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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

Early Years - 18th December 1894 to Death of Queen Victoria (1901)

Minute Book 1: pp1 - 55

December 18th 1894 [p1]

Proceedings of the first Meeting of the Parish Council of Lynsted held at the Board School, Lynsted on Tuesday, Dec. 18th 1894 at 7 P.M. The Chairman was proposed by Mr French and seconded by Mr Smith, Sir Roper Lethbridge Elected Unanimously. Captain Vallance was proposed as Vice-Chairman by Mr Court, seconded by Mr Honeyball, and was elected unanimously. It was moved by Mr French, and seconded by Mr Seager, that Mr Court be appointed Clerk to the Parish Council, and their resolution was carried unanimously. It was moved by Captain Vallance, recorded by Mr French, and carried unanimously, that Messrs Hilton, Rigden & Rigden, Bankers of Faversham, be appointed Treasurers to the Parish Council, subject to their giving such security as may be required by regulations of the County Council. It was moved by Colonel Tyler, recorded by Mr Smith, and carried unanimously, that the Council issue a precept to the overseers for seven pounds sterling. The following members of the Parish Council were present: Mr Cheeseman, Mr Court, Mr French, Mr Honeyball , Sir Roper Lethbridge, Mr Nankeville, Mr Seager, Mr Smith, Colonel Tyler, Captain Vallance. - F.N. Vallance Chairman (signed)

February 27th 1895 [p2-3]

A meeting of the Lynsted Parish Council was held in the Board School on Wednesday February 27th 1895. The following councillors were present : Capt. Vallance (in the Chair), Col. Tyler, Messrs: Seagers, French, Nankeville , Cheeseman, Honeyball, French and the Clerk. The Lighting and Watching Act having previously been adopted by a district of the Parish, Mr Councillor French suggested that the said District be taken over by the council with a view to the adoption of the Act by the whole of the Parish. After discussion it was unanimously decided to postpone the subject for the present. A resolution proposed by Councillor French, seconded by Councillor Court that the resolution of December 18th 1894 appointing Messrs Hilton, Rigden and Rigden, Bankers of Faversham, Treasurer to the Council be rescinded. Carried unanimously. It was moved by Councillor French seconded by Councillor Smith that Mr F. Payne, Bank Manager of Faversham, be appointed Treasurer of the Council subject to his giving such security as required by the County Council. (Written on side: “Preparing Room C. Meeting”) Councillor Vallance gave notice to move a resolution that the adoption of the Burials Act be discussed at the next meeting of the Council and a Parish meeting be called to adopt the Act. It was moved by Councillor Nankeville, seconded by Councillor Smith that one shilling per meeting be paid to Mrs Norrington for her services for preparing the room for the Council. The next meeting of the Council be held on Wednesday, March 20th 1895 7.30 P.M. - F.N. Vallance (signed)

March 20th 1895 [p4]

A meeting of the Lynsted Parish Council was held in the Board School on Wednesday March 20th 1895 at 7.30pm. The following councillors being present: Capt. Vallance in the Chair, Col. Tyler, Messrs: French, Seagars, Nankeville, Smith, Cheeseman, Honeyball, Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The report of the allotment committee having been read the clerk was instructed to again write to Mr Mercer of Lynsted and try to ascertain if he could make arrangements to supply the council with Land for allotments at Michaelmas 1895, Mr D. Holden an applicant from Tickham. The Clerk to refer h to Col. Tyler who was willing to let him have the quantity he required. viz 40 rods. Councillor Vallance moved, Councillor French recorded that a Parish Meeting be called on April 3rd to adopt the Burials Acts 7.30pm. Carried unanimously. The Annual Parish Meeting be held on Thursday March 28th 7.30 P.M. - Roper Lethbridge 17/4/95 (signed)

April 17th 1895 [p5-6]

Parish Council Meeting held in the Board school. 7.30 P.M. The following Councillors being present: Sir Roper Lethbridge in the Chair, Capt. Vallance, Col. Tyler, Messrs Seagers, Smith, Cheeseman, French, Nankeville, Court (Clerk). Being the annual meeting, Sir Roper Lethbridge was unanimously re-elected Chairman. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. Proposed by Councillor French, seconded by Councillor Seagars, Mr Thos. Back be appointed Overseer. Proposed by Sir Roper Lethbridge, seconded by Councillor Vallance, Mr. G.H. Smith be appointed Overseer for the ensuing year. Carried unanimous. A letter was read from Mr Mercer at the Batteries strongly objecting to supply Land to the Council for Allotments at Michaelmas next. At the suggestion of Councillor French, Councillors Vallance and Sir Roper Lethbridge be asked to wait upon Mr Mercer to endeavour to get him to alter his decision. Moved by Councillor French, seconded by Councillor Seagars, the Clerk write to the Rural Sanitary Authority asking for particulars of the Special Sanitary Rate now being made. (written on side: “Preparing Room P. Meeting”) It was decided that one shilling and sixpence be paid for preparing the Room for a Parish Meeting. The following accounts were presented and passed and cheques drawn: Mr Edwards £2.0.10d, Austin 3s.4d, Clerk 2s.6d, Norrington 8s.6d. Next Annual Meeting to be held May 22nd 7.30pm. - Roper Lethbridge 22/5/95 (signed)

May 22nd 1895 [p7-8]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Room Lynsted. Present: Sir Roper Lethbridge (in the Chair), Councillors Capt. Vallance, Col. Tyler, Messrs: French, Cheeseman, Seagars, Smith, Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Councillor Vallance having waited upon Mr Mercer respecting his letter declining to furnish the Council with land for allotments. He has promised to reconsider his decision. A letter in reply was read from the Rural Sanitary Authority respecting special sanitary rate. It not being considered satisfactory, the Clerk was instructed to write for further particulars. Moved by Councillor French and seconded by Councillor Smith, Mr Roper Dixon - District Councillor - be invited to the next Council Meeting. Carried unanimously. The Clerk was instructed to write to him. An interesting conversation was opened by the Chairman respecting a piece of Land said to belong to the Parish named the Playstool. Councillor Col. Tyler, Lord of the Manor, promised to make inquiries of his Steward and examine the Memorial records, other Councillors also promised to make enquiries respecting the same. The Clerk was instructed to procure 1 doz. copies Model of Standing Orders by J. Wallis-Davies for the use of the Council. The next Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday June 19th 7.30 P.M. - Roper Lethbridge – 19/6/1895 (signed)

19th June 1895 [9-10]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted on Wednesday June 19th 7.30 P.M. The following members being present: Sir Roper Lethbridge (Chairman), Capt. Vallance, E. Seagars, Jas. French, J. Cheeseman, G. Smith, Col. Tyler, F. Nankeville and F. Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Mr R. Dixon, District Councillor, attended by invitation, gave an explanation of the special sanitary rate, which was considered satisfactory. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Dixon for attendance and explanation. Enquiries having been made respecting the piece of Land said to belong to the parish. It was ascertained that a dole of meal was given away on St. Thomas’s Day and it ceased when the Tithes changed hands. Further enquiries to be made. In answer to a question by Mr French. The transfer of land for the new Burial Ground was to be made by August the First 1895.Col. Tyler proposed, Mr E. Seagars seconded , the Standing Orders published by J. Wallis-Davies be adopted. Carried unanimously.
Next Council meeting to be held on August 28th 7.30 P.M. - Frank Honeyball (Chairman) (signed)

