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April 2002 - There has been a spate of chimney fires over the last few weeks. Can we ask people to keep an eye on their fires, not to let them get too fierce and have their chimneys swept on a regular basis? If your chimney catches fire, call the Fire Brigade immediately. While awaiting the arrival of the Brigade either put a wet cloth or pour water onto the fire in the hearth to reduce heat and flames to the chimney breast.
You will be pleased to hear that Sub. Officer Roy Belsom has had his operation and is making a steady recovery. We wish him well and look forward to his return to duty.
Mike Anderson.

December 2001 Sadly we heard of the death of ex Sub-Officer Ernie Hare on 10th November. Ernie would possibly be better known for running the Chequers Garage, Tearooms and Electrical Shop (where Tatlers and The Fish and Chip Shop are now). He served first in the auxiliary Fire Service, then National Fire Service and later Kent Fire Brigade from 1947 to 1968.

We offer condolences to his family and respects from the Lenham Fire Brigade.
Ernie Hare's photograph in the Sub-Officer's office will remind us of his service to the community.

Signed Sub Officer Roy Belsom.

From August 2001 Our most pleasant time this month was at the Primary School Fete when we were able to show the children and many adults our Fire Appliances, attended by many of our Crew. We enjoyed it and so did the children! We were called to a fire at Crumps Lane, Grafty Green which destroyed two garages, workshop and wood store.

The owners had had a bonfire the day before, thought it had burnt out and left it. The wind came up the next day and the high wind caused hidden embers to scatter with the unfortunate result.

Perhaps we should all learn from this: - see that your bonfire is REALLY out before you leave it. Because there is no smoke or flames it doesn't mean that it can't start a blaze latter on.
Sub. Officer Roy Belsom, Lenham Fire Brigade.

Firemans Prayer

Mrs. Toni Mills (wife of Retired Retained Fireman Graham Mills), and whose hobby is cross-stitch needlework, presented Lenham Fire Station with a framed cross-stitched work of the Firemans Prayer. The cross-stitch took Mrs. Mills approximately 6 weeks to complete


When I am called to duty God, wherever flames may rage
Give me strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child, before it is too late
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and give the best of me,
To guard my every neighbour and protect his property.
And if according to your will I have to lose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.

From Lenham Focus for Lenham.net

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