I took a trip up to the Armed Forces’ equivalent of Heathrow, RAF Brize Norton. I was there to welcome back some more of the soldiers from Iraq. They were less tanned than I thought they would be, although they had the same tired faces as all international travellers. I would imagine baggage reclaim could be quite challenging, everyone had large camouflage rucksacks.
The shopkeepers near Hither Green station have got together and started planning some activities and improvements, the name for this group is FUSS (friends and users of Staplehurst shops). Their plans look very interesting, I will keep you updated as I find out more.