Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

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.”

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