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Press Articles 1930
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Tennis Club Dance (Dartford Chronicle 14.3.1930)
60 attend the Longfield Rectory Tennis Club Dance at the Constitutional Hall.

Hartley Witness in theft case (Dartford Chronicle 4.4.1930)
(Dartford Police Court) Case of Harry Reeve, accused of stealing fruit trees from Mr Couchman's nursery at Farningham. One witness was Thomas Hockley of Ash Road, Hartley, a contractor. Said he had known defendant for 5-6 years and had carried a load of trees for him from Chertsey on Fri March 14th, and dumped them by the side of the road just inside the nursery. He had paid the Chertsey dealer £70 for the trees and invoiced Reeves for that plus carriage. When asked whether he would risk £70 for just the cartage, he said "Yes, it is difficult to get a living with a lorry nowadays."

Hartley Husband's Cruelty (Dartford Chronicle 16.5.1930)
(Dartford Police Court) John Alfred Hawkins, Church Road Hartley, was summoned by his wife May Hawkins, for persistent cruelty Mrs Hawkins, aged 31 of Assisi, Woodlands Avenue, Hartley, said that the marriage took place in Sept 1919 at Wandsworth. There were three children.  Her husband was a range warden employed by Messrs Vickers-Armstrong at Swanley and he earned £3 4s per week. He also had a disability pension of £1.4s-per week. They had lived at various addresses in London and in Kent. Her husband
was a bad tempered man and had assaulted her on different occasions. Once in London he knocked her about because she interfered when he was striking one of the children. While at Hartley on one occasion he attempted to strangle her, and struck her several times. Once she ran into a wood to get out of his way.  She had complained to a policeman. The defendant had written a note in which he said he as contemplating suicide if his wife would not forgive him.

Mrs Elizabeth Annie Waters, Clearway, Hartley, mother of Mrs Hawkins, said she had seen bruises on her daughter's body.

Mrs Ethel Veronica Baldwin, Assisi, Hartley, said that Mrs Hawkins and her children were living with her, and she had assisted in supporting them. The morning Mrs Hawkins went to her house there were marks on her face and her throat.

Police Constable Hogg, Longfield, said that Mrs Hawkins on one occasion complained about her husband assaulting her. When he saw her she was marked about the face and neck. He saw the husband, who promised to behave better towards his wife in the future.

The defendant made a long statement in which he denied that he had assaulted his wife. He complained about a man coming about the house. Mr Chancellor
(defendant's solicitor) had previously stated that there was no allegation of adultery against the wife.

George Robert Waters, a Royal Marine from HM York, brother of Mrs Hawkins, who was called by the defendant, said his sister had complained on seveeral occasions that her husband had knocked her about. He thought it was a woman's yarn. He was married, but he kept his family affairs to himself.
Mr Baynes (for prosecution) "Why are you here?
The Witness: "To protect them both"
The Clerk: "As a Royal Marine" (laughter)

The bench found that there had been persistent cruelty, and ordered a separation, the wife to have custody of the children and the husband to pay £1.10s per week towards the maintenance of his wife and family. The husband was also ordered to pay £1 for witnesses and £2 solicitor's fees.

Millions of Books (Dartford Chronicle 15.8.1930)
Kent Library Assn reports small branch libraries are a success, but there are great contrast in the number of borrowers. Eynsford with a population of 2,567 had only 85, while Hartley with 730 population had over ?180?

Hartley Man Summoned (Dartford Chronicle 29.8.1930)
(Dartford Police Court) Leonard John Glidewell of Hartley pleaded guilty to being father of the illegitimate child of Kathleen Emily Osborne of the Institution, West Hill, Dartford. She said she had been associating with him for over a year, four months before the birth they went into the institution as man and wife before it was discovered they were not married. Defendant ordered to pay 7s 6d a week.

A Night on Rochester Way (Dartford Chronicle 26.9.1930)
(Dartford Police Court) A Night on Rochester Way" Commander Colin Alexander Gordon Hutchinson of Hartley Manor pleaded guilty to driving without lights and not guilty to failing to stop when signalled by a police officer. He was returning from London to Chatham Staff College where he worked. He realised on Shooters Hill that the lights were failing but decided to carry on as his wife who was with him "was not a strong woman". He had passed a garage but it was shut. PC Onions saw the car in Rochester Way at 11.30 pm (23rd June) he signalled for him to stop but the car pulled away, he commandeered a car and stopped them about 500 yards down the road. Defendant when asked why he did not sop said "I thought it was some stupid cyclist with a lamp" In court he said the torch was too light to see the person behind it. He thanked the police "for their kindly and sympathetic treatment in offering hot tea etc during the night" Bench fined him 50s for no lights and acquitted him of the second charge.

