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05 Jan 1945 Local News in Brief (1) Dartford Chronicle (2) Kent Messenger

(1) [NAME] of Rosary Cottage, Stack Lane - alleged desertion of wife Peggy; (2) Boundary Commission provisionally decides that all of Dartford Rural District should be in Chislehurst parliamentry constituency

12 Jan 1945 Parliamentary Boundary Review Dartford Chronicle

Hartley to remain in Chislehurst Parliamentary Constituency

12 Jan 1945 Sizmur - Brookes Wedding Kent Messenger

Wedding at Congregational Church of Roy Ralph Sizmur [1922-1993] of Ash Road and Kathleen Brookes [1919-1964] of Ash.  He works for J&E Halls at Dartford

13 Jan 1945 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Merchant Navy Knitting party - report for 1944; (2) Naturalist Club at WI Hall - film show; (3) Wedding of Roy R Sizmur of Olinda, Ash Rd at Congregational Church; (4) Obituary of Mrs Gladys E Bignell of Colyton (funeral 20.1.45).

20 Jan 1945 Ash Youth Club Pantomime Gravesend Reporter

Pantomine for Red Cross at Country Club by Ash Youth Club

26 Jan 1945 Local News in Brief Dartford Chronicle

(1) Request for sweets to be sent to Country Club for childrens treats; (2) Obituary to Mrs Bignell (51) of Colyton

27 Jan 1945 Obituary of Rosalie Oldrey Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of Mrs Rosalie E Oldrey of The Limit, Ash Rd (80)

02 Feb 1945 Chickens for sale Kent Messenger

"For sale, 5 Stock cockerels, Rhode; 2 goats, 1st kidders; 1 incubator, 100 egg size; hot water system.  Morgan: Greycote, Manor Drive, Hartley, Longfield."

03 Feb 1945 Children's Entertainment Gravesend Reporter

Entertainments for 140 children at Country Club

09 Feb 1945 Garage Fire at Church Road Dartford Chronicle

Garage Fire at Church Rd, building and car destroyed

09 Feb 1945 Great Pluck When Wounded - Hartley Gunner is 'Mentioned' Kent Messenger

"Among those whom the King has approved should be mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy is Gunner C L Larkin [1920-2004], aged 24, only son of Mr and Mrs Larkin of Jessern, Ash Road, Hartley.

Before being called up for the Army at the age of 20, he worked for Mr Sharmoon at Trosley Towers, near Wrotham.  He has 2 sisters.

Gunner Larkin went to North Africa in November 1942, with the 1st Army and was in the Tunisian campaign.

Afterwards he was with the 5th Army landing at Salerno, on September 9th, 1943, when he was wounded in the left arm and left foot.

Mrs Larkin has received a letter from Lt LW Aldous, expressing his great appreciation of her son's behaviour on the morning of the Salerno landing.

'Through no fault of anyone's, it was unfortunately quite a time before we could do more for him other than first aid,' he writes, 'He never complained, and by remaining cheerful throughout did much to enable men to carry on with their work in a calm and normal manner.'"

[1729540 Gunner Charles Leslie Larkin (1920-2001) was part of the 80th Heavy AA Regiment, Royal Artillery.]

10 Feb 1945 Home Guard Gravesend Reporter

Home Guard Stand Down Dinner and Entertainment

16 Feb 1945 Hartley Parish Council Kent Messenger

"The clerk reported that LPTB and the Rural Council Transport Committee had arranged the extra stop asked for by the Parish Council in Ash Road above St John's Lane.  Mr Gates reported on the meeting concerning post-war housing recently held at Dartford, and said the meeting contributed no solution to the question of temporary accommodation, being mostly occupied by the views of contractors adn operatives on the superiority of good brick construction.  The council decided to hold a special meeting to discuss how the subject would affect Hartley."

17 Feb 1945 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of Peter Newcombe of Rosyth, left Hartley 14 years ago; (2) Ratepayers Assn: discussed new war memorial, widening of roads etc

23 Feb 1945 Oddfellows Dartford Chronicle

Oddfellows: meeting of 4625 lodge at Black Lion

25 Feb 1945 Junior Naturalist Club Kent Messenger

35 attended Junior Naturalist Club, including 9 new members

02 Mar 1945 Home Guard Dinner Dartford Chronicle

Home Guard Dinner for No 3 (Hartley) platoon at Country Club

03 Mar 1945 Country Club Gravesend Reporter

Country Club AGM; thanks to CM Ellerby for laying out sports ground (article includes list of events)

09 Mar 1945 Local News in Brief Kent Messenger

(1) WI social evening includes entertainment by WI Drama Group; (2) Longfield Young Farmers Club - "About 25 members visited Joyce Green Farm and watched machine milking.  Afterwards the senior members visited Mr Strickland's while the younger members went to the rhubarb sheds in Dartford.   The party was led by Mr F Barker, club leader."; (3) Hazel Chisholm of Restharrow fined 10 shillings for driving when licence had expired on 5.4.1944

10 Mar 1945 Message from Australia Gravesend Reporter

"Mr and Mrs Hoadley, of Church Road, Hartley, have received a letter from Mr H Bain of Hurstville, New South Wales, stating that their son, Stoker D R Hoadley [1924-2011], was entertained by the Penshurst Sub-Branch of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia at a convivial evening held on December 23rd last.  'As I write this Christmas Day,' states the letter, 'I know that your thoughts are of him, and we join with you in praying that he will be delivered safe and sound to you before Christmas 1945.  We of the 1914-1918 conflict remember the hospitality extended to us and we are determined to try and repay in some small measure that hospitality, and have therefore thrown one clubroom open to all members of the British services.  The writer carried very pleasant memories of the hospitality extended to him by the people of Dartford in late 1916 and early 1917 after leaving Lincoln, where he was a case for 17 weeks.  Your son is well and happy and asked me to send a note of love and remembrance to all.  I conclude with wishing you and all the folks of Dartford a very pleasant and peaceful new year.'  Stoker Hoadley, who is at present in New Zealand, was at one time a member of the Home Guard at Hartley and joined the Royal Navy over 2 years ago."

10 Mar 1945 Home Guard Gravesend Reporter

"Two NCOs of A Company, 19th Batt (Farningham) Kent Home Guard, have been awarded the certificate for good service.  They are CSM F Smith (Longfield) and CQMS John Sale, of Hartley."