August 28th 1895 [p10-11]

Council Meeting held in the Board Schoolroom Lynsted on Wednesday August 28th 1895. Present: Mr F. Honeyball (in the Chair), Messrs: French, Seagars, Cheeseman, F. Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. A letter was read from Sir Roper Lethbridge stating his inability to attend the meeting through the serious illness of Lady Lethbridge. Also one from Capt. Vallance, his inability to attend through illness. The Clerk was instructed to write to Sir Roper expressing their deep sympathy with him in his great trouble. An account of £2.l6.3d was presented by the Overseers to the Council for their sanction for the collecting of the special sanitary rate of April 4th 1895 under section 230 of Public Health Act 1895. Sanctioned. The Clerk was instructed to write for information as to the scale to which the charge was made. Proposed by Mr. Honeyball, seconded by Mr Seagars, the Clerk write to Mr Jas. French and ask if he will supply the Council with two acres of land for allotments and at what price per acre. Also to Mr Mercer for a supply of land for the same purpose. Mr French proposed, seconded by Mr Cheeseman, Councillors Seagars, Col. Tyler and Smith form a committee to inspect a footpath leading from Tenacre to Nouds Farm through Mr A. Millen’s hop garden and report. Next council meeting to be held on Wednesday Sep. 25th 7.30 P.M. - F.N. Vallance (signed)

September 25th 1895 [p12]

Council Meeting held in the Board Schoolroom Lynsted on Wednesday September 25th 7.30pm The following Councillors being present: Capt. Vallance (Chairman), Messrs Seagars, Nankeville, Cheeseman, Smith, Col. Tyler and F. Court (Clerk). A letter was also read from Mr Mercer at the Batteries informing the Council he had no Land to let for allotments and one from Mr James French stating he was willing to let from one to two acres at Greenstreet at 7 shillings per rod free from rates and taxes. A resolution was proposed by Col. Tyler accorded by G. Smith and carried unanimously that power be given the committee to make arrangements with regard to the allotments. The Paths Committee presented their report. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr A. Millen asking him to keep the path open leading from Tenacre to Nouds Farm through his hop Garden. Next Council Meeting to be held on Oct. 23rd 7.30 P.M. - F.N. Vallance (signed)

October 23rd 1895 [p13]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted Oct. 23rd 1895 7.30pm. Present : Capt. Vallance in the Chair, Messrs: Cheeseman, Nankeville, Seagars, Court (Clerk). Minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. A letter was read from Sir Roper Lethbridge tendering his resignation as Chairman of the Council owing to the continued serious illness of Lady Lethbridge and his inability to attend. Proposed by Councillor Seagars, seconded by Councillor Nankeville, that his resignation be accepted with the deepest regret and that the Council should lose so able a Chairman. Proposed by Councillor Cheeseman, seconded by Councillor Court, Capt. Vallance be elected Chairman. Carried unanimous. Pro Tem. Proposed by Councillor Nankeville, seconded by Councillor Seagars, Col. Tyler be elected Vice-Chairman. Carried unanimous. Pro Tem. Next meeting to be held on Dec. 4th, 7 o’clock P.M. - F.N. Vallance (signed)

November 13th 1895 [p14]

A Special Meeting of the Council held in the Board School room Lynsted on Wednesday, November 13th 1895 7.30 P.M. The following members being present: Capt. Vallance in the Chair, Col. Tyler, F. Honeyball, E. Seagars, F. Nankeville, G. Smith, J.G. Cheeseman, J. French, F. Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. A draft agreement between Mr. Jas. French and the Council to the hiring of Land for allotments was presented by the allotment committee Mr. J. French having agreed to let to the Council one and half acres of land at the yearly rental of £4.13.4 per acre being 7d per rod. Mr French to pay all rates. A copy of agreement between the Council and allottees was also presented . It was considered satisfactory and passed. The Chairman, Pro Tem. gave notice that it be placed on the agenda that the Council elect a Chairman at their next meeting viz Dec. 4th. - F.N. Vallance (signed)

December 4th 1895 [p15]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted Dec. 4th 1895. 7.30 P.M. Present: Capt. Vallance in the Chair, Col. Tyler, G. Smith, J. French, F. Nankeville, F. Honeyball, E. Seagars. F. Court (Clerk). Proposed by F. Honeyball seconded by J. French, Capt. Vallance be elected Chairman. Carried unanimously. Proposed by E. Seagars, seconded by F. Nankeville, that Col. Tyler be elected vice Chairman. Carried unanimously. The Clerk was instructed to write to Sir Roper Lethbridge to express the Council’s deepest regret that he has been compelled to resign the Chairmanship through the continued illness of Lady Lethbridge. Next Council Meeting to be held July 5th/96 7.30 P.M. Frank Honeyball (signed)

February 5th 1896 [p16]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted Feby. 5th 1896 7.30 P.M. The following Councillors being present : Messrs: F. Honeyball in the Chair, E. Seagars, J. Cheeseman, G. Smith, Court (Clerk). The minutes of last meeting was read and confirmed. Letters were read from Councillors Vallance and Tyler, stating their inability to attend. Proposed by G. Smith, seconded by J. Cheeseman, the Parish Meeting be held on Wednesday, March 25th 7.30. Proposed by E. Seagars, seconded by J. Cheeseman, the next Council meeting be held on Wednesday March 4th 7.30 P.M. Proposed J. Cheeseman, seconded by E. Seagars, the Clerk write to the Sanitary Inspector, drawing his attention to the very unsatisfactory manner in which the Scavenging Contractor duties are carried out. Carried. unanimously. Proposed by G. Smith, seconded by E. Seagars, the Clerk write to Mr. R.M. Mercer to call his attention to the state of the footpath in his field at Bumpit. March 4th 1896Col. J.R. Tyler (signed)

March 4th 1896 [p17-19]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted March 4th 1896 7.30 P.M. Members present : Col. Tyler in the Chair, Messrs: F. Honeyball, J. French, E. Seagars, F. Nankeville, G. Smith, J. Cheeseman, Court (Clerk).
A letter was read from Capt. Vallance as follows:

“March 4th - Fellow Councillors,
I am indeed sorry not to be able to be present and take my place in the Chair at this our last meeting, the state of my health alone deterring me.
I desire to thank you for the undeviating unanimous support accorded to Chair. Great credit is due to the Allotment Committee for the successful manner in which they have carried out a delicate and difficult task.
To our volunteer Clerk, special thanks are due for the laborious duties he has now brought with a minimum of expense to a happy conclusion. I feel confident that the Parishioners and Rate Payers of Lynsted have no cause of disapproval of the manner in which the first Parish Council have conducted and brought to a successful conclusion the novel duties of this their first Council. Trusting that most of the same Councillors may be selected on the 9th instant. I now wish you a hearty farewell and remain
Yours sincerely F.W. Vallance
P.S. It is not my intention to offer my candidature for the next Parish Council.
Mr. R. Dixon’s proposals as to Cottage rates seems to me well worth consideration”.