Press Articles 1931

What has become of the fire extinguishers? (Dartford Chronicle 9.1.1931)
Fire extinguishers bought by Dartford RDC and delivered last March are still nowhere to be seen. (In edition of 30.1.1931 it was reported that they had been put in place last Monday)

Mr H T Jennings (Dartford Chronicle 30.1.1931)
Mr H T Jennings Clark has been appointed as Legal and General's Assistant Manager of the Foreign Fire Department.

Congregational Church Fundraiser (Dartford Chronicle 6.2.1931)
Concert at the WI Hall to raise funds for the Congregational Church project. £400 has been raised in 3 years. The church was inaugurated in 1926 and has 26 members. Mr S H Ellerby reported that the land was bought after 2 years and thanked the assistance of other congregational churches.

Ash Road Widening (Dartford Chronicle 6.3.1931)
Hartley Congregational Church have agreed to give some of their land for road widening, provided a fence is built.

Hartley Players (Dartford Chronicle 20.3.1931)
Production of "The Fourth Wall" by the Hartley Players, list of cast members.

All Saints' Church Magazine (Dartford Chronicle 17.4.1931)
All Saints' magazine "must be unique among village journals of its kind (it) has literary merit and enjoys a deservedly wide circulation."

Obituary of Elilzabeth Supple (Dartford Chronicle 24.4.1931)
Obituary of Mrs Elizabeth Supple of Treveor, aged 88, the funeral was conducted by Rev Bancks in the Churchyard. She was a stalwart of the Cancer Research Campaign. "The passing of Mrs Supple has cast .a gloom over the village, for she was beloved by a wide circle of friends".

Hartley Cricket Club (Dartford Chronicle 1.5.1931)
Cricket Club AGM. Last year they played 18, won 8 and lost 10.

The Indefatigable Stork (Dartford Chronicle 15.5.1931)
3 children were born last week. A son to Mrs Eric Green, daughter of the rector and an amateur actress of "marked ability"; also sons to Mr and Mrs G W. Walsh of Erclei and Mr and Mrs P W Dennis of Clifton.

Catholic Pilgrimage to Hartley (Dartford Chronicle 5.6.1931)
Catholic Pilgrimage to Hartley - over a 100 from London, East Grinstead, Wadhurst, Effingham and Enfield Green visited last Thursday.

Obituary of Mrs E Gregory-Gould (Dartford Chronicle 19.6.1931)
She died after a sudden collapse on Sunday night. She was a regularly attender at the oratory and her religious principles governed all her actions in a spirit of unostentatiousness. She was
interred at Wandsworth.

No dog licence (Dartford Chronicle 26.6.1931)
(Dartford Police Court) John Reynold Strickland of Hartley fined 15/-for not having a dog licence.

Congregational Church Garden Party (Dartford Chronicle 3.7.1931)
Saturday: Congregational Church garden party and concert in the meadow at Meadcot lent by Mr A H Edward. List of childrens' race winners. Teas in the WI Hall.

Driving without a licence (Dartford Chronicle 10.7.1931)
(Dartford Police Court) Ernest Edward Hurst (29) of Hartley Green pleaded guilty to driving a motorcycle without a licence on 8th April. Fined £3.

Obituary of Mr James Brown (Dartford Chronicle 10.7.1931)
Of Ash Road, who died after a long and painful throat illness. The skill of the surgeon at an operation a few years back had saved his voice. He was 61 and had lived in Hartley for 18 years. He leaves a widow and 12 year old son. He died last Thursday and was buried at All Saints on Monday.  List of chief mourners, many beautiful wreaths.

All Saints' Church Fete (Dartford Chronicle 17.7.1931)
All Saints' church fete at the Rectory: description, clock golf, baby show, teas.

Mothers' Day at Hartley Primary School (Dartford Chronicle 7.8.1931)
Mothers Day at the Primary School, plays put on by children including "Dyspeptic Ogre" by older pupils. List of children taking part.

Hartley Village Fair (Dartford Chronicle 14.8.1931)
Last Saturday over 600 attended, raising £50 for sports club. Lengthy description of races, open air performances. Picture of juvenile entertainers.

