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Contributed by editor on Sep 15, 2009 - 03:10 PM

There have recently been a number of comments to articles received by the Hawkinge Gazette without an email address or with an invalid email address. Please understand that we cannot publish any submissions if we are unable to identify the author - Email addresses are NOT published and authors can use either a pseudonym or their name to sign the posting

We are sorry but due to the unprecedented number of comments received regarding the Lydd school story, the number of new comments which we print in the letters category will be cut. An index of comments will remain on our front page for another seven days.

Please use the Feedback Form if you wish to contact us..... Thank you

Updated Gazette policy - 14 March 2009

Contributed by editor on Sep 14, 2006 - 04:39 PM

Privacy policy

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News certifies that all individually identifiable information is kept confidential.

We do not sell or disclose any personal information about our users. Information is not distributed to any third party.

All personal information collected by the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News is kept in secure areas. 

Personal information, such as name and email, are used primarily to recognise individual readers.

Occasionally the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News will use individually identifiable information, like email addresses, in order to contact the user for technical support information or provide updates to the site.

Readers have the option to cancel the emails from the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News.

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News does not track general information about people visiting our site.

This does not include any searches made on the site, which enables us to include items which are of interest.

Gazette Site Policy

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News is unable to verify the accuracy of letters submitted for publication to the website and we expect the author to have made reasonable checks to ensure the content is correct. If the item is challenged and found to be inaccurate, the item will be removed. Persistant abuse of this will result in the banning of further correspondence from the author.

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast news will not under any circumstances publish letters from anonymous authors. We must have a valid Email address or home address. If the author wishes to withhold their name, the published letter will be signed - name and address supplied. Anyone wishing to know the identity of the author must contact the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News. We will then approach the author to see if they are willing to have their identity disclosed to everyone or to the person requesting the information. Under normal circumstances, unless requested not to, we would disclose the name of the person requesting the information, to the author.

Correspondence where the Editor considers there to be a personal attack or abuse of another individual, group, party or business will only be published if the senders name is used. 

Letters which are considered to be possibly libellous or threatening will not be published under any circumstances.

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News is not responsible for the content of external internet sites which have links from the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News website.

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  • Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.
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  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Because publisher sites and laws across countries vary, we're unable to suggest specific privacy policy language. However, you may wish to review resources such as the Network Advertising Initiative, or NAI, which suggests the following language for data collection of non-personally identifying information:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and would like to know your options in relation to·not having this information used by these companies, click here.

You can find additional information in Appendix A of the NAI Self-Regulatory principles for publishers (PDF). Please note that the NAI may change this sample language at any time.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns with this policy, please send your comments to


The Chatterbox - Statement

Contributed by editor on Nov 26, 2005 - 01:40 AM



Until recently the Chatterbox had run for nearly three years without any problems but it is now being used to post material which some readers are finding offensive.

The posts derive from a very small proportion of our guests who fail to sign their postings. They have upset many of the regular and new readers.

Although the Hawkinge Gazette has a policy which covers libellous, threatening and illegal postings we have up to now not had to address the problem which is now manifesting itself.

In view of this, we are asking all readers to please use the Chatterbox, in a considerate manner.

Any offensive postings will now be removed.

The Hawkinge Gazette is not a business and any money we receive for advertising merely helps to pay for a small proportion of the running costs of the site. 

Without you advertisers would not advertise and without these advertisers we would either have to reduce our content or close the site.

If you have any comments to make please let us know

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Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2003 - 05:00 PM

RSS 2.0

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RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a useful tool for keeping updated on your favorite websites. RSS makes use of an XML code that constantly scans selected content of a website for updates and then broadcasts those updates to all subscribers through a feed.

RSS feeds are typically used with news sites or blogs, although any website can use them to disseminate information. When an update is sent out, it usually includes a headline and a small amount of text, either a summary or the lead-in to the larger story. You will need to click a link to read more.

How do I use RSS 2.0?

In order to receive RSS feeds, you must have an RSS feed reader. There are a number of RSS feed readers online, many of them free, so with a little bit of searching, you should be able to find an RSS feed reader that appeals to you. In addition to being available on your computer, RSS feeds can also be read on PDAs and mobile phones.

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News RSS feeds can also be used on your website.

By either method, the feed will be available as soon as you’ve added it, and your next update will arrive as soon as any changes are made to the page you subscribed to. If you ever decide that you don’t want to receive updates anymore, you simply delete the feed or URL from your RSS feed reader.

What RSS 2.0 feeds are available from the The Hawkinge Gazette?

We currently offer the latest stories feed only.

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Contributed by webmaster on Apr 15, 2003 - 05:31 AM

The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News website (HGCCN) is a community news and information portal and is operated under the domain names of and

Your use of, and access to, the website constitutes your agreement to the Terms of Use set out below and any other terms set out elsewhere on the HGCCN. The HGCCN may amend the Terms of Use at any time. 

About the Hawkinge Gazette (Localrags)

Contributed by webmaster on Nov 04, 2002 - 10:57 AM

Established in its present form in 2002, the Hawkinge Gazette (Localrags) is an independent online newspaper/blog, which aims to provide the people of Folkestone, Hawkinge, Dover and East Kent accurate news about local events and issues.

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Contributed by webmaster on Nov 04, 2002 - 10:48 AM

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Contributed by localrags on Oct 22, 2002 - 05:41 PM



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Contributed by localrags on Oct 22, 2002 - 05:34 PM


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