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Tit Bits - A solution to the Dungeness Nuclear debate is just 60 miles away

Contributed by editor on Nov 26, 2010 - 12:01 PM

There appears to be considerable support from local people for a new nuclear power station at Dungeness although the Government seems far from convinced of the arguments put forward.

Tit Bits - 14 March 2010

Contributed by editor on Mar 14, 2010 - 09:15 AM

Village gossip including 'Shepway should do the job they are paid to do'  pumping up the volume at Roller Disco and bloody noses for council officers....

Tit Bits - 10 October 2009

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2009 - 10:27 AM

Shepway Council 'stuffed' over parking availability signs and more.....

Tit Bits - 14 September 2009

Contributed by editor on Sep 14, 2009 - 09:40 AM

Ralph has his say on the Hawkinge 'Vicar of Dibley' council, the disappearing Partnership and more.....

Tit Bits - 9 September 2009

Contributed by editor on Sep 09, 2009 - 10:15 AM

Ralph has his say about the Hawkinge Fun Day and more.....

Tit Bits -11 March 2009

Contributed by editor on Mar 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM

Joss fulfils her promise

A pat on the back for Dover chanteuse Joss Stone, who, despite her fame and fortune, remembered her promise to return to Dover to play a gig in the town where she spent her childhood.

Not only was Dover treated to her songs in more intimate surroundings than Ms Stone is used to, but also Deal, where she played to fans in the hall of the Castle Community College.

Community Centre - I don't believe it!

The Hawkinge Community Centre has come a long way in a very short time since the new board took over last year.

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't been sitting in the audience with other members at the AGM, but there was spontaneous applause for the new board's work and effort which they are putting in to make the centre a venue for the whole village, young and old alike.

Shame there aren't any zig zags

I was interested to read that school kids will be showing 'red cards' to lazy parkers who break the law by leaving their vehicles on the yellow zig zag lines outside Kent schools.

The card will be waved and roadside banners are proclaiming that drivers must 'keep the zig zags clear' or face up to a £70 fine.

Kent County Council's school travel plan team and Kent Police are launching this clampdown in Gravesham and Dartford because many schools in the area have highlighted that they have problems with illegal parking. If the initial three-week pilot is successful, it will be offered to other schools across Kent.

It's just a shame that there is only a zig zag line outside the Hawkinge Primary school.

No doubt a line will eventually be painted outside the Churchill School.

Let us all hope it won't be an accident which prompts KCC to get out the yellow paint.

Just £700 to go

Our good friend Robert Mouland together with the Folkestone Leas Step Lift Carriage Appeal committee are now just £700 shy of the £25,000 target to save the historic carriage.

Well done!


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Tit Bits - 3 February 2009

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2009 - 02:00 AM


Youngsters seen inside Hawkinge Community

Young people have apparently been spotted inside the Community
centre.... and according to reports there is a pool table and a
computer game machine being installed soon.

What a difference a few months under new
management makes. Well done to Tony Hutt and his team.

Villagers complaining about parking on footpaths

Community Warden, Tanya Clark is urging people living in the village
to show a bit of consideration when it comes to parking their cars.

Villagers have been complaining about cars
blocking driveways and parking too close to junctions, making it difficult
to see if the road is clear when trying to cross.

Many are fed up with the number of blocked footpaths, especially those pushing prams
or in wheelchairs, who have to use the road because cars, often
belonging to residents are parked on the pavement.

It is not just inconvenient but could also be extremely dangerous.

Had to shout here! here!

Thanks to 'Dourman' for the posting on the GO Forum under Snow causes
schools to shut. How many of you agree I wonder?

Our esteemed poster writes: "Two inches - sorry 5 centimetres of
snow and the schools close.

"Not in my day, even a hefty foot (30
centimetres) would merely have the caretaker spreading more rock
salt around. Are we wimps or are we just being taught to be wimps?"

(Read it here

What sort of example are schools setting our youngsters? Where is the gumption which I and no doubt other people of my age were told was so important?

Initiative appears now to have sadly been replaced by rules and regulations.