Progress of Electricity (Dartford Chronicle 4.9.1931)
Electricity: overhead mains now reaches Longfield Church from New Barn. The plan is to extend cables to bottom of Whitehill, then along Fawkham Valley Raod. Hartley will be served by a branch crossing Pennis Farm to accommodation road opposite the junction of Ash Road/St Johns Lane, where a junction box will be built. Canvass of potential customers will begin, but the connection price of a rumoured 3/- per foot will deter many.

Ellerby v Mapp (Dartford Chronicle 2.10.1931)
(Dartford County Court) Claim by Hartley contractor Charles Mansbridge Ellerby vs Samuel Mapp of Paget Road, Plumstead. Plaintiff claims £13.10.0 for ploughing and harrowing work at Shooters Hill, alleging defendant never complained at the time. Defendant said plough was faulty and specified harrow not used causing loss of crops of about £100. Judge ordered defendant to pay £10.1.0 for ploughing but not for harrowing which appeared not to have been done.

Hartley Doctor's Car in Collision (Dartford Chronicle 2.10.1931)
(Dartford County Court) "Hartley Doctor's Car in Collision" Wilfred Henry Baines of Woodside, Hartley vs [NAME] of 10 Reaston Road , New Cross. Plaintiff claimed £17.16.3 for damage to car. Counterclaim by Bull for £50 for damages to him and motorcycle. Collision occurred at junction of Forge Lane and Home Road, Horton Kirby while plaintiff was driving Dr A W Marsden of Hartley on his professional rounds. Various statements. Jury finds fault on both sides and dismisses both claims.

Tractor Demonstration (Dartford Chronicle 2.10.1931)
Tractor demonstration on Smallholding of Mr Francis Tate by George Monro Ltd of Covent Garden, well attended.

Who Were They? (Dartford Chronicle 9.10.1931)
Mysterious band of men congregated at corner of St Johns Lane on Sunday morning, examined fire extinguisher and before long "a stream of chemical was seen to be playing on the apple trees on the other side of the hedge". Was it the parish meeting or a test to cure tree blight?

Motoring Mishap (Dartford Chronicle 9.10.1931)
A milk cart from Dartford Coop was coming out of Fairby Grange when a powerful saloon car was coming down the road from Ash. It braked but skidded 40 yards into the cart and ended up in the hedge in front of Mrs Gilman's house. Amazingly neither vehicle was seriously damaged.

Progress of Electricity (Dartford Chronicle 16.10.1931)
Hopefully Ash Road to Black Lion and Church Road from the War Memorial to Stocks Hill will have electricity by Christmas.

Protection Against Fire (Dartford Chronicle 23.10.1931)
Article mentions a fire that burnt down a school at Hartley a few months back, fortunately no one was hurt.

Fire at Fawkham Church (Dartford Chronicle 30.10.1931)
In the coal shed. Fortunately no serious damage was done as it was spotted by the clerk on his way home after evensong.

Rev Bancks's Sermon (Dartford Chronicle 30.10.1931)
Sermon preached last Sunday in Rochester Cathedral by Rev Bancks on Wisdom xx 20.

Hard Labour for Hartley Pedlar (Dartford Chronicle 6.11.1931)
(Dartford Police Court) William Edward Barlow of Merton Road, Hartley was given 14 days hard labour for making a false statement to the Dartford Relieving Officer. He had received £500 in relief over the last 10 years but Kent County Council was unhappy about some of his statements , especially that of June 25th where he said his wife earned 6/- and that he had bought a pedlar’s licence. He had received £1.13.0 relief that week. Mrs Alice Biswell testified that the defendant's wife had earned 16/- that week working with her for a farmer at South Darenth. Defendant claimed she had told him she earned 6/-, and he was supported by the Assistant Relieving officer in court. He was allowed to give evidence at the solicitor's bench as he was deaf.

Ash Farm Worker Sent to Prison (Dartford Chronicle 6.11.1931)
(Dartford Police Court) Ernest Arthur Brant (45) of no fixed abode, was given 21 days hard labour for not maintaining his wife [NAME] and 3 children at Hartley, who had received £114 in poor relief. The defendant had been working at a farm at Ash when he walked out on his wife, he returned once but she wouldn't let him in because it was after midnight. He claimed he had been in a succession of hospitals, but none had ever heard of him, he then said that was because he gave the name of Arthur Bryant. When convicted defendant said "Thank you very much sir, and I hope she (his wife) gets 6 weeks when I come out". Jane then sued for maintenance. He had supported her up to 2 years ago when he worked at Vickers-Armstrong and Gravesend County Cricket Ground. Court gave separation order and gave her custody of the children, defendant ordered to pay 15/- per week in maintenance.

