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Written by Ivor Stoneham

Hodsoll Street

 

Prior to 1946 Hodsoll Street was a very small hamlet of approximately 16 houses dominated by Holywell Park (manor) which has a fascinated history of its own.

 

In 1946 Dartford Rural District Council opted to build 10 houses and later in 1949 8 more were added and thus Park View was born.

 

 This meant a big rise in population of the Hamlet especially the young and the Rev Vigo who lived in Brickfields and Mrs Sanders got together to find a home for Sunday School no. 13 Park view, the old Barn at the beginning of Honeypot Lane (now demolished) and Greenfields were all used.

 

From these small beginnings a committee was formed to raise money for a village hall. Mr Stoneham was the first chairman, names like the Bolsters from Goose Farm, Mr B Tilling, Mrs Hansford and lots of others served on the committee. This was in 1952.

 

Money was raised by fetes, raffles etc, but it was slow going.

In 1952 Mr Thompson who lived in Greenfields offered the committee a prefab building for £330 which was surplus to his firms’ requirements.

 

We accepted gratefully as our total funds at the time were £350. We applied for a grant from Kent social services.

 

Mr & Mrs Burgess who had the Post office and shop near the green donated the top of their garden for the site of the hall and a further strip of land was donated by Whitbread Brewery who owed the field behind the hall.

 

A grant of £1000 was obtained from Kent Social Services and finally at 3pm on Saturday 26th November 1960 the hall was officially opened.

 

Written like this sounds like it was so easy but it was built after many setbacks and I am pleased to say that all committees since have worked hard to maintain the village hall.

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The Green Man pub has been the beating heart of our small community for many generations. Sitting on a small green surrounded by old timber clad and flintstone buildings being quintessentially Kent at its best.  Built in 1884, a thriving country pub selling good food and beer but most of all being the meeting place for locals and vistors to enjoy precious time together. In the early hours of the morning on Thursday 17th June 2021, a lightening strike hit the aerial on the chimney causing a devastating fire that swept through the pub and burnt it to the ground. The shocking reality hit us all. What were we to do without the pub that has been there for so many years? There was an immediete response from the community of what could we all do to bring back our pub. A petition has been set up. We are looking to get it declared as a Community Asset. This will help us re create the pub once again. Build it back for the villagers and once again bring the heart back to our small but vibrant community.

If you want to help please show your support by clicking on the hand below and it will take you to the petition. Please sign it and share it with your family and friends.

If you feel you can help us in anyway with our bid to re build the pub then please contact us greenmanrecovery@gmail.com

We will keep you informed as to how things are progressing on our Village Facebook pages

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Hodsoll Street Village

Hodsoll Street and Ridley Village Hall

Image thanks to Meopham Pre 1970

Image thanks to Meopham Pre 1970

Image thanks to Meopham Pre 1970

Image thanks to Meopham Pre 1970

Image thanks to Meopham Pre 1970

 Image thanks to Sally Bates

 Image thanks to Sally Bates

 Image thanks to Sally Bates