Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

March 30, 1907

March 25, 1932

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

The Old Gram­mar School. The above com­modi­ous premises can now be Hired for Meet­ings, Pub­lic Gath­er­ings, En­ter­tain­ments, etc., etc. For terms, etc., ap­ply Wal­ter Bowles, Gram­mar School House, Church Yard, Ash­ford.

Church Lads Pa­rade. Ash­ford Com­pany or­ders for week end­ing April 6th. Sun­day March 31st, the com­pany will at­tend divine ser­vice at the parish church; fall in at 2.20pm. sharp. Full dress with­out leg­gings; sergeants to wear large haver­sacks. All to wear red ties and those that have medals to wear them.

At the Ash­ford po­lice-court this (Thurs­day) morn­ing, be­fore Mr. T. Not­tidge and Mr. J. Stir­ling, a girl, named Rose Searle, and a lad, named James Smith, both of the Willes­bor­ough en­camp­ment, were each fined £1 11s., in­clud­ing costs, for dam­ag­ing cul­ti­vated wa­ter­cress beds at Kem­pes Cor­ner, Boughton Aluph, the prop­erty of John T. Har­low, on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Lympne Cas­tle, near Hythe, is to be of­fered by auc­tion shortly for Mr. Henry Beecham, by Messrs. Knight, Frank and Rut­ley. The sale of the prop­erty will be fol­lowed later by that of the an­tique and mod­ern fur­nish­ings. The cas­tle was re­stored a few years ago by Sir Robert Lorimer, the cre­ator of the Ed­in­burgh War Me­mo­rial, and com­bines the fea­ture of a fif­teenth cen­tury strong dwelling, with mod­ern com­forts. It oc­cu­pies the site of a Ro­man coastal watch tower, and the ru­ins of the Ro­man fort now called Str­u­fall Cas­tle, lie be­low it on the hill­side. The old­est parts of the build­ing were erected in Henry V’s reign to house the Archdea­con and priests at­tached to the Abbey Church of Lympne.

Hol­i­day At­trac­tion. The fa­mous No. 1 Ariel Troupe of trick rid­ers is booked to ap­pear at the Kent Mo­tor Clubs Speed­way meet­ing at Ash­ford, on Easter Mon­day. The joint hold­ers of the lap record, J. M. West and H. L. Daniell, are rid­ing, as also is N. Treseder, of Swansea. The meet­ing opens at 2.30pm.

March 29, 1957

Ten­ter­den Bor­ough Coun­cil has con­fronted Kent County Coun­cil with an ul­ti­ma­tum which, in ef­fect says: Keep the pre­cept down or we shall refuse to pay! Ald. Les­lie Chalk told his col­leagues of the Bor­ough Coun­cil on Thurs­day that it needed a re­bel­lious at­ti­tude to show the County Coun­cil that the pre­cept was now as high as any­one could af­ford to pay. He thought that if one coun­cil took a stand, oth­ers would fol­low.

As a safe­guard to school­girls and women who travel on short-dis­tance trains in off­peak hours, Bri­tish Rail­ways are be­ing urged by the West Kent Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes to pro­vide more Ladies Only com­part­ments.

Mem­bers and friends of the Willes­bor­ough St. Mary’s Boys’ Club and Youth Fel­low­ship are re­al­is­ing the tremen­dous task they face in build­ing club head­quar­ters but a good start was made on Wed­nes­day at a pub­lic meet­ing in the Old Schools, when a build­ing com­mit­tee was formed. The site is in Bent­ley-rd and the build­ing will be made of two ex-army huts which mea­sure 63ft. by 19ft. each. One will be used as the main hall and the other di­vided into three a quiet room, gen­eral room and can­teen. The huts will be joined by a vestibule and cloak­rooms.

March 26, 1982

A mass meet­ing of school meals staff has agreed to press for all out strike ac­tion next month. The meet­ing at Maid­stone on Mon­day night launched an eight-point plan of at­tack on Kent’s school meals strat­egy, in­clud­ing rec­om­mend­ing to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of NUPE that they call for the strike from Mon­day, April 24. Ash­ford Di­vi­sion staff were strongly rep­re­sented, with a bus load of din­ner ladies trav­el­ling to show their strong op­po­si­tion to county coun­cil plans to cut staff wages.

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