Guest talk on Chris­tian­ity and cricket

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A for­mer West In­dian crick­eter and the cur­rent Kent County coach will be speak­ing at Willes­bor­ough Bap­tist Church in Hythe Road, Ash­ford on Satur­day, Jan­uary 25.

The event has been or­gan­ised by the Men of Willes­bor­ough, who of­ten get to­gether for break­fast events on var­i­ous Satur­days through­out the year.

Their aim is to spend time so­cial­is­ing to­gether, with speak­ers who prompt think­ing about the chal­lenges of life fac­ing men to­day.

Jimmy Adams will be dis­cussing his cricket ca­reer as well as his Chris­tian faith.

The talk is free to at­tend, but do­na­tions to the church would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Doors open at 8am for an 8.15am start.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01233 632739 or visit www.wb­cash­ford.org.uk A for­mer jour­nal­ist from Ken­ning­ton has writ­ten a book which tells the story of the vil­lage in the First World War.

Ken­ning­ton at War 1914-1918, writ­ten by Robin Britcher, tells of life in the vil­lage, as well as the lives of the men who are re­mem­bered at the War Me­mo­rial in Church Road, Ken­ning­ton.

It in­cludes de­tails of their lives be­fore they went to war, in­clud­ing pho­tos of many of them, as well as re­ports pub­lished in the Ken­tish Ex­press at the time.

Mr Britcher, of Faver­sham Road, said: “For many years I looked at the names on the me­mo­rial of men who died in the First World War.

“I wanted to know more about them. Where did they live and work and how did they meet their deaths? How old were they? I de­cided to find out and tell all their sto­ries.

“My re­search took me to li­braries, archives and into the homes of some of the rel­a­tives of those who died. And the in­ter­net was a huge source of in­for­ma­tion.

“I have in­cluded pic­tures of many of the men, last let­ters home, and told of life in Ken­ning­ton dur­ing that ter­ri­ble time. There were also a few lighter mo­ments.

“I hope the book will ap­peal to all ages and that the poignant sto­ries of the men who didn’t come home means they will be re­mem­bered as more than just a name on a me­mo­rial.”

Among the sto­ries re­called are many acts of brav­ery, in­clud­ing those which won Nor­man Hight the Mil­i­tary Cross, and Al­bert Knight the Mil­i­tary Medal.

Among the re­ports from the Ken­tish Ex­press is one telling of four brothers, sons of a Mrs Ellen Wither­den of East Moun­tain Cot­tages, all serv­ing on the front­line.

Copies of the book are avail­able for £3 from Savers Newsagent in Faver­sham Road or by cheque for £4.50, in­clud­ing P&P, sent to Robin Britcher, 169 Faver­sham Road, Ken­ning­ton, TN24 9AE.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win FM2107849

Kent coach Jimmy Adams

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