ONE MONTH'S HARD LABOUR FOR STEALING A RABBIT
At the Tonbridge Petty Sessions, William Cole was charged with stealing a live, tame rabbit, valued at three shillings (£15 today), the property of Stephen Clifton, at Tudeley, on the 20th inst.
The prosecutor said that Mr Clifton kept the rabbit in a hutch in his garden and he had seen it safe there on the afternoon of the 19th but missed it the next day. The rabbit, produced in court, was his property.
Mary Norton, the wife of a labourer, of Collier Street, Yalding, said that last Tuesday afternoon the prisoner offered her the rabbit for two shillings (£10) but she told him that she did not have two shillings and did not want it but afterwards gave him one shilling (£5) for it.
P.C. Millen, stationed at Yalding, said that he heard last Thursday that the prisoner had been offering a rabbit for sale and went and questioned him about it. He had taken him into custody where he admitted the offence. The prisoner, who pleased guilty, was sentenced to one month's hard labour.
From the Kent and Sussex Courier, March 1909
TRIBUTE TO FAITHFUL ORGANIST
There has passed away Edwin Chittenden, who had reached the age of 67. He was a sincere and sound churchman and had filled the post of organist at All Saints' Church, Tudeley, for nine years, fulfilling his duties at the organ as recently as Qulnquagesima Sunday (the Sunday before the beginning of Lent).
Presenting the morning service on Sunday last, the Vicar, the Rev. G. Lachlan, dwelt upon the words: "In the midst of life we are in death. Of whom may we seek for succour, but of Thee, O Lord?"
He recalled and paid tribute to the Interest and energy that Mr. Chittenden had always taken In his work,
During the whole of the time he had been organist, the Vicar declared him to have been a loyal servant. "His earthly work was completed and he has passed Into Paradise," he said. "He will be greatly missed, not only by his bereaved relatives, but by many who regularly worship at All Saints' Church."
William Luke and Henry Buss, both of Tonbridge, were summoned for using vehicles on the highway without having lamps attached at Capel on March 1. The court heard both defendants had no lampshade at 8.30 in the evening. They were each fined 5s (about £10 today).
For Sale: Four good cart-horses, five and six-years-old; sound and good workers; inspection invited. A. Burton, Badsell Manor Farm. Five Oak Green. Telephone No. Paddock Wood 16.
The death of Mr. Stephen Wells, aged 83, will recall for many the wedding 25 years ago when as the result of a wager Mr. Wells and his bride were taken to church in a decorated farm cart. It was their second marriage. Mr. Wells lived in the parish all his life and passed away last week at "Brookland," Five Oak Green.
Fooball: Ramblers 'A' 0 Capel 1. A fine display of goalkeeplng by O.Tuny prevented the home side from registering a single goal. T. Jenner scored for Capel during the first half and they held on to their slender lead until the final whistle. The Capel forward line played well, but the shooting was not particularly accurate.
Tricycle wanted: Pneumatic, low frame; must be perfect -- and cheap. Queen's Head, Five Oak Green.
Wanted from April 5 by missionary on furlough: Young holiday governess, gentlewoman. Light house-duties, maid kept. Apply to Mrs. Walton.The Lodge, Capel Grange.
The annual meeting of Capel Cricket Club was held in the Institute in Five Oak Green. Mr. C. G. Pemble presided. and Mr. C. J. Edwards presented the balance sheet which showed a surplus of £6 19s 2d compared with £9 9s1d the previous year.
A dance organised by the Five Oak Green Women's and Girls' Club was held at the Goldsmld Hall where Mr. A. E Ward provided music gramophone records. Mr. H. Firmore was Master of Ceremonies.
The Vicar of Tudeley, the Rev. G.L. Lachlan, his wife and family have been relieved to receive a letter from Germany from their second son, Hugh Robert. He had been officially reported as missing after action on November 30 but has survived shoulder and leg wounds, though he is a prisoner.
A meeting of the Tudeley and Capel Women's Institute was held in the Bridge Hall, Five Oak Green, where Mrs. W. Tolhurst presided. A demonstration on upholstery was given by Miss Harker.
Capel Hospital Committee heard that the number of members in the Pay Day Fund had risen in 1937 to 278 in Five Oak Green and 190 in Tudeley with £111 and £76 paid in respectively.
Before a mixed audience, Capel Gardeners' Society showed a film entitled "Garden Pests and Tomato Growing."
A very successful entertainment in aid of blind soldiers was given by children attending Tudeley Sunday School.The performance in Goldsmid Hall concluded with the sketch "Mrs Mulligatawny's Spring Cleaning."
Capel scored a huge 9-0 away victory over Hungershall. Although beaten so often, the home custodian nevertheless put up an excellent show saving numerous shots from all angles. The successful Capel marksmen were E. Montacdon (3), J. Simmons. F. Powley, P. Cox. R. Powley. J. Avis and W. Hope.
In the early hours of Thursday morning burglars entered Tully's stores in Five Oak Green and removed a quantity of sugar, sweets, clothing etc.
The Saturday bus service from Paddock Wood to Tonbridge came under fire at Capel Parish Council with locals from Five Oak Green and Tudeley complaining they were regularly left standing in the road with no hope of getting on the already full-up service.