Ø   Seasonal News


NORAD Santa Tracker



On 24 December 1948, the United States Air Force issued a communique claiming that an 'early warning radar net to the north'

had detected 'one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 14,000 feet [4,300 meters], heading 180 degrees'.


The notification stimulated media interest and both the Associated Press and United Press International reported that the Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD)

was tracking Santa Claus. Media updates issued during following years apparently resulted in a telephoned enquiry to CONAD Center from a child who asked to speak with Santa.

Over time, other calls followed and CONAD discovered it had created additional annual duties for itself.


In 1958, the North America Air Defense Command (NORAD) took over the reporting responsibility from CONAD, and the reporting became more detailed as the years passed.

On 24 December 1960, for example, NORAD's northern command post at Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada, provided regular updates of a sleigh operated by 'S Claus',

which it identified as 'undoubtedly friendly'. During the evening, NORAD reported that the sleigh had made an emergency landing on the ice of Hudson Bay,

where Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) interceptor aircraft sent to investigate discovered Santa Claus bandaging his reindeer Dancer's front foot,

after which the RCAF planes escorted him when he resumed his journey.


In more recent years, NORAD, which was renamed the North American Aerospace Defense Command in 1981, openly published a hotline number

for the general public to call to get updates on Santa Claus's progress.


Today, NORAD relies on thousands of volunteers, including US and Canadian military personnel, to make the program possible.

The team typically handles hundreds of thousands of incoming telephone calls and e-mails from more than two hundred countries and territories.

To ease the increasing pressure on NORAD's communications systems, the website was established to allow project access for Internet users,

which now receives tens of millions of visits to its Santa Tracker. A link is provided below if you or members of your family are interested in visiting.


Visit the NORAD Santa Tracker website



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Kent and East Sussex Railway


Invitation and appeal for Gardeners



The Kent & East Sussex Railway is a heritage railway operating steam trains between Tenterden and Bodiam over 10.5 miles of track.

It is run by enthusiastic volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the locomotives, rolling stock, line, buildings and equipment in order for

future generations to experience for themselves the nostalgic atmosphere created by the sights, sounds and smells of steam travel.


K&ESR are desperately seeking keen gardeners to help their small team of volunteers who look after the lovely station gardens at Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam.

If anyone is able to provide assistance, their participation and involvement will greatly contribute to what the team can achieve and will also visually enhance the station environments.

A gardener’s chosen attendance frequency and time on site would be purely personal, totally flexible and greatly appreciated.


For further information please contact:

Brian Richards

K&ESR Infrastructure Coordinator

Phone: 07738 477579




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‘Every One Remembered’ at the Kent County Show 2018



In order to visually commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War,

the Kent County Agricultural Society requested assistance in creating a centre-piece

community-built poppy display in the Garden Life marquee as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives.



I would like to thank all of you who responded so overwhelmingly to my plea for knitted poppies.

Hundreds were received from KFHS members and others to form the magnificent display in the marquee, some of which are pictured above.


Both KCAS and Nucleus Arts, who co-ordinated the display, have asked us to convey their grateful thanks to the many contributors

for their combined efforts in bringing the project to fruition and in helping to provide a reminder that ‘We will remember them’.


We have been informed that the poppies will be used as a commemorative display at Rochester Cathedral from 16 September (tbc) until November,

and a poppies exhibition will be held at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, from 06 November until 21 December 2018.

The design and installation of both displays will be participatory. All are welcome to attend and help with staging.

Further contributions of knitted poppies will be gratefully received by the organisers.

Download and view further information and poppy knitting pattern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sandra Foreman



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KFHS Website


We would like to introduce a new regular news feature inviting societies to provide an introduction to themselves and their members.

Promotional details could include an overview of catchment area, membership, meetings, facilities, interests, specialities, activities, shows, talks, visits, awards, ambitions

- in fact anything that visitors to our website may find of interest and could encourage them to meet with or join your society.

Please submit your texts to the Membership Secretary whose details are listed on the Contact web page.


We would also be interested to receive any articles relating to gardening, horticulture, places of interest or other subjects of general interest that you would like to contribute for publication.



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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


GDPR became law in the UK on 25 May 2018 and replaced the Data Protection Act 1998.

Its purpose is to provide individuals with increased levels of data protection and privacy.


GDPR expands the rights of individuals to know what, how and why their personal data is collected and processed

and gives them greater control by placing a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.

They apply to data stored in both hard copy (printed) and soft copy (PC) formats.


GDPR applies throughout the EU (and beyond) with the result that

businesses and organisations collecting, handling and storing personal data need to comply with the Regulations, regardless of Brexit.


As part of achieving full compliance, KFHS have published a Privacy Policy on our About KFHS web page.


For more information about how GDPR will better protect you and your personal data, please see:


The Information Commissioner’s Office also provides much useful information in their

Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

Please paste the above link into your browser



Ø   Newsletters


KFHS Newsletters


KFHS publishes Newsletters twice per year, in April and October.


They may be downloaded and viewed by navigating to our About KFHS > KFHS - Newsletters web page.


If you would like to publish an article in a forthcoming Newsletter, the KFHS Secretary, Richard Foreman, would love to hear from you.







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