A letter was also read from the Sanitary Inspector acknowledging receipt of letter complaining Scavenging Contractors and promising an investigation should be made.
“Allotments” (written in margin)
The agreements between Mr Jas. French and the Council for the hiring of Land for allotments were persuaded and signed. Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr Cheeseman and carried unanimous that the Postal Authority be written to requesting them to grant that (post) be delivered at Claxfield Farm and Jeffries, they having no postal delivery, also that the seconded delivery of letters be extended to Tickham and Loyterton.
“Poor rate assessment Act “ (written in margin)
Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr Seagars that owners of small dwellings be rated under Sec. 4 of the Poor rate assessment and collection Act 1869 be adopted. Mr Court proposed an amendment that it be deferred until the next meeting, not finding a seconder, the proposition was carried all voting for it excepting Mr Court, who remained neutral. Mr Dixon, the District Councillor, attended by invitation to explain the section of the above Act and a vote of thanks was passed for his attendance. Proposed by Mr. Honeyball, seconded by Mr G. Smith, a letter be written to Capt. Vallance expressing regret that the state of his health has compelled him to resign and hoping he may be speedily restored and able to take a seat on the Council again. April 15th 1896 - V.R. Tyler Vice –Chairman (signed)

April 15th 1896 [p19-20]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted We3dnesday April 15th 7.30 P.M. Councillors present: Col. Tyler in the Chair, Messrs F. Honeyball, J. French, J. Cheeseman, J. Dence, C. Busbridge, G. Smith, J. Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The Declaration on accepting office was signed by each Councillor present. Mr J. French proposed , Mr F. Honeyball seconded that Mr C. Millen be permitted to sign declaration at the next meeting. Carried unanimous. Proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by Mr J. Dence that Mr F. Court again act as Clerk for the ensuing year. Carried. Mr G. Smith and Mr Thomas. Back were appointed Overseers for the ensuing year. Next meeting to be held June 10th/96 8 o’clock P.M., June 17th 1896 - Frank Honeyball (signed)
Proposed by Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by J. French that Sir Roper Lethbridge be elected Chairman. Carried unanimous. June 17th 1896 - Frank Honeyball (signed)

17th June 1896 [p20-22]

Council Meeting held in the Board School room Lynsted Wednesday, June 17th, 8 o’clock P.M. Present: F. Honeyball (in the Chair) , J. Dence, E.C. Millen, J. Cheeseman, G. Smith, F. Court, C. Busbridge. Mr Millen signed the Declaration on accepting office.
The following letter was read from Sir Roper Lethbridge resigning the Chairmanship:

“It is with very deep regret that I have to ask you to submit to my colleagues on the Lynsted Parish Council my resignation of the honourable office of Chairman, to which they elected me in April last. When I accepted that office I did so with very great pleasure as I felt that my re-election was a very signal mark of the kindly regard of my friends and neighbours and I fully expected to be able to perform the duties of the post. Domestic considerations however with which my colleagues are acquainted, for they were most kind in their sympathy with me in the irreparable loss, I have sustained, have rendered it advisable for me to remove from my old home at Lodge, as an opportunity of doing so has happened. It arose and for the moment I am unable to find another smaller home in this neighbourhood and until I do so it will be necessary for me to live in London. I therefore must very reluctantly resign the trust confided in me by my colleagues with the warmest thanks to each and all of them. Believe me Dear Mr Councillor Court yours very faithfully Roper Lethbridge”.

Sir Roper’s resignation was accepted with the deepest regret. On the proposition Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by Mr G. Smith. On the motion by Mr Millen, seconded by Mr J. Dence, Col. Tyler was unanimously elected Chairman. Mr Court proposed, seconded by Mr Cheeseman, Mr F. Honeyball be Vice-Chairman. Carried unanimous. Mr Councillor G. Smith informed the Council, Sir Roper having had the honour of being the first Chairman, kindly offered to present to the Council a large framed portrait of himself and the late Lady Lethbridge if they were willing to accept it. Unanimously agreed to accept with best thanks. The next meeting was to be held on Wednesday August 12th at 8 o’clock. August 12th 1896 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

August 12th 1896 [p22-23]

Council meeting held in the Board school Lynsted Wednesday Aug. 12th 1896. Present: Col. Tyler (in the Chair), J. French, J. Dence, J. Cheeseman, C. Busbridge, F. Honeyball and F. Court (Clerk). Proposition by Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by Mr. J. Cheeseman, that application be made to the School board for permission to hang the portrait of Sir Roper and Lady Lethbridge in the Schoolroom. Carried unanimously. In reply to a letter received from Mr E. Seagars complaining of a footpath being stopped through Mr Millen’s hop garden. The Chairman promised to see Mr Millen. The Clerk to write to Mr Seagars to that effect. Proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by Mr French, that an abatement of one penny per perch be made to the allottees at the end of the year. Carried unanimously. Mr Busbridge introduced the subject of allotments for Lynsted saying there was a demand for them. It was decided that a written application be made to the Clerk stating the quantity required. Mr Busbridge undertaking to make it known at Lynsted. The Clerk was instructed to write again to the postal authorities asking that a second delivery of letters be granted to Tickham and Loyterton and delivery be granted to the people living in Mill Lane as far as Jeffries. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The next meeting to be held on Wednesday Sep. 9th at 8 P.M. Sept. 9th 1896 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

September 9th 1896 [p23-24]

Council meeting held in the Board School Lynsted Sep. 9th, 8 P.M. Councillors present : Col. Tyler (in the Chair), Messrs: J. Dence, C. Busbridge, F. Honeyball, F. Court (Clerk). Several applications having been made for allotments at Lynsted, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr B.M. Mercer asking him if he would supply the Council with Land for that purpose. The Clerk was also instructed to write to the County Council asking them to continue the kerbing in Green Street and attend to the paths. Proposed by Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by F. Court, Messrs: G. Smith, J. Dence, C. Busbridge form a Committee to arrange the Lynsted allotments.
The next meeting to be held on Wednesday October 7th 8 P.M. Nov. 11th 1896V.R. Tyler - Lt. Col. Chairman (signed)

November 11th 1896 [p24-25]

Council meeting held in the Board School Lynsted. Councillors present Col. Tyler in the Chair, Messrs F. Honeyball J. French G. Smith J. Cheeseman C. Busbridge F. Court (Clerk). The following letter was read from the Schoolboard:

Faversham 15th Oct. 1896. Dear Sir,
I am directed by the Board to state that they are pleased to give permission for the portrait of the late Lady Lethbridge to be placed in the room in the Schools used by the Parish Council, but on the understanding that it is there at the risk of the Council and not the School Board. (signed) Allan Tassell”.