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Tit Bits - 20 January 2009

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2009 - 05:00 AM

Power cuts in dim village

Voltage fluctuations and power cuts in the village remind me of the
so called 'winter of discontent', except we did at least know when
the power was going off in those days - but I still managed to get
stuck on the 24th floor of my office block more times than I want to

One thing we didn't have to worry about were microwave cookers, which
when running on reduced voltage, as we have been recently, don't
cook as quickly and possibly not as safely as they should. I have
even been told of people buying new ones because they thought their
perfectly serviceable microwave was not cooking properly. I wonder
if they could claim against the energy company.

Movement on the employment land

Do my eyes deceive me or is there really some work starting on the
employment land next to Lidl's?

I watch with interest.

Whatever next?

There's a Pool Table in the foyer at the Community Centre as well as
football in the sports hall!

Have the new trustees, or are they directors, gone mad?

Toucan crossings on Spitfire Way

I must admit to not knowing what a Toucan Crossing was before they
were installed on Spitfire Way.

It is described as the Toucan (two can cross) crossing and is
designed to be a shared crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. The
point is that they show a red light to stop motorists so that
walkers and cyclists can cross in safety.

Unfortunately I have been told of cases where motorists are failing
to stop, making them possibly more dangerous than not having one at

Farewell to the Hawkinge Partnership

Its not down to the credit crunch but I hear the Hawkinge
Partnership will soon be departing from the cabin next to Tesco.

I understand they will be concentrating there
efforts in the Folkestone East area.


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Tit Bits - 5 February 2008

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2008 - 10:16 AM

Talk about moving the goalposts once the game has started.

The latest harebrained scheme to come out of Shepway's Ivory Tower to save cash by charging for garden waste wheelie bins is on a par with the fleeting glory days of the Lib Dems when they held power, and promptly proceeded to save a penny or two by shutting the public loos.

I can't see the third of ratepayers who are trying to save waste and help the environment wanting to fork out over a quid, each time their  bin is emptied, or not if it happens to be in the winter months when the bins are seldom used.

In my crystal ball I foresee a boom in sales of dustbin incinerators at local ironmongers and bonfires lighting the night sky.

The domestic compost bins are nowhere near big enough for the amount of vegetation generated in the summer and they sit sad and neglected for the rest of the year.

Why not have a communal compost bin serving around a hundred homes which could be emptied weekly. It would save the fortnightly collection which for much of the year seems to be a waste of time and money when so few brown top bins are used.

Considering Shepway's financial position I think we must ask whether the charging is to keep the service going or to kill it off. From the people I have spoken to, I don't think there will be enough people keeping their bins to make it worthwhile.

A win win situation, for the council you may think, and a lose lose one for the environment which could see co2 emissions rocketing over Shepway.

Time will tell.

What do you think....cast your vote in the Village Poll....


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Tit Bits - 2 January 2008

Contributed by editor on Jan 02, 2008 - 08:43 PM

There surely cannot be a much more opportune time to bring the Parish Council together to form a united fighting unit for the betterment of the village.

Not only is it the beginning of a new year, but two more new councillors have been 'sworn in' to join the battle weary ranks who have witnessed a catalogue of catastrophes over the past year.

Jean James, who although topping the poll in the May election,  resigned just six months later and the 'lad' aka Keven Avery, on whose presence rested a great deal of hope, decided he too had to give up his seat.

But Tony Hutt, who was the other new member elected in May is finding his feet and looks set to stay.

So, what of the two new councillors, Colin Tearle and the Xfactor, Patricia Meloy.

Patricia is pretty much unknown, which may give her some advantage in that there is no track record which could bring her into conflict with the incumbent councillors.

However, Colin Tearle is another kettle of fish, and from reports I have heard on the way he conducts his Chairmanship of Swingfield Parish Council and his experience as a former Tory chief whip on Shepway District Council, he is a man who is not for turning.

The long suffering villagers may well find there is a new vigour ready to be exercised by the council on such issues as the leisuredrome, community centre and the employment land.

The first Parish Council meeting of 2008, next Wednesday (9 January), should be a good indicator to whether the balance of the council will be able to take the important tasks out of the doldrums and sail them, not to the roaring forties, but a the more tranquil trade winds.

The meeting should be a treat to watch for all pundits and plain parishioners, and it could even shake off the comparisons drawn by some, with  Dibley Parish Council.

I wish you all a happy and a prosperous New Year.


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