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 …



Whitfield within living memory (part 1) – by Daphne Argent

The following article was written by Daphne Argent, and was published in the January 1999 issue of the magazine ‘Bygone Kent’.  Read more about the village in ‘Whitfield within living memory (Part 2)’ The introduction to an article often recalls the early years of a century but as the date of my own birth in the 1930s recedes further and …