Proposed by Mr G. Smith, seconded by Mr. C. Busbridge, the Clerk write to the District Council calling their attention to a dangerous place in the Ludgate road. Carried. Proposed by Mr Cheeseman, seconded by Mr Court, Mr French be paid half year’s rent for allotments viz from April 6th to Oct. 11th 1896. Cheque was duly drawn £3.4s.2d. Clerk received £4.8s.10d from Mr Cheeseman sent from the Allottees. Clerk was again directed to write to Postal Authorities asking that a seconded delivery of letters be granted to Tickham and Loyterton. Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr F. Honeyball, a Committee be appointed to get any information they can respecting forming continuation Classes and report to the next meeting. The following Councillors to form the Committee: Col. Tyler, F. Honeyball , J. French. February 17th 1897 - V.R. Tyler (signed) Chairman

February 17th 1897 [p25-26]

Council meeting held in the Board School Lynsted Wednesday February 17th. Present: Col. Tyler (in the Chair), Messrs: F. Honeyball, J. Dence, G. Smith, C. Busbridge, F. Court (Clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. A letter was read from the Postal Authority to grant a second delivery of letters to Tickham and Loyterton for the present. Lynsted allotments: it was decided that it be left over until the end of the summer. Proposed by Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by Mr G. Smith, the Annual Parish Meeting be held on March 18th 7.30 P.M. Proposed by Mr C. Busbridge, seconded by Mr Honeyball, the Clerk write to the Surveyor calling his attention to a hedge which overhangs the footpath on Lynsted Lane by Mr J. Pilcher’s. Proposed by Mr C. Busbridge, seconded by Mr G. Smith that Mr Jas. French’s attention be called to the state of the footpath through his field leading from Greenstreet to Lynsted. An account received from Mrs Norrington for preparing room for Council ordered to be paid viz 8/6 d. Next meeting to be held on Wednesday March 18th 7 o’clock P.M. March 18th 1897 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

March 18th 1897 [p26]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted Wednesday March 18th 1897. Present: Col. Tyler (in the Chair), Messrs: F. Honeyball, J. French, J. Dence, C. Busbridge, F. Court (Clerk). The following accounts were presented, Mr French proposed and Mr Busbridge seconded they be paid: Parrett £1.7s.0d Knight 2/5d = 1/2d J. Norrington 8/6d Court 10/-d. Cheques were drawn £1.7s.0d and £1.2s.ld. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr F. Honeyball, seconded by Mr French, to Chairman and carried unanimous, also to Mr Court for acting as Clerk.April 15th 1897 V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

April 15th 1897 [p27]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted April 15th 7.30 P.M. The following Councillors being present Col. Tyler (in the Chair), Messrs: F. Honeyball, Lees , J. Dence, T. Aldrick, F. Court. The Declaration was signed by each Councillor present on accepting office. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. Proposed by Mr Court, seconded by Mr Aldrick, Col. Tyler be Chairman for the ensuing year. Proposed by Mr J. Dence, seconded by Mr Aldrick, Mr F. Honeyball be Vice-Chairman. Both resolutions carried unanimous. Proposed by Col. Tyler, seconded by J. Dence, F. Court act as Clerk for ensuing year. Carried. Proposed by Col. Tyler, seconded by F. Court, Mr G. Smith and Mr Thos. Back be Overseers for ensuing year. Carried. Proposed by Mr Lees, seconded by J. Dence, the Clerk be paid 7/6d per year for collecting the allotment rents, proposed by Mr Aldrick, seconded by J. Dence, Mr French be paid £3.4s.2d for half year’s rent due April 6th 1897. Carried. Cheque drawn for amount. Proposed by Mr Aldrick, seconded by Mr Lees the next meeting be at Greenstreet, date to be fixed by Chairman. Carried unanimous.21st Sept. 1897 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

21st September 1897 [p28]

Council Meeting held in the Wesleyan School Greenstreet on Tuesday Sep. 21st 1897. Present : Col. Tyler (Chairman), Messrs: F. Honeyball, W. Lees, J. Aldrick, J. Dence, C. Busbridge Councillors F. Court. Clerk. Proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by J. Court, Mr C. Busbridge sign Declaration. It was also proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by Col. Tyler, Mr J. French and Mr C. Seagars be permitted to sign Declaration at the next meeting. Carried. The question then arose as to the legality of so doing, they not having signed the Declaration at the first meeting after election and no proposition being made that they should sign at the next. It was decided the Chairman write to the Local Government Board for information. Proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by F. Court, the Chairman be requested to write to the Sanitary Authority calling attention to the most unsatisfactory way the present sanitary arrangements are carried out and ask if it would not be possible for the work to be done after ten o’clock at night instead of during the day. Carried unanimous. Mr C. Busbridge brought forward the question of allotments for Lynsted Street on the proposition of Mr Aldrick, seconded by Mr Lees. The Chairman and Mr Busbridge wait on Mr Mercer and see if he would be willing to let the Council (let) the land required for that purpose. Next meeting to be held at Lynsted, date to be fixed by Chairman. 27th Oct. 1897 - V.R. Tyler (signed)

27th September 1897 [29-30]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted Sep. 27th 1897. Councillors present : Col. Tyler Chairman, Messrs: F. Honeyball, C. Busbridge, J. Dence, J. French F. Aldrick, W. Lees, F. Court Clerk. The minutes of last meeting were read and signed. A letter was read by the Chairman from the Rural Sanitary Authority and was considered satisfactory, respecting the manner in which Mr Rayner carried out his contract. The following letter was also read from the Local Government Board.

“1st October 1897 - Sir, I am directed by the Local Government Board to refer to your letter of the 22nd ultimo respecting the failure of two of the persons elected as Parish Councillors of the Parish of Lynsted at the last election to sign Declarations of acceptance of office at the first meeting of the Parish Council after their election. The Board direct me to state that they have no jurisdiction in the matter. They may however refer to the provisions of Rule 1 of Part Two of the First Schedule to the Local Government Act 1894, and point out that if the Parish Council did not at their first meeting permit the persons referred to to sign the Declarations at a later meeting fixed by the Council, their offices would appear to have become void.”

