Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

March 23, 1907

March 18, 1932

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

Shortly af­ter half-past eight on Wed­nes­day evening a mo­tor­car be­long­ing to Mr. Nor­folk, of Ken­ning­ton, was pro­ceed­ing to Ash­ford. When near the Rose Inn at Ken­ning­ton, a flock of sheep turned out of the side road, and the chauf­feur be­fore he was aware of it had un­for­tu­nately driven into the flock. The car was not over­turned, but five tegs were killed on the spot and seven so badly in­jured that they had to be slaugh­tered by Mr. S. Wood, a butcher, re­sid­ing close to the scene of the ac­ci­dent. We un­der­stand that the sheep were the prop­erty of Mr. Bas­sett, of Lydd.

On Sun­day morn­ing Mr. Julius Kings­ford gave to an au­di­ence of 108 men at the Hemp­sted-street Adult School a most lu­cid and in­struct ac­count of the do­ings of the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren. Mr. Kings­ford, be­ing sec­re­tary of the lo­cal branch of the So­ci­ety, was able to speak from inside knowl­edge, and his plain state­ment of the gen­eral sta­tis­tics and brief out­lines of the lo­cal op­er­a­tions of the So­ci­ety were lis­tened to with keen at­ten­tion.

There is a gen­eral feel­ing in the New Rom­ney dis­trict that much credit is due to those gen­tle­men who have or­gan­ised the new Box­ing and Run­ning Club. One of those who took the ini­tia­tive in the mat­ter is Mr. Harry Mer­ritt, the pop­u­lar li­censee of the Ship Ho­tel, whose keen in­ter­est in all lo­cal sport­ing and so­cial events is well-known. So far meet­ings have been held at the Ship, but Mr. Mer­ritt told a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ken­tish Ex­press the mem­ber­ship has in­creased so rapidly that other premises are now nec­es­sary. Th­ese have now been ob­tained at the Pavil­ion and gen­eral gym­nas­tic prac­tices will soon be in full swing. When the club is in full work­ing or­der mem­bers hope to give an ex­hi­bi­tion to the pub­lic. There are, al­ready, sev­eral promis­ing young box­ers among the mem­bers.

March 22, 1957

Se­cret bor­ings are be­ing made in the shin­gle west of Dun­geness point, but the Ken­tish Ex­press can re­veal they may lead to a nu­clear power sta­tion be­ing built there. The bor­ings are be­ing made by Ge­orge Wim­pey & Co. Ltd., a Lon­don con­tract­ing firm, on the land at present owned by the Mayor of Lydd, Ald. G. T. Paine, to test the soil struc­ture be­neath the beach to see if it is suit­able in ev­ery way for an atomic power sta­tion. The site is con­sid­ered to be ideal for such a sta­tion with its deep flow­ing wa­ter. It could help the cross-Chan­nel power ex­change and is close to the

main grid sys­tem.

The Ash­ford by-pass will be of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day, July 19, by the Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Mr. Harold Watkin­son. Skirt­ing the north side of Ash­ford town, the by-pass will be 2.5 miles long, have dual car­riage­ways, each 24 feet wide, and a cen­tral di­vid­ing strip of vary­ing width. Part of the car­riage­way will be of con­crete and part of flexible pave­ment. Moves for the Ash­ford by-pass be­gan over 30 years ago. The scheme is now reach­ing fruition af­ter de­lays caused by the war and re­cur­ring fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic crises. Work has cost about £410,000.

March 19 1982

Ash­ford steps into the world’s shop win­dow next month. The town will be rep­re­sented for the first time at the huge Hanover Trade Fair in Ger­many. As the county’s growth town it will play a vi­tal role when Kent be­comes Bri­tain’s first non­Govern­ment as­sisted area to go on dis­play there. Kent’s stand will show off its ideal po­si­tion and fa­cil­i­ties for for­eign firms seek­ing a Euro­pean base. And the bor­ough’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Ernest Mex­ter will be on hand in one of 22 mas­sive trade halls to sell Ash­ford to vis­i­tors from as far away as Amer­ica and Ja­pan.

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