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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.

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