Tribute paid to former mayor
A minute’s silence was held at last week’s full council meeting in tribute to the late Tom Richards. Mr Richards had been a parish councillor in Biddenden for 45 years, a member of Ashford council from 1973 to 1987, and was also mayor of the borough from 1985 to 1986. The silence was led by Ashford’s current Mayor, Cllr David Smith. Mr Richards passed away at the age of 88 in Halden Heights nursing home at High Halden on June 2 from pneumonia. He is survived by his widow, Betty, sons Neil, Miles and Hugh, daughter Clare and seven grandchildren.