Does anyone remember Victor Lennon of ‘Stockton’, Roughetts Road?

Does anyone remember Victor Lennon who lived in ‘Stockton’ on Roughetts Road in the mid-fifties? Here’s an email we just received from Canada via the Ryarsh website.


64 years ago (1955), I was in Grade 1 Cascades Elementary School, Burnaby, BC Canada. My teacher was Mrs. Buckston, who I believe was from England, though I don’t remember her accent, lol. She connected with a teacher in England, our two schools were bonded; we wrote to a pen-pal, I still have an original ‘hand-written’ letter and ironically his name is:

Victor Frank Lennon, Stockton, Roughetts Road, Ryarsh, West Malling, Kent, England

Researching Google Earth, there are perhaps 8 houses on Roughetts Road, none with numbers but names, seems a common tradition. Perhaps the name changes when the house is bought and sold.

Both us “Victor” have evolved thru some of the most interesting times in the world and in each of our countries, gosh, who ever heard of a microwave, computers, cellphones and jet planes, though I never acquired the taste for Marmite!

Is it possible to let me know, ‘Where is Victor today?’

Thanks, Vic Smith
[I live 20 minutes from Cascades Elementary School.]”

Visit Spadework

Spadework is a charity, which provides life skills training and work experience for over 90 people with learning disabilities.

They aim to support the Trainees who use the service as they develop their independence and personal skills through social interaction with the community, and to ultimately provide them with the necessary skills to reach their full potential.

The Trainees are involved in all aspects of Spadework. They produce the plants that are sold in the garden centre and the fruit and vegetables served in the café and sold in the farm shop. They help to make cakes, jam and chutneys and serve customers in the café and in the farm shop.

Open 7 days a week

Situated on a 7 acre site in the pretty village of Offham, near West Malling, Spadework’s garden centre, farm shop and 50 seat café is open to the general public 7 days a week.

Please visit at: Teston Road, Offham, near West Malling, Kent ME19 5NA.

Check out the website to find out more about this wonderful local charity! | Phone: 01732 870002 | Charity No 291198

Old Ryarsh

We’ve been able to get hold of some very old images of Ryarsh. It would be very nice to know more (eg when they may have been taken) and if anyone has any similar pictures, we’d be glad to share them.

Please click on the images below to enlarge.

[updated 15/2/2021 with thanks to Chris Cheek]

Ryarsh Protection Group Progress & Update Public Meeting

The KCC Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee were to meet on 13th July and the Ryarsh Quarry was to be on that Agenda. We were advised at the last minute that the proposed Quarry site will now not be discussed at that meeting and therefore should be on the Agenda for a meeting in September – date to be advised. This is very disappointing.

We therefore thought we should have a public meeting in order that we can update everyone on what we have been working on over the past few months and our plan of action for the future months ahead, and would value Residents’ input.

The good fight goes on. All the support we have had has been wonderful, and we hope we can rely on your continued support as we move forward.

Do please come along to our brief and informal meeting to discuss our future defence strategies.

Due to the delay in KCC discussing the Ryarsh site, we are continuing with our Petition and Tom Tugendhat will now be presenting this to Parliament in September.

THE PETITION WILL BE HANDED INTO PARLIAMENT BY OUR MP TOM TUGENDHAT to request that the House of Commons urges Kent County Council to reconsider the site for quarrying in Ryarsh

If you have not already signed, please do so:

PLEASE WRITE YOUR FULL NAME /& ADDRESS WITH POSTCODE & SIGN. Signatories MUST be on an Electoral Register – if not, they can sign the petition if eligible to register, then register:

Beginning of September 2018THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Sign online at: Ryarsh Protections

Please follow: Facebook: Ryarsh Protection Group / Twitter: @Save Ryarsh

Ryarsh proposed site of 3.1m tonne sand quarry for 24 years of excavation

Kent County Council are considering Ryarsh as a location for a sand quarry. The site, on the western side of Roughetts Road will be subject to 24 years of excavation and 5 years of restoration. Lorries will be entering from the A20 and then using Roughetts Road when fully loaded to exit the site. The location that will be dug up is a part of the Kent Downs AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) and includes ancient woodland, public footpaths and agricultural land and will border directly onto homes on the road, some of which are listed properties.

The Council have also identified a site in Lenham as another source to fulfil their soft sand requirements and a further 7 sites around Kent for sharp sand and gravel. Their requirement is for 5m tonnes of soft sand, Ryarsh has 3.1m and Lenham has 4m.

Ryarsh Parish Council were informed of this yesterday and very pro-actively have arranged a public meeting at the Village Hall on Monday the 29th January 2018 at 8pm and we encourage as many people as possible to attend.

You can view KCC’s plans on their website here and below are images of the proposed location.

Your views to the council are of vital importance. Please ensure you contact them through their consultation portal at: (preferred method)

or email your comments to, or post your comments to:

Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

1st Floor, Invicta House

County Hall



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The Duke’s old bell rings time again

This bell was recently given to Helen & Jon by a family who visited the Duke recently. The last time this bell was in the pub was when it was run by Miss Hariet Capon, who was landlady from 1887 to 1905, following on from Joseph Capon who was landlord from 1835 to 1887. It’s been rung in the Duke many times, and now rings time again.

You can see a list of landlords of the pub here.