Well done to our volunteer website manager, Dace Homa, who finds enough time in her busy life to put post after post from back issues of Rye’s Own, Hastings Town and Cinque Ports magazines and archives into the Rye’s Own Website.
It seems the imminent house building plan that Shepway has for the area has driven the War & Peace Revival away from the area and back to Whitbreads Hopfields Showgrounds at Beltring.
The show, which was immensely popular for the past four years at Folkestone Racecourse and responsible for attracting a huge amount of trade to the area from all over the country and the continent, is to be staged at Pembury in 1917 and beyond.
Cinque Ports magazine is packed with stories, events and nostalgia from the Cinque Ports and adjoining areas. The latest issue features the Opening of the fine new War Memorial at Aldington, telling the story of how it came about and recording the event with many pictures.
Many years ago David Hughes was asked be a lady visitor carrying a
bunch of flowers, where Aldington Memorial was? I had to tell her
“We have no memorial” he told me. The lady was looking for her son’s
name so David took her to Aldington Church where there were some names
recorded of the fallen from two wars. “She burst into tears when she
discovered that her sons name was not among those listed.”.
He first discussed the idea of a War Memorial for Aldington with Bill
Deeds the famous politician and journalist in 1980. He learned that
many names of the fallen were not listed in churches if they had not
been church goers. Continue reading Film – Aldington War Memorial Dedication
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