I am to add that there appears to be nothing to prevent the Parish Council from appointing under Rule 2 persons whose office have become void under Rule 1 to fill the vacancies arising in the Council provided they continue to be qualified to be Parish Councillors. Proposed by Mr. Honeyball, seconded by Mr Aldrick , Messrs French and Seagars sign Declarations. Carried. Mr French signed. Mr Seagar not being present permission was given that he sign at next meeting. A letter was also read from Mr Mercer respecting land for Allotments. Proposed by Mr Honeyball, seconded by Mr French that the Chairman submit to Mr Mercer copy of agreement now held by the Council with Mr French and copy of agreement with allotment holders and see if Mr Mercer will let his land to the Council on the same terms. Mr Honeyball brought forward the question of planting trees in the village of Greenstreet. The Clerk write to the Teynham Council ................ their co-operation. Mr French gave notice the following be placed on the agenda for next meeting. To make enquiries in reference to the use of water cart in the Street during the summer months. The next meeting to be held at Greenstreet, date to be fixed by the Chairman. 13th January 1898 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

13th January 1898 [p31]

Council Meeting held in the Broad School Lynsted Jan. 13th 1898. The following councillors being present : Col. Tyler (Chairman), Messrs: F. Honeyball, J. French, J. Dence, C. Busbridge, W. Lees, F. Court Clerk. A letter was read from Teynham Parish Council calling attention to the disgraceful state of the footpaths in Greenstreet and asking the cooperation of this Council in sending a joint note to the County Council asking they may be put in proper repair. Agreed. A precept on the Overseers for £7.0s.0d for Council expenses was asked for and signed . A draft agreement for Lynsted allotments was presented and considered satisfactory. The following Councillors were appointed, Committee to make arrangements for the same, Messrs: W. Lees, C. Busbridge, J. Dence. Proposed by Mr J. French, seconded by Col. Tyler that the Clerk write to the County Council asking if they would be willing to supply a water cart at Greenstreet free of cost, providing water is found in the Street. Next meeting to be held at Greenstreet.
January 31st 1898 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

31st January 1898 [p32]

Council Meeting held in the Wesleyan School Greenstreet Monday Jan. 31st 1898. Councillors present : Col. Tyler (Chairman), Messrs: J. Dence, J. French, C. Busbridge, Thos. Aldrick, F. Court Clerk. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. The agreement between the Council and Mr Mercer of the Batteries for Lynsted allotments was signed. Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr Aldrick, the Parish meeting for Election of Councillors also the Annual Parish meeting be held on Monday March 14th, meeting to commence at 7.30 P.M. That Mr Ackerman be asked to take the Chair. March 14th 1898 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)
The quantity of Land Hired of Mr Mercer for allotments being 1 acre Rent £4.0s.0d.

March 14th 1898 [p33]

Council Meeting held in the Board school Lynsted March 14th 1898 7 o’clock P.M. Councillors present : Col. Tyler (Chairman), Messrs: J. French, F. Honeyball, C. Busbridge, J. Dence, Thos. Aldrick , W. Lees, F. Court Clerk. The following accounts were presented and cheques drawn.
Messrs: Dixon £1.5s.0d Court 17/6d Norrington 3/6d Austen 3/6d Challender 5/- d Prosser 1/2d Haddyn Best 4/-d. V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

18th April 1898 [p33-34]

Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted April 18th 1898. Members present: Col. Tyler, E. Seagars, E. Rye, J. French, T. Aldrick, C. Busbridge, F. Court, each of which signed the Declaration accepting office. Mr Dence not being present, permission was given that he sign at the next meeting. Mr Back declined to accept office. Mr French proposed, seconded by Mr Court , Col. Tyler be Chairman. Carried unanimous. Col. Tyler proposed C. Busbridge, seconded by Mr J. French, be Vice-Chairman. Carried unanimous. Proposed by Col. Tyler, seconded by J. French, F. Court act as Clerk. Carried. Proposed by Mr French, seconded Mr Aldrick, Mr W. Lees be asked to fill the seat in place of Mr Back. Carried unanimous. Mr Thos. Back and Mr G.A.H. Smith were appointed Overseers for ensuing year. Cheques were drawn by Mr J. French £3.4.2d ½ years Rent Mr Mercer 12/-Rent £1.0.0d for allotments June 16th 1898 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

Memorandum inside Council Meetings Book from: James French, New House Fruit Farm, Greenstreet, Sittingbourne, Kent, to Lynsted Parish Council, Mr F. Court Clerk, dated 30th May 1898.

“Dear Sir, The Landlord having sold a piece of land comprised in your Lease, containing next the London Road 28 feet, and in depth on both sides of 140 feet adjoining the Salvation Army Barracks. I beg to give notice that I desire to resume possession under Clause 10 of your Agreement. Will you please let me know as soon as possible what compensation will be payable by me under the Lease. Yours faithfully, James French “

16th June 1898 [p34]

Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted June 18th 1898. Councillors present : Col. Tyler Chairman, C. Busbridge, E. Seagars, J. Dence, F. Court Clerk. Minutes of last meeting were read and signed. A letter was read from Mr Jas. French giving notice that 28 ft. by 140 ft. of allotment ground was required for building purposes and asking what compensation would be required. Proposed by Col. Tyler, seconded by Mr Seagars, that a letter be written to the District Sanitary Authority requesting that an inspection be made of all the cess-pools, wells and slaughterhouses in Greenstreet. Carried unanimous. Proposed by Col. Tyler, seconded by Mr Seagars, that notice be given to Mr W. Streetfield to leave his allotment at Greenstreet at Michaelmas, the land be divided between the four first allottees. Carried. The Clerk was requested to write to the Teynham Council asking that the matter of watering Greenstreet may be looked into. Proposed by Seagars, seconded by Mr Dence, that Mr Lees be permitted to sign Declaration next meeting. Mr J. Dence signed declaration. August 8th 1898 - V.R. Tyler Chairman (signed)

8th August 1898 [p35]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted August 8th 1898. Councillors present : Col. Tyler (in the Chair), Messrs: J. French, J. Dence, W. Lees, E. Rye, C. Seagars, F. Court (Clerk). A letter was read from the Rural District Council (in reply) stating having regard to the ordinary house to house survey of Greenstreet and the special surveys that have been made of parts of it of late, they see no necessity to make a further special survey and therefore regret they are unable to meet our Council’s request. A letter was also read from Teynham Parish Council informing our Council that Messrs: W. Atkins, W.J. Read and J.F. Honeyball had been appointed a Committee to look into the matter of watering Greenstreet. The minutes of last meeting were read and signed. Proposed by W. Lees, seconded by Mr Seagars, Col. Tyler, J. French, F. Court be appointed Committee (Watering Greenstreet). Mr W. Streetfield attended to make a complaint, he feeling aggrieved at having to give up his allotment at Greenstreet, part of the ground having been sold for building purposes, it was thought by some of the Council the case would be met if Mr Hadlow had notice to leave his allotment. Mr Seagars proposed, Mr E. Rye seconded, that notice be given to Mr Hadlow to leave allotment . Carried. Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr Lees, an allotment held by Mr W. Streetfield at Lynsted be offered to Mr Hadlow. Carried. The Rent being due to Mr Mercer a cheque was ordered to be drawn by Messrs French and Lees. The next meeting to be held at Greenstreet – date to be fixed by Chairman.
James French Chairman (signed)

18th October 1898 [p36-37]

