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Your opportunity to support our Gurkha soldiers

Contributed by editor on May 31, 2007 - 05:28 PM

The Gurkha's, many whom are based at Shorncliffe Barracks in Folkestone are receiving considerable public support to allow them automatic British Citizenship.

A petition on the 10 Downing Street website has so far received nearly 12,000 signatures.

The Author of the petition says: "They have served the British forces with loyalty and dedication for many years, yet we as a country treat them poorly and with inequality.

"Members of the regiment who served in the Falklands are not entitled to a pension, after service they are treated like illegal aliens. This it totally wrong and unacceptable.

"They willingly risk their life for our well being and should be given citizenship as a matter of principle. No country could ask more from an individual and these people are proven good members of our society and we will deeply benefit us as a nation if we give these men and women automatic British citizenship."

If you would like to sign please click here to be taken to the petition.


We have enough Airports now, leave the Marsh and countryside alone

Contributed by editor on Apr 25, 2007 - 09:03 AM

Dear Editor,

We moved last year from Manston.

There they were promised the earth regarding jobs etc. New road links and the financial gains to the area. They are still waiting.

EU JET claimed there was a need and that millions of people would travel to Manston to use their services, what happened to them?

Lydd are using the same arguments.

I would not wish the prospect of night flying on the people of the Marsh, we were woken at all times at Manston, and they used the rules to suit themselves and so could Lydd.

We have enough Airports now, leave the Marsh and countryside alone.


John Lawrie

Bouverie Square's shameless, shapeless structures

Contributed by editor on Apr 03, 2007 - 12:05 AM

Dear Editor,

Madame Pat Underdown gave a stunning presentation of her mediumship at the
step-lift restoration appeal clairvoyant evening, and even donated her
fee to the project.

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Courtesy of the Masonic Hall, Folkestone, the premises too
were given free!

All one-hundred and twenty who attended agreed that the step-lift carriage must
be restored at all costs and brought back for the next generation, because
twenty-first century architecture like Bouverie Square consist of shapeless,
shameful structures, which leaves nothing distinctive for the next generation!

Praise too must go to the trading community of Sandgate Road who never hesitated
in displaying one of our posters for the carriage appeal. Thirty one shops
in all responded positively free!

The compassion continued to flow that evening like a spring stream with a total
profit of £600.

Yours in amazement,

Robert Mouland

on behalf of the 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration
Appeal team.

Any readers wishing to contribute to this privately
funded charity - 1890 Leas lift step carriage restoration appeal group - can
make donations to HSBC Bank account number 21433784, sort code 40-21-15.


Show collection lifts campaign fund

Contributed by editor on Mar 11, 2007 - 12:00 AM

The generosity of visitors to the Trucks'n' Tracks 2007 show held at the Leas Cliff Hall in February, has helped raise
more funds for the Save the Leas Lift Campaign.

Robert Mouland collecting at the show

A total of £39 was collected for the 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration Appeal.

It is hoped a clairvoyant evening will also help the appeal in reaching  its target. 

The Folkestone Spiritualist Church are holding the event with Pat Underdown on 30 March at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Grace Hill, Folkestone.

Admission is £5.00 and refreshments will be available after the meeting.

For anyone else who might like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, we would remind readers that the 1890 Leas lift step carriage restoration appeal group is a privately funded charity, and donations can be made to HSBC Bank account number 21433784, sort code 40-21-15.

Health services guaranteed at Folkestone hospital

Contributed by editor on Feb 21, 2007 - 10:25 PM

Many of the services at Folkestone's Royal Victoria Hospital are to be retained, following a meeting of Shepway Council’s Community Overview Committee on Monday (19 February)

Committee members have welcomed assurances that 42 services currently provided at the hospital will be retained. The assurances were given at a meeting of the committee by Matthew Kershaw, Chief Operating Officer and Howard Jones, Director of Facilities, from the East Kent Hospitals Trust.

Both had been invited to answer councillors’ questions following concerns about the future of health services at the Royal Victoria Hospital if the disposal of the site goes ahead. The meeting on Monday (19 February) had been arranged following a meeting of the full council in January which had asked the committee to question the running costs that have been cited as a reason for the decision to dispose of the site, look at alternative solutions to disposal and seek an assurance that if the site is redeveloped, it remains a centre of health services in Shepway.

Committee chairman, Cllr Paul Marsh, said he was very pleased that representatives from the East Kent Hospitals Trust had been able to attend and to answer members’ questions.

“We welcome the assurances we were given,” he said: “These were:
• 42 services currently provided at the Royal Victoria Hospital will be retained on site
• no changes to the location of services within the RVH site will happen for a year to 18 months
• there will be no interruption to the provision of services during the transition 
• The capital receipts and revenue savings would not be used to plug deficits but would be used to improve services to residents in East Kent.

“The committee was also able to make it clear that it strongly believes the Derry Unit, with 40 per cent of its patients coming from the Shepway area, should remain at The Royal Victoria Hospital,” he said.

The committee will prepare a full report for a meeting of the full council in April.

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