GLORIA LEWIS looks at what was reported in the Kentish Express 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.
May 25, 1907
PERCY Skinner, an employee of the Ashford Cattle Market, applied to the Justices for a reduction of the order of wife maintenance, saying that as he only earned £1 per week he was unable to pay 7s 6d per week. Mr L. R. Coke appeared on behalf of the wife. The Justices considered the excuse insufficient and declined to vary the order. FOREMEN’S Outing. The foremen of the wagon and carriage and the locomotive departments of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway Works held their annual outing on Wednesday, when they drove in two waggonettes through Charing to Faversham, on to Canterbury and back to Ashford. Favoured with delightful weather, the drive proved most enjoyable. Luncheon was partaken of at the Ship Hotel, Faversham, and dinner at the County Hotel, Canterbury. The brakes were supplied by Mr. E. Ballard. THE concerts in Victoria Park begin on Wednesday evening next, commencing at seven, when the 1st V.B. The Buffs Band will perform.
May 20, 1932
A MAN was remanded by the Folkestone Magistrates on Tuesday on a charge of breaking and entering the Junction snack bar in Dover Road and stealing a quantity of ciga- rettes, sweets and food. Police Constable McNaughton said at 3.45am that morning when near the Junction Station he heard a noise coming from the snack bar, and on going there he saw the prisoner with his body half in and half out of a window, which had been broken. In his pockets he found some cigarettes and sweets and in two parcels close by there was a quantity of similar articles. The Chief Constable (Mr A. S. Beasley) said such a short time had elapsed since the man’s arrest that they had been unable to enquire into his antecedents. TELEPHONE Facilities. A telephone kiosk, recently installed in the immediate vicinity of the Park Road Post Office, is available at all hours for trunk or local calls.
May 24, 1957
MAKING scrapbooks is the hobby of Mr. B. Shilling, of Boughton Aluph, who, during two years of ill-health, has made and sent hundreds of these books to sick children in all parts of the country. Last week he sent one to Prince Charles, who is convalescing from his recent removal of tonsils and adenoids. With the book, Mr. Shilling sent his good wishes for a speedy recovery, and a cutting from the Kentish Express Children’s Corner, which described what Uncle Bob had been doing for boys and girls. ONE of the questions women are asked by farmers at the meetings organised by the Kent NFU is: “Do you want to buy your potatoes cleaned and prepacked?” Although Kent women are apparently unenthusiastic, prepacking of potatoes is a rapidly developing feature of the market and is likely to become more so when more self-service stores are opened in the county. Growers hope to have some of their doubts settled at the potato prepacking conference being arranged for June 4.
May 21, 1982
NORTHDOWN hotel and cafe at Molash may be converted to a residential home for the disabled. Permission for the change has been given by Ashford council’s plans sub-committee subject to health and safety regulations. CHILDREN in Tenterden were given the chance to see inside a helicopter during a rehearsal for the Queen Mother’s visit. The helicopter landed on the recreation ground as part of an approving flight. Children from nearby schools were allowed to file past and see inside. PICKETING union officials have declared themselves well pleased at support for the 24-hour strike at the William Harvey Hospital. But their Wednesday action had no more than a disruptive effect on the Ashford district hospital. Hospital administrator Ken Hesketh said at lunchtime: “As far as patients are concerned the hospital is working normally. There are some departments which have been very much affected like the laundry where all hospitals will feel the effects over the next few days.”