10 Mar 1945 Women's Institute Gravesend Reporter

"Social Evening: As the result of a very successful social evening held at the Women's Institute £11 7s 6d was raised for St Dunstan's.  After games and refreshments, the audience was entertained by members of the Women's Institute Drama Group and the Choir.  An amusing ballad version of 'Widdecomb Fair' with a modern flavour left spectators weak with laughter, especially at the antics of the grey mare played by [NAME] (hind part) and [NAME] (front half).  Two sketches 'Granny is 100' and 'Winter in Torquay' were much enjoyed, and the choir concluded with songs from 'The Maid in the Mountains'".

16 Mar 1945 Hartley Parish Council Kent Messenger

"Mr Charles Sizmur presided at the March meeting, when letters were read from Ash Parish Council regarding the proposed revision of omnibus services, and from Mrs Firman regarding the proposed lopping of her tree overhanging the highway.  Mrs Gates reported that at a further meeting of the post-war housing conference, sponsored by Dartford Trades Council, she had been appointed to a rural district committee which would suggest improvements to the rural area and submit a list to the Housing authority.  Captain Bignell pointed out that the chief needs of the district were more good houses, those already owned by the RDC having stood up to blast very well, but the present shortage of labour and material restricted any operations.  Mr Bishop complained of the furring of pipes and the hardness of the water, and it was agreed that the attention of the Mid Kent Water Company be drawn to this."

23 Mar 1945 Plough for Sale Kent Messenger

23 Mar 1945 Local News in Brief Kent Messenger

(1) "Hartley - for sale.  Plot of land, 100 feet x 200 feet on Gorsewood Road, woodland, also a plot on Gorse Way 120 feet by 200 feet, pasture; water and electricity to both sites; price £210 each plot - Coney, Hartley Bottom, Longfield."; (2) For sale: iron horse tractor, plough, cultivator etc, £168 - Free, Castle Hill; (3) "After 10 years as rector of Longfield, Canon Parker is to retire.  From 1912 to 1935, Canon Parker [b 1871] was headmaster of King's School, Rochester, and he and his daughter Miss Norah Parker [1897-1962], intend to live in Rochester after his retirement.  During the war he has taken an active part in Civil Defence duties in Longfield, while Miss Parker has been in charge of the first aid post at Kent House."

24 Mar 1945 Confirmation Service Gravesend Reporter

All Saints: 22 Confirmed

30 Mar 1945 WI Drama Group Kent Messenger

Three one act plays by WI Drama Group. List of those taking part (also in Reporter 31.3.45)

30 Mar 1945 Hartley Parish Council Kent Messenger

"Parish Meeting - on Wednesday last week, Mr Chas Sizmur, chairman of the Parish Council presided, and the clerk, Mr LU Judge, presented the council's report.  This included an account of efforts made to improve the bus service, reported on by Mr Passmore Bishop.  Mrs Gates reported on the Dartford meetings on housing she had attended as delegate from the council.  The future planning of Hartley and merits or demerits of council houses which would be rented on favourable terms was discussed, and the suggestion made that the council should survey the question.  The chairman said the council was now working on this and would report to a parish meeting in due course."

13 Apr 1945 Lost Two Sons in War - Sad News for Hartley Parents Kent Messenger

"News has been received by Mr and Mrs JR Stickland, the Old Downs, Hartley, that their thrid son Cpl Alfred Gordon Stickland, 20 (pictured), has been killed in action in Western Europe.

In March 1941, another son, George Norman Stickland, was killed in an air accident while serving in the RAF.

Educated at Haileybury College, Cpl Stickland joined the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment in September 1942, and was later transferred.  He went abroad in October last year, and was in the 51st Division.

His eldest brother, Capt John Charles Stickland MC RA served through the Malta campaign.

Mr and Mrs Stickland also have a girl and boy still at school." (also mentioned in Times 4.4.1945 and Reporter 14.4.1945)

[14405011 Corporal Stickland 1/7 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment died 24.3.1945 buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Netherlands.  At the time his unit was involved in the battle to cross the Rhine]

13 Apr 1945 Hartley Parish Council Kent Messenger

"Mr Charles Sizmur presided at the monthly meeting on Wednesday last week.  The question of short distance passengers on the Gravesend - Hartley bus service was again discussed.  The clerk read a letter from the Gravesend engineer stating that trees were being lopped or removed from Darnley and Old Dover Road to  permit the use of double deck buses on local services.  This would relieve the pressure of local passengers on the country buses.  The owners of overhanging trees in the Hartley area have expressed their readiness to remove them with the council's assistance.  Mrs Gates reported on the recent meeting in Dartford of the post-war housing committee, which she attended as delegate, and Captain Bignell confirmed that the RDC had been allotted and secured sits for 150 temporary houses in Stone, Swanley and Horton Kirby (50 in each).  The question of permanent houses was deferred for the present.... Reply was received from the Mid Kent Water Company that no further steps could be taken to soften the water supplied to Hartley, and that this was no harder than was common to all chalky districts.  Arrangements were made for the repair and repainting of the council's notice boards on Hoselands Hill and Church Road."

21 Apr 1945 All Saints' Church Organ Gravesend Reporter

(1) All Saints: organ fund for installation costs, donations to ST Carter of Rose Cottage, Church Rd; (2) Country Club Social with the Regal Orchestra; (3) Sgt John Sale of Broomfield, Ash Rd, returns from being POW

27 Apr 1945 John Sale released POW Kent Messenger

Sergeant John Sale returns home after being liberated by Americans from POW camp

28 Apr 1945 Charity Collection Gravesend Reporter

Dr Barnardos house-to-house collection raises £8

28 Apr 1945 Hartley Rabbit Club Gravesend Reporter

Rabbit Club: 1st AGM (Mrs Gates chm; Mrs Withers, sec)

30 Apr 1945 Bedstead for Sale Kent Messenger

"Full size Iron Bedstead with spring and wool mattress - Apply Costen, Homestead [Tor Lodge, Church Road], Hartley, Dartford."

05 May 1945 Hartley Ratepayers Association Gravesend Reporter

question of Hartley School

11 May 1945 VE Day Celebrations Kent Messenger

Caught napping: Hartley, near Gravesend, arranged a meeting for Wednesday night to plan its VE Day celebrations!" (in other words a day after VE Day!)

