Who were the other athletes?
More memories from South Willesborough
OUR recent Memories feature on life in the older parts of Ashford sparked interest from many readers including Alfred Kemp from Lees Road, Willesborough, who has supplied a rare sporting picture from the past. Our feature last month on 83-year-old Richard Legg’s memories of his youth spent in South Willesborough sparked a wave of letters and calls to our offices. Alfred Kemp was among those who responded. Alfred, born in South Ashford in 1918 and attended Newtown School, has lent us this picture showing the South Willesborough Athletic Club from the 1930s. His brother Harry is standing second from the left but he hopes readers may be able to supply names of others. Another plea for help comes from Sally Standen from Hill View, Ashford, who is looking for members of the Sharp and Weller families. Thomas Lacey, from Beckley, married Tenterden girl Martha Sharp in Tenterden in 1879 and they had a daughter Mable and a son Charles Thomas. In 1891 Martha was living with her children in St Michael’s with William Weller as a lodger, and by 1901 at Mayor’s Place, Tenterden. William John was born in 1895. She said: “William was my grandfather who grew up in Tenterden and married Daisy Tutton in 1920. After he died grandmother went to live with Charles in Mayor’s Place with her son Charles Frank and daughter Isla Mable. “I would love to know what happened to Martha and Mable Lacey and William Weller after 1901.” Anyone with information can contact Mrs Standen on 01233 633180.
HAVE you any pictures from the past? Send them with brief details to Mike Bennett, Kentish Express Remember When, 34 North Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8JR.
More memories of life in South Willesborough prompted by Mr Legg’s recollections in next week’s Kentish Express.
Richard Legg with his picture of Willesborough as it was in the 1930s
South Willesborough Athletic FC in 1930