May 18, 1907
May 13, 1932
GLORIA LEWIS looks at what was reported in the Kentish Express 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.
Cycling Accident. Frederick Cuttress, of Godinton Road, met with an unfortunate accident at Brook on Sunday morning. He was riding towards Wye and failing to run the corner he dashed into the wall and sustained severe injures to his left arm and knee. He was removed to the Cottage Hospital, and upon enquiry at that institution we are informed that Cuttress is progressing favourably. Adult School Lectures. The interesting topic of ‘Food Reform’ was dealt with by Mr. F. E. Cox in his lecturette before the members of the Adult School on Sunday morning, arguing especially in favour of vegetarian and fruitarian diet. Arthur Page, aged 43 years, a waggoner, of Finn Farm, Brookland, scratched his right thumb wile attending to his horse’s collar, but took little notice of it until a week later, when he complained of pain in the thumb. The hand became swollen and he was admitted to the Ashford hospital, where he died on Sunday evening. Medical evidence was given by Dr. Blumovitch, house surgeon at the hospital, that, when admitted Page’s hand was in a bad septic condition, the poisoning having extended almost to his elbow. Death was due to blood poisoning. A verdict of Death by Misadventure was returned. At Folkestone on Saturday, Agnes Patricia Nolan, 37, of Dusey Road, Manchester, was charged with attempting to smuggle a quantity of silk articles, of the triple value and duty of £19 19s. 9d. into the country when she arrived at Folkestone from Dunkerque. Assistant Preventive Officer said when the defendant came off the boat she said she had nothing to declare. He found one silk article in her case and on further examination a woollen jumper was found in one sleeve of her coat and a set of silk underwear in the other sleeve. Defendant who was a dancer, said she had given up her employment in France to go home to help to keep her mother. She had practically no money. The magistrates decided to take a lenient view and only imposed a fine of £1.
May 17, 1957
Kent showed a marked swing to the Left in the local elections this year. In various parts of the county Labour won seats on borough, urban and rural district councils, and took control of Dover Town Council and Ashford UDC. The sawdust-ring tradition has been partly swept aside for the Musical Dancing Waters, the final spectacle of Bertram Mills Circus which visits Canterbury Road, Ashford, for a three-day stay from Monday and then moves on to Folkestone. Hundreds of jets of water dance in tempo, their formations changing to follow the fast and slow passages of the musical score of Offenbach, which gives the impression of a ballet performed by ‘living’ water. All the animals will be taken from the Railway Station to Canterbury Road between 9.30 and 10 o’clock on Sunday.
May 14, 1982
Major disruption is planned at Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital after a joint unions meeting on Wednesday agreed to call a 24 hour strike. The National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service Employees have called their members out from 6am next Wednesday. Together the unions have more than 700 members in the district hospital. Joy was mixed with concern for a Brookland mother whose son survived the missile attack on HMS Sheffield. Although a telegram from Britain’s South Atlantic Fleet assured Brenda Bates that her 33-year-old son Nick - the Sheffield’s Warfare Officer - was safe and well, she knows that youngest son Howard could be sent to join the fray. Howard, 22, is a Sub-Lieutenant aboard the frigate HMS Charybdis, based at Plymouth.