Joe and May HOPPER – ’50 Wonderful Years’

The following is an article originally printed in the Dover Express & East Kent News on Friday 16th July, 1976. It was at her brother’s wedding reception that May Groombridge first met the man who was to be her husband.  The reception was at her parents’ home, and Joe Hopper arrived – in his cricket flannels!  He had been playing cricket …



Whitfield within living memory (part 2) by Daphne Argent

The following article was written by Daphne Argent, and was published in the February 1999 issue of the magazine ‘Bygone Kent’. It follows on from ‘Whitfield within living memory (Part 1)’. Whitfield, near Dover, was a rural community, with much employment being on the land. Agriculture does not allow for set finishing times or holidays and so for many people …



Rosalind Thorne (1890-?) – nanny to a Flying Ace

Rosalind THORNE (b1890) – Rosalind (‘Sis’) was a nanny to the Ball family in Highbury Vale, Nottingham and Nanny to Albert Ball, who went on to be one of Britain’s First War fighter ace, receiving the VC before being killed in combat.

George Jenner (1872-1964) – Mayor of Rochester

George JENNER (1872-1964) – Starting from nothing he opened a bookshop, then another and continued doing so until he had newsagents outlets throughout the Medway Towns. He was mayor of Rochester in 1931 and on ‘Royal Day’ – 22 June 1931 –  he welcomed HRH Prince George to the opening ceremony of the Rochester Historical Pageant in grounds of Rochester …