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Background

(With permission of Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council)

First Minute Book 1894 - 1932 - (transcribed by Maggie Goodwin).
Second Minute Book 1933 - 1968 - (transcribed by Pip Baron).

Index

Summary

1. LGA 1894 - Rural Parish Councils

2. Early Years - formation to the death of Queen Victoria

3. George V to the threat of War

4. Through WW1 to 1932 (end Minute Book 1)

5. 1933 to the end of WW2

6. 1945 - 1949: Recovery measures begin

7. 1950 - 1959: end of rationing and recovery moves forward

8. 1960 - 1968: Cold War & public building programme

Lynsted Parish Council Minutes (1894 to 1968)

Summary

1. The Local Government Act 1894 - giving the legal basis for Rural Parish Councils

2. Early Years - 18th December, 1894 to 2nd February 1901 (recording the death of Queen Victoria)

- First Chairman, Sir Roper Lethbridge, who stood down due to illness of Lady Roper Lethbridge; later re-nominated, but withdrew due to “irreparable damage” and the need to vacate Lynsted Lodge.
- Second Chairman, Captain F.N. Vallance - letter of resignation of 4th March 1896.
- Evolving Responsibilities: Sanitation, acquisition of Allotment Land, Scavenging Contractor duties.
- The Mystery of “The Playstool” land.
- Securing postal deliveries to: Claxfield Farm, Jeffries, Tickham and Loyterton
- Sir Roper & Lady Lethbridge portrait given to Parish Council.
- Desire for extension of kerbing in Greenstreet (1896).
- Planting trees in Greenstreet explored (1897) & disgraceful paths in Greenstreet (1898)
- Withdrawal of allotment land from Greenstreet (Salvation Army Barracks) (1898)
- Signing off the ill-fated Jubilee Pump structure.
- Poor state of Bogle Pond (1900)
- Lynsted Church Service marking the Death of Queen Victoria

3. Accession of George V to British Declaration of War (4th Aug. 1914) - 21st February 1901 to 13th July 1914

- Subscriptions to the National Commemoration of Queen Victoria
- Appointment of a Clerk is far from straightforward
- Buying a Rubber Stamp for the PC; Purchase of railway timetables for Greenstreet
- Threatened closure of Lynsted Post sub-Office (1902)
- Dangerous orange peel on Greenstreet pavement
- Parish Coronation Festivities postponed
- Jubilee Pump Conflicts with Teynham Parish Council (1902) & again in 1909!
- Mains water on offer and Special Meeting called (1903)
- Lynsted School Managers under consideration
- Allotments Arrears - Mr McMullen to vacate and others followed
- Proposed change of name for “Greenstreet Post Office” (1904)
- Path diversion near Lynsted Court under discussion (1905)
- Dangerous draw-wells in Dadmans Shaw & problems around Aymers
- Frequent flooding of the Mill and School; adding a path around Churchyard to Heathfield House
- Loyterton Path changes by Col. Tyler
- Mains water supply rejected by Lynsted PC - current supply perfectly good
- Tarring of Greenstreet proposed (1907) & abandoned (1908)
- Ploughing up ‘bridled lane’ in Bapchild (1911)
- Preparation for Coronation Celebrations (1911)
- Jubilee Pump conflicts with Teynham again (1912)
- Joint Scavenging with Teynham proposed

4. Beginning World War 1 to 1932 and Minute Book No1 closes

- Another call for ‘brushing’ of hedgerows - this time Bogle and Bumpit hedge
- Allotments of great importance in times of need - and needed fencing
- The loss of men at war led to calls for 12 year-old children to be allowed to work (1915)
- Fire Brigade asks for co-operation in locating new fire hydrants - resistance met.(1916)
- Fire Brigade decides to fit hydrants using public subscription in spite of the Parish Council (1916)
- Councillor J J Dence Remembered (1917)
- KEC guidance on potato disease management and supply of seed potatoes - resistance met (1917)
- Calls for more food production - resistance met (1918)
- Allotments rules laid out with suggestions of private arrangements with Mr Mercer
- Greenstreet Post Office renaming returns to the agenda (1918) and again in 1923
- The sewage and drainage question (1919)
- Funding of “Peace Celebrations” (1919)
- Costs of “Peace Celebrations” met by Parish Council (1919)
- Preparation for visit of Duke of York 14th July 1921 (1921)
- Graveyard overgrown and dangerous to passers-by (1922)
- Half-day holiday for postmen resisted by the Parish Council (1922)
- Rev.T.J.Sewell resigns Chairmanship and his living because of ill health 15th January 1924
- Paths required to be reopened - Ten Acre to Bumpit discussed several times (1924)
- Death of G.A.H.Smith recorded (appears as if unexpected)
- Clearing (or filling) Bogle Pond is considered (1925)
- Resignation of F B Filmer due to other pressures (1925 - 1926)
- Impact of the General Strike of 3rd to 12th May 1926
- Chief Fire Officer, Mr Ferris invited to attend regarding hydrants (1927)
- Complaints about hoardings in London Road (1927)
- Controversy between Faversham and Voluntary Fire Brigade (1929)
- Desire for road tarring to improve Parish roads (1929)
- Parish Council Area Reforms in prospect (1930)
- New Housing Stock (12 council houses set away from London Road) (1930)
- Rejection of any telephone kiosks for Lynsted Village and Greenstreet (1931)
- Allotment Prizes discontinued (1931)
- Teynham and Lynsted begin talking about providing joint Playing Fields (1931)

