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Tit Bits 17 July 2006

Contributed by editor on Jul 17, 2006 - 12:25 AM

John Prescott of a pillar box...

The Friends of St Peters Church in Swingfield, who want to preserve the ancient building, have suffered a major setback. The Diocesan Board of Finance says it favours a "sensitive" conversion to a residence and that the building would not get enough people through the doors to pay for the upkeep. Thank goodness common sense has won through this time. There are enough working churches to visit, who wants to visit a redundant one?

Pleading at last week's Parish council meeting for a portable loo at the Hawkinge football pitch, a straight faced Cyril Trice told councillors: "The kids are, and so am I desperate". Nice one Cyril.

Hawkinge Harry was taken out of the village for the first time when he joined up with his fellow giants to become the biggest attraction at Folkestone's Charivari parade. It has taken a long wait for enough people in the village to get together to take Harry out; so let's thank them for proving there are still some who have the community spirit. But it is not just Hawkinge which suffers this malaise, news has come to me of this spreading to the tranquil  and once community conscious village of Alkham, which is finding it hard to muster enough volunteers for their very popular annual fete.

The old postbox on a stick in Haven Drive was always being pushed over. Hardly surprising when it was never perpendicular when it was erected. But when it was finally replaced with a new red John Prescott of a pillar box, the stout replacement  promised it would not be such a pushover. Those incidents became just a dim and distant memory, but as with our deputy Prime Minister, the box has now met its match and has been spotted laying on its side on the grass verge.

After reading our report of Kent Police appealing for empty buildings to be used for training firearms officers, one of our readers was quick to suggest it would be a good idea to use the leisuredrome as a police training building. They could rehearse their firearms and hostage techniques and the redundant building could once again be put to some useful purpose.

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