Two days of music at Port Lympne

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 08:17 PM



Port Lympne Events would like to invite you to their newest event ‘Mansion Music at Port Lympne.’ 

Two days of classical concerts in the beautiful surroundings of the Mansion grounds. Please go to for more details or for tickets call the Marlowe Theatre on 01227 787787 or go to 

Port Lympne Events can accommodate your every need, including corporate events, team building/fun days, conferencing, outdoor events, birthday parties, private dining occasions and weddings as well as monthly events. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to make reservations on 01303 234111.

Crown made from sugar

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 06:58 PM



Weather wise the day was very strange;  I walked to the hall in bright sunshine with thoughts that spring might just be about to arrive and then went home in a snowstorm!  This did not distract from the afternoon however as it turned out to be a wonderful meeting. 

Birthday greetings were accorded to Mesdames Cripps, Pemble, Elphinstone, Ritchie and Page who were cordially invited to join me at the birthday table during our social time.  Ann Wilson then gave a very good account of the Annual Council Meeting held in the Leas Cliff Hall recently.  It was interesting to hear this as we had been unsuccessful in buying any tickets for the event but Ann had attended as our delegate.  Our thanks go to her for giving a clear and informative report. 

Then the speaker, Mrs Carter, gave us lots of ideas for feeding a vegetarian guest.  At first she quizzed us o­n our knowledge of what a vegetarian will and will not eat – that certainly tested the little grey cells - and then asked if certain items from the cupboard – such as Lea & Perrings Worcester sauce – were acceptable to them and could therefore be used in a recipe. We didn’t actually get any points for getting correct answers but Mrs Carter provided some wonderfully tasty samples of what can be provided – Lentil Chilli (delicious), a mouth watering soup, a delectable salad (with tofu!) and several interesting wraps – as a meat eater I was suitably impressed as I am sure all the ladies were. o­n the birthday table we had a veritable feast and cake as well! 

The monthly competition was for homemade biscuits and I’m pleased to report that there were some six entries: Barbara Pemble was the winner with lemon biscuits.  o­nly o­ne brave lady entered the competition for “A Crown in any Mediumâ€? which will go forward to the forthcoming Group Meeting. However, that brave lady’s entry was sublime.  A crown made from sugar, congratulations and many thanks to Hettie Quinn for a very fine entry.  Altogether a truly enjoyable WI meeting!

The next meeting will be held o­n Tuesday, 2nd May, starting at 2pm in Hawkinge village hall.  At this meeting we will be discussing the two resolutions that may be adopted by our National Executive for action in the coming year and a very entertaining “gameâ€? has been devised to keep everyone occupied (not in the least bit energetic I hasten to add!). 

Why not come along and listen or take part in the discussions and of course take part in the game.  You would be made very welcome, please contact the secretary o­n 863146 for more information.

Linda Barnes

Recycling lorries costing £850,000 to replace

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 11:21 AM


Shepway Council is to spend more than £850,000 replacing a new fleet of refuse lorries that had to be withdrawn for safety reasons following a problem with lifting gear which cannot be repaired.

But the withrawal of the trucks was o­nly part of the council's woes. It came after the new recycling scheme was brought in last year and the council were inundated with many thousands of phone-calls complaining of a multitude of problems, missed collections, and collections o­n the wrong days.

Shepway Council is currently hiring eight trucks for £9,000 a week until the 10 new trucks are in place. Since the original vehicles were withdrawn, this may have cost Shepway Council upwards of £200,000. 

The original trucks could not be repaired as the manufacturers have subsequently closed down.

Council taxpayers could pay for sports centre delays

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 10:47 AM



Plans to build two brand new sports centres in Folkestone and Hythe could be scrapped leaving Shepway council taxpayers to pick up the £½ million pound bill.

After years of wrangling it was thought that an agreement had finally been reached between the Council and the Trust, which has managed the Folkestone Sports Centre over the last 30 years.

 It was proposed the Council and Trust would run the new centres.

This week, Shepway Cabinet heard that delays could mean that the Government deadline may not be met and the £10m grant could be withdrawn.

Howard's Way 6 April 2006

Contributed by editor on Apr 06, 2006 - 12:07 AM


HOWARD'S WAY.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

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Every now and again you read something in the newspapers or watch something on television which really makes you sit up and think. These are not front page stories or items which make headlines at the top of the news. But they often tell you more about the kind of society we live in than stories which get much more coverage.

Two items of this kind caught my attention last weekend.

First, I read a story which stated that blind people are being forced to buy their own white sticks because of Government cutbacks. The Royal National Institute for the Blind has carried out a survey which shows that more than three in ten people with severe vision problems have to pay for their sticks because local authorities, who have previously paid, now can’t afford them.

