Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

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.

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