25 Years ago in Tenterden - January 1998

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25 Years ago in Tenterden - January 1998
From the Tenterden Archives
Researched by Jack Gillett
  • Tesco has said it intends to start building its supermarket in Tenterden as soon as possible – but Ashford Council plans to delay work for a year

  • The Christmas collection by the Rotary Club of Tenterden took place in gales, snow and torrential rain and raised a record £1,854

  • Tenterden Town Appraisal steering group has disbanded after successfully completing the largest-so-far community survey of its type in the country

  • The Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Scilla Aitchison, conferred the Freedom of the Town on Frank Abbott and immediately appealed to him to use an ancient privilege to drive sheep up and down the High Street

  • The landlord of the Vine, Dave O’Callaghan, said his farewell to the town and begins his retirement after 27 years in Tenterden

  • The President of Tenterden and District Chamber of Commerce, Jan Leather, says the town centre is “full of Scrooges” because half the shops did not donate a penny towards the festive lights

  • A rescue plan for a new West View community hospital in Tenterden is taking shape – but health authorities are not prepared to reveal what is involved until they are sure of a go-ahead

  • Supposedly vandal proof seats on Tenterden Recreation Ground are being stamped on and smashed

  • Off-Licences in the town have been given early warning of a police crackdown on the sale of alcohol to under-age drinkers

  • Tenterden Golf Club has their first husband and wife pairing, with David and Norma Peachey taking over as the men’s and women’s captains

  • Tenterden Town Centre Management Group is launching a pledge-it-or-lose-it drive to raise the final £23,000 needed to make a bid to the Home Office for security cameras.

  • The latest Tenterden and District Residents Association questions the right of a one-man-judge-and-jury to rule on the Tesco food store inquiry

  • Tenterden Lions Club float has raised more than £3,300 during its tour of the town and surrounding villages, beating previous records

  • The TODS New Year production at the Town Hall was the musical Fiddler on the Roof

  • Tenterden St Michaels Football Club First XI at long last registered their first win of the season as they beat Milton Athletic 4-1 in the Kent County League Inter-Regional Cup

  • Growth is planned at Tenterden Vineyard Park, Smallhythe, where a new plant centre and grapevine conservatory will open in the spring

Jack Gillett
January 2023
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