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Level crossing to stay shut until mid July after a crash destroyed the gates

Level crossing to stay shut until mid July after a crash destroyed the gates

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:30 by Parish Admin

A quick-thinking level crossing keeper averted disaster after a Range Rover rammed the level crossing gates at Chartham ten days ago. Consequently the main access road between the village and the A28 is still closed to all traffic, and Network Rail does not expect to be able to replace the crossing gates until mid-July. The Kentish Gazette reported that Network Rail's spokesman Chris Denham said: "Our quick-thinking crossing keeper took action as soon as he saw the incident. Without that, we could have faced a far more serious accident. He alerted the train driver seconds before the approaching Cannon Street to Ramsgate service was due to arrive." Chris Denham added that "This type of crossing is becoming rare and the metal gates, which in this case are thought to be more than 30 years old, are all bespoke." In a similar previous incident the level crossing gates at Wye (see image above), trapped a 16 year old driver in a Ford Fiesta. On that occasion in the driver did not risk crashing through the gates to escape. Instead the high-speed chase along miles of narrow country lanes from Westenhanger ended without injury when a police Range Rover rammed and disabled the Fiesta, before the Wye crossing gates reopened. More »

Kent Police promptly arrested the 16 year old in February 2016, and charged him with driving dangerously, driving without a licence, and for failing to stop. » Less

A2070 Kennington Road to close from 20th June - for 11 weeks

A2070 Kennington Road to close from 20th June - for 11 weeks

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:00 by Parish Admin

Kent County Council will close the A2070 Kennington Road, Willesborough from Tuesday 20th June - for approximately 11 weeks. KCC plans to divert non-motorway traffic around the south of Ashford, via Chart Road and Victoria Road and warns of delays especially at busier times. The road will remain closed outside working hours and KCC anticipates a completion date of Friday 1st September. More »

This road closure is necessary to enable KCC Highways to carry out carriageway widening works and remove a pinch point near Longport Bridge. KCC aims to improve traffic flows and highway safety. The map (right) shows the affected section of road in red, between the junction with Blackwall Road North and the Julie Rose. This is also the point where National Cycle Route 18 between Wye and Ashford crosses the A2070.

For the duration of these works the William Harvey Hospital will have an alternative exit onto the Hinxhill Road. For public safety KCC will impose a temporary mandatory 30mph speed limit on The Street, Willesborough, and Hinxhill Road as far as the Ouseley Farm junction, Hinxhill. » Less

Wye Flower Festival celebrates many lives made brighter and happier

Wye Flower Festival celebrates many lives made brighter and happier

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:00 by Parish Admin

The Wye Flower Festival is a spectacular celebration of Wye WI's centenary this month. The stories behind each of the ten festival exhibits are also something very special. Diane Reece, Wye Church Flower Organiser describes how Wye WI originated during the dark days of WWI, and the planning behind the flower festival. "Wye was the first WI to form in Kent, and thus one of the earliest WI branches in the UK. Mrs Edith Dunstan the wife of the Principal of Wye College initiated Wye WI, and by the end of 1917 the Wye branch had 82 members. The Wye WI archives are still stored in the Latin School, and these have yielded some wonderful photos, a poem and other artifacts to stimulate ideas for our flower displays in Wye Church this week." More »

"The team of flower arrangers have worked through the past ten decades of our history to show how the WI has influenced public events, coped with two world wars and rationing, and celebrated coronations. One very special member - Elizabeth Marriott, has been a member of the WI for 50 years. She helped to raise funds for sponsorship by running her very exciting "scrabblethon", which she does as an annual event for the WI - this year the proceeds being donated towards the cost of the flowers.

The Flower Festival in Wye Church is open Friday 9th June and Saturday 10th June 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday 11th June 12.00 - 17.00 and Monday 12th June 10.00 - 14.00.

There will be escorted Church Tower Tours at 14.00 and 15.00 on both Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments, cakes and light lunches will be served all day in the marquee.

In March 1917 the Wye Parish Magazine carried the following report of the founding meeting of the Wye Women's Thrift League. 'This league was formed with the object of bringing together the housewives of Wye for the discussion and demonstration of ways of saving in the present times of high prices and shortage of household necessities. Meetings are held in the College Gymnasium of Fridays at 2.30, when various cooked articles are shown and tasted, and different household contrivances exhibited.'

At a subsequent meeting 18th June 1917 the Parish Magazine reported that 'it was decided to establish a Women's Institute in Wye.' Mrs Dunstan said in her prophetic opening remarks that 'by banding together women of all classes and denominations for mutual help and sympathy, many lives in the rural districts might be made brighter and happier, especially during these times of sorrow and anxiety throughout the world.'

The Women's Institute movement started in 1915 in Wales as an initiative to increase home food production and preservation to supplement wartime rations. Under its patriotic banner 'For Home and Country' the WI movement was an urgent response to the very real threats of malnutrition and starvation posed by unrestricted submarine warfare, and at a personal level the need to 'lighten the daily burden of life'.

The WI movement continued to grow after the end of WWI. Today the WI has over 200,000 members, and just under 7,000 branches.

Flower Festival admission £2 (children under 12 free). All proceeds will go to Wye Church and Wye WI. » Less

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