I have not had any complaints which lead me to suppose that this is a problem in Kent though if any constituents find themselves in this predicament I hope they will let me know. I shall certainly do all I can to help.

The second story which caught my eye was very different.

The Government had originally intended to pass a law to make lorries display fluorescent rear markings. Safety experts said this could save 80 lives a year by stopping cars from ploughing into the backs of trucks.

But Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has ordered a u-turn, apparently on the grounds that Britain had to wait until a Europe-wide law is introduced in 5 years time.

Yet Italy has passed a similar law and no action has been taken by the European Commission to challenge them. So there appears to be no good reason why this measure can’t be introduced.

Yet Labour MPs were instructed to vote the change down during proceedings on the Transport Bill.

Two stories which made me angry and which, I suspect will make you angry too.

Two stories which tell us quite a lot about the state of Britain today.

Plans for port expansion

Contributed by editor on Apr 05, 2006 - 03:12 PM


Four new berths and a new marina are planned for Dover in a major re-development of the Western Docks.

Leading consultants are drawing up a long-term strategy for the port and have confirmed the Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal is reaching full capacity with no room for additional berths and little scope for further expansion.

With the main A20 port access road through the town under strain from record levels of freight traffic, the Board says the Western Docks offers a part solution to the town’s road congestion and sufficient ferry capacity for the next few decades.

The Board is already consulting with government and other agencies to create a “buffer zone� to assemble freight vehicles off the A20 between Folkestone and Dover and manage the flow rates through the town and within the port.

“The port must respond positively and act decisively to ensure it has capacity and facilities to meet growing traffic flows and to do it in a way which minimises the impact o­n the town of Dover,â€? says Chief Executive Bob Goldfield.

“With the support of government and other agencies, and the local community, we can build a second ferry terminal and create a system to control the flow of lorry traffic passing through the town and port. It’s a win win opportunity for the town and for the port and we need to push ahead with both initiatives.�

Youth group awarded £1000

Contributed by editor on Apr 05, 2006 - 03:09 PM


 Susan Carey is pictured with youngsters who are part of the Etchinghill Youth Enterprise (E.Y.E.)

Local County Councillor Susan Carey has given £1,000 from her member grant to a new youth group in Etchinghill . The cheque was presented on Friday (31 March) at Etchinghill Village Hall. 

E.Y.E opened its doors for the first time on Monday 3rd April offering sports, leisure and recreation activities for those aged 8 to18 and offers the chance for youngsters to socialise in a safe, relaxed environment. 

The E.Y.E Management Team  thanked all those who helped turn a vision to reality.

Our first ditty

Contributed by editor on Apr 04, 2006 - 11:23 PM



The first clean-up ditty has just arrived - do you think you can do better?

There was a young lady named Sue
Who went on the clean up with you,
She arrived at the venue 
And asked what's on the menu 
It's Curlew and Puffin for you.

Send yours to  or

Keep your ditty clean

Contributed by editor on Apr 04, 2006 - 08:20 PM


The countdown to the big village clean-up o­n Saturday (8 April) has begun and already calls pledging help are coming through.

To add a little fun to the event, clean-up co-ordinator Cyril Trice would like everyone to try to come up with a little ditty to mark the occasion.

He suggests a nursery rhyme theme such as, 'A hunting we will go, for litter, high and low'. Or maybe a play o­n Peter Piper with, 'People picked a piece of paper, a piece of paper people picked'.

Of course, you can be as imaginative as you like, but in view of the event, it would be appreciated if they can be kept 'clean'.

The best ditty could be in line for a prize too, so get thinking and send yours to Cyril Trice

To take part in the Hawkinge village clean up, just turn up at the Hawkinge Community Centre o­n Saturday 8 April at 9.00am. Bags will be provided but you should wear some suitable clothing and bring some gloves.

Howard asks DTI for help over job losses

Contributed by editor on Apr 03, 2006 - 03:46 PM


Michael Howard, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe has written to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry asking what extra assistance can be made available to the Shepway area following the recent announcement of 500 redundancies by aerospace-to-medical equipment maker Smiths Group in Hythe.

The company have said they plan to end manufacturing at the Smiths Medical plant at Hythe in Kent within two years.

The Hythe headquarters of Smiths Medical International, employing about 220 people in research and development, finance, marketing and other support services will stay open and the company plans to create a European service centre in the town.

Mr Howard said: “The recent announcement has been a bitter blow for our community.  I have asked the Secretary of State how he can help.  I hope he will be able to deliver some meaningful action.â€?