Council meeting held in the Wesleyan School, Greenstreet , Tuesday Oct.18th 1898. Councillors present: Mr Jas. French (in the Chair), Messrs: Lees, Aldrick, Rye, Dence, Busbridge, Segars, F. Court, Col. Tyler. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. A letter was read from Mr Hadlow complaining of having to give up his allotment, he having complied with the Councils agreement after discussion. Mr Busbridge proposed, Mr Aldrick seconded, that Mr Hadlow be allowed to continue to hold his allotment. On a show of hands the following voted for: Messrs: Aldrick , Court, Busbridge, Lees. Against – Messrs French, Rye, Seagars. Proposition carried. Proposed by Mr W. French, seconded by Mr Seagar that a reduction of 1/3d be made in Rent on July Quarter on the allotments at Greenstreet. Carried unanimous. Proposed by Mr French, seconded by Mr Rye and carried unanimous that a letter be written to Capt. Vallance, our late Chairman, also to Col. Tyler, our present Chairman (he being about to leave the District) asking if they would kindly favour the Council with their Portrait to be placed in the Board School Lynsted as a memento and recognition of the great interest they had taken in the Parish. Col. Tyler very kindly acceded to the Council request. The Clerk was instructed to write to the School Board for the necessary permission. Next meeting to be held at Lynsted. Feby. 22/99 William Lees (Chairman) (signed)

22nd February 1899 [p37]

Council meeting held in the Board School Lynsted Feby. 22nd 1899 7.30 P.M.
In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Lees was voted to the Chair. Councillors present : Messrs: Lees, Aldrick, Dence, Rye, Seagars, Busbridge and F. Court Clerk. The minutes of last meeting were read and signed. Lynsted allotments - it was decided to make an abatement in the Rent of 2/6d per year, the future price to be at the rate of 6½d per perch, the abatement to be made at the end of the year. Captain Vallance, late Chairman, at the request of the Council presented his photograph to the Parish. The Clerk was instructed to acknowledge receipt and return best thanks of the Council for the same. Parish Meeting to be held on March 6th 7.30 P.M. Proposed by Mr Busbridge, seconded by Mr Aldrick , Mr Ackerman be asked to take the Chair. Carried. Next Council Meeting to be held at Greenstreet. Mar. 30th 1899 James French Chairman (signed)

30th March 1899 [p38]

Council Meeting held in the Wesleyan School March 30th 1899. 7.30 P.M. Present: Mr J. French (the Chair), Messrs: Aldrick, Busbridge, Lees, Rye, F. Court Clerk. The following accounts were presented: Streetfield 4/- d Challender 3/6d Court 20/- d Austin 3/- d Streetfield 3/6d Smith 3/-d 5/-d was granted to the Trustees of the Wesleyan School Greenstreet for the use of the same. A cheque for £2.2s.0d was drawn and accounts ordered to be paid. Col. Tyler at the request of the Council presented his photograph to the Parish, the Clerk was instructed to acknowledge receipt with the best thanks of the Council. April 17th/99 - Edward Seagars Chairman (signed)

April 17th 1899 [p38-39]

Council Meeting held in the Broad School Lynsted April 17th 1899 7.30 P.M. Councillors present : Messrs: Jas. French, W. White, E. Seagars, E. Rye, John Dence, Thos. Aldrick, F. Court, E.McMullen, H. Curry. Proposed by Mr Aldrick, seconded by Mr Court, Mr Jas. French be Chairman. Proposed by Mr McMullen, seconded by Mr W. White, Mr E. Seagars be Chairman on a show of hands, five asked for Mr Seagars, viz Mr White, Mr Curry, Mr McMullen, Mr E. Rye, Mr J. Dence. Mr Seagars took the Chair. Proposed by Mr J. Dence, seconded by Mr White, Mr Jas. French be Vice-Chairman. Carried unanimous. Mr French declined to accept the office. On the proposition of Mr White, seconded by Mr McMullen, Mr H. Curry was elected Vice-Chairman. Mr White, Mr McMullen, Mr Dence, Mr Seagars, Mr Rye voted for French. Aldrick and Court neutral. Before the Elections each member signed the Declaration. Mr Court was proposed to take office of Clerk, but declined, no other volunteering to accept, it was decided to postpone the Election until the next meeting to be called on May 1st. Proposed by Mr White, seconded by Mr Rye, Messrs Thos. Back and Mr G. Smith be reappointed Overseer for the ensuing year. Mr McMullen proposed, Mr Curry seconded, that the attention of the County Council be called to the state of the footpath at Greenstreet between Lynsted Lane and Greenstreet Hill with a view of it being kerbed. Carried. A circular was read from Mr Dunn assistant Overseer asking that the following resolution be passed by the Council. It is hereby ordered that the owners of all hereditaments situate in the Parish of Lynsted to which Sec. IV of the Poor Rate Assessment and Collection Act 1869 extends shall be rated to the Poor Rate in respect of such rateable hereditaments instead of the Occupiers in all rates made after the date hereof. The section of the Act was adopted on March 4th 1896. The Council confirmed the above resolution. Votes of thanks were given to Mr J. French for services in the Vice-Chair, also to Mr F. Court as Clerk. Cheques were drawn for Allotment Rents: Mr Mercer £1.0s.0d Mr J. French £3.0s.8d due Ap. 6th 1899. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

1st May 1899 [p40]

Council Meeting held in the Board School Lynsted May 1st 1899. 7.30 P.M. On the resolution of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr Curry, Mr McMullen was appointed Clerk pro. tem. in the absence of Mr Court. The Minutes were read and passed, on the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr J. French. It was proposed by Mr McMullen, and seconded by Mr J. French, that Mr Court’s resignation as Clerk be accepted. Carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr Curry and seconded by Mr E. Rye that Mr E. McMullen be appointed Clerk and Collector of Allotment Rents for the ensuing year. Carried unanimously. The appointment of Allotment Committee was deferred until the next meeting. It was proposed by Mr French and seconded by Mr White that the meetings of the Council in future be held on the first Mondays of each month. Carried unanimously. Councillors present : Messrs: E. Seagars, W. White, E. Rye, H.W. Curry, J. French and E. McMullen.E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

5th June 1899 [p41]

Council Meeting held at the Board School Lynsted, June 5th 1899 7.30 P.M. The Minutes were read and on the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr H.W. Curry. They were passed and carried unanimously. The Council received the account for the Collection of the Lighting Rate from Mr Dunn and it was resolved that the Clerk be instructed to write for further particulars, on the proposition of Mr Dence and seconded by Mr Curry. Mr F. Court’s resignation as Councillor was received, and Mr Dence proposed and seconded by Mr E. Rye that Mr William Lees be elected Councillor in place of Mr Court. Carried unanimously. Notice to quit Allotments 1 to 18 at Greenstreet, in accordance with the lease, was received, and on the proposition of Mr E. Rye, seconded by Mr Aldrick, the Clerk was instructed to write, asking Mr French to take over the remaining lots at the same time. Carried unanimously. On the resolution of Mr McMullen and seconded by Mr E. Rye, Mr Curry was appointed a member of the Allotments Committee. Mr Curry proposed and Mr Rye seconded, Mr W. White as a member of the Allotments Committee. Carried unanimously. Councillors present : Messrs: Seagars, Curry, Aldrick, Dence, Rye and McMullen. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

20th June 1899 [p42]

