EX­PRESS CUT­TINGS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

June 1, 1907

May 27, 1932

GLO­RIA LEWIS looks at what was re­ported in the Ken­tish Ex­press 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Joseph Frog­ger­ton, liv­ing in Church­yard, Ash­ford, lo­cally known as ‘Pussy’, was sum­moned for us­ing ob­scene lan­guage in the High Street, Ash­ford, on May 6th. PC Beasley stated that at 7.38pm on May 6th, he saw the de­fen­dant in the High Street, and he heard him us­ing most pro­fane lan­guage in a very loud voice. The de­fen­dant told the Bench that a num­ber of boys called him ‘Mut­ton’, and he was an­noyed, be­cause he had never been like a sheep in his life. He added that he had lived in Gravel Walk for 35 years and he did not see any rea­son why he should be teased. Su­per­in­ten­dent Bai­ley proved nine­teen pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, the last in 1902, and the Bench, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the man’s re­cent good be­hav­iour, dis­charged him with a cau­tion. Pro­vi­sion of Meals. Folkestone Town Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day learned that 166 chil­dren at­tended the lo­cal schools in an un­der­fed con­di­tion. Be­fore putting the Ed­u­ca­tion (Pro­vi­sion of Meals) Act, 1906 into force it was de­cided to make fur­ther en­quiries. The Ten­ter­den and Dis­trict troop of Girl Guides cel­e­brated the 21st an­niver­sary of the move­ment. The Guides at­tended the Cin­ema on Satur­day and saw a Guide pic­ture en­ti­tled ‘The Fourth Law’. A church pa­rade was held on Sun­day un­der the Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner, Mrs. Neale. At the spe­cial gift ser­vice con­ducted by the Vicar, the Rev. M. L. Man, M.A., ev­ery mem­ber took a gift to the al­tar, and th­ese gifts will later be dis­trib­uted be­tween the Hos­pi­tals and the Wendy So­ci­ety. Ac­cord­ing to cus­tom, sports were held for the school chil­dren of Hythe on the Re­cre­ation Ground on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, in cel­e­bra­tion of Em­pire Day. The prin­ci­pal event was the boys’ quar­ter mile race for the Ninnes chal­lenge cup, which was won by William Austin.

May 31, 1952

Mayor-mak­ing is a lonely time for Mr. Charles Keyte, 70, the ‘Mayor’ of Frogs Is­land, an area of South Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford. Yearly, he goes to Ash­ford sta­tion to punch out for 1d. the next link in the may­oral chain. Beloved leader of his com­mu­nity, recog­nised by his MP in his of­fice, Char­lie Keyte brings to events a some­times comic as­pect, but the fake trap­pings of civic splen­dour had a spirit of civic pride, pur­pose and pageantry fast dis­ap­pear­ing from this land. A cot­tage at Brock­hill Sec­ondary School, Hythe, is un­safe and the staff and chil­dren have of­fered to pull it down and use the ma­te­rial for a use­ful school build­ing. The ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive ap­proved this, but there was strong ob­jec­tion by two labour Mem­bers - Cllr. A. Mor­ris and Cllr. A. Sains­bury. Deal­ers from Lon­don com­peted with many private buy­ers for many of the items at Ken­ning­ton Hall, Ash­ford where, dur­ing a two-day auc­tion sale, over £8,000 was re­alised from 830 lots. The sale, con­ducted by Bur­rows and Co., com­prised the con­tents of the res­i­dence and in­cluded some an­tique and very fine re­pro­duc­tion furniture, mostly made by a Lon­don firm spe­cially for the late Mr. W. J. Jen­nings.

May 28, 1982

The Pope be­comes a pil­grim to­mor­row, Satur­day, to the shrine of Angli­can­ism – the cathe­dral at Can­ter­bury. He will spend five hours in the city on this first visit to Bri­tain by the Holy Fa­ther. Thou­sands of church­go­ers of the Angli­can and Ro­man Catholic faiths are ex­pected to con­verge on Can­ter­bury from Kent parishes. Pope John Paul II will fol­low the trail worn by up to three mil­lion peo­ple a year who visit the cathe­dral. A great sig­nif­i­cance is be­ing read into his will­ing­ness to join Angli­cans in wor­ship in their own Mother church. It rep­re­sents an­other step to re­pair the rift of the past 400 years.

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