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From the Folkestone Herald Published 24 February 2000

60 years

ROBERT Turrell, known to family and friends as Bob, is an old boy of George Spurgen School, Folkestone, and he has shown me another photograph of children evacuated to Wales in the Second World War.

This time it is an outing picture of children of George Spurgen School who were billeted in Nelson, Glamorgan.

george Spurgen School pupils

This is the photograph sent in by Robert Turrell of an outing to Caerphilly Castle of children of George Spurgen School who were billeted in Nelson, Glamorgan after their evacuation to Wales.


The group are pictured during a visit to Caerphilly Castle, in 1941. Bob, 72, who lives in Rossendale Road, Folkestone, was born in 1927 and was a pupil of George Spurgen School from 1934 until shortly after the picture was taken.

In November 1941 he returned to Folkestone and started work for Jenners the builders.

Bob is seated on the cart second from the left, in the centre, between Ray Burstow, who later had a grocers shop in Dover Road near where it joins Tontine Street, opposite the new health centre, and Len Lawrence, while Stuart Thurlow, seated lower down is on the right.

The three lads at the back, from the left, are John Fagg, the next, wearing a cap, Bob thinks is Stan Moore and Frank Hopper is on the right.

In front are George Moore and Liam Goss. Sadly, says Bob, some of the lads have passed on, but George Moore lives in Phillip Road, Cheriton, he says.


Fishing links.

Bob was apprenticed as a carpenter and worked for Jenners for 10 years before moving to work for Corbens, of Dover, for six years and then worked three years for Charliers during which they were working on homes built in a new street - Castle Road - at Saltwood, in what had been a field.

The son of William Turrell and his wife Ann (nee Hart), Bob and his wife Betty (nee Tunbridge) have two sons, Alan and Ian, and five grandchildren whose ages range from six to 20. Bob is connected to the Folkestone fishing and boating family of Saunders, Jack Saunders being the nephew of his grandmother Elizabeth Turrell (nee Saunders.) On his mother’s side, his grandfather, Harry Hart, came from Dover.


Our Dover Road School evacuees photograph published in Memories on January 27 was of special interest to Kenneth Care, 73, of Roman Way, Folkestone, who tells me the photograph was taken at Llandenny, in Monmouthshire.

Dover Road School Children 1940

ABOVE: One of the Dover Road photos of children who were evacuated to Wales early in the Second World War. This picture appeared in The Story of a School - Dover Road, 1835-1958 which the school published in 1958 when it was settling in to its new school at Park Farm. It appeared in Memories on January 27 when I told of the reunion of a small group of former evacuees in Folkestone.


Ken should know, he is in the picture, and so are his two brothers, Jim and Colin, both of whom still live in Folkestone.

The teacher, he says, was Mr Blunt and, from right to left in the back row the children were Challis, Kenneth Care, ‘Billy’ ?, Cyril Bevan, and then three he can’t remember.

In the front, also reading from the right, were Toby, — ? Jim Care, Colin Care, a girl named Challis; the other names he has forgotten.

The brother and sister named Challis and Colin Care stayed at a house called The Raglan, while Ken and his brother Jan stayed at a farm called something like Pergo.

On leaving school Ken did building work for S. J. Clark before joining the Army and spending two and half years in the Grenadier Guards.

Ken then returned to building work until he retired in 1991.

Ken and his late wife Joan (ne e Cordon) had two sons, John and Craydon.

I am pleased to receive a steady flow of readers’ letters and pictures for the Memories page. Please keep it up and don’t forget those early postcards!


UK’s oldest fire brigade, at Hythe celebrates.