Council Meeting held at the Board School Lynsted June 20th 1899 at 8 o’clock. The minutes of the last meeting were read and were confirmed on the proposition of Mr W. White and seconded by Mr Curry. The account for the Collection of the Lighting Rate was again presented. An explanation having been received from the Assistant Overseer, it was sanctioned, on the proposition of Mr H.W. Curry and seconded by Mr White, and signed by the Chairman. A communication was received from Mr Jas. French in reference to the Greenstreet Allotments. On the proposition of Mr Seagars and seconded by Mr White it was resolved that the Clerk should arrange a meeting of the Allotments Committee with Mr French at an early date. The Allotments Committee brought up a report of a meeting held by them on June 15th 1899. It was ordered to be entered in the minutes, on the proposition of Mr Curry and seconded by Mr White. Report of a Meeting of the Allotment Committee held at Lynsted on Thursday June 15th 1899 at 7.30 p.m. Present: Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), W. White and E. McMullen (Clerk). The Clerk was instructed to call a Meeting of the Council on Tuesday, June 20th 1899 at 8 o’clock and was also instructed to specially invite Mr French to attend that Meeting with a view of deciding the Greenstreet Allotments question. Mr William Lees having declined to serve as Councillor in place of Mr Court, Mr W White proposed and Mr Seagars seconded that Mr H. Carpenter be Elected. Carried. On the proposition of Mr White and seconded by Mr Curry it was resolved that the next Meeting should be held on Tuesday August 8th. Councillors present Messrs Seagars (Chairman) H. Curry (vice Chairman) W. White and E. McMullen (Clerk) . E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

Memorandum (attached to minutes):
From: James French, New House Fruit Farm, Greenstreet, Sittingbourne, Kent. Dated June 25th 1899 To: Mr Mac Mullen – Clerk of the Lynsted Parish Council “Dear Sir, I cannot possibly attend the meeting this evening, but I shall be pleased to meet the Allotment Committee at any time before the 6th of July and as the allottees will remain in possession. There might not be any trouble in the transfer Yours truly, James French “ (signed)

August 8th 1899 [p43-44]

Council Meeting held at the Board School, Lynsted August 8th 1899 at 7.30 P.M. Councillors present : Messrs: E. Seagars Chairman, E. Rye, W. White, H. Carpenter and E. McMullen (Clerk). The Minutes of the last meeting were read and passed on the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr White. Mr Henry Carpenter duly signed the Declaration on taking Office.

The Allotments Committee presented their report as follows:
“A Meeting of your Committee was held at the Board School on June 29th 1899, when Mr J. French attended the meeting and in reply to Mr Seagars, Mr French stated that it was not his intention to terminate the agreement with any Allotment holder before Michaelmas. The Clerk was instructed to terminate the Agreement with Mr French on July 6th 1899”.

The Clerk reported that he had duly terminated the Allotment Agreement with Mr French. Proposed by Mr W. White and seconded by Mr Rye that the Clerk be instructed to pay Mr H. Wildash the sum of 4/4½d, being amount overpaid Allotment rent. Carried. A Cheque value £1.10.4d was drawn for Mr J. French, amount due for Allotment rent. Proposed by Mr Rye and seconded by Mr White that the next meeting of the Council be held on Monday October 2nd 1899. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

Oct. 2nd 1899 [45-46]

Council Meeting held at the Board Schools Lynsted October 2nd 1899. Councillors present: Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), J.J. Dence, E. Rye and E.McMullen (Clerk). On the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr J. Dence, the minutes were passed as read. Mr James French having tendered his resignation, it was accepted, on the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr Dence. The appointment of another gentleman as Councillor was deferred till next meeting. On the proposition of Mr Seagars and seconded by Mr Rye, Mr Austin’s account for stationery was ordered to be paid. On the proposition of Mr McMullen and seconded by Mr Rye, the Council sanctioned the payment for Collection of Lighting Rate. The Council having received notices to quit 3 pieces of Allotment held by Messrs Streatfield and Snashall, the Clerk was instructed to let the same to the final 3 applicants in the order of their applications. A letter was received from Mr Busbridge complaining of sheep belonging to Mr Mercer doing damage to crops on allotment and claiming 20/-d damage. On the motion of Mr Seagars and seconded by Mr Rye, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Mercer. The next meeting was fixed for the first Monday in November. J. Seagars Chairman (signed)

Nov. 6th 1899 [p46-47]

Council Meeting held at the Board Schools Lynsted Novr. 6th 1899. Councillors present : Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), H.W. Curry (Vice Chairman), E. Rye, W. White, H. Carpenter and E. McMullen (Clerk). The minutes were read and passed on the proposition of Mr W. White and seconded by Mr H. Carpenter. Mr George Wraight of Greenstreet was proposed as a Member of the Council, Vice Mr French by Mr W. White and seconded by Mr McMullen. Carried. Proposed by Mr Seagars and seconded by Mr White that the Clerk be instructed to reply to Mr C.R. Busbridge’s letter of Oct. 2nd to the effect that the Council were not satisfied that the damage was done by Mr Mercer’s sheep. Carried. A Cheque for £2.0s.0d was drawn for Mr R.M. Mercer for ½ years allotment rents. Mr White proposed and Mr Curry seconded that the Clerk be instructed to write to the Rural District Council calling attention to the state of the footpaths and water passage near Mr Jury’s shop and West End of Greenstreet. Carried. The next Meeting was arranged to be held on the second Monday in January 1900 at 7.00 p.m. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

January 8th 1900 [p47]

Council Meeting, held at the Board Schools Lynsted January 8th 1900. Present : Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), H.W. Curry (Vice Chairman) , W. White, J.J. Dence, H. Carpenter, E. Rye and E. McMullen (Clerk). The minutes were read and passed on the proposition of Mr H. Carpenter, seconded by Mr E. Rye. Mr George Wraight was allowed to sign his Declaration at the next meeting, on the proposition of Mr W. White, seconded by Mr Carpenter. A Circular was read from the LGB in reference to the (Tenure of office) Parish Councillors Act 1899. The next meeting was fixed for 1st Monday in Feby. W. White Chairman (signed)

February 5th 1900 (No Meeting)

The Council Meeting to be held on this date was not held, but it was arranged that the next meeting should take place on Monday Feby. 12th 1900.

