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Links View, Martins


My parents (Mary and Gordon Martin) lived in Links View (now April Cottage) in Conghurst Lane in the late 1950s and lived there til the 1990s. It was so called because it overlooked Links Farm which my father established on the site of the original golf course.I went to the scouts in Hawkhurst with my friend Mick Eames, Colin and Robert Golding from Conghurst Lane (and my brother Nigel) as well as several others from the Hawkhurst area.

Mick and I walked down Stream Lane to junior school at the moor. Later I went to the dreadful Swattenden School, catching the school bus from the Shop at the end of Conghurst Lane. I have many more memories of Hawkhurst, happy times.

I’ve now retired to the New Forest overlooking the IOW and enjoying being a Grandfather … Chris Martin


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    My parents lived in Copthall Avenue from 1937 to 2000 approx. Mum died 1994 and Dad moved to Crane House Gardens and died 2005. I was born 1948 and moved away to Rolvenden in 1974 but never realised there was a Golf Links Course in Conghurst Lane. I do remember Colin Golding who was apprenticed to Mr Weller at Pipers Printing works on Highgate and instrumental in starting the Wealden Advertiser. Mr Lumb was the Headmaster of the Junior School. Mr Wickins the caretaker. Mr Rummery the Verger, Percy Weston the Organist at All Saints, Mrs Relf at St Laurence. Its all flooding back!
    I too have many happy memories of Hawkhurst!

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