25 Years ago in Tenterden - May 1998

26/05/2023
Tenterden News
25 Years ago in Tenterden - May 1998
From the Tenterden Archives
Researched by Jack Gillett

  • The Tenterden-based Kent and East Sussex Railway had to put on extra trains because of the popularity of its three-day fun event
  • More than 100 people attended a civic reception celebrating Tenterden’s link with its twin town of Avallon in France
  • Tenterden Town Council wants to preserve the old white wooden finger signpost standing at the junction of High Street and Smallhythe Road
  • A man was arrested and bailed after an alleged public order offence following the issue of a fixed penalty parking ticket in Tenterden High Street
  • The TODS have won a place in the finals of the Kent Full Length Play Festival for the third year running
  • Cllr Jill Kirk was elected Mayor of Tenterden
  • Tenterden lost one of its key figures with the death of Les Burden, President of Tenterden Lions Club, at the age of 70 at his home in Shrubcote
  • A concert in aid of the Samaritans has been given in St Mildred’s Parish Church, Tenterden, by Benenden School
  • The campaign for closed-circuit cameras in Tenterden High Street was boosted by news that the town’s share of the cash needed for the project is in sight of being pledged
  • The number studying A-Level mathematics at Homewood school has doubled for the course starting in September
  • Tenterden branch of the NSPCC has raised more than £1400 at a film and supper evening with director John Schlesinger
  • Dennis Anstey, the man who owned Mr Anstey’s Linen House in Tenterden High Street, has died aged 81 in St Leonards-on-Sea
  • When shoppers in Tenterden High Street were asked whether they would like the Euro, rather than a Pound, there was a mixed reaction
  • New community librarian, Carol Dunlop, reported that 128,139 books, discs, cassettes and videos were issued in Tenterden during the last year
  • Farmers from the Tenterden area have gone on the offensive by demanding greater regulation of supermarkets which they claim are driving them out of business
  • Barbara Lott and Mary Cooper, two 90 year-old neighbours celebrated their birthdays at a tea party given by the St Michael’s Church Ladies Guild
  • The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, next to Tenterden Town Station, was officially opened by Sir Neil Cossons, director of the Science Museum
  • Only 28 people attended the Annual Town Meeting
  • Tenterden Lions Club has given equipment to the town’s West View Hospital for use by district nurses

Jack Gillett
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