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.