Autumn Exhibition at Hartley (Dartford Chronicle 13.11.1931)
By Longfield and District Cottage Gardeners Association at Hartley Constitutional Hall. Details, list of winners.

Electricity for the Villages (Dartford Chronicle 13.11.1931)
Terms of supply at Hartley. Details eg. 40 feet underground - £3, overground £2.10.0 (West Kent Electric Company).

Bus Service (Dartford Chronicle 27.11.1931)
Mr R Hollands 'Grey Bus' has overcome opposition from competitors to the delight of the locals, who remember that it was he who instituted the first service to Hartley and Longfield when the bigger companies weren't interested.

Girl Guides (Dartford Chronicle 11.12.1931)
It has been decided to open a branch of Girl Guide Rangers in Hartley, with Miss Whalley as Captain, and Miss Sheath as Lieutenant. Meeting on Tuesdays in the Schoolroom.

Toys for Poor Children (Dartford Chronicle 18.12.1931)
Toys for poor children: Church of England and Congregational children filled All Saints Church Sunday afternoon last, all with a toy for the poor children of London's east end.

Press Articles 1933

The £900 Jewelry Theft from Hartley (Dartford Chronicle 14.4.1933)
Hector Meek (32) (1900-1980) steward, John Arthur Woulters (27) motor driver, Eva Meek (32) (prob 1901-1963) a dancer (alias Marm), were charged with stealing jewelry and other articles, valued at £900 from Mary Mercedes Crofton (1880-1974) of Spinney Corner, Hartley on March 8th.  Elizabeth Catherine Freeman (61) (prob 1870-1947) was charged with receiving stolen property belonging to Mary Mercedes Crofton.  Prisoners pleaded guilty.  Supt Austin read a long list of previousl convictions against Meek and Woulters.  There were no previous convictions against Eva Meek, who had, however, been the associate of the worst type of theives at Liverpool.  There was a long list of convictions against the woman Freeman, one for causing grievious bodily harm.  Mr Frank Powell prosecuted, and Mr Cox appeared for the woman Freeman.  He, however, admitted that her record was a very bad one.  Wilst Mr Cox was addressing the Bench, the younger woman (Meek) collapsed in a faint in the dock.  Each of the four prisoners made addresses from the dock to the Bench, pleading for leniency.  The sentences of the court were as follows: Hector Meek - 3 years' penal servitude, John Arthur Woulters - 3 months' hard labour, Eva Meek - 6 months' hard labour, Elizabeth Freeman - 2 years' imprisonment.  Eva Meek was led from the dock screaming.

Trouble upon Trouble (Dartford Chronicle 20.10.1933)
Sidney Horie Etherington (1882-1934) of Station Road, Longfield, was summoned for driving a motor car at Hoselands Hill, Hartley on September 10th without a policy of insurance and without a driving licence.  Mr Hugh Goff appeared for the defendant, who pleaded guilty to both summonses.  After PC Hill had proved the case.  Mr Goff said the defendant had a small off license business at Longfield, but during the last 3 months he had only had £19 10s to keep his wife and family.  He could not afford to pay for the insurance.  He was also in trouble with the Kent County Council for not having a Road Fund licence.  Defendant was fined 40 shillings and disqualified for a year for having no insurance, and 20 shillings for having no driving licence.

Press Articles 1936

First Wedding at Congregational Church (Dartford Chronicle 26.6.1936)
The first wedding to be solemnised at Hartley Congregational Church took place on Saturday afternoon the parties being Mr Henry Duncan MacDonald (1911-1962) eldest son of Mr Willliam MacDonald of Newbury, Ash Road, and Miss Violet Griffin-Hodson (1911-2002 probably), adopted daughter of Mr William Haymer of Great Orsett, Essex.  The Rev H G Lawson of Gillingham officiated.  The music was as follows: "Now thank we all our God", The Wedding March, the Bridal March and "Lead us Heavenly Father".  The bride, who was given away by her cousin Mr A A Smith, wor a dress of white satin.  The bridesmaids, Miss Margery Smith (cousin of the bride), and Miss Katherine MacDonald (sister of the bridegroom), wore dresses of blue floral gerogette, and as ornaments, blue crystal necklets, the gifts of the bridegroom.  The best man was Mr Kenneth MacDonald (brother of the bridegroom).  The bride's going away suit was of blue marocain two piece, with blue straw hat to match.  (List of people who gave gifts, includes Bible and Clock from the Congregational Church)

