25 Years ago in Tenterden - December 1998

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

  • Members of Tenterden Rotary Club will be out and about in Tenterden High Street in the next three weeks collecting for adopted charities
  • Tenterden High Street library now has six computers and nine children’s CD-Roms available
  • Father Christmas, alias town councillor Harry Hickmott, will offer a hug and a kiss for 10p towards the Hospice on the Hill at Ashford fund, during the late night shopping event in Tenterden tomorrow
  • Homewood School and Sixth Form College has maintained its position as one of the top comprehensives in the county in the examination league tables
  • The Lions Club of Tenterden has just planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs in the triangular area at the junction of Oaks Road with Ashford Road
  • Tenterden Infants Parent Teacher Association raised around £850 towards an environmental classroom project at a Grand Christmas Dance with gourmet dinner at the Town Hall
  • The Minister of Tourism, Janet Anderson, visited the Kent and East Sussex Railway to see the progress being made on the Bodiam 2000 project which takes the line all the way from Tenterden to the Sussex village for the Millennium
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Tenterden and St Michaels raised a total of £3,798
  • Four goals in the last 20 minutes by 10 men Bromley Green against Tenterden in the Kent County Inter-Regional Cup saw them to a 5-3 victory after Tenterden had led 3-1
  • Tenterden councillors hope to cap their spending in Tenterden next year at £108,000
  • A bidder has paid £3,200 for a rare corkscrew at a Tenterden auction
  • Commemorative tankards go on sale in the New Year to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the Town and Hundred of Tenterden becoming a member of the Cinque Ports
  • Following urgent calls for its return, an old-style red telephone box is back in Smallhythe – and with a new base
  • Tenterden Operatic and Dramatic Society members are busy rehearsing for their New Year musical, The Pyjama Game, and thinking about auditions for the Kent Play Festival production in the spring
  • A Gamekeeper has added to speculation that a large wild cat is roaming woodland between St Michaels and Woodchurch with an account of a mystery sighting
  • The post box with the brick surround in Homewood Road, Tenterden, has been rebuilt after being demolished by a car
  • The Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Jill Kirk, visited the Danemore sheltered homes and West View Community Hospital wards on Christmas Day
  • An ambulance from Hastings took a police vehicle examiner for treatment to the Ivy Court Surgery, Tenterden, after he gashed his head at the town police station

Jack GIllett
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