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John pragnell

5th February 2017

Jayne Pragnell:

I am researching John pragnell, son of Richard Pragnell, born in iden in 1753. if you have records could you let me know. or have anything I can see. I will visit. Thank you.

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8th April 2016

Alan Turk:

Hello Iden, My name is Alan Michael Turk and I am visiting Iden in June and have my family history from the 1600's basically centred around Iden. I have visited the village in 2008 and visited the church cemetery. I am coming back in June and would like to know if any Turk's still live in the area. I am particularly interested in any more family history. I will be in and around Iden in the week starting June 20th. Thankyou Alan Turk.

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Black Cat Found

28th August 2014

Ian Kay:

I live in Randolphs Lane, Iden and for the past 2 nights a little black cat has been outside mewing! Has anyone lost a kitcat? phone no. 07769 602 486.

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

27th September 2012

Jamie Cheshire:

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doesn’t just save lives, it gives patients the best chance and quality of survival and helps prevent permanent disability.

The care and treatment the doctor and critical care paramedic can provide at the scene of an accident or medical emergency is often crucial to the recovery a patient will make later on in hospital. Just ask Joe Addison.

He stunned the medics who airlifted him to hospital by walking un-aided less than three months after suffering limb-threatening injuries in a motocross accident at Iden.

He was about to mount a 30ft jump when a loose wire caused the engine of his 250cc machine to cut out.

The 32-year-old was forced to bale out and broke both his legs as he crashed to the ground.

Land paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and St John Ambulance were first on scene.

They then called in the helicopter which arrived within just 10 minutes, a journey that would have taken about 40 minutes by road.

Dr Neal Durge and critical care paramedic Jez Loseby administered strong painkillers and sedated Joe at the track-side.

They also re-set his fractured left femur and right tibia, fibia and ankle before airlifting him to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London.

He spent three weeks at the specialist hospital before he was allowed back home.

He was in a wheelchair and on crutches but by the time he visited the helicopter base on November 8th, 2011, he was walking un-aided.

Joe presented the charity with a cheque for £500 which was raised by fellow members of his motocross club.

He said: "It was brilliant to see the guys who helped me. They were amazing on the day, they really were. Hats off to them and I really cannot thank them enough.

"When I first saw them and stood up to shake their hands they were gobsmacked. They said they were expecting me to be in a wheelchair. They couldn’t believe I wasn’t even walking with crutches.”

Joe’s physiotherapist told him that in 20 years of doing her job she had never seen someone recover and back on their feet so quickly.

Dr Durge said: "It was good to see Joe because we rarely see the outcome of what we do. The last time we saw him he was clearly in a lot of pain.

"He was very grateful and even more so because the doctors at King’s told him our intervention had made a significant difference to his recovery which has been incredibly quick.”

Joe had finished an impressive fourth out of a field of about 40 riders in the first race and was lying second in his club championship at the time of his crash.

Despite missing the last three rounds, he still finished fourth in the overall standings and vowed to ride again.

He added: "If the accident had been caused by rider error I may have considered quitting but because it was the bike I can’t just stop doing something I love.

"Everyone thinks I’m crazy after the injuries I’ve suffered but I can’t stop. Motocross is like a disease.”

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Accommodation Required to Rent

4th November 2010

Sarah Humphreys:

We are looking for a two bed property to rent in the Iden area for ourselves and our 6 year old daughter and 2 cats. If you know of anything coming up in the not too distant future please contact me at

Many thanks.

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Iden School

18th October 2009

Michael Miller:

The National School Iden closed in 1936 and the pupils went down to Playden. I live in the old school and can find no record of a clock being presented but I will ask around as there are people here who went to the school

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Iden School

1st October 2009

Robert Ovens:

Can anyone tell me about Iden School. My interest is a one-handed clock with an unusual dial (infact, a Benjamin Franklin clock) which is now in the north transept of Northiam Church. It has the maker’s name on the dial – J (Jesse?) Gilbert of Northiam and was probably made about 1803. The dial is white with black numerals, and is about 24 inches in diameter.
It is thought that this clock was presented to the church by Iden School, probably some 30 or 40 years ago. There is also a suggestion that there was some sort of charitable trust between the school and the church. Is / was there a school in Iden? If it has closed when did this occur? Does anyone remember the clock? Can anyone confirm or even add to the above information?
Please contact me via my email address.
Many thanks in anticipation. Robert Ovens, clockmaker, MBHI.

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Family History

1st May 2009

Caroline Lancaster:

Hello David

There's a marriage given in the IGI/FamilySearch (and the GRO Index) for James Cooper Proctor and Katherine Dawes Saunders Adamson on 9 August 1855 at Rye.
Looking at the 1851 census, Katherine Adamson (age 16, born Rye) was living with her parents John and Jane at Middle Street, Rye. John Adamson is shown as being a GP, age 52, born Lambeth, Surrey, and wife Jane age 50, born in Devonshire(Devenport?). Weeden Adamson was Katherine's brother, age 20, an architect and surveyor.

At 1841 the Adamson family - John and Jane and 7 children- were living at Middle Street, Rye. The IGI shows a marriage at Rye on 19 January 1826 between John Adamson and Jane Saunders.

I hope this is helpful and happy to help further if I can.

Best wishes

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Family History

27th April 2009

David Procter:

I am researching my family history and have found a connection to you're village. Mt great grandfather married a Catherine Dawes of Iden around 1850. His name was James Cooper Procter from Rye. He was a surgeon and the family went on to live in Lydd. They had nine children any links to either Catherine Dawes or James Cooper would be helpful. Catherines fathers name was Weedon Dawes, Possibly a surgeon or lawyer.
Contact me via my e-mail adress
Many thanks David Procter

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Family Phillips and Coleman

10th February 2009

Simon Parsons:

Ckeck the message board - I have sent two messages

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