12 May 1945 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) VE Day celebrations; All Saints Thanksgiving Service (also 19.5.45); (2) Hartley Agricultural Soc - letter from Dr Frederick D Welch of Dalesford

18 May 1945 Rabbits for Sale Kent Messenger

Rabbits and hatching eggs for sale - Townley, Hartley Cottage, Hartley Green

25 May 1945 Hartley Rabbit Club Kent Messenger

First show of Hartley Rabbit Club, list of winners - Mrs R Balchin, Mrs Pentland, Mrs Townley, Jean Gay, Mrs Alexander, Michael Gay, Mrs Hollands.  Reporter 26.5.1945 -  special prize for Mr Alexander of Cavan

25 May 1945 Death of Mrs Geo Day Kent Messenger

"Ebenezer Chapel, Ash was filled with relatives and friends on Tuesday to pay a last tribute to Mrs Day, widow of Mr George Day, who after a service conducted by Rev JD Vigo waw buried there beside her husband.

Mrs Day, who died on Friday, aged 73, was much loved throughout the village, where she took an active part in social life until she was obliged to relinquish her activities during her husband's illness.

The late Mr Day was a magistrate and county councillor, and one of the most prominent men in the public life of the district.

Mr and Mrs Day celebrated their golden wedding in 1941.

Over 50 years ago Mrs Day came as a bride to North Ash Manor, and when, 6 months ago, the manor was sold, whe went to live in a small house in Church Road, Hartley.

Among the flowers at the funeral was a bunch of roses from the old manor garden, sent by the present owners, Dr and Mrs Cressall." (list of mourners and picture of Mrs Day)

08 Jun 1945 Children's Party Kent Messenger

"About 125 children were entertained at a Victory party in the Country Club Hall, which was decorated with red, white and blue flowers.  The tea committee, comprising Mrs McKenzie [b 1907], Mrs Shambrook [1879-1972] and Mrs Phillips were assisted by Mrs Hooper [1869-1959], Mrs Johnes, Miss Ling [1882-1966], Mrs Sizmur, Mrs [1889-1964] and Miss Townley [1918-1991] and Mrs Withers [??-1965].  Mr C Sizmur chairman of the parish counicl and the Rev JW Henderson spoke, and Mrs Gates and Mr Withers organised games.  There was a punch and judy show and ventriloquial and conjouring entertainment.  Before the children went home they had ice cream and lemonade served in bakelite picnic cups which they took away as souvenirs."

08 Jun 1945 Victory Celebrations Kent Messenger

"Hodsoll Street and Ridley held their victory celebrations on Saturday, the chief attaction being a fancy dress parade.  Mr John Bolster brought out his early Edwardian motor car, and the occupants were in period costume.  Mr Bert Graham produced a Victorian chaise, which was occupied by two ladies dressed in early Victorian style.  There was also a penny farthing bicycle.  Nursery Rhymes such as 'Mary had a little lamb', 'The old woman who lived in a shoe', 'Little boy blue', and others were portrayed.  There were many original and picturesque costumes.  Led by [NAME] as Drum Major, the Culverstone band led the procession through Hodsoll Street and back to the meadow, where sports were held.  Mrs Short of Meopham and Mrs Meager of Ash, were the judges and distributed the prizes.  Mrs Claud Goddard of Holywell Park, gave prizes to unsuccessful entrants.  After the sports, tea was served and later there was dancing on the green, Culverstone Band providing the music."

08 Jun 1945 Local News in Brief Kent Messenger

(1) "Home Again: Prisoners of War, Jim Young and George Ripley, both of North Ash, have arrived home."; (2) "Seaside Once More - Members of the [Ash] Social Club and friends spent an enjoyable day at Hastings on Monday."

09 Jun 1945 VE Day Celebrations Gravesend Reporter

(1) Children's VE Party at Country Club (see article); (2) Hartley Players revived

15 Jun 1945 Dogs for Sale Kent Messenger

Daschunds for sale 10 guineas - Brickend, Longfield 2146.

15 Jun 1945 Hartley Parish Council Kent Messenger

"On Wednesday last week, it was reported that the gun pits on Hartley Green will be filled in as soon as labour or volunteers are available.  It was also reported that the relighting by the Southern Railway of the steps at the Ash Road end of the Fawkham Station path was under consideration.  The chairman, Mr C Sizmur, reported on the success of the children's victory party, and it was resolved to send letters of thanks to Mrs McKenzie (WVS), Mrs Phillips (WI) and Mrs Shambrook (Congregational Women's Guild) for their help.  Mrs Gates reported complaints of the collection of the 2.30 post at Hartley PO before the advertised time and the clerk was instructed to write to the Postmaster of Dartford.  Mr Bishop wrote requesting the council to take up with the Food Office the refusal of rations for the children's VE Party, in view of press reports that special rations would be granted for celebrations arranged by public authorities.  He said it was not fair that individuals should give up their own scanty rations, as had been done in Hartley."

22 Jun 1945 Captain Bignell MBE Dartford Chronicle

Capt C S Bignell of Colyton awarded MBE for Civil Defence work (also Reporter 23.6.45)

29 Jun 1945 Two Men Kept Her Talking While Confederates Rifled House Kent Messenger

"Four young men were concerned in a daring daylight robbery at The Gables, Hartley, near Gravesend, the residence of Mrs Newcomb, a widow who is deaf and lives with her two daughters.

The thieves stole a sum of money, and a quantity lof valuable articles, including jewelry, a cigarette lighter, and a wallet of stamps etc.

Mrs Newcomb, who was in th ehouse by herself at the time, answered the back door to two men who requested a drink of water.

While these two men engaged Mrs Newcomb in conversation over their drink of water, two confederates - who had entered the house by the garden door - raided the bedrooms and study.

To make sure the two men she had been talking to found their way to the public footpath, Mrs Newcomb courteously escorted them to the garden gate, where the other two men were waiting.

The four men cordially thanked and said goodbye to Mrs Newcomb, who was not aware of the theft until some time later." (also in Chronicle 29.6.45 and Reporter 30.6.45)

29 Jun 1945 Local News in Brief Dartford Chronicle

(1) Burglary at The Gables, home of Mrs Newcomb; (2) Nigel Fisher, Conservative candidate to speak at Country Club

30 Jun 1945 Crofton - Briggs Wedding Times

Marriage of John Lyndock Moncrieff Crofton [1911-1995] to Rosemary Jean Briggs of Tenbury Wells

30 Jun 1945 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Coop Soc - committee turned out in poll; (2) Bishop of Rochester to visit to baptise Rev Henderson's son

06 Jul 1945 Local News in Brief Dartford Chronicle

(1) Local buses to run an hour later; (2) Summary of war from civil defence viewpoint in Dartford RDC; (3) Engagement of John L Moncrieff, son of Mr & Mrs Crofton of Spinney Corner

07 Jul 1945 General Election 1945 Gravesend Reporter

Election - large audience for Conservative candidate at Country Club

13 Jul 1945 Youths Tricked An Old Lady Kent Messenger

"'It is difficult to think of a more despicable thing than to steal from the house of an old lady of 80 years,' said Mrs M Ling (presiding) at Dartford on Friday, to 3 youths who appeared on a theft charge.

