Ken’s hobby a model way to record scenes

MASTER model-maker Ken Kim- ber, from Boughton Monchelsea, has kept himself very busy during COVID-19 lockdowns, adding a fourth to his series of widely-ad- mired Maidstone scenes. His dining room table is adorned

with a 54-inch by 33-inch N-gauge (scale 1/148) presentation of Ayles- ford Railway Station in the 1920s, with operational trains. It is 11 years since Ken (79) com-

pleted his last main model, of the old tram terminus in Loose Road. The first, of East Farleigh Rail-

way Station, employed his car restoration skills as he recovered from serious illness in 2004 after 20 years as purchasing manager for Whatman International Ltd (paper makers) in Maidstone. The second was a town centre

scene of the busy bus station in Palace Avenue/Knightrider Street for much of the second half of the last century, with moving vehicles. “The appeal of Aylesford,” said

Ken, “is it has a curved platform which lends to an oval track layout. The station building (now an In- dian takeaway), crossing-keeper’s cottage, goods shed and terrace of six workers’ cottages are still there for reference. “Fortunately, the group of oast

kilns can be seen in a 1993 photo- graph.” He needed to be very inventive

with materials for such small mod- elling and used fine steel wool for a

thatched roof, and his supportive wife Jilly lost her pot-scourers to hedges. Tea-leaf dust made good soil.

The model has so far taken 1,000

hours of day-by-day dedication, by a man with weakening eyesight and arthritic fingers. Just the final touches are ahead. Now the mind of this former Maidstone Grammar School pupil is wandering to Maidstone West Station...

News Teen thieves

TWO teenagers have been ac- cused of stealing cosmetics worth almost £1,000 from a store in Maidstone. Michael McDonaugh (19)

and a 15-year-old boy were both charged with theft after a quantity of beauty products were taken from Boots in King Street on December 15. Both were bailed to attend Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on February 23, 2021.

Funeral fees

FOLLOWING concerns ex- pressed by councillors, there will be no increase for resi- dents in Maidstone Council charges for a basic funeral (cremation or burial) in the coming financial year. Inflationary costs in provid-

ing these services will be ab- sorbed by the council.

Death record

THE parish register for St Peter & St Paul's in Headcorn has recorded the death of Dolly Roe.

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