News Blue plaque trail for village

FAMOUSpeople and events in the history ofWateringbury are being remembered with a blue plaque scheme.

Seven commemorative discs have

been placed on properties by the vil- lage’s history enthusiasts to “pro- vide windows into the stories of people who have Wateringbury connections and whose lives have helped shape our world”. The ideawas inspired by a project

in West Malling where buildings linked to notable people including The Beatles and novelist George Or- well, are marked with a plaque sim- ilar to the English Heritage scheme in London. Like theWest Malling scheme, the

Wateringbury plaques carry a QR code, enabling people to connect with a smartphone and aQR reader app to access more information on the internet.

Organ recital

to help church MEMBERS of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church,Aylesford, will have the chance to show off the church’s recently refurbished organ at a recital by international concert artiste Gedymin Grubba, from Gdansk in Poland. Parishioners organised a long- running fundraising campaign for the £50,000 needed to restore the 1865 Forster andAndrews organ to its former glory, and the work was completed last year. The recital will be at 7.30pm on Friday, September 22. Tickets are £10, including refreshments, from the church office on 01622 719366, or Michael (01622 719589), or at the door.

Profits will support Aylesford church maintenance.

Date for talk

A TALK titled “My £3 Husband” will given by Prudence Anderton toAylesford Active Retirement As- sociation (AylesARA) on Thursday, September 28. The group will meet in the Com- munity Centre, Aylesford, at 2pm. There will be refreshments and in- formation on trips, events and short breaks available to members. Call Wayne Sprigmore on 01622 710734.

WI’s meeting

THE next Kings Hill WI meeting will be at Kings Hill Community Centre at 7.30pm on September 27. This month’s speaker is from

Waitrose and will give a talk and demonstration of cheese and wine. Contact Tina Patterson on 01732 844721.

8 Malling September 2017 The project was due to be un-

veiled on Saturday, September 9, by the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton, at the South Gate of Wateringbury Place. Thiswas the home of Mathias Prime Lucas, who was born in 1761 and went on to become Lord Mayor of London. Villagers and guestswere invited

on the blue plaque trail – a walk of about one mile – and to see an exhi- bition in the church about the peo- ple commemorated and the places they lived. A Wateringbury History Society spokesman said: “Thanks go to the property owners involved for their co-operation and to the parish coun- cil for their support. Thanks also go

to the West Malling Blue Plaque project team whose lead we have unashamedly copied.” Those commemorated include ac-

tress Ellen Terry,whocelebrated her 80th birthday at the Red House in 1927 as a guest of Lady Mabel Egerton. She received hundreds of telegrams, with congratulations from the King and Queen. Lady Lena Campbell Logan (1820-1904) lived and wrote her book on the Koh-I-Noor Diamond at The Thatched House, Mill Lane, John Jude (1807-1871), founder of the Kent Brewery, lived at Cross House, Tonbridge Road, and Ralph Fremlin, who started Fremlins Brewery in Maidstone, lived at The Wardens in Bow Road.

Actress Ellen Terry Dogs are highlight of vets’ festival

THERE was another great turnout at the annual festival at Sandhole Veterinary Centre at Malling Road, Snodland, and there was fun for all the family - whether on four or two legs! Practice director Verity Johnson

said: "Our team loves welcoming pets and their people to Sandhole. The RSPCA and Large Breed Dog Rescue were in attendance, alongside all the usual fun, food and games. Tesco ran a free fruit- tasting stall and the photo competition received some amazing entries, "The highlight of the day was

our dog show, with categories including waggiest tail, best rescue and best friends. It was a great day, thanks to the support of our wonderful clients and friends and we're already thinking about starting to plan next year's event."

Ping Pong Parry, the 10-year-old Jack Russell who won the Best Rescue Dogs category, with Keeley Gregory and Lance Parry

Robber pulled necklace from victim

AMAN who conned hisway into a pensioner’s house and then ripped a gold necklace from her neck has been jailed for nine years. Frank Smith (42), of Chigwell,

called at the victim’s address in Snodland onWednesday,August 3, saying her back garden needed some work. The victim shut her front door and

met Smith at the rear door, where she explained she already had some- body who looked after her garden. Smith told her hewas coming into

her house and, uninvited, walked through to the kitchen asking for a pen and paper which she provided. He then went into the victim’s bedroom. She asked him to leave,

saying she said she had no money for any gardening work. On hearing this he pulled a neck-

lace from her neck and ran out of the house, leaving the note pad on the kitchen worktop. Investigators examined the note

pad and found fingerprints from Smith’s left and right thumbs. When interviewed by officers, he denied being at the address or hav- ing been in Kent for several years. He was unable to provide a plausi- ble excuse for his fingerprints being at the scene of the burglary. Smith was subsequently charged

with burglary with violence and ap- peared before Maidstone Court on Wednesday, August 30, where he

pleaded not guilty. The jury found Smith guilty, with

the charge upgraded to robbery, and he was sentenced to nine years in prison. Investigating officer Detective Constable Lisa Stevens said: “The victimwas vulnerable because of her age and Smith took advantage of this fact to gain access to her house and use violence to steal the necklace. “Smith’s prison sentence will offer

some protection to the residents of Kent and he should consider the ef- fect his actions have on the victims of his crimes. “I would like to commend the vic-

tim’s bravery in assisting us throughout the investigation.”

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