The accused, all of whome came from Rotherhithe were Frederick Donald Chapman [1927-2001], 17, [NAME] 18 and a lad of 16.

All pleaded guilty to stealing articles and cash to the value of £106 10s 10d.

Evidence was given that Mrs Newcombe, aged 80, was alone at The Gables, Hoselands Hill, Hartley on June 20th, when one fo the accused knocked at the door and asked for a drink.  Mrs Newcombe later went from the house to direct the accused on the way to London, and he was met by two other youths.

It was alleged that these 2 youths gained access to Mrs Newcombe's house through a spare room window while the other accused had asked for water.

Det Cons W Bone said he was in Parrock Road, Gravesend, when he saw the accused at the front door of an unoccupied house.  As a result of his interview, they were later charged.

The 16 year old lad was remanded until the next juvenile court, and the two others were remanded for 21 days to appear at the next London Sessions.

Det Cons Bone was commended by the Magistrates."

13 Jul 1945 Hartley Parish Counicl Kent Messenger

"It was agreed on Wednesday last week to write to Capt CS Bignell congratulating him on the award of the MBE, it being the opinion of members that this was most worthily deserved.  It was reported that no reply had been received from the Food Officer to the council's request to purchase rationed foods so that residents might be reimbursed with the rations they gave for the children's victory tea.  A further letter is to be sent asking on what authority the Food Officer declines to issue permits, as it is understood such permits are authorised by the Ministry of Food.  It was reported that £24 6s 8d had been spent on the VE Day Fete, leaving £36 13s 4d to be refunded to the rating authority out the grant of £61.  The postmaster wrote stating that the time of collection of letters from Hartley Post Office had been deferred from 2.30 to 2.40pm.  Members noted with pleasure the improved bus services."

20 Jul 1945 Goat for Sale Kent Messenger

Goat for sale - Glenholm, Ash Road.  Longfield 3161

10 Aug 1945 Northen - Townley Wedding Kent Messenger

Marriage at All Saints' Hartley of Captain Basil Northen RE [1916-1994] of Rutland to Junior Commander Mollie Elizabeth Townley [1923-2016] of Hartley Cottage, where reception for 40 was held.

07 Sep 1945 Author's Cottage? East Kent Gazette

"The roof of a dilapidated stone cottage at Hartley, Gravesend, in which Daniel Defoe is believed to have written 'Robinson Crusoe' has fallen in.  Villagers want the cottage to be restored and a plaque placed on it."

[This is very unlikely to be Defoes Cottage, as it was probably built in the early c19th]

02 Oct 1945 Shooting Charge Daily Mirror

"Lieutenant Leonard John Michael Burns [1920-1999], 25, of the Wiltshire regiment, stationed at Wrotham pre-OCTU training camp, Kent, was remanded at Northfleet yesterday, charged with shooting [NAME] of Manor Drive, Hartley near Gravesend in the foot.  It was stated that Burns was talking to friends, including [NAME], in an inn when he told them he was in trouble, pulled out a revolver and fired it."

13 Oct 1945 Horse Racing Times

F Winter of Longfield racing owner/trainer?

04 Jan 1946 House for Sale at Hartley Gravesend Reporter

For Sale: modern bungalow (2b, 2r,bath,kitchen,200' gdn) £950

18 Jan 1946 National Farmers Union Gravesend Reporter

Film of local farms shown at Dartford NFU

08 Feb 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Dartford RDC oppose Meopham new town, preferring for Hartley, Longfield at Kingsdown to be developed as larger villages; (2) 423 bus to have improved peak hours service, Sunday am buses restored

15 Feb 1946 Church Field, Fawkham Gravesend Reporter

Fawkham: building scheme for Church Field by Sir Thomas Hohler rejected by RDC, because of ample land for development at Hartley

08 Mar 1946 KCC Election Gravesend Reporter

KCC elections: GE Leavey (ind) wins Dartford Rural E; Hartley ballot; box had to be rescued from snow drift at Kingsdown

15 Mar 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Percival L Harris [1900-1983], summoned by wife Mary [prob 1896-1968] of Stack Rd for desertion; (2) Longfield Young Farmers: Vera Glover (chm); cttee incl Kenneth Glover

18 Mar 1946 Child Missing for 20 Minutes, Found dead on Live Rail Daily Mirror

"A child aged 2 years 8 months, John Alistair McDonald was found dead on a live raid on the Southern Railway line north of Fawkham Station, near Gravesend, Kent.  John had been missing from his home at Hartley Old Rectory, Longfield, only 20 minutes."  (Reporter 29.3.46 mentions inquest)

05 Apr 1946 Parish Council Election Gravesend Reporter

Parish Council election results: James Grieve [1882-1968] tops poll with 166 votes

26 Apr 1946 Obituary of Sir Thomas Hohler Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of Sir Thomas Hohler of Fawkham Manor

10 May 1946 Hartley Players Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Players: "Children to Bless You"

05 Jul 1946 Claremont, Church Road Gravesend Reporter

Robert R Wilson [1898-1971] cleared of building Claremont, Church Rd too big

05 Jul 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Planning appeal by LJ Griffin [1914-2000] of Maxwelton, Church Rd against Dartford RDC's refusal to allow him to build on his plot at Gorsewood Rd.  Reporter 30.8.1946 reported that the appeal had been allowed; (2) Paper renamed "Dartford and Crayford Chronicle"

12 Jul 1946 Murder at Fawkham Gravesend Reporter

Murder of Sheila Martin (11) at Stony Field Wood, Fawkham (cont'd 19/7 and 16/8)

18 Jul 1946 Road Accident Daily Mirror

"Bus with 30 land girls aboard, crashed through a shop wall at Longfield, Kent, yesterday, when avoiding a cyclist, and pulled up at the counter.  Nobody hurt."

