May 4, 1907
April 29 1932
GLORIA LEWIS looks at what was reported in the Kentish Express 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.
Folkestone Man’s Indulgence. A Folkestone bricklayer, Thomas Harris, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in High Street, Ashford, on Saturday night. Sgt. Payne said that at 10.45pm prisoner was shouting at the lower end of the High Street. Witness cautioned him, but as he refused to go away he took him into custody. The magistrate imposed the fine of 1s., with 6s. costs. Unable To Stand. Elizabeth Scott, of Ashford, pleaded guilty to being drunk and incapable in Hempsted Street on Sunday night. Sergeant Payne stated that at 9.30pm he was on duty in New Rents when he saw prisoner lying on the footpath on her face. He picked her up and as she was unable to stand he took her into custody with the assistance of two gentlemen. She was very drunk. Fined 1s., with 6s. costs. HRH Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, who in July last laid the foundation of the new sanatorium for workers suffering from tuberculosis erected at Benenden, inaugurated the completed portion of the sanatorium on Tuesday.
A romantic story underlies the wedding which took place in Cardiff of an Ashford man, Mr. P. L. Holdstock and Miss F. R. Farnham, a Cardiff girl. It was nearly three years ago that this couple became engaged, but times were hard and there seemed but little hope of an early marriage. Then came the wonderful news that Miss Farnham had been chosen to receive the late Marquis of Bute’s gift dowry! This dowry originated thirty five years ago, when the late Marquis of Bute, to commemorate his silver wedding, invested £1,000, the interest of which was to be given each year to a Cardiff girl who might not be able to marry for want of money. Miss Farnham and Mr. Holdstock were married at St. Teito’s Church, Cardiff, on April 16th. Immediately after the ceremony they proceeded to the City Hall, where the bride was presented with the dowry, to the amount of £30 14s., a family Bible, and a tablecloth. She also receives a wedding ring and a bedroom suite.
May 3, 1957
The Ministry of Transport rejected a request made by Ashford Urban District Council for a bridge or subway to be built at the Hythe Road end of the new bypass, for pedestrians. The Council considered there would be danger to people crossing the by-pass junction, but the Ministry says there will be no increase traffic, which will slow down at this point to negotiate the roundabout. A successful ‘operation’ has been performed by Insp. J. Coles, RSPCA, of Ashford, on a young blackbird, in the care of Mrs. Doorne of East View, Pluckley. The bird swallowed a small plastic salt spoon when she was feeding it. The inspector could see the spoon in the bird’s stomach and extracted it with a pair of forceps. The patient is now quite well.
April 30, 1982
An Ashford school teacher has been among the British Community in Buenos Aires moved for their own safety across the River Plate to Montevideo. She is 28-year-old auburnhaired Patricia Braysher, an ex-Highworth pupil who has been teaching English to young Argentinians at International House in the Argentinian capital for just over a year. Meanwhile, highlight of the long weekend of celebration in Eastry Close, Stanhope, for Corporal Alan Larkin was a visit by Ashford MP and former Navy Minister Keith Speed, who shook his hand firmly and said simply: “I am proud to meet you. Well done.” Royal Marine Commando Alan was back home for a seven-day family reunion after his part in the efforts to defend the island of South Georgia against the Argentine invasion. He was one of the 22 Marines who destroyed two helicopters, badly damaged a naval craft, and killed many invaders.