THE EDITOR of the Folkestone Express wrote a strong editorial In favour of the round-the-coast tramway plan and suggested the Town Council was out of touch with the feeling of the people who seemed mostly to be In favour of the scheme. He also wrote that fears a tramway would reduce the value of property I the west end of the town were groundless. Oldest fire service In the UK Hythe Fire Brigade celebrated Its 98th anniversary with a dinner at the Swan Hotel, with Capt Cobb In the chair as Honorary Captain following retirement after 40 years service. New commander was Capt Ashdown. The same week Folkestone firemen gave a demonstration of Its steam fire engine called George Spurgen, after the chairman of the Folkestone Water Co. There were more casualties in the Boer War in an action at the notorious strongpoint, Spion’s Kop. Among them was Capt Naunton Vertue, of the East Kent Regt, on the staff of General Buller. Brigade Major of the 10th Brigade he served under General Woodgate and was for four years adjutant of his battalion. Many of the officers who had been killed or wounded recently had local family connections.



New Lyminge cattle market a threat to Cheriton one?

For years and years, more than a generation in fact, Folkestone Town Council argued the merits of building a band pavilion In the town to boost summer holiday attractions In the town. Many of the objections being to the burden on the rates. Then, when the principle was agreed, and Parliamentary consent obtained to spend up to 100,000, commented the Herald editor, they were suddenly advertising for not one, but two pavilions. One was a stand-alone one at the east end of Marine Gardens, by the seashore, and the other part of the changes planned at what became the Leas Cliff Hall. The editor doubted whether the Leas Cliff Hall plan would give the town what it needed, or whether the council would give the go-ahead, when the costs were known. Three broadsheet pages were taken up by the House of Olby, wholesale builders' merchants, announcing the opening of their Folkestone branch, in Dover Road, under the managership of Capt Fred Spencer. The business was founded by Alfred Olby of Ramsgate in 1875, and he was joined by his three sons. Felix posed the question: Was Cheriton cattle market doomed? The question was prompted by the opening of a new market at Lyminge with access to the old Elham Valley Railway. Was their room for both, he asked.



Sandgate Castle suffers serious storm damage.

THE OLD Folkestone & Hythe Gazette published disturbing pictures of more coastal damage caused by winter storms at Sandgate Castle where part of the outer wall and a section of a bastion collapsed onto the seashore. Would you believe It, Folkestone's gas works In 1858 was at the top of the beach close to the site of the later Switchback Railway and the entrance to the old Victoria Pier? A photograph of the area and the dockside buildings, including what appears to be the old Pavilion Hotel (now the Bursting dating from 1858, was published In the Herald's midweek paper, the Folkestone & Hythe Gazette, 50 years ago. Sadly the picture Is no longer In the possession of this paper. Years ago a member of staff presented a collection of pictures to either the Public Library or the Museum without first having copies made! Hopes of staging the South Eastern Grass Track Championship races at Folkestone were expressed at the annual dinner of Folkestone Motor Cycle Club at the Wampach Hotel. Secretary of Sittingbourne & District MCC said the Folkestone club was both one of the oldest and best clubs In grass track racing. Local families were mourning the death of Stephen Thomas Binfield, 84, of Dover Road. The Folkestone Binfields recorded in the parish church records back to 1650.



Fishermen step up battle to save their small fleet.

ANGRY fishermen threatened to blockade the port as they stepped up their campaign to save their little fishing fleet against Government discrimination against small boats. It came only weeks after French fishermen blocked the entrance to French ports In a dispute over Imported fish. The militant seamen were owners of boats below the 40ft minimum size necessary to qualify for a slice of the Government's proposed 6,250,000 subsidy. Of 30 boats at the port only six qualified. At Dungeness the position was even worse, all 13 boats failed to qualify. MP Albert Costain pledged that he would take up their case. British Rail unveiled a 60 million plan to boost cross-channel services, much of it to be spent at Folkestone, as it announced five new ferries were planned. The announcement came in the wake of the abandonment of the Channel Tunnel scheme. 10 million was allocated for "shore work.” Presumably port installations. Plans to extend Motel Burstin, incorporating a conference hall, bar and reception area extensions, seemed likely to be turned down by the district council which considered the development too intensive for the site in view of the number of parking places planned. A row blew up over a proposed council cut to keep down the local rate. The cut involved slashing concessionary bus fares (said to have risen 30%) for the elderly by 65,000 to 100,000.


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