26 Jul 1946 Maintenance Arrears Gravesend Reporter

William J Gillman [1886-1962] in arrears of maintenance for wife Evelyn [1880-1968] of Acacia Gorse Way

02 Aug 1946 Pea Picking in Kent Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

"Pickers, here at work near Longfield, are paid 4 shillings for a 40lb bag.  A family of 8 recently earned £86 in another part of the county" (picture of the pickers at work in Longfield on Brickfield opposite approximately 225 Main Road)

16 Aug 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Boundary Commission reccomends Dartford RDC should be in Dartford Const; (2) Ronald Rich [1920-2009] of Longfield - illegally sold roller loaned by Hubert Gladish [1890-1966] of Church Rd; (3) Prize winning spaniel of Mrs Dorracott [prob 1909-1980]: "Philemon of Thatchend"

20 Sep 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) All Saints/Congr Ch/Social Centre fete at Hartley Manor, rain; (2) Minor Changes to timetables of 423 and 490a

04 Oct 1946 Dedication of Organ Gravesend Reporter

All Saints': dedication of organ; harvest festival

11 Oct 1946 Hartley Parish Council Gravesend Reporter

Parish Council: complaints about postal service and derilict orchards

18 Oct 1946 Brands Hatch Gravesend Reporter

"Motor Car Racing at Brands Hatch?" (motorcycle circuit then) 15.11.46

13 Nov 1946 Furniture for Sale Times

Mr Dallen is selling furniture

15 Nov 1946 All Saints' Parish Magazine Gravesend Reporter

Parish Magazine to be revived

22 Nov 1946 Inefficient Brakes Gravesend Reporter

Walter E Busby [prob 1897-1970], Chelsham Church Rd: inefficient brakes

13 Dec 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Players "Charity begins...." a triumph; (2) All Saints: sale of work at WI hall raises £100

13 Dec 1946 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hubert W Gladdish of Stocks Farm, fined £24 for taking car; (2) Case against 15 year old girl for brawling in bus queue dismissed

25 Jan 1947 House for Sale at Hartley Gravesend Reporter

Homefield, Ash Road/Stack Lane advertised for sale

01 Feb 1947 MP Visit Gravesend Reporter

MP for Chislehurst, G D Wallace [1906-2003] addresses constituents in Hartley

08 Feb 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Compulsory Purchase notice for land in Merton Avenue; (2) Youth club AGM - membership up from 21 to 38; (3) Marriage of Pamela Symons [b 1920] of Fairby Lane in India; (4) For sale: building plots in Ash Rd

15 Feb 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Parish council complains of RDC's plans for council house allocation; (2) WI - 26th birthday, details; (3) Marriage of Dorothy Talbot [1920-2000] of The Winnatts, Manor Drive to Dr J L Jenman [1923-2007] of Elizabeth Cottage, Gorse Way

22 Feb 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Opening of Childrens' Clinic at WI Hall, weds 2-4; (2) Womens Conservative Meeting attended by 40 despite atrocious weather; (3) Social Centre: lecture on leoprosy in Africa; (4) Adult Education lecture: Post War Czechlosovakia

01 Mar 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Country Club AGM - retirement of CS Bignell as Hon Secretary; (2) Marriage of Dr Elizabeth Jenman [b 1919] of Elizabeth Cottage, Gorse Way; (3) Dartford RDC - tributes to CS Bignell on his retirement

08 Mar 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Rabbit club to be wound up; (2) WI Drama Group, 3 one act plays features first male actor

22 Mar 1947 House for Sale at Hartley Gravesend Reporter

For Sale: 3 bed house, 5acres, 300 fruit trees - £3,400 freehold

29 Mar 1947 Hartley Conservatives Gravesend Reporter

Conservative fete at Hartley Manor to be opened by Miss Hornsby-Smith [1914-1985]

19 Apr 1947 Country Club Gravesend Reporter

Country Club - application for widening of food licence refused

26 Apr 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Fairby High School: accident to [NAME]; (2) Social Centre Concert: features BBC accompanyist [NAME]

03 May 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Social Centre: concert featuring Eve Maxwell-Lyte [1908-1955], singer [She was best known for folk songs and shortly before her appearance in Hartley had appeared on television.  She was also a descendant of the Rev Lyte who wrote the hymn 'Abide with Me'.  An example of her singing is on YouTube]; (2) Country Club: 21st anniversary event on 10th May

08 May 1947 For Sale The Stage

"New 4ft wardrobe trunk £10; American Trunk £5; Large Feather Fan £5; lovely complete CP Fit up £30.  Bassano, Hartley, Dartford"

10 May 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Players: "Ladies in Retirement" (details - 31.5.47); (2) Ratepayers Assn: SW Willsmore [1903-1971] of Copthorne, Ash Rd to be chairman; (3) Buses: additional Gravesend-Ash bus at 4.09 for children considered

17 May 1947 Hartley Manor Farm for Sale Gravesend Reporter

Advert for auction of Hartley manor Farm

24 May 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) [NAME] of Elderberry Cott, Gorse Way - speeding charge; (2) Social Centre, application to serve refreshments refused

31 May 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Conservative Fete: details and picture; (2) Whit Sunday. at All Saints' and Congregational Church; (3) Changes to routes 423, 489, 490/490A

14 Jun 1947 Editor of Gravesend Reporter Gravesend Reporter

Reporter Outing presided over by managing editor, Mr A Witt [1886-1961] of Fairby Lane]

21 Jun 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) New pews at Hartley Church; (2) RC School: Stage show at Country Club; producer: Sister Camillus

19 Jul 1947 Food Licence Refused Gravesend Reporter

Mrs Willmott of Highlands: application for catering licence refused.  Reporter 20.9.47 - appeal dismissed

19 Jul 1947 Local News In Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Rectory Fete raises £129: details; (2) Mrs Willmott of Highlands: application for catering licence refused

16 Aug 1947 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Marriage of Sheila F Witt [1919-1991] of Treetops (picture); (2) Sunday School outing to Sheerness

23 Aug 1947 Vehicle Unserviceable Gravesend Reporter

Thomas Graham [b 1911] of Fairby Lane - vehicle owned not in servicable condition

18 Sep 1947 House for Sale at Hartley Times

Sale of Hartley Manor Farm House by order of David Bune; 4 bed, 3 recept, 1 bath 2 acres

20 Sep 1947 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of W Richards of Ash Rd (68); (2) Social Club Dance (with Alan Argent's Band); Country Club Tennis Dance (with Happy Days Band)

04 Oct 1947 Hartley Social Centre Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre: 12 talks on Musical Appreciation at Amphion

