R I P – EEH Field

RIP Mr Field


A man whose qualities are extolled on a number of pages in this blog, who served as Heateacher at the primary school for many years.




Benchmark – 2016

A new bench has been put in place just off the Wrotham Road where the Tollgate Estate fronts the road. Ever welcome for weary legs on the way to Wrotham or travelling down the other way or simply a place to stop and chat!

Well done to Borough Green Parish Council and thanks to Mike Taylor for sending on the shots. I will put thesesatisfied customers tollagetbench2 on a suitable page shortly.



















Quarry – presentation

Under the Basted group is added a photo of staff at the quarry at a presentation event for long service.

I have 2 possible candidates for this. One is dated 1945 to Mr Hollands for a 50 year medal. The age of those shown suggests he may not be in that group.The other is for Mr. C. Corner on his retirement from the quarry.

Neither explanatory note has a full list of names. If anyone can oblige, please leave a comment.

Site re-vamp Aug 2015

“They’re back” ( O’Rourke 1986)

Following a review of the site, I am in the process of recasting the pages so that they are grouped more by  location first, with identifiable year groupings second.

Please bear with me. Pages may move around over the next few days. Content is otherwise back.

In addition after a prolonged absence the hot spot image map is back – I bet you missed it. So for those of you with tablets things might get even easier.

Due process – updated

A reminder of the term “due process”, partly borrowed from the USA, but an important concept, seemed appropriate.

From wikipaedia we learn: “In clause 39 of Magna Carta, issued in 1215, John, King of England promised: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

In the event of a complaint about a matter agreed by the local council, in this case TMBC, there are certain steps to take to resolve any such grievance.  To the best of my knowledge these are not addressed by the local press,  nor by an elected MP, who has no power over the local council, the body responsible for allocating street names.

In the event the complaint is maladministered the local government ombudsman may be brought in if all other avenues have been exhausted. The Secretary of  State and the High Courts may also offer means of resolution. This is in the case of a real grievance,  which may result where real, not imaginary, harm has been suffered.

With regard to the subject of my last post I am unaware of any actual harm, mental or physical, suffered by the naming of one road after the family. The original suggestion was to call the road “Frank Bangay Way” which request was altered to “Bangays Way”.  This went through the various planning stages and was approved some good while back. If any had objections, then they had the chance to raise them.

If this is to be re-examined this would be an unusual case, but if it concludes with what was originally proposed as the street name, then the wisdom of the first choice may be seen.

I note that a number of the syndicated web reports on this matter suggest that legal action may have been threatened. This is categorically not the case. I am unaware that any family member is “furious”, simply a little exasperated that this matter received wide attention, when the good works that my late Father  undertook should be foremost.  He was one of many residents who created a dynamic, caring and supportive community, which it remains today.  It also exposed the village in which I grew up to pointless criticism – there was no “storm”, nor “controversy” other than that which was fuelled from nowhere.

I have some sympathy now  with sugar lumps having been involved in what appears to have been a storm in a tea cup.

Love and peace to all.

Semiotics and semolina – Frank Bangay – just a name

It seems an article has appeared online relating to a certain street. I have sent the following to the newspaper, exactly as set out here:

Hello Louise,

I understand from Mike Taylor that a matter concerning a street in Borough Green has surfaced. For some reason a villager has expressed the view that the name Bangays Way may be taken as homophobic. While he may perceive things in this way, this seems perhaps overly sensitive and I would have faith in the people of Borough Green to see it as it is meant, simply a tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the area, without any other overtones.

In addition to being Chair of the Parish Council for many years and vice-chair at other times, my late Father helped to energise the village in the post-war period and with many others helped it to acquire the name of “DIY village”. He fought in the war and helped to defeat those who sought to silence others’ views and divergence, gave of his time against those who sent Jews, dissidents, Communists, Gypsies and homosexuals to the death chamber. He was an advocate of freedom of speech.

I do not wish for the name of Bangay to be slurred, nor for what strikes me as petty playground bullying, literally name calling, to go unchecked.  I am pretty sure that the LGBT community would also consider that this grievance was rather poorly based. There are many issues surrounding gay rights which may be worthy of our time: simply misreading street signs in a wilful manner is unlikely to promote a positive response to more deserving matters. Sadly I see Mr. Tucker-Bell’s position as little better than the homophobia which he claims to decry. It is insensitive. If he had understood – which he claims to – that this is a family name, he might have appreciated the upset and offense which he has triggered.  As public servants all four of Frank’s children have worked with and contributed to policies on diversity, in an even handed and professional manner. In my employment I have actively promoted such policy. It therefore seems doubly ironic that this should surface as an issue in this fashion.

If this matter is resolved by changing the street name to Frank Bangay Way I trust that this will keep all parties happy. I hope that all can move on having learned from the experience, mindful of the view that if living in a community, agreement is reached by thoughtful discussion and reflection, endeavouring to see all points of view in a sympathetic way.

Kind regards,

Ian Bangay


Has anybody here seen Kelly?

Actually the person in question here is called Mary. For details of what I am referring to please see Mike Taylor’s site:


Perhaps a few readers might recognise the building and have pictures of the people shown.



Apologies to Florrie Ford.