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Village snippets - 10 November 2007

Contributed by editor on Nov 10, 2007 - 10:11 PM

Compiled by Tony Hutt

Art classes

Art classes are held every Monday morning at The Hawkinge Village Hall 9.15am to 11-30am. Expert tuition for all levels by Rosemary & Graham Fenton. Tuition, refreshments and a warm welcome all for only £3. Come along and see what you can do.

Remembrance Sunday

Armistice Sunday 11th November 2007 at St Luke’s Church. Hawkinge. Service of Remembrance, thanksgiving and hope. 10-45 am.

Bereavement Service

A Bereavement Service will be held at St Luke’s Church Hawkinge, 18th November 2007. 3pm-3-45pm. You are warmly invited to this annual short service of reflection for those, or friends of those who have suffered loss or sadness.

Craft club

Hawkinge and Swingfield Craft Club, with Hilary and Trisha every 1st and  3rd Tuesday in the month at St Luke’s Church , Hawkinge, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Come and see what you can do. Tuition, refreshments and a warm welcome, all for £1.

Quilters display

The vast number of people who attended The Hawkinge Community Centre last Saturday, were treated to a magnificent display of Quilting, Needlework and Paintings that had been made and placed on show by the highly talented crafts people from the Hawkinge and District art and craft club’s. During the day a quilt made by members of the Quilting club was raffled and the proceeds of that raffle were donated to The Kent Air Ambulance.


The past comes alive in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2007 - 10:28 PM

Remembrance Day will be commemorated at Folkestone Library with an interactive history experience which will encourage local residents to discover artefacts from the past.

Two new 'multi-media mobile history displays' - mobile interactive displays showing Folkestone during the first and second world war, containing books, historical artefacts and information packs will form the centre piece of a display in Folkestone Library. People will be able to see and handle objects and find out about the work of the local bomb disposal squad.

The history carts will be just some of the resources available in the new History Resource Centre. The Centre will provide people with a unique visitor experience allowing them to get up close and personal with historical objects. In the present museum only a small proportion of the collection, approximately 200 items are on display. The new resource centre will make more than 1,000 items accessible to visitors. Many artefacts previously held behind the scenes in stores, will be on display for the first time.

Parts of the natural history collection that are not from the local area will be transferred to other Kent museums for specialist restoration work and display. Natural history items that are relevant to the town, such as a large number of fish fossils will be retained in the History Resource Centre and displayed for the first time.

KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services Mike Hill said: "The new History Resource Centre will encourage people of all ages to explore the extensive collections at their own pace and take part in a unique learning experience. Family groups and school children in particular will be able to engage with the items on display and be inspired by their local history and the stories from the past that shaped their town."

Visitors to the Centre will also be able to try their hand at composing poetry, test their knowledge about the early history of our planet and find out more about the important role that Folkestone played in world history. The multi-media carts will also be available for use by community groups outside the library and Resource Centre.

Local people can get involved in the development of the History Resource Centre by contacting Jan Rudolph at Folkestone Library on 01303 242907or email

Date set for Hawkinge Parish Council poll to fill vacancies

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2007 - 10:44 PM

Shepway District Council have confirmed that the two vacancies for councillors to sit on Hawkinge Parish council will voted for by the residents.

Villagers who petitioned for the poll, instead of the process of co-option of members by the Parish Council, have received notification from the Electoral Services office of the district council stating that a poll will take place on Thursday 10 January 2008.


Date set for Lydd Airport expansion plans

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2007 - 12:56 AM

Shepway District Council will consider the expansion plans for Lydd Airport in the New Year.

They have confirmed that they will consider the planning applications for Lydd Airport at a Special Meeting of the Council to be held on Wednesday 30th January. The Council has made the decision to proceed having received additional information it has asked for over plans to expand London Ashford (Lydd) Airport.

The council had asked for the owners of the airport to clarify a number of key issues after the two applications - one for a new terminal building and one to extend the runway - went out to statutory and public consultation and had been examined by the council's own experts. The council wanted clarification and supplementary information about issues including impact on wildlife and habitat, noise, air quality and economic effects.

The additional information should help statutory consultees conclude their views on the proposals and assist planning officers prepare their report and recommendations. No date has been set for the decision-making meeting - although it is likely to be in the next few months.

The additional information can be viewed at the council's offices in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, at One Stop Services in New Romney and on the District Council web site The closing date for any further comments is 15 November 2007.


Hiroshima Bomb pilot planned for ashes to be scattered over Channel

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2007 - 12:38 AM

The pilot of the US bomber Enola Gay, which in 1945 dropped the first nuclear bomb on Japan died this week aged 92. He had said he wanted his ashes to be scattered over the English Channel.

Paul Tibbets requested no funeral or headstone because he feared they would attract protesters and in 2005, he said he wanted his ashes scattered over the English Channel, where he had enjoyed flying during the war.

Mr Tibbets was in command of the B-29 aircraft, which dropped the five-ton "Little Boy" bomb over Hiroshima as the US tried to end the second world war without a ground invasion of Japan.

Up to 100,000 people are estimated to have died in the explosion.

Mr Tibbets, whose plane was named after his mother, had enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1937, and finally left the US air force as a brigadier general in 1966.


Two 'Oscars' for White Cliffs Country

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2007 - 12:05 AM

Two local tourism success stories for White Cliffs Country have been won at the prestigious 2007 Tourism ExSEllence Awards – described as the ‘Oscars’ of the region’s industry.

South East England’s best visitor attractions and places to stay were recognised in the Tourism South East awards, which were held on 23 October at Wentworth Golf Club. Horace Holyer from Dover Town Centre Welcome Service, was runner up for the Outstanding Customer Service award, and Gardeners Rest Guest Accommodation at Kingsdown was Highly Commended in the B&B/Guest Accommodation category.

Cllr Frederick Scales, Dover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “These prestigious awards recognise excellence, quality and innovation across all sectors of the tourism industry. Our congratulation go to everyone and we are delighted to see providers in White Cliffs Country acknowledged in this way for their great work.”

Local shops selling alcohol and fireworks to children

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2007 - 11:55 PM

Seven shops in Folkestone and Dover visited in a test purchase operation by Kent Police and Trading Standards officers were caught selling alcohol and fireworks to children.

The operation was held over the recent half term holiday and five of the retailers sold alcohol and two retailers sold fireworks to the underage actors that were used in the sting operation.

Part of the Safer Autumn campaign, the operation had been set up to tackle anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder which tends to go up slightly over half term, Halloween and bonfire night.

It followed community intelligence from residents and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) about certain premises suspected of selling booze and fireworks to kids.

Licensing Officer, PC Steve Alexander said: "Drunk youths cause a strain on resources especially on Friday and Saturday nights causing a nuisance and fear of crime. Certain shops do not help the situation preferring to add profits to their tills without considering the consequences to either the children they sell to or the wider community."

Meanwhile Mark Rolfe, Trading Standards Manager for East Kent said: "Many businesses take a very responsible approach to ensure that children do not purchase alcohol from them. Some, however, do not, and operations of this type play an important part in preventing children being caused harm by having access to alcohol and also in protecting communities from anti-social behaviour which can result.

"Our message to businesses is clear, check for proof of age and if you are in doubt over the young person's age do not sell alcohol to them." He added.

The retailers that were caught selling to children will be dealt with by Trading Standards legal department and Kent Police is considering making an application to the Local Authority for a review of their licences which could result in it being suspended or revoked."

Anyone with information about the sale of alcohol to children should contact their local neighbourhood policing team, details of which can be found on

They can also call Consumer Direct on 0845040506 or log onto You do not have to give your details.