Cou­ple shocked at land­mark’s theft

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Expenses Row - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk What should have been the start of a new chap­ter in the lives of a Ken­ning­ton cou­ple turned sour af­ter thieves made off with a pre­cious hand­crafted bird­house from their new home.

Joan Bower, 69, has lived in the bor­ough since the mid-1970s and for 26 years has been work­ing as a ther­a­pist from her home.

In 1991 her hus­band John Chor­ley, 70, lov­ingly cre­ated a dove­cote to act as a land­mark for peo­ple who were look­ing for his wife’s clinic.

In the past week the cou­ple have been mov­ing into a new home and busi­ness premises in the grounds of By­brook Barn in Can­ter­bury Road, where Joan has set up The Dove­cote Cen­tre.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­culty in putting the heavy dove­cote up, they laid it down out of sight in the grounds of their home.

But when they re­turned to com­plete the task, the cou­ple found that the item was gone.

Joan said: “I couldn’t re­ally be­lieve it. It would take three peo­ple to move it, so we were to­tally amazed it was gone.

“It’s hor­ri­ble to think that some­where you are mov­ing isn’t safe, and it’s al­most like a bad omen on this new chap­ter of my life.

“I’m sure the peo­ple who took it wouldn’t un­der­stand what it means to me – it’s so im­por­tant to me.” The dove­cote was taken be­tween Satur­day, July 13, and Mon­day, July 15.

It is miss­ing a tile from the roof and a sill.

If you know the where­abouts of the dove­cote, write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2699550

Joan Bower at The Dove­cote Cen­tre

The dove­cote was stolen from a cou­ple in Ken­ning­ton

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