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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.....

Ready for the off at the Fun Day - but will it be running into Red Tape

It looks like the weather's set fine for Saturday when thousands are expected to visit the Hawkinge Community Fun Day.

The Events Committee headed by Chris Johnson should be thanked for their hard work and tenacity which I understand had been sorely tested.

I was told just recently that they had been asked by Shepway Council to arrange risk assessments on a number of the stalls.

Fair enough you may say and so would I if they presented a hazard to the public, but who on earth thinks a Coconut Shy and a Hoopla stall warrant such attention.

It appears to be yet another example of 'Red Tape' which I understand Cllr David Godfrey will be raising with fellow Shepway councillors on Monday, two days after the Fun Day.

Ah well, it may be too late for this year's event but it does mean next year's is off to a flying start.

High speed rail line - is it all good news?

Talking of flying starts, it's great news that the new High Speed Train service means Folkestone is now less than an hour from London, or is it?

Some readers have already pointed out that 60 years ago you could travel by steam train to London in 90 minutes, just half an hour saved on the journey, but with no account of how long it would take to park the car and commute to anywhere other than St Pancras.

So who will be prepared to pay the supplement?

Yes, there are bound to be some well-heeled commuters who want to save half an hour or so, or maybe work near to the London terminus, but I can't see Joe Public rushing out to buy these overpriced tickets.

The fast link to London has led to speculation of an influx of people wanting to live by the coast, now that Folkestone and Dover are just an hour away.

More new home buyers are bound to push house prices up causing even more local families to see their children move away as local housing becomes even more expensive.

Green Hawkinge Community Centre

What a difference at the Hawkinge Community Centre.

Smart newly refurbished main hall, teas and coffees, and people young and old using the facility.

From Tea Dances to Rollerskating, the Centre is there for the whole community.

And has anyone noticed the barley growing on the roof?
 

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