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.