Christmas Concert at Hartley (Dartford Chronicle 25.12.1936)
Some thirty excited youngsters and 300 proud parents and friends made up a very happy gathering in the Hartley Country Club on Wednesday 16th inst, at a concert given by the pupils of Merton House School.  Six delightful little playlets were produced by Mrs Cromar, the principal, and her assistants Miss Brind and Miss Williamson.  A song and dance "The Village Fair" by the upper class and chorus opened the programme and was followed by a well acted playlet "The Silver Star" in a pretty setting.  [NAME] who gave evidence of some previous experience, was the Silver Fairy, and she was assisted by [12 NAMES].  An amusing sketch with a moral "The Sick Pupil" was ably played by [6 NAMES].  "The New Bonnet" was another pleasing sketch in which Barabara Mainprize (1923-1982) [3 NAMES] entertainingly participated, while Audrey Mainprize (1925-2017), [4 NAMES] were equally pleasing in "To be Let or Sold".  An exhibition of a healthy schoolboy's appetite as a street urchin was given by Lionel Wale (1929-1939) in "Catching a Ghost", a sketch in which he was joined by [4 NAMES].  A feature of the programme was a clever song and tap dance by [NAME] a little danseuse of marked ability.  The occasion brought parents and scholars together in a social gathering.  Its success made it possible for Mrs Cromar to send the useful sum of £4 14s to the Waifs and Strays Society.

14 Years Organist at Parish Church (Dartford Chronicle 25.12.1936)
At the conclusion of a Christmas Cloncert at Hartley Women's Institute on Sunday evening, a presentation was made to Mr W H Chisholm, who recently retired after 14 years' service as voluntary organist at Hartley Parish Church.  Mr E J Cuff made the arrangements for the presentation, which consisted  of a silver cigarette case and a silver tobacco box, and Mr Wells Thatcher, who is now blind, and a former churchwarden and lay reader at the church, made the actual ceremonial presentation.  Mr Thatcher spoke highly of Mr Chisholm's services, and also of the able way his son and daughter deputised in their father's absence.  Miss Chisholm was presented with a handsome bouquet.  The concert was given by [NAME], Cyril Worsley, Hazel Chisholm and [NAME].  Several items were sung in Latin.  Including in the programme were carols by [NAME] ("Three Wise Men") and Roy Chisholm ("The Ending of the Year"), local muscians.  The collection for Henry Brinton's work for the destitute at Waterside House, Willesborough, Kent, realised over £6.

Press Articles 1939

Tragedy on the Footplate (Dartford Chronicle 27.10.1939 - summary)
Fireman on 9.46 Ramsgate to Victoria train killed when he was struck by the girder of a bridge.  Dr Archibald George of Grafton House, Hartley, called at 11.45 and gave evidence to Dartford Inquest on Tuesday.

Land Army Girl in Accident (Dartford Chronicle 27.10.1939 - summary)
Miss Eileen Gurne (19) of 3 The Parade, Ash Road, Hartley is in North Middlesex County Hospital, Edmonton, after collision with car in blackout.  She was pillion passenger on a motorbike.  The driver Kenneth Jackson of Enfield "a brilliant pianist" was killed outright.  She is said to be progressing favourably.  She had just finished her training and was due to go to a farm in The Weald on Monday.  (Paper of 17/11/1939 says she is progressing satisfactorily)

Hartley Parish Council (Dartford Chronicle 10.11.1939 - summary)
Plans for air raid shelter at Hartley Primary School.  They also took up resident's suggestion that money raised from war time amusements like whist drives should be spent on a village hall and playing fields after the war (no evidence that this was done).  Dartford RDC will contribute for a building for a school canteen for evacuated children at Hartley, some of whom have a long way to travel.

Hartley Parish Council (Dartford Chronicle 17.11.1939)
An impressive service was held on Armistice Day at the Hartley War Memorial.  It was attended by a full parade of the Girl Guides under Miss Dorothy Appleton, the Cubs under Mr Lewis Rogers, and local school children and evacuees, as well as a large number of the public were present.  After the singing of the "Supreme Sacrifice", Mr Allorby (sic - Ellerby?) read a passaged from the Psalms and Mr E Langton read Lawrence Binyon's poem "For the fallen".  General Andrus gave a short address and read the names on the memorial, which was followed by 2 minutes of silence.

