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Hawkinge man killed in Bali bomb outrage....15 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 11:03 AM

Paul Hussey, 46, a hotel owner, originally from Hawkinge was confirmed dead by the Foreign Office following the Kuta nightclub attack last Saturday in which almost 200 people, including 33 Britons were killed.

We offer our sympathies to Paul's sister Sue Cooper who runs the Garden Lodge Hotel in Canterbury Road, Densole.


Disaster on railway averted....14 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 11:02 AM

Police rushed to Sandling Station near Hythe on Friday after a call from a member of the public that a lump of metal had been placed on the mainline railway track.

The officers found a seven-foot-long metal pole placed on the track.

A 16-year-old boy from Ashford was arrested at the scene on suspicion of obstructing the railway.

Whilst they were detaining the alleged offender, the officers managed to alert the driver of a train that was travelling towards the station about the impending danger, and the train stopped.

They managed to alert the guard to turn off the electricity supply to the tracks and removed of the pole.

Sgt Pat Geary said: "If it hadn't been for the quick actions of the member of public who phoned us and the quick response of my officers, this could have been very serious. I applaud their actions."


Eurostar train evacuated....11 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 11:01 AM

Nearly 200 Eurostar passengers on the 6.19 service from London to Paris were escorted off the train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.

The evacuation was prompted when a warning light in the driver's cab came on and the train's crew said smoke could be seen.

Fire crews helped transfer passengers to another Eurostar train which pulled up alongside. There were no reported injuries.

The train was moved to freight sidings at nearby Dollands Moor.

Engineers and fire crews are investigating the source of the reported smoke.


Swimming tops with residents....11 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 11:00 AM

More than 200 people have filled in a survey on which new sporting facilities and activities they would like to see in the village.

Top of the poll is swimming, followed by walking and keep fit/yoga Cllr Cyril Trice told the council, although the village already has a successful walking group.

He added: “We have also received offers of help from all sorts of people with all kinds of skills� and he asked if the clerk could write to them all personally and thank them for their support.

Councillor cries foul on dog mess....11 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:59 AM

Dog fouling continues to be a big problem in the village Cllr Isabella Chantry reported from the community liaison sub-committee.

Notices warning dog owners they face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail scoop the poop do not seem to have been effective, she added.

Last month a parishioner asked the council if it would provide dog mess waste bins so that those who did pick up the mess didn’t have to walk halfway round the village to dispose of it.

Cllr Charles Robertson said: “Could we not ask Shepway Council about providing some bins?

“After all, if we are going to ask people to pick it up then we could at least provide them with somewhere to put it.�


Community Centre still on track....11 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:59 AM

Building work on the new community centre is still on track for completion by the end of December Cllr Trevor Johns told the parish council.

The cash flow situation regarding problems with VAT exemption, which was reported at last month’s meeting, has now been resolved, thanks to a great deal of effort by the clerk, Beryl Hardy, he added.


Welcome return for councillor....11 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:58 AM

Hawkinge Parish Councillor, Joan Brisley, was back in her usual seat at the parish council on Wednesday night after a brief spell in hospital.

Formally welcoming her back council Chairman John Heasman said: “I think I speak for everyone when I say, Joan, it’s very nice to see you here again.�

Cllr Brisley in turn thanked both parishioners and fellow councillors for all the cards, flowers and good wishes during her illness.