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How to get help with your heating bills

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2008 - 12:00 AM

Howard's Way.... a weekly
column from the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC. MP. 

6 November 2008


At a recent meeting at the House of Commons with representatives of
Shepway’s pensioners, the suggestion was made that I use one of my
columns in this newspaper to tell people how they can get help with
their heating bills.

It seemed to me a very good suggestion, so here

It perhaps goes without saying that the steep increase in these bills
has caused many people great hardship. So it is particularly important
that those who need help know how to get it.

And there is no doubt that such help is available.

For example, 55,000 households are presently on EDF’s Assist Tariff,
open to customers who spend 10 percent or more of their income on energy
or who receive certain benefits.

N Power operates a First Step scheme for vulnerable customers, which
offers a 20 percent discount off the standard rate.

Other companies have different schemes.

So here are the numbers to ring: EDF Energy Trust Fund, 01733 421 021; N
Power, 0845 166 3535; British Gas Energy Trust, 0845 850 2207; EON, 0800
051 1480.

But the help available doesn’t stop there.

If your property needs insulation and you are in receipt of certain
benefits you may be able to get money from the Government’s Warm Front
grants scheme. Up to £2,700, or £4,000 if your home needs central
heating, is available.

To find out if you are eligible you can call Eaga Partnership, the Warm
Front scheme manager on freephone 0800 316 6011 or textphone 0800 072

I do very much hope that this information will help you get the help you

'Credit munch’ meals giveaway at East Kent pub

Contributed by editor on Oct 24, 2008 - 07:00 AM

An East Kent pub is giving away food in a bid to get customers back
into the bar — in a deal called “credit munch”.

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Bull Inn licensee, Charlie Gibbons is offering free
meals between 5.00pm and 7.30pm in an effort to beat the credit crunch.

At his Eastry pub near Dover, four dishes will be on the menu —
lasagne, cottage pie, fish pie and cauliflower cheese although only 12 meals are
being given away free during the trial period.

The Morning Advertiser reported that it costs Mr Gibbons about £1 a head to provide the homemade food, but
he estimated bar sales increased by £200 in the first week of the

“Of course, the hope is that they will buy a drink, but if they don’t
want to, they still get the food,” Charlie explained to the pub trade's 'favourite' newspaper.


Stagecoach respond to overcrowding with relief coach

Contributed by editor on Sep 30, 2008 - 08:00 AM

Dear Editor,


Bus service is failing passengers

I am pleased to report that Stagecoach Buses have now responded to the
overcrowding problems on the no 16

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A relief bus was provided at 8.08 this morning but I suspect that it is a case
of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted as far fewer passengers
were at the stop than in previous weeks and the relief bus was empty.

Presumably these passengers are driving/being driven by car.

What a shame the situation could not have been addressed sooner.

Wendy Dowden


Affordable housing for Swingfield parishioners proposed

Contributed by editor on Sep 14, 2008 - 08:45 AM

Swingfield Parish Council working in conjunction with Town and Country Housing Group and Shepway District Council, is inviting local people to a public consultation day at Selsted Primary School Community Hall, Stockham Lane, Selsted on Tuesday, 16th Sept between 5pm and 8pm

It will give residents the opportunity to look at and discuss proposals for a new *affordable residential development of 6 houses and bungalows at Robert's Corner in Swingfield.

There will be an opportunity to meet representatives from the Parish Council, Churchill Hui Architects and  the Town and Country Housing Group.

Town and Country Housing provide around 7,000 affordable homes in 22 local authority areas in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London.

NOTE:- *Affordable housing is restricted to Swingfield parishioners.

Back in training just 12 weeks after heart op

Contributed by editor on Jun 04, 2008 - 05:46 PM

Dear Editor,

Re: Heart problems scupper popular Peter's Channel swim

I am pleased to say that your article on my surgery generated a great deal of response.

The nice local people sent messages, cards and even uplifting telephone calls to my hospital room.

On May 28 I had successful double bypass open heart surgery and I am already doing my walking and breathing exercises.

The good news is that the surgeon says that I can do a channel swim in 2009 and I can begin training in 12 weeks.

The best news is I will be able to keep up my near quarter of a century tradition and will be able to visit Folkestone this Summer.

To me, summer will just be a little late in Shepway.

Peter Jurzynski

IT Cafe for something to do!

Contributed by editor on May 07, 2008 - 04:14 PM

Dear Editor,

Re: Parish Council should support village youth

There is an IT Cafe at Hawkinge Community Centre. Young people can use it and it's free.

During school term time it's open for young people from 3.30 to 5.30 on Tuesdays and 5.00 to 7.00 on Thursdays.

During school holidays it's open 11.30 to 1.30 on Tuesdays and 1.00 to 3.00 on Thursdays. Just turn up.

Older adults can also drop in and use the facilities between 1.30 to 3.00 on Tuesdays and 3.00 to 5.00 on Thursdays.

Alan Haines
Hawkinge Partnership

Village centre pedestrian improvements starting soon - Artist's impression

Contributed by editor on Apr 24, 2008 - 08:19 PM

Work is finally about to begin to smarten up the grassed areas outside the Canterbury Road shops.

The new raised flower beds

A ceremony to mark the start of the visual improvements to the landscape in front of the shops in Canterbury Road, Hawkinge is taking place at 9.00 am on Tuesday 6th May.

Hawkinge Parish Council Chairman, David Callahan together with  a Hawkinge Partnership representative will perform the ceremony.

The scheme will replace the existing flat grassed areas with raised beds surrounded by railway sleepers enclosing robust, colourful plants and shrubs. Also included is a bench, which residents, specifically requested so that weary shoppers could rest their logs and watch the world go by.

The areas that will benefit from the improvement work stretch from the Hawkinge Community Office to the Village Hall. Plans of the scheme are available to view in the Hawkinge Community Office.

The scheme will take about three weeks to complete and is the result of consultation and collaboration by the Hawkinge Partnership, Hawkinge Parish Council, Kent County Council, Stagecoach East Kent and residents.


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