Feb. 12th 1900 [p48]

Council Meeting held at the Board School Lynsted February 12th 1900. Present : Messrs: W. White, J.J. Dence, E. Rye, Geo. Wraight and E. McMullen Clerk. On the proposition of Mr McMullen and seconded by Mr Rye, Mr W. White was elected Chairman of this meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and passed on the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr J. Dence. Mr George Wraight duly signed the Declaration on taking office. Mr W. White proposed and Mr Rye seconded “that the Allotment holders who have neglected to trim the hedge adjoining their allotment, be requested to do so at once”. Carried. On the proposition of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr Dence “that the Minutes of May 1st 1899, having reference to the meetings of this Council be rescinded”. Mr E. Rye proposed and Mr G. Wraight seconded “that the Clerk be instructed to write to the Kent County Council calling attention to a resolution passed by this Council on April 17th 1899 and to the bad state of the footpath and water-way near Mr Jury’s shop and at the West End of Greenstreet”. Carried. The next meeting was fixed for March 1st.E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

March 1st 1900 [p49]

Council Meeting held at the Board School Lynsted on Thursday March 1st 1900 at 7 o’clock p.m. Present : Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), J.J. Dence, E. Rye, G. Wraight, W. White and E. McMullen Clerk. The minutes were read and passed, on the proposition of Mr W. White, seconded by Mr E. Rye. The Clerk reported that the Allotment hedges had been brushed and that a letter had been received from the Kent County Council in reference to the Greenstreet footpaths.
A letter was received from Mr S. Drury, of Bumpit, complaining of the bad state of the footpath from the “Builders yard to the stile” at Lynsted. On the motion of Mr Seagars, seconded by Mr Rye, the Clerk was instructed to write to Captain Vallance asking him to repair the same, it being believed to be his property. Carried. The date of the next meeting was left to the Chairman to decide. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

April 19th 1900 [p50-52]

Council Meeting held at the Board School Lynsted on Thursday, April 19th 1900 at 7.30 P.M. Present : Messrs: E. Seagars (Chairman), H.W. Curry (Vice Chairman) , G. Wraight, H. Carpenter , J.J. Dence, E. Rye, W. White and E. McMullen (Clerk). The minutes were read and passed on the proposition of Mr W. White and seconded by Mr H.W. Curry. Mr H.W. Curry proposed and Mr E. Rye seconded the re-election of Mr Edward Seagars as Chairman for the ensuing year. Carried unanimously. A letter was received from Capt. Vallance acknowledging receipt of letter from the Clerk in reference to complaint of a footpath at Lynsted. Mr W. White proposed and Mr G. Wraight seconded “that a Footpath Committee be formed”. Carried. The following Councillors were duly appointed Footpaths Committee : Messrs: E. Seagars, H.W. Curry, E. Rye, G. Wraight and E. McMullen.

A letter was received from Mr W. Atkins in reference to the Jubilee Pump, as follows:

“Greenstreet 12/3/1900
Gentlemen, I am instructed by the Jubilee Pump Committee to write you to the effect that the structure erected as a Jubilee Memorial at Greenstreet is now completed. Also that there is a good supply of water in the well under. And my Committee consider that the Memorial now being in a satisfactory condition it should be placed under the control of the local Governing bodies. And I am requested to invite your Council to appoint a Committee to act jointly with the Teynham Council to consider the matter. Trusting you will appoint same at your next Council Meeting, so that a joint meeting may be arranged at an early date. I am, Gentleman, Yours obediently, W. Atkins, Hon. Secretary.“

After a discussion, Mr W. White proposed and Mr H. Carpenter seconded, “that a Committee be appointed to meet the Teynham Council at the Wesleyan School, Greenstreet on the above subject and report to this Council”. Carried. The following Councillors were duly appointed a Committee for the purpose: Messrs: E. Seagars, H.W. Curry, W. White, J.J. Dence, G. Wraight and E. McMullen. The Clerk reported that the Chairman and himself had met the County Council Surveyor and Mr Maxted at Greenstreet, on the subject of improvements to the footpaths there and a letter was read from the Clerk to the County Council notifying that it had been decided to make the improvements at the estimated cost of £89. Letters were read from Mr F.W. Crook, Secretary to the Technical Education Committee of the Kent County Council, in reference to a Course of Lectures on Beekeeping. The first Lecture was given by Mr J. Garratt on March 29th. The matter being approved by the Council. Mr T. Aldrick, not having attended a meeting of the Council for more than 6 months thereby forfeiting his Seat on the Council. Mr E. Seagars proposed and Mr W. White seconded, “that the Clerk be instructed to request Mr Aldrick to allow his re-election”. Carried unanimously. Mr H.W. Curry proposed and Mr Dence seconded that the Collector of the “Allotment Rents be paid Four Shillings per annum for the Collection of the same”. Carried. A Cheque was drawn for £2.0s.0d for Mr R.M. Mercer for rents of Allotments. The following a/c’s were ordered to be paid : Streatfield 6/-d R. McMullen 6/-d F. Court 2/6d. The Next Meeting was fixed for May 17th 1900. E. Seagars - Chairman (signed)

17th May 1900 [p52-53]

Council Meeting held at the Board School, Lynsted, on Thursday May 17th 1900 at 7.30 P.M. Present: Messrs E. Seagars, Chairman, E. Rye, W. White, G. Wraight and E. McMullen (Clerk). The Minutes were read and passed on the proposition of Mr W. White and seconded by Mr E. Rye. The Clerk reported that Mr Aldrick had consented to serve again. The Jubilee Pump Committee brought up their Report of their Meeting with the Committee of the Teynham Council held on April 30th. Mr G. Wraight proposed and Mr W. White seconded “That this Council join with the Teynham Council in accepting charge of the Jubilee Pump Memorial at Greenstreet from the Jubilee Pump Committee and that the Committee be empowered to conclude the business.” Carried. Messrs W. White, G. Wraight and E. McMullen voted for the proposition – Messrs Seagars and Rye neutral. Messrs H. Carpenter and E. Rye were added to the Jubilee Pump Committee. Messrs T. Back and G.A.H. Smith were duly re-appointed Overseers for the ensuing year. A complaint was received in reference to the bad state of the pond at Bogle. Proposed by Mr E. Seagars, seconded by Mr E. Rye “That the Clerk be instructed to call the immediate attention of the Faversham Rural District Council to the matter with a view of the nuisance being abated at an early date”. Book and Forms being required, the Clerk was instructed to procure them, on the proposition of Mr E. Seagars, seconded by Mr White. The date of the next meeting was not fixed. E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

November 21st 1900 [p54]

Council Meeting held at the Board School, Lynsted, on Wednesday, Novr. 21st 1900. Present: Messrs: Edward Seagars (Chairman), W. White, E. Rye, J.J. Dence and E. McMullen (Clerk). The Minutes were read and passed on the proposition of Mr W. White and seconded by Mr E. Rye. A letter was read from the Faversham Rural District Council in reference to the state of the pond at Bogle, complained of by this Council, stating that the Medical Officer and Inspector had visited the place and found no cause for complaint. The question of taking over (jointly with the Teynham Council) the Jubilee Pump at Greenstreet was deferred to the Annual Meeting – on the resolution of Mr E. Rye and seconded by Mr J.J. Dence, which was Carried unanimously. The Clerk reported that he had received permission from the Lynsted School Board to remove the pictures of their late Chairmen to the enlarged classroom, which was considered more suitable for the transaction of the Council’s business. The Clerk was instructed to see Mr Mercer in reference to a wire netting fence proposed to be put round the Allotments by the Allotees. A Cheque value £2.0.0d was drawn for Mr R.M. Mercer. E. Seagars - Chairman (signed).

February 2nd 1901 [p55]

The Council attended Lynsted Parish Church as a body on the Occasion of the Memorial Service at the time of the funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria.
E. Seagars Chairman (signed)

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