25 Years ago in Tenterden - April 1998

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25 Years ago in Tenterden - April 1998
From the Tenterden Archives
Researched by Jack Gillett

  • Abdul Karim, the proprietor of the Badsha Indian restaurant at West Cross in Tenterden says he could be the first victim of the Tesco supermarket if traffic lights prevent parking outside his premises
  • The Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Scilla Aitchison, at the half-yearly co-ordinator’s meeting of Ashford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association, wants to know why police, in clearing up petty crimes in the Weald had not had the same success against the hardcore violent criminals
  • East Kent Euro MP Mark Watts will talk about the European Union at the annual meeting of the Tenterden and District Residents Association on Thursday 23 April at St Mildred’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm
  • Six mothers of youngsters at the Tenterden Infants School found themselves in deep water when they took part with 19 other teams in the annual BT sponsored Swimathon at Tenterden Leisure Centre to raise thousands of pounds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care appeal
  • The family of Tenterden funeral director John Fuggle has donated £2690 to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in his memory
  • The White Lion Hotel in Tenterden High Street has been closed for a month for a £200,000 renovation
  • More than 3,000 passengers travelled on the seven mile Kent and East Sussex steam railway over Easter
  • Tenterden Bowls Club is proposing sectional buildings to improve facilities on the recreation ground, with the possible demolition of the original pavilion
  • Two doctors from the Ivy Court Surgery, Tenterden, Dr David Dodds and Dr Jonathan Dowling, successfully completed the London Marathon
  • The middle entrance to St Michaels Recreation Ground is due to be widened, have a reinforced concrete ramp for tractors and be fitted with a pair of locking gates for safety.
  • The TODS play ‘Wildest Dreams’, written by Alan Ayckbourn for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican five years ago, takes the stage at Tenterden town Hall for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances
  • The dream of a place in the finals of the Kent Full Length Play festival for the third year running almost turned into a nightmare when one of the TODS cast was taken ill on adjudication night
  • Tenterden Town Council is to write to Ashford Borough Council asking for an urgent update and to copy the correspondence to Damian Green MP expressing residents’ anxiety at the state of Heronden gateway and the visual damage it creates in the conservation area
  • A basket of flowers and a carriage clock have been presented to Sylvia Jeffery in recognition of her 25 years on the St Michaels Village hall management committee
  • The mayor of Avalon and a party of 40 will be hosted by Tenterden families during a three-day visit
Jack GIllett
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