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Evidence shows that fox hunting is alive and well

Contributed by editor on Nov 25, 2007 - 02:38 PM

Our thanks go to Lou for sending us this 'irrefutable' evidence.

Hot bed of enthusiasts who need to be nurtured

Contributed by editor on Nov 22, 2007 - 01:56 PM

Newington and District Garden Club Chrysanthemum Show

By John S Lawrie

On Sunday (4 November) I had the privilege to be able to show at Newington it was their first Proper daytime Chrysanthemum Show. They also had classes for all members Veg /Floral Art and Domestic as well. Over 20 exhibitors of which more than half showed Chrysant. We had from Novice up to experienced Showmen.

The atmosphere was electric and the laughter and banter took me back 20 years to my Midland roots. Experienced showmen helping others show and the blind leading the blind. Tea and coffee for them all they could not do enough for you. This is what it is all about.

Then we had our Judges, what a pair. Allen Wright and Howard Thatcher straight from the Late National. A joy to watch in action. They did the job properly lifting every vase and their comments were very good. A great discussion was had over the meal that was provided for them, and after their help in talking to some of the exhibitors was well appreciated.

The way the Club members accepted the decisions was great and the comments we were able to pass on from the Judges I am sure will help in future. The laughter seemed to go on all day.

Here in the South East corner of Kent we had a small hot bed of Chrysanthemum enthusiasts who need to be nurtured by the powers that be. We must have other areas in the UK just like them at grass root level.

It has been my privilege to help Newington over the last few years and so fitting to be able to Show for the last time in Kent at such a wonderful Show. Some of the Blooms would have been placed at the Group Show and held their own at National level.

Most of the trophies were won by Ian Johnson ably supported by Tom Dean, Ray Perrin, John Brand, Malcolm Brisley and yours truly.

Thanks to all the Members and Officers, Exhibitors and the public for such a great day and may you go from strength to strength. The real winner today was the CHRYSANTHEMUM.


Romford Market Christmas shopping for just £7 - hurry, seats are going fast

Contributed by editor on Nov 22, 2007 - 01:41 PM

Fury as Shepway officers try to bury care home plans

Contributed by editor on Nov 17, 2007 - 07:23 PM

Local councillors are furious that Shepway Council officers are recommending the refusal of a planning application for a residential home in Hawkinge.

The outline application for the complex is due to be considered on Tuesday (20 November). The plans include around 80 bedrooms and 32 suites of extra care accommodation together with parking, a new vehicle access and estate road.

Two North Downs East District councillors, David Godfrey and Cllr Stuart Peall are unhappy at the stance taken by officers and have written to the council to show their support for the application.

Hawkinge Parish Council chairman David Callahan cannot understand the council officers' decision. He said: "The parish council unanimously supported the application - it has the full support of the village.

"It will provide local elderly residents with the option of staying in the village if they need care facilities, and for the younger residents there will be a substantial number of new jobs created.

"It is beyond belief that the officers have recommended refusal for such a popular and necessary development which is also perfectly sited next to the new Hawkinge Health Centre."


Bus stop to be removed from The Street

Contributed by editor on Nov 17, 2007 - 05:08 PM

Following complaints about the condition of the 'bus stop off area' in The Street, Hawkinge, the Gazette have contacted district councillor David Godfrey.

We described to Cllr Godfrey how the stop consists of a single post and a patch of mud and explained that there could be health and safety issues as drivers use a private driveway to off-load their passengers.

Cllr Godfrey has quickly followed up on the matter and has received a reply from the district council which states that the bus stop is to be removed as part of a long-term improvement plan for the 16A route.

The correspondence which Cllr Godfrey received says that the council have been looking into this issue with Kent Highways Services and Stage Coach bus company.

They have disclosed that there is a long term plan for improving various aspects of all the stops along the 16A route.

However they say, the plan will remove the stop referred to and only allow passengers to alight the vehicle on the opposite side by providing a bidirectional sign and refurbishing the stop and shelter."


