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GOSH cash from denim day

Contributed by editor on Oct 09, 2007 - 11:07 AM

Council workers donned their denims for national Jeans for Genes day on Friday (5 October) - and raised over £220 for children’s charities.

Dover District Council staff joined in the annual nationwide campaign to encourage people to make a difference to the lives of children with genetic disorders by wearing jeans and donating £2 to the charities.

The aim is to raise £3million and proceeds will help seven national charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) charity, the National Deaf Children’s Society and the Sickle Cell Society.

To find out more about Jeans for Genes, visit or call freephone 0800 980 4800.

Village gives generous support to cancer care charity

Contributed by editor on Oct 04, 2007 - 04:05 PM

The village hosted a highly successful coffee morning in the Hawkinge Community Centre as part of MacMillian’s “World’s biggest coffee morning” last week. 

The event was organised by Tanya Clark, the Kent community warden for Hawkinge with support from the Hawkinge Partnership, the parish council and local businesses. 

Organisers were overjoyed with the fantastic support from villagers which raised £418.59 for the cancer care charity.

Look whose wearing pink

Contributed by editor on Sep 30, 2007 - 12:00 AM

Community Centre membership drive is not for passengers

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2007 - 11:52 AM

Hawkinge residents are being offered membership of the new Hawkinge Community Centre Charity which was registered on 9 August 2007.

The Community Centre will be a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with a paid for membership. It is expected to take over from the presently operating charity when all the legal matters are completed.

They have produced application forms prior to the switch.

Membership is £5 a year and the form lists the benefits as having:

"A vote at the Annual General meeting and Extraordinary General Meetings"

"The opportunity to become a trustee of the Community Centre, thus playing a key role in the development of the Centre"

The application form goes on to say : "The membership will be restricted to people over 18 who live in or have a proven close connection with Hawkinge, who agree to have the best interests of the Community Centre in mind when voting at AGM's.

"Members must also agree to be pro-actively involved in the furtherance of the charity's objectives."

Application forms are available from the Hawkinge Community Centre in Heron Forstal Way, Hawkinge.

Well heeled after boot fair

Contributed by editor on Sep 10, 2007 - 08:23 PM

Dear Editor,

The 1890 Leas Lift Carriage project certainly did not get the boot from Radnor Park on Sunday (9 September).

On the contrary, our old boots found a route off, with the loot, totalling £168.00, now resting safely at HSBC Bank account number 21433784, sort code 40-21-15.

To all the public who contributed, one way or another on that day, thank you all for such a sum.

We are privileged to have the Hawkinge Gazette air the views of the 1890 Leas Lift Carriage fund raising events so frequently. Again, thank you!

For the latest news visit

Robert Mouland
(Treasurer, 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration Appeal)

Appeal romps home at trawler race

Contributed by editor on Sep 04, 2007 - 11:11 AM

Dear Editor,

The Trawler Race at Folkestone Harbour on Saturday (1 September), was not the only race on that day as the Step-lift Carriage Restoration Appeal also romped home with a grand total of £161.65p — swiftly placed into bank account number 21433784 (sort code: 40-21-15) on Monday morning.

The continuing generosity of Mr Michael Edson cannot go unnoticed with his cooperation in donating the Farmer’s Market stand, yet again, for free. Thank you Mr Michael Edson from the 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration team.

For the latest news (nowhere near as fast as the Hawkinge Gazette!) visit

Robert Mouland
(on behalf of the 1890 Leas Lift Carriage Restoration Appeal)

Beauty v Brawn challenge smashes Channel record

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2007 - 11:12 AM

The much publicised Beauty v Brawn cross-Channel dragon boat challenge which set off from Dover yesterday (25 August) has been won by the men, but the Sisterhood crew were just minutes behind when they arrived in France.

Despite no Kate Middleton, one broken collarbone and being inside the world's busiest shipping lane the Sisterhood gave true meaning to girl power by conquering the Channel in their dragon boat.

The adventure was dreamt up by Emma Sayle, a 29-year-old involved in a company organising upmarket sex parties.

She and Catherine Loveless, a 33-year-old charity worker, decided to take on the Brotherhood, a group of men who were aiming to break the existing record of seven hours and 45 minutes for crossing the Channel in a dragon boat.

The Sisterhood have been training for nine months, but as they began their voyage from the beach below the famous White Cliffs yesterday, their image was dented by Emma admitting that controlling the crew was 'like herding a bunch of cats'.

The all-girl team smashed the previous record for crossing the English Channel in a dragon boat and raised £100,000 for children's charities.

The male Brotherhood crew crossed from Dover to Calais in three hours 30 minutes, smashing the previous record of seven hours 45 minutes.

The female Sisterhood team arrived in France just 12 minutes behind, but coastguards reported a third crew, who joined the race at the last minute, capsized a mile from the finish.

Prince William's on-off girlfriend, Kate Middleton, was due to join the Sisterhood team but had to pull out because of security concerns for her, caused by the media coverage of the event.

The Beauty v Brawn cross-Channel challenge was raising money for the Babes in Arms charity, which sponsors research into abnormalities in newborn babies, and the children's hospice charity, Chase.