THE wife of Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard, has blamed escalating street crime in London after being mugged outside the Howards Ã‚Â£3m home in Pimlico on Monday.
In the attack at around 11.00pm, former model Sandra Howard was attacked by two men who threw her into the gutter and took her engagement ring an eternity ring and her handbag.
Mr Howard who was inside the house at the time was unaware of the attack outside.
The men ran off, leaving Mrs Howard to stagger to the house, where her husband called the police.
Police are hunting two men who are believed to have carried out another mugging on a 75-year-old woman an hour later.
Just a brief word of congratulations on the "new" Gazette.
The quality & content have shot up since you started this new format. Very well done it is greatly appreciated, by me at least!
PS slightly surprised not to see a mention about the local MP's wife, BUT understand perhaps why, as there is much more really local news.
Congratulations & many thanks
The new community centre project could be heading for a financial crisis unless it can secure registered charity status as a matter of urgency.
Trevor Johns, who heads the parish councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Project Management Group, told members of the parish council that Customs and Excise have refused to refund the estimated Ã‚Â£400,000 in VAT that the project will entail because the centre is neither a registered charity nor a business.
The new community centre cannot apply for charitable status because the existing village hall is already a registered charity, which precludes any other similar project in the village from obtaining it for itself.
Cllr Johns said that he had tried to persuade the existing village hall committee to take the new project Ã¢â‚¬Å“under its wingÃ¢â‚¬?, but that it had so far refused despite his repeated requests for a proper meeting to discuss the issue.
Unless something was done, and soon, the financial consequences could be severe he warned.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am confident that the building will be ready by December but whether we are ready to use it or not is a matter of debate,Ã¢â‚¬? he added.
Later he said that he had spent the last two years trying to persuade people to get on top of the situation but that no-one had seemed to want to Ã¢â‚¬Å“grasp the nettleÃ¢â‚¬? and now time was running out.
Parishioners present at the meeting of the parish council on Wednesday expressed their increasing exasperation at the endless problems and delays since the projectÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inception.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It just seems to be one thing after another, like everything in this village,Ã¢â‚¬? said one member of the audience.
Hawkinge parish councillor, Bill Regan, has resigned his position after losing his temper and storming out of a parish council meeting.
In his letter of resignation, which chairman John Heasman read out at the parish council meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Regan apologised unreservedly for his bad behaviour which he described as Ã¢â‚¬Å“rude and out of character.Ã¢â‚¬?
His outburst was prompted by an increasing sense of frustration at the way in which the parish council operated and in particular the time councillors spent discussing Ã¢â‚¬Å“petty issuesÃ¢â‚¬?, he wrote.
He added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do not question the integrity of the people concerned, only their approach.Ã¢â‚¬?
Referring back to the meeting at which the repainting of the Spitfire Leisuredrome had been the subject of fierce debate he continued: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Twice this evening my professional advice and integrity were called into questionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and I felt that no notice was taken of the clerkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s warnings about insurance.Ã¢â‚¬?
He concluded that he felt he had no alternative but to resign from the council.
Cllr Heasman said that he regretted Cllr ReganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to quit but that he had his reasons and they must be respected.
He then announced that there was now a casual vacancy on the parish council and asked the clerk to inform Shepway Council of the situation so the position could be formally advertised.
He added that he was sorry Cllr Regan had chosen to resign so close to the elections in May as it meant that whoever was appointed in his place would probably only serve a couple of months.
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Hawkinge writer Debbie Carbin was shortlisted in the 2002 Marsh Ink Short Story Competition.
The competition received over 150 entries from around the world.
Winner in this, the 4th year of the competition was Sue Johnson from Southhampton, with third place going to Greatstone writer Barbara McLaren
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Age Concern, Elham
Volunteers are needed to help staff the reception desk, spend time with clients at the day centre, assist with exercise sessions and drive the mini bus. If you can help then please call Sheila Woods on 01303 862364.
The Scout Hut
Debbie Smith 01303 243030
Janet Curtis 01303 253691
Brownies and Rainbows
Tuesdays Brownies 6.00pm Rainbows 4.45pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
Barbara Taylor 01303 277154(Rainbows)
Craft Club 7.30pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge 1st & 3rd Tuesday
Hilary Clark 01303 844657
Cubs and Scouts
The Scout Hut
Vivienne Adams 01303 245287 (after 6.30 weekdays)
Gerry Barr 01303 243905
Every Friday 7.30 pm Bell-ringing practice at St. Mary the Virgin, Elham. Contact Matt Nixon 01303 893300 for more details.
Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall on the first Wednesday of each month Chairman Peter Linkin - 01303 892011 01303 894232 Secretary Wendy Bell
Wednesdays 6.00pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge Tina Snape 01303 221553
Hawkinge, Acrise and Paddlesworth WI
Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall at 2pm on the first Tuesday of every month. New members are always welcome. Contact Anne Beaney, 01303 892520.
Hawkinge Parish Council Parish Council Village Hall, Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month Clerk to the Council 266647
We train every Saturday between 10am and 1pm at The Churchill School in Haven Drive, Hawkinge. Visit our Website is www.freewebs.com/hawkingeflyers
Hawkinge Walking Group ;
New members always welcome, wear sensible walking shoes, as terrain can be rough sometimes. Walk is usually 2 hours, with refreshments in between( either pub stop or bring own). Contact Wendy Bell 01303 893858 for more details.
Keep fit sessions are held at St Luke's Church Hall on Wednesday evenings from 8.15pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. Classes last approximately an hour and cost Â£2.50.
Meets at the New Inn, Etchinghill on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.00pm. Contact Harry Preston 01303 892464
Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month in St Luke's Church at 2.00pm
Radio Controlled car club
Capel-le-Ferne Radio Controlled Car Club has a membership of approximately 20 members and meets every Friday at 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Hall, Lancaster Avenue.
We race 10" Scale Electric Saloon Cars on carpet, running a full race programme each evening. The racing is controlled by a computer programme with fully automatic lap counting. New members are always welcome.Contact Derek Jeffrey 01303 259842 or Mark Jeffrey 01303 220811 for further details, or see our website www.capelleferne.info
Under 5's Playgroup
Weekdays St Luke's Hall Christine McGuinness 01303 893469
We do serious research and investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena throughout the Shepway area of Kent. All reports are dealt with confidentially. UFO MONITORS
EAST KENT (UFOMEK), 23 Brabner Close, FOLKESTONE, Kent CT19 6LW Tel: 07968 583435 24 Hour Information line: 07091 020078 mailto: email@example.com
STAFF at Hawkinge Primary School are celebrating after being awarded Ã‚Â£7,500 by the Department of Education.
The cash bonus, which will be distributed among all staff, is in recognition of their hard work in raising standards at the school following a less than favourable Ofsted report three years ago.
Then the school was identified as having "serious weaknesses", but in last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit inspectors reported there were definite signs of improvement.
Head teacher Jacqui Watson said: "This is a reward to all staff in recognition of their hard work improving standards throughout the school."
Pupils at the Channel School in Park Farm Road Folkestone return to school on Wednesday (1/5/02) after fire damaged six classrooms last Thursday.
No one was hurt in the incident
A serious fire at the school in January badly damaged Shakespeare Block.