11 Oct 1947 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Youth Club Dance; Local MP at Social Club; (2) [NAME] of Black Lion - speeding

18 Oct 1947 Hartley Conservatives Gravesend Reporter

Dance to celebrate 100th member of Young Conservatives

25 Oct 1947 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre: Bromley Baptist Church Choir; Country Club: amateur boxing tournament

01 Nov 1947 All Saints' Church Gravesend Reporter

St Lukes-tide Music and Arts festival at Hartley and Fawkham Churches includes choir concerts at both churches, art exhibition at WI Hall

15 Nov 1947 Social Club Gravesend Reporter

Social Club: advert for dance with Jack Cosgrove's Band

22 Nov 1947 Hartley Players Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Players: autumn show cancelled due to lack of male players

29 Nov 1947 Roads News Gravesend Reporter

(1) Percy W Dennis [1894-1962] of Clifton, Ash Road - speeding; (2) Motorcycle Accident on Hoselands Hill

06 Dec 1947 Obituary of Charles Humphrey Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of Charles Humphrey (86)

20 Dec 1947 Parliamentary Boundary Review Gravesend Reporter

Boundary Commission: Hartley to be part of Orpington constituency

27 Dec 1947 Women's Institute Gravesend Reporter

WI Play at Country Club: Wedding Eve Melodrama, details

03 Jan 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) All Saints: big increase in Christmas Communicants; details of festival of 9 Lessons and Carols; (2) Church Rd: fire at house due to faulty wiring

10 Jan 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Wedding and picture of [NAME] of The Gables [Ash Road]; (2) Babies Clinic - Christmas party

17 Jan 1948 Sunday School Gravesend Reporter

Sunday School Play, includes list of performers

07 Feb 1948 Hartley Social Centre Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre - talk by Elise Sprott "London Calls the world"

14 Feb 1948 Hartley Conservatives Gravesend Reporter

Women Conservatives AGM - 257 members, president Mrs Hohler

21 Feb 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Social Centre: film called "Iron Duke"; (2) Country Club: famous flautist John Amadio performs; (3) Social Club Dance with Alan Argent's Dance Band

28 Feb 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Wedding of Vera Rose Willis of Fairby Cottages; snowy day; (2) Congregational Church: 40 attend social event in hall; (3) Social Centre: talk on South Africa

07 Mar 1948 Country Club Gravesend Reporter

Arts Council Concert at Country Club: John Amadio on flute

07 Mar 1948 Hartley Parish Council Gravesend Reporter

Parish council: plans for local entrant to "Miss Dartford"; Reporter 7.8.48  No Hartley entrant in "Miss Dartford"

13 Mar 1948 Probate Notice Times

Probate notice of John George Baxter formerly of Hoselands Hill, but lately of Gravesend

20 Mar 1948 Plots for Sale Gravesend Reporter

Messrs Winnett - for sale: 200' deep plots on unmade road: £2 per ft

27 Mar 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Dances at Social Club (Bill Colemans Band) & Country club (silver star band); (2) Social Centre Play "Down on the Farm" at WI hall; (3) All Saints -Stainer's Crucifixion by Hartley & Fawkham choirs; (4) Naturalist Club - talk by League against cruel sports

03 Apr 1948 Obituary of John Warren Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of John T Warren of hartley Manor Farm (62)

03 Apr 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Players: production cancelled due to illness; All Saints - Church packed for Easter Sunday service

10 Apr 1948 St Joseph's School Gravesend Reporter

St Joseph's School: fire destroys shed

10 Apr 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Marriage of Ella Reeves of Sherard, Gorse Way; "Comedy at Hartley" - description of WI's 3 one act plays

17 Apr 1948 All Saints' Church Gravesend Reporter

Total of 562 articles of clothing for Rev Henderson's Clothes for Europe appeal

24 Apr 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Wedding of Eileen Cheary [prob 1926-2013] of 2 Darenth Cottages; (2) Youth Club Dance in Social Club Hall (Alan Argent's Band)

08 May 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Dr Barnados collection raises £10; United Nations Appeal £9

19 May 1948 Probate Notice Times

Probate notice for claims on estate of Lucy Smith of Oakdene

29 May 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) NSPCC collection raises £19; (2) Mothers Union "Wave of Prayer" at All Saints 4-6pm, 5th June

05 Jun 1948 Dartford Rural District Council Gravesend Reporter

Discussions re: merger of Dartford BC and Dartford RDC

12 Jun 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Suspected unexploded AA shell found at Southdown, Hartley Bottom; (2) All Saints - 17 confirmation candidates (see also 19.6.48); (3) Young Conservatives AGM attended by 40, chairman: MA Metcalfe [1911-2004]

03 Jul 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Children sent to Fawkham School by taxi after unsolved murder at Fawkham Green; (2) Dancing display by pupils of [NAME]; (3) Tragic death on Lesley Ann Hart (5) of Lal-Bagh, Church Rd, electrocuted on railway

17 Jul 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Congregational Church wedding of [NAMES] of Longfield

24 Jul 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Youth Club easily win local sports tournament at Wombwell Hall

31 Jul 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Rectory Fete raises £120 - details; (2) [NAME] of Friezland, Gorse Way - careless driving

21 Aug 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

New Barn man fined for shooting dog of [NAME] of Gorsewood Road

28 Aug 1948 Bus Improvements Gravesend Reporter

Improvements to 423, 489a and 490 routes

11 Sep 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Accident to driver with Hartley water Company; (2) Local Arts Council concerts features Canadian soprano, Ann Watt

25 Sep 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) [NAME] (24) of Hill view, Hartley Bottom-injured in road accident: (2) Hartley Players to perform "Fresh Fields" by Ivor Novello

02 Oct 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Arts Circle: exhibition of work at WI Hall; (2) Social Club Dance (Alan Argent's Band); (3) All Saints' Harvest Festival

09 Oct 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) CJ Gadd [1893-1969] of Monksilver, Ash Road, appointed Keeper of Egyptian & Assyrian Antiquities at British Museum; (2) All Saints: choir performs Cantata "Daughter of Moab"; (3) Conservative Club farewell to Pat Hornsby-Smith (picture); (4) Compulsory purchase order for land at Haverstock Drive & Silverdale

16 Oct 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) 5 building licences granted for work at Hartley; (2) All Saints: many requests for repeat of Cantata

23 Oct 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Cricketer Weds ([NAME] of New Barn)

04 Nov 1948 Food For Britain Otago Daily Times

"Final Song, Town Hall, Wednesday, November 10, 1948, Proeeds: FOOD FOR BRITAIN.  Admission free, but you can reserve a seat for 1s at Begg's on Friday, November 5.

