim­i­lar box, con­tain­ing the jew­els.

March 11, 1932

The dream, six years ago, of a small newly-formed Women’s In­sti­tute, saw its ful­fil­ment on Wed­nes­day in the open­ing of a new hall, the cul­mi­nat­ing achieve­ment of the Willes­bor­ough branch, whose rapid growth has now set it in the po­si­tion of hon­our as the strong­est In­sti­tute in the East Kent Fed­er­a­tion. The Hall, which has been erected and fit­ted out at a cost of about £1,000, is a sub­stan­tial build­ing with a large cheery main room and two dress­ing rooms. It is well-ven­ti­lated and heated and at the back and front there is plenty of space for a gar­den. The debt re­main­ing to­tals just about £300.

The vicar (the Rev. C. S. T. Watkins) was present in Holy Trin­ity Church, Folkestone, on Satur­day, when he re­ceived gifts of gold ar­ti­cles, to be sold on be­half of the fund for the re­pair of the roof of the church. An ap­peal was made to the con­gre­ga­tion that, in view of the fact that it was a pa­tri­otic act to sell gold, they might like to give the ar­ti­cles so that they could be sold in aid of the fund to clear off the debt. A small gold nugget and very many ar­ti­cles of jew­ellery were re­ceived.

March 15, 1957

The pret­ti­est cor­ner of Wood­church is to dis­ap­pear be­fore the end of the year, for Wheel Cot­tage must go awheel. Wheel cot­tage is the cream and light blue car­a­van with an um­brella roof of tiles which thou­sands of peo­ple have ad­mired on the cor­ner of Stone­bridge, Wood­church. The car­a­van is lux­u­ri­ous inside with fit­ted car­pets, elec­tric light, hot and cold run­ning wa­ter, and a bath­room, but to the Kent County Coun­cil it is sub-stan­dard liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and must go. The KCC, through Ten­ter­den RDC, has or­dered the car­a­van to be moved be­fore the end of the year. This means the cor­ner that for the past five years has be­come a pic­ture with a blaze of flow­ers sur­round­ing Wheel Cot­tage may be­come the derelict cor­ner it was.

If ve­hi­cles are counted as freight, Fer­ry­field Air­port, Lydd, han­dled more freight than any other air­port in the coun­try dur­ing 1956. Their to­tal freight of 56,224 short tons ex­ceeded even Lon­don Air­port where 44,508 tons were han­dled. Lydd Air­port also had a large share of the coun­try’s pas­sen­gers. More than 197,507 passed through. There were over 24,000 air­craft move­ments.

March 12, 1982

De­tailed plans for a re­tail furniture and do-it-your­self home im­prove­ment store have been sub­mit­ted to Ash­ford coun­cil for ap­proval. The 20,000 square feet, sin­glestory build­ing is to go on land ad­join­ing the Bri­tish Rail car park in El­wick Road.

If you ever be­come a ca­su­alty, or feel ill, Kent is a good place to choose for your in­dis­po­si­tion. Be­cause five Kent po­lice­men have just shown they know as well as most how to deal with sud­den in­juries. They made up a team in­clud­ing Ash­ford’s con­sta­ble Roy Waller which gained third place in a na­tional po­lice first aid com­pe­ti­tion. PC Waller, 43, who lives in Quan­tock Drive, Ash­ford, works in the ju­ve­nile bureau at the po­lice sta­tion and has been do­ing first aid through­out his 15 years’ ser­vice.

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