Film Production (Dartford Chronicle 17.11.1939)
This is very odd, I can find no evidence that a film of this title was ever released, nor that a company called Western Motion Pictures Limited ever existed, or of any credits in the film industry for the director or producer of the film.  The H W Haydon may be Herbert William Haydon (1885-1974) of Weston Super Mare who in 1939 was a "Electrical Telephone & Radio Consultant Lecturer & Journalist".  The novellist R F Delderfield in "Cheap Day Return" mentions a film production in a fictional 1930s town which came to nothing, so perhaps these unfulfilled projects were commonplace then.
On Saturday the Western Motion Pictures Limited started production of their new film "Brick Fields" at Hartley.  All the film, with the exception of a few scenes at Tilbury Docks, will be shot at Hartley and the surrounding district.  The story tells of how a young girl evacuee falls in love with one of the local 'black sheep' and how she manages to reform him.  Miss Sheila Witt, who is a member of the Hartley Players, is the only local person to be included in the cast.  The producer is Mr H W Haydon and Mr D P Kennan is the director.

1939 - Interview with George Day
Dartford Chronicle
Mr Day was a major local figure in farming, local government and Ash Chapel.  The article includes pictures of Mr and Mrs Day, but my photocopy is incomplete.  It is part of a large feature on Ash.
Ash and Ridley by a Modern Chronicler (Norris Willatt, Dartford Chronicle 1939) > Farmer Day Looks Back
Mr George Day, whose home is at North Ash Farm, upon first sight strikes one as the typical English Country Farmer that his is.  Descended from farming ancestors on both sides - his great grandfather farmed at Coombe Hill, while his mother's ancestors wre farmers at Meopham - he has successfully farmed the 500 acres, 140 of them....  Failing health has caused him to dispense with his acres one by one, until today there remains to him only the grand old farmhouse, and even this he may soon be exchanging for an abode in which there will be no stairs to climb.  But Mr Day is philosophical, and it was in the highest of spirits that he reviewed the period during which he has wrestled with the soil.
He told me that today, as ever, agricultural labourers are the worst paid workers in the world.  "I told my men so to their face in times past," he added, "and I can quite understand any man deserting the land for a post in the town."  A labourer's wage in 1887, he explained, was 15s a week - but he goes onto add that today a farmer is lucky if he can find 3 men to do the work done by 2 in the 1880s and 1890s.  In fact in those days everyone worked harder than is the case nowadays.
Mr Day has been a highly successful farmer, but he is not the fist to admit that the farmer's road is by no means a level one.  "I should say that more monty has been llost in agriculture than in any one sphere in the country," he declares.
He is of the opinon that future prospects for agriculture are by no means bright, but he is not therefore pessimistic.  "It is very likely the darkest hour before the dawn," he told me.  "When thibngs get into a bad enough plight people become disgruntled, and demand that something be done.  This is what is happening now.  i believe that the Government is willing to help the farmers, but the difficulty is that they are so ignorant of what is required."
One imaginies that a farmer's work occupies him from dawn to dusk, and that such leisure as he may have is devoted to relaxation. Such an impression Mr Day immediately dispels.  His livelihood apart, he has devoted one man's full life to public service.
In the days before the birth of the Dartford Rural District Council he was a member of the old Board of Guardians, and when the Council came into being Mr Day became an original member.  He was vice-Chairman for 10 years, Chairman for 13 years, resigning 3 years ago.  It was only last year that he resigned from both the council and the Public Assistance Committee.
During the war he was chairman of the Tribunal of all the parishes, and also chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the Dartford Rural Area.  He worked German prisoners on two farms, and always kept to his word that he would ot make them work unless he fed them well.  The prisoners were supervised by his daughter, then 16 years old.  "And woe betide any man who caused her any trouble!" says Mr Day, "The others would have murdered him."
Bluff farmer Day was a magistrate at Dartford for 25 [years], and chairman of the licensing committee for several years.  He served on the Kent County Council for 18 years during which time he was on all the road committees, and he is still a member of the county Mental Hospitals and Leybourne Grange Committees.
In Ash he was a member of the parish council for a number of years, while he is a school manager today.  And during all those years he has had a farm to supervise!
Mrs George Day's especial care is and has been since its inauguration 19 years ago the Ash Child Welfare Centre, held in the Parish Room.  The Centre began in a very small way under the auspices of the District Council, but with the passing of years has grown to considerable proportions.  Today there are eve a few mothers attending who themselves were brought thither as children.  During all this time Mrs Day has been a member of the committee of the centre, and she told me that as a result of its existence there has come about a distinct improvement in the condition of the children of the village.

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