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In 1919, a scheme of Agricultural Education for the County, which included the provision of a Farm Institute, was approved at a meeting of the Kent Education Committee. The grounds and Victorian buildings of Borden Grammar School were for sale and were earmarked as the perfect site for this new venture. However, it was a condition of the sale that the school be relocated into new buildings on an alternative site before the Farm Institute could be established. Thus, a stop-gap site was required - and the 250-acre Grove End Farm in Tunstall was purchased for this purpose in July 1919 for £14,000. The farm institute would be run from there until the new school buildings were constructed. It was not foreseen that this would take 10 years! 1929 saw the school occupied and its building adapted for Farm Institute purposes. It began providing practical instruction for a variety of agricultural workers, including farmers, bailiffs and fruit growers, under the guidance of Honorary Head, Mr. Elgar. The official opening, attended by some 300 guests, including civic dignitaries and Parliamentarians, took place on the 5th May, 1930.The institute ran a scheme to retrain officers from the First World War, known as the Officers Agricultural Training Scheme and it was also an important training centre for the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War. In order to replace young farm workers drafted for the Second World War, the Kent Education Committee and the War Agricultural Committee drew up an agricultural course for young men and boys leaving school. This constituted eight intensive weeks on the farm learning basic farm husbandry and duties, enabling them to take the place of those drafted into the services.The Institute was closed and the whole operation was moved to Hadlow in 1966. The Building became a School for Adult Education. It has been unoccupied and vacant for some years now and is under consideration for conversion to flats.My paternal Grandfather Tom Harris had lived and worked at Grove end Farm as the Wagoner .He had taken up the job and moved his Family to Grove End from Selling in 1898. My Maternal Grandfather John Waghorn took up the post of Bailiff by invitation when the Institute was set up in 1919 and moved into Grove End with my Mother Cora and rest of the Family from Chilham.  The Waghorn Family lived in the East half and the Harris’s in the West half of the split Farmhouse. My Father George Harris started working on the farm after he returned from WW1. Dad George and Mum Cora were married in June 1922.Dad worked on the Farm until he retired in 1961. A following picture shows Mr McDonald Porter the Institute principal with Farm Staff. Tom and George Harris on his left and John Waghorn on his right. The other Picture is of the Principal and Institute Staff and Students.Also an earlier picture of the Building.
(Some info sourced from Hadlow college.)
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General Discussion / Re: Funnies
« Last post by johnfilmer on Today at 01:29:46 PM »
Clowning Street contains the cream of our politicians. Rich, thick and full of clots. ::)
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General Discussion / Re: Back again after old computer bit the dust.
« Last post by Pete on Today at 12:58:20 PM »
I'm waiting on a new router, been having intermittent service since Saturday, should be here today, hope it sorts it& I don't have to wait for Open reach
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RN SHIPS AND OTHER VESSELS IN DRY DOCK / SLIPS HM DOCKYARD, CHATHAM.


 Dock no 4. TUG Emulous 22.01.51 to 25.01.51 Removal of Propeller.
 Dock no 3 TUG Emulous 23.02.51 27.02.51 Replacing Propeller
 Dock no 4 TUG Emulous 18.09.51 08.10.51 Refit Docking
 Dock no 3 TUG Emulous 03.09.52 19.09.52 Repairs to Outer Bottom
 Dock no 4 TUG Emulous 01.10.54 11.10.54 Refit Docking
 Dock no 4 TUG Emulous 12.05.55 05.07.55 Survey & Repairs to Outboard Plating
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General Discussion / Re: Funnies
« Last post by grandarog on Today at 12:41:51 PM »
Todays joke.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by Lyn L on Today at 12:39:29 PM »
Thank you John Walker, it is interesting history. When we visited that day a helicopter landed in the grounds ( we watched ) it was piloted by Prince William who was escorted in for lunch.
I have emailed them but have had no reply   and as I'm stone deaf now  can't phone and maybe get the answer to my query. Never mind it doesn't really matter now . Would have been interesting to me and my family though.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by grandarog on Today at 12:37:26 PM »
John Walker.As the old saying, Go Westish young man quite a long way, about 50 miles.
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General Discussion / Re: Funnies
« Last post by Dave Smith on Today at 11:28:02 AM »
Further to Stuarts mention of "Trigger's broom", I loved that character. Particularly; Barman to Trigger, "why do you always call Rodney, Dave?" " Because I always wanted to call my brother, Dave." "So, what did you call your brother?" " I didn't have a brother but if I had, I'd have called him Dave".  Barman to Trigger, " you're a mate of Dell, what are they going to call the baby?" "If it's a girl, Rachel- after Rachel & if it's a boy, Rodney- after Dave".
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Pretty sure there were no Admiralty tugs with your suggested names. The tugs with a similar name that operated at Chatham at that time would have been Energetic, Egerton and Emphatic. If I get any more information I'll update.
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castle261. In case you feel in need of a new monitor, "Which" latest best buy at only £99.99, is the Dell SE2219H, 22", HDMI & VGA connections.
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