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.