A great programme for a great cause is being arranged.  Famous trio in charge - Demmy, Himmy, Alfie.

Extract from a letter: 'Bay Lodge, Hartley, Dartford, June 8, 1948.  I am a widow of a New Zealander who came to fight.  He hoped to return to God's Own Country, but passed away before that could happen.  I received today your lovely parcel, and am truly thankful for your extremely lovingkindness to the people of England.  We all think you are wonderful.  Yours very sincerely, Emmeline Waite."

[People from the Commonwealth were enormously generous in sending food parcels to Britain at this time]

06 Nov 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Ash Road: complaints of speeding traffic; (2) BR refusing to fence railway (see 3.7.48); (3) Lecture by Dr Geoffrey Bush on "Henry Purcell" at Amphion [Avalon], Ash Road; (4) Article by "AEE" - 'So This is Hartley'

13 Nov 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of William S Day of 5 Ash Rd (road accident); (2) Country Club - 250 attend members night (Majestic Stars from Gravesend and Silver Star Band)

20 Nov 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Bankruptcy of Robert R Burnsten-Wilson of Claremont Church Rd, trading as Beehive Building Company (see also 25.12.48); (2) Fairby Grange - concern over fate in NHS reforms

04 Dec 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of Robert Shorter (93) of Ambleside, Ash Rd; (2) Badminton Club Dance (Skyliners Dance Band)

11 Dec 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of Hedley Symons of Fairby Lane; (2) Cricket Club AGM attended by Les Ames (President A Witt)

18 Dec 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) "Teas and Morning Coffees at Last" at Hartley Post Office; (2) Sermon by Rev W T Jones of CMS at All Saints; (3) Messrs Winnetts: double fronted brick built modern shop: £3,000

25 Dec 1948 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) All Saints: 9 Lessons and Carols; readers include F Tate; (2) Convent School Concert at Country Club: list of performers; (3) Three Plays performed by WI - details; (4) Youth Club Dance (Alan Argent's Dance Band)

01 Jan 1949 Greyhounds Wanted Limerick Leader

"English Advertiser requires top class dogs only.  Distance 460 to 700 yards.  Communications to W O'Riordan (Licensed NGRC Trainer), Clifton Kennels, Hartley, Dartford, Kent, England.  Phone Longfield 3232"

[Clifton Kennels was where Green Way is today]

15 Jan 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre & Naturalists Clubs parties

22 Jan 1949 Dennis Wedding Gravesend Reporter

(1) Wedding of Gladys May Dennis [b 1907] of The Elms, Ash Rd; (2) Childrens' Party attended by 140

29 Jan 1949 Sunday School Outing Gravesend Reporter

Sunday School visit to Chatham Theatre

29 Jan 1949 Pratt Wedding Gravesend Reporter

Peggy Sylvester Pratt [b 1923] of Downs View, married at Dartford Reg Office

29 Jan 1949 Alexander - Bigwood Wedding Gravesend Reporter

Marriage of [NAME] of Elderberry Cottage, Gorse Way to Alan Alexander (b 1919) of Cavan, Church Rd

29 Jan 1949 Choral Society Founded Gravesend Reporter

Choral Society: inaugural performance at WI Hall

05 Feb 1949 Council Houses Gravesend Reporter

Tenders invited by Dartford RDC to build 26 houses at Ash Rd

12 Feb 1949 Hartley Social Centre Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre: lecture and film "Young Mr Pitt"

12 Feb 1949 Dances Gravesend Reporter

Dances at Hockey Club and Social Club

19 Feb 1949 Industrial Injury Gravesend Reporter

Thomas Stevens of Downs View (56) injured working on a farm

19 Feb 1949 Young Conservatives Gravesend Reporter

Young Conservatives Play "While the Sun Shines " big success

05 Mar 1949 Merger of Dartford Borough and District Proposed Gravesend Reporter

Dartford BC proposes taking over rural dist except Southfleet

05 Mar 1949 Burglary at Ash Road Gravesend Reporter

Break in at Messrs Pilley & Talbot, The Parade, Ash Rd

05 Mar 1949 Missionary Work Gravesend Reporter

Miss Mary Edmunds [d 2009] in going to India with CMS

[Her obituary says she grew up in Meopham and went to Gravesend Girls Grammar, and worked as a teacher at St Thomas Girls School at Basharwa, where she also ran the school hostel from 1948 to 1979, when she returned to look after her mother]

05 Mar 1949 Bungalows for Sale Gravesend Reporter

Bungalows for sale at £2,950 and £4,200

19 Mar 1949 Failed to Stop at Lights Gravesend Reporter

Frank Woodall [b 1926] of Ash Rd - case of not stopping at traffic lights

19 Mar 1949 Women's Institute Gravesend Reporter

WI - Jane Austen Talk in costume by [NAME]

26 Mar 1949 Hartley Parish Council Gravesend Reporter

Apathetic Ratepayers - only 4 attend parish meeting

26 Mar 1949 Hartley Players Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Players "Lady from Edinburgh". (picture ,& report 16.4.49)

02 Apr 1949 Country Club Cricket Gravesend Reporter

Letter from [NAME] bemoaning lack of young cricketers coming forward in spite of excellent facilities at Country Club

09 Apr 1949 Gorsewood Road Development Gravesend Reporter

Gorsewood Rd - minister overrules RDC and allows development

09 Apr 1949 Girls Friendly Society Gravesend Reporter

All Saints - 43 people enrolled into Girls Friendly Society

16 Apr 1949 KCC Election Gravesend Reporter

Kcc election, Dartford Rural East won by F Goodwin (C) with 2,377 votes, a 1,400 majority over socialist candidate

16 Apr 1949 Church Choir Gravesend Reporter

All Saints - Stainer's Crucifixion by choir of Hartley and Fawkham

16 Apr 1949 Dr Barnados Gravesend Reporter

Dr Barnados raises £9.12s

26 Apr 1949 Flying Officer Edwards Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

"Family notice - Edwards - killed in action on April 26, 1945 over Fedje Fjord, Norway, F/O William John Edwards, RAAF, aged 25 years, only son of Mrs S T Edwards, husband of Jean MS Edwards, of Longfield, Kent, England and father of Christine.  To his dear memory."