Shepway's £170,000 parking deficit

Contributed by editor on Nov 17, 2007 - 02:52 PM

Shepway District Council (SDC) spent £169,765 more on parking enforcement than they received for parking fines, it was revealed in Kent County Council's (KCC) report for 2006-2007.

Shepway had an income of £301,607 but spent £461,372 in administration.

The KCC Parking Management in Kent Annual Report showed Shepway having the biggest deficit of all Kent councils.

Dover District Council were in credit to the tune of £57,314, along with Swale, Gravesham, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells who all managed to stay in the black.

But the remaining Kent councils all had deficits and dragged the overall KCC figures down to show a countywide deficit of £298,076.

The total amount collected by Kent councils was £5,891,183 but they managed to spend £6,189,260 administering parking management.

90,000 ton cruise liner naming in Dover

Contributed by editor on Nov 17, 2007 - 12:32 PM

The MSC Poesia may have Italian roots, but when the 90,000-ton, 2,087-passenger ship is christened in Dover on April 5 of next year, it will be an all-England affair at the booming  Cruise Terminal.

Chief executive Pierfrancesco Vago said 90% of guests at the ceremony will be from the UK and it will be conducted in English.

MSC Cruises' push into the English marketplace began earlier this year, when the line launched its first itineraries departing from the U.K. on the 812-passenger MSC Rhapsody. For 2008, the line is deploying MSC Armonia, a ship with approximately twice the capacity as Rhapsody, which can accommodate 1,566 passengers.

MSC Poesia is a sister ship to MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra, which launched in the spring of this year.

While its design scheme is currently unannounced, it is expected the Poesia will share features similar to Musica's, such as:

  • A central foyer with three-deck-high waterfall  and a piano above a pool of water, suspended via a transparent crystal floor.

  • A 13,000-square-ft. spa, which includes chromotherapeutic hydro massage and a Turkish bath along with the usual features.

  • A variety of entertainment venues including a three-deck theatre, secondary show lounge and disco.

  • Dining options including the Garden Restaurant, a sushi bar, and a self-service pizza and grill cafe.

    After its inaugural cruise, a 13-night Dover-to-Venice voyage, the cruise liner will spend several months sailing week-long Eastern Mediterranean cruises round-trip from Venice.

  • Parachute faux pas

    Contributed by editor on Nov 17, 2007 - 09:58 AM

    Our thanks to Gazette reader Peter, who sent this to us for your delectation.

    Pet pooch plunges from clifftop path

    Contributed by editor on Nov 16, 2007 - 10:01 PM

    A pet dog which disappeared over a cliff top led to a cliff top drama in Folkestone today (16 November).

    Folkestone firefighters rushed to cliffs near the Battle of Britain Memorial at just before midday following a report of a dog which ran from its lady owner, and then fell from the footpath down a steep drop.

    When the fire crew arrived they found the grey and black cocker spaniel named Tye, about 15 feet below the cliff top.

    A firefighter was lowered down the cliff face to where the dog, tired and distressed, was stuck in brambles and in danger of falling further. He managed to grab hold of the animal and both were lifted back to safety.

    Folkestone Flyer breaks world record

    Contributed by editor on Nov 16, 2007 - 12:36 AM

    A west country-based auctioneer has set a new world record for the sale of a model train set.

    On Tuesday (28 October) auctioneers sold a boxed Southern Railways green liveried "Folkestone Flyer" electric passenger train set for £6,600.

    The model was part of a collection of Hornby 'O' gauge model trains, Meccano, Dinky toys and railway and marine jig-saw puzzles that in total fetched £68,418 at Chilcotts' auctioneers Tiverton branch.

    The collection belonged to Dr Clifford Patrick, a retired veterinary surgeon and medical doctor who died in 2003.

    "This was a remarkable sale, reflecting the remarkable quality and diversity of the collection formed by the late Dr Patrick," said auctioneer Duncan Chilcott.

    "The collection was one of the best I have had the privilege of selling. Dr Patrick had built his magnificent train set on specially constructed waist-high tables encircling a room in the attic of his home in Surrey, arranged so that he could control them on a huge oval of tracks from a central well. This really was a case of cash in the attic!


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