5. 1933 to end of World War 2 (15th August 1945)

- Council House tenancies
- Allotment ground moved & water supplies (1933)
- School Managers (1933 and frequently thereafter)
- Postal arrangements in the Parish - stamp dispensers (frequently raised)
- Empire Day initiatives (1934)
- King’s Jubilee Celebrations - planning starts (1935)
- Bogle Pond problems
- Lynsted Electrification proposed
- Housing Survey (PC prefer build away from Greenstreet main road). (1936)
- Road repairs to Lynsted Lane - Orchard House corner
- Overcrowding Provisions of the Housing Act (1936)
- Public Telephone provision - followed by a new kiosk in Lynsted Village (1936)
- First identification of site (St.Peters Place) for Council Housing (1936)
- Trialling the No.9 bus
- Death of W.E.Kemp (1937)
- Grave Digging Issues - night or day? (1937)
- Excessive Council House Rentals.
- Claxfield Lane danger - requested extension of 30mph restriction on London Road (1939)
- Impact of War on housing plans
- Death of Mr A Thorne - widow remitted one-quarter’s allotment rent (1940)
- National Savings and handling of Salvage - dump at Aymers (1940)
- Air Raid Measures and repair after recent bombing damage. (August 29th 1940)
- Kent War Agricultural Executive Committee (KWAEC) call for gardeners to aid food production (1941)
- The “British Restaurant” Controversy - distribution of profits. (1944)

6. 1945 to end of 1949 - post-War recovery years start

- Lighting Review since 1937 (1945)
- Reconciliation with KEPCo of Power provision since 1941 (1945)
- Street Lighting Times proposed - and Teynham PC to be informed (1945)
- Savings Week proposal for joint working with Teynham (1945)
- W.S.Thomas declines vice-Chairmanship - Mr.S.R.Dixon elected (1946)
- Victory Day Celebrations Committee (1946)
- Post-war Housing Plans - Swedish an Airey Houses (1946)
- Death of Dr.Selby - creating a PC vacancy (1947)
- Steps to Compulsorily Purchase land for a sports ground (1947)
- Soldiers’ Sailors’ & Airmen’s Families Asstn. (SSAFA) request is rejected
- Non-Attendance by Parish Councillors discussed (1948)
- Batteries Terrace Parking issues (1949)
- Government Boundary Commission in prospect (1949)
- Bus Route problems with Fox Inn (1949)
- 30mph Speed limit sought for Lynsted Lane an Village (1949)
- Public Meeting: Possible loss of Rural Parish status for Lynsted (1949)
- First time since 1939 that all allotments have been let (1949)
- Inadequate Gas Pressure in Lynsted Village (1949)