30 Apr 1949 All Saints' APCM Gravesend Reporter

Vestry Meeting: FE Todd & WR Solly reelected churchwardens

30 Apr 1949 Labour Party AGM Gravesend Reporter

Longfield & Hartley Labour Party AGM attended by only 20

30 Apr 1949 When War Came to Hartley Gravesend Reporter

When War Came to Hartley by AE Edward (about battle of 1554)

07 May 1949 Local Weddings Gravesend Reporter

Marriages of Elizabeth R Appleton of The Stoep; Margaret & Frederick Graham (to live at Forge Cott); May M Sizmur

07 May 1949 Obituary of Henry Fielder Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of Henry W Fielder, postmaster 1930-47

14 May 1949 T Graham & Co Auction Gravesend Reporter

Auction of lorry and 300 other lots of T Graham & Co of Fairby Lane

21 May 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) WVS offers transport to local hospitals; (2) Marriage of Constance A Greenaway of 1 The Parade (picture)

28 May 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Buses: improved connections at Fawkham Station on 489/490/490A; (2) Gravesend & Dist Building trades Assn meeting - local members successful in tenders for Dartford RDC at Hartley

04 Jun 1949 St John's Lane Widening Gravesend Reporter

Compulsory Purchase notice for land for passing places at St Johns Lane

18 Jun 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Gerald Edwards of Ash Rd recovering in hospital after accident; (2) Break in at Hartley Cooperative Stores, cigarettes etc stolen

25 Jun 1949 Hartley Pumping Station Gravesend Reporter

Hartley Water Committee: notice of intention to sink new borehole

08 Jul 1949 Cats for Sale Sevenoaks Chronicle

"Siamese Kittens by Champion Slades cross Shahid ex Safphire Belle, 5 and 6 guineas.  Payne, ST Adwen, Hartley, Near Dartford, Kent.  Phone Longfield 2117

09 Jul 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Hartley Women Conservatives 25th anniversary; 280+ members; (2) Dartford RDC - 26 houses at Hartley to cost £29,722 [Hoselands View, Wellfield, Larksfield]; (3) Rectory Garden fete - detail

16 Jul 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Obituary of JR Stickland (61) - 25 years resident at Old Downs; (2) Social Centre Garden Party - details

16 Jul 1949 Keep it Dark, Say the Women of the Village Daily Mirror

"Housewives in the winding, old world village of Hartley (Kent), population 568, thoroughly enjoy an evening stroll in the lightless streets by moonlight.  If ever it was decided to bring the place up to date with street lighting it wouldn't be nearly the same, they say.  They like to see their neighbour's windows lit up.

'We like it that way.  It makes the place look bright and cheerful' say 80 members of the local Women's Institute.

'It would be a shame if Hartley nights were spoiled by street lights.  So towny...'  Mrs Irene Wall [1913-1958] of Church Road, told the Daily Mirror yesterday, 'There are no streetlights anywhere in the village, but we don't want any.  There are no pavements so we have no kerbs to trip over.  Most of us carry torches in our bags on dark nights.'  What about the children? Say their mothers, 'Bus stop near our houses.  They are safe enough'."

23 Jul 1949 Post War Development Gravesend Reporter

Is Hartley's Rural Charm Doomed? (C Lynton-Harris)

30 Jul 1949 Hartley Conservatives Gravesend Reporter

Womens' Conservative Association - 120 visit Chartwell

07 Aug 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Mothers Union - 23 in trip to Canterbury; (2) 6 acres of corn destroyed by fire at Hartley Manor Farm (& 20.8.49)

20 Aug 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Graham Willmott (50) of Ash Rd - caused obstruction with; (2) Auction sale of 350 lots of furniture etc from Old Downs

27 Aug 1949 Sunday School Gravesend Reporter

Sunday School outing to Herne Bay

03 Sep 1949 Obituary of Kezia Richard Gravesend Reporter

Obituary of Kezia Richard (71) of Black Lion Cottages

10 Sep 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Gorsewood Road - application by A Hitchcock for caravan site; (2) Father P C Scally to be new RC priest

17 Sep 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Parish Council prefers names Wellfield, Larksfield; (2) All Saints - CMS collection raises £16.12.4

23 Sep 1949 Fawkham Manor for Sale Kent & Sussex Courier

"Lofts and Warner - Never Before on the Market.  By Direction of G Hohler esq.  Kent on the Downs.  Adjoining Fawkham Station and the Village of Longfield.

The important Freehold agricultural property - The Fawkham Manor Estate.  Comprising Fawkham Manor, with 14 principal and secondary bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, suite of reception rooms, good offices.  Main electricity and water, central heating, garage, stabling, 3 lodges.  Magnificently timbered gardens.

Five dairy and mixed farms, being: Hill Barn Farm, Scudders Farm, Churchdown Farm, West York (sic) Farm and Pennis Farm.  All with farm houses and buildings.  Two secondary residences.  Numerous other cottages and small holdings and market gardens.  250 acres valuable woodlands and plantations.  In all about 1,000 acres.  Much with vacant possession.

Lofts and Warner will offfer the above by auction in suitable lots on 27 September next at the Bull Hotel, Dartford if not previously sold...."

24 Sep 1949 Social Club Gravesend Reporter

RAF "Gagbusters" perform at Social Club

01 Oct 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Protest meeting against Hartley, Longfield, New Barn becoming an overspill town of 5,000 from Dartford. (letter 8.10.49); (2) New Labour Parliamentary Candidate at Institute Hall; (3) All Saints crowded for Harvest Festival

15 Oct 1949 Hartley Social Centre Gravesend Reporter

Social Centre Symposium "Hartley Early Days" by older residents

19 Oct 1949 House for Sale at Hartley Times

Sale of 8 bed house & 8 acres by Coney for £10,500

19 Oct 1949 Jerseys at Reading Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

English Jersey Cattle Society Autumn Show has picture of Fawkham Cherry 2nd, born Feb 1945 by Fawkham Emperor out of Buckhurst Cherry, shown by Houlding Brothers.  Sold for 460 guineas, top price on 1st day.

29 Oct 1949 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter

(1) Record pear and apple crop at Hartley; (2) Charles Appleton made fellow of Royal Geographical Society; (3) Arts Society concert at Congregational Hall: Madeline Phol pianist etc; (4) Youth Club Dance (len Russell's Band)

30 Dec 1949 Dogs for Sale Times

Poodle pups for sale from 10 gns, by Arnold

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