25 Years ago in Tenterden - February 1999

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25 Years ago in Tenterden - February 1999
From the Tenterden Archives
Researched by Jack Gillett 
  • There was nothing sleepy about the Tenterden Operatic and Dramatic Society production of the Pyjama Game
  • A quiz evening raised £768 for the general fund of St Michaels Church
  • First World War veteran Arthur Whitlock, 107, remembers his time on the battlefields of France as if it were yesterday
  • It is 25 years since volunteers re-opened the Kent and East Sussex steam railway and passenger numbers are still growing as the line begins its silver jubilee year
  • Nails from 15th century ships and artefacts found during the three-day Channel Four Times Team excavations in Smallhythe are to be given to the Tenterden Museum for display
  • Pledges for Tenterden town centre closed circuit television security are being called in towards the total cost of the £262,000 system
  • The Mayors of Tenterden and Ashford have united to buy a pedigree heifer for the Homewood School Farm – although which end belongs to who is a subject for debate
  • A bid for Millennium Festival funding to restore the former Tenterden Corporation public weighbridge has been unsuccessful
  • A special assembly was held for Tenterden Infants’ School head cook Pam Burden on her 70th birthday
  • Homewood School’s plan to sell some of its land in Appledore Road for housing has received a major blow
  • Passion Beneath the Sheets and a Pair of Sweethearts are among the dishes on the menu for travellers aboard the Valentine Wealden Belle from Tenterden Town Station
  • Homewood School could become the first in Kent to introduce a five-term year for the Millennium
  • The Tenterden Police Office was officially opened on Tuesday when it was announced that the latest burglary figures in Ashford last month were the lowest on record
  • The West View community hospital in Tenterden is holding a nurse recruitment day because it is busier than ever
  • Two Tenterden disabled women in wheelchairs have started their own crusade for better access in a town where they are effectively barred by their disability from some of the most important buildings
  • Richard Pengelly, founder of the Tenterden solicitor’s firm Pengelly and Rylands died, aged 59, on Wednesday 3 February at his home in St Leonards
  • The fight for a radio station to serve Tenterden and Ashford has taken another significant step forward
  • Tenterden florist and former president of the town Rotary Club, Barry Jones, died suddenly aged 63 at his home
  • Tenterden St Michaels Football Club pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the season when they overcame Kent County League rivals Lydd Town 1-0 in the Weald of Kent Charity Competition
  • A Civic Service will be held at St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden, on Sunday 23 May, at 11.30am, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the twinning with Avalon

Jack GIllett
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