7. 1950 to 1959 - the end of rationing and economic recovery continues

- Survey of Rights of Way (1950) and Draft Rights of Way Map submitted (1953)
- Welfare of the old and Infirm of the Parish - Link made to the role of the W.I. (1950) & Committee Membership proposed (1955)
- Lack of Electricity in Lynsted Village - lack of gas, electricity & phones was a recurring theme (1950)
- Problems with Place Name Signs (and speed signs recurred) (1950)
- Lighting extension agreed but delayed 18 months for lack of resources (1952)
- Council Houses opposite “Black Lion” finally agreed (1952)
- Joint Coronation Celebrations agreed with Teynham (1952)
- Scrap Metal Salvage a widespread issue (1952)
- 100 Mothers petition for controlled crossing for Greenstreet (1952)
- Pillar Box for Batteries Terrace (1953)
- Teynham Village Sign obscures Cellar Hill exit onto Greenstreet (1953)
- Death of Mr R.J.Ching marked (1953)
- Bus Services to Villages adverse impact on school children - a recurring theme (1953)
- Bus Shelters sought for Greenstreet - jointly sought with Teynham PC (1954)
- Disrepair of Jubilee Pump Raised (1955)
- Decision to Join Kent Association of Parish Councils (1955)
- Unfenced denehole in Dadmans Shaw (1955) - (ed: a very significant bat roost for Kent bats)
- Church War Memorial Fund Proposed (1955)
- Stedlyn Piggeries smell and flied - a recurrent theme thereafter (1955)
- Greenstreet Air Raid Shelter Hazard - raised regularly as ownership unclear (1955) &
- Owner was eventually found as the estate of Mr A.J.Tidy (1958)
- Requisition of Allotments to create school playing fields (1956)
- Mr.P.Sykes resigns as Clerk to PC (1956)
- Vigo Air-raid Shelter dangers raised again (1956)
- Short notice move of Rev J.D.Reeve affects School Governor replacements (1956)
- David Bage shortlisted (preferred) for Clerk (1956)
- Call from KAPC to Promote Rural Industries in the Parish (1957)
- Civil Defence Planning & Preparedness Presentation (1957)
- Poor Condition of Ludgate Lane (1957)
- Prevention of Village Children Playing on St Peters Place Green (1957)
- Proposed Medway Towns By Pass - supported (1957)
- Mr Waters Elected Chairman of Parish Council (1958)
- Allotments not Paying their Way (1958)
- Mr S.R.Dixon withdraws from PC and Councillor positions (1958)
- PCC presses Parish Council to take over responsibility for Churchyard Extension (1958)
- Public Conveniences in Greenstreet sought (perhaps shared with a pub) (1958)
- Repeated Power Failures in Lynsted Village (1958)
- Mourning the Death of Chairman Mr.F.A.Waters (1959)
- Greenstreet Air Raid Shelter land to be Sold (1959)
- Stedlyn Piggery and Offal creates fly-nuisance (1959)
- Batteries Close Cleanliness issue resolved (1959)
- Best Kept Village Competition - decided to enter (1959) &
- Damning “no community effort” Judgement (1959)
- Welcome Home Committee Meeting discusses Playing Fields jointly with Teynham (1959)
- Poor Condition of Batteries Track revisited (1959)
- Poor Road Surfaces in Greenstreet and Ludgate Lane (1959)
- Petty Vandalism to Lamp Standards (1959)

8. 1960 to 1968 - Cold War, Public Building and the end of the second Minute Book

- Bus Services and School Fare Concessions in dispute - 3-mile limit discussed (1960)
- Black Lion Licensee Changes - Mrs Mary Margaret McLayne to Will Sutton (1960)
- Village need for Sewerage - cess-pit overflow in Ludgate Lane (1960)
- Special Meeting to sign Declaration for Playing Fields (1960)
- King George Jubilee Trust request made - no action by Lynsted PC (1960)
- Lynsted Lane Speeding by Younger drivers between Batteries and Greenstreet (1960)
- Council Houses request outside Toilets - not for PC to take on (1960)
- Civil Defence Officer reminds Lynsted of the need for Wardens, including for women (1960)
- Vandalism of street lights continues in spite of prosecution (1960)
- Cycling on Paths and Parking opposite Lynsted Lane complaint to Police (1961)
- Lighting Improvements sought - Bogle (1961)
- Allotments halved due to lack of interest (1961)
- Greyhound Track and Boarding Kennels under Construction - discussion (& objection) (1961) & Planning Approval Extended Five Years (1967)
- Heavy Lorries (Bowaters) using Lynsted Lane (1961)
- Attempt to create Lynsted Playing Field on Allotment land - Grant application rejected (1961)
- Dangerous Telephone Poles - Greenstreet and Lynsted Lane (1961)
- Argument in favour of PC involvement in major planning proposals (1962)
- M2 Construction Lorries using Cellar Hill and Cambridge Lane (1962)
- Greenstreet bottlenecks - proposed restricted parking to one side (1962)
- War Memorial Additional Names to be Added (1962) & Question of PC Contribution Raised (1965) & Question raised over inclusion of Rifleman Fisher (1966)
- Greenstreet Garage Emitting Smuts - west end of street (1963) & again (1964)
- Confusing Signpost at Junction of Wood Street and Claxfield pointing to Sittingbourne (1963)
- Government Reorganisation Explained (1963)
- Vigo Terrace problems with Fencing that blocked path access (1963)
- Plans for Public Housing (Eight Houses) in Cellar Hill (1963) & Contract had to be re-let (1964) & Building soon followed (1964) & Slowed by shortage of bricks (1964)
- Aymers Development Proposed (including demolition of Aymers itself) (1965)
- Parish Cllr Mr Wilkins in Hospital (1965)
- Fete Success noted - held on School Playing Field (1965)
- Parish Cllr Mr Wyles taken to hospital (1965)
- Bus Services Under Threat (1966)
- Piggery Smell Minuted (1966)
- Father Christmas is Approved by the Council (1966)
- Regular Flooding at Bogle (1967)
- Appreciation of Sergeant Corke (1967)
- Best Kept Village Competition a Cure for “Welfare-Minded” People (1967) &
- Won the Class - Small Village in East Kent (1967)

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