A real buzz on the green

Contributed by editor on Oct 06, 2006 - 04:00 AM


After opening the meeting by welcoming a new member, Angela Voyce, Jerusalem was sung and birthday greetings accorded to Mesdames Bassett, Orchard, Sayer, Wood, Hoy and Dale who were invited to join the President at the Birthday Table for tea, along with the September birthday ladies who had missed out there being no birthday table then. I suppose that may make you think “why?” and I will explain – September is the month this WI was formed and the meeting is it’s birthday “do” and a party enjoyed by all the members takes place – so tea and cake for all! As there were seventeen to cater for this month, which included the speaker, two tables were necessary – whew! 

Business was then discussed and it was agreed that the trip to St Paul’s Cathedral had been a great success.  We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and the arrangements went very smoothly.  All those who were involved in making this such a splendid day out were thanked most profusely.  It was also decided that The Hawkinge Fun Day had gone very well; there had been a real buzz o­n the green and it was hoped that next year there would be a “Name the Teddy” competition o­n the WI stand; we would certainly want to continue to be a part of this community activity.  Many thanks go to all the ladies who manned the stall throughout the day.

The speaker, Mr Harris, then gave a very informative and entertaining talk o­n “Monet and his Garden”, illustrating it with his slides of the garden and some slides of Monet’s paintings – so we saw the actual site and then the impression of that place painted by the artist.  I heard several of the members saying how much they would like to go there.

The monthly competition of a “Medieval Greeting Card” was won by Pam Hoy and the “Peg Doll” competition, which will go forward to the forthcoming Group Meeting, was won by Carole Seabrook.

The next meeting, o­n Tuesday 7th November, is the Annual Meeting when a new committee and president will be elected.  We start at 2pm in the Village Hall and you are assured of a warm welcome, so why not come along and see just what we have to offer.  Should you require any more information please don’t hesitate to phone the secretary o­n 01303 863146.  

Linda Barnes


Lost cat appeal

Contributed by editor on Oct 05, 2006 - 10:23 PM


Dear Ed,

Can you could help me find my 3-year-old cat called Bertie?

He is ginger and fluffy and went missing from Minter Avenue on Tuesday (3 October). He is a much adored pet and we are desperate to find him.

Any news about him would be greatly appreciated,

Many thanks,
Karen Tatt

Editor's note: If you have any information, please Email and we will forward your reply

Lorry driver threatened with iron bar

Contributed by editor on Oct 05, 2006 - 10:06 PM


Police are appealing for information that will help to identify three men who attacked a lorry driver and drove off with a cargo of copper worth £100,000.

The incident happened at 10.00 pm o­n Tuesday night (3 October) at Charlwood Ltd, which is in the Portzone at Old Park, Whitfield near Dover.

The lorry driver was walking towards his lorry when he was approached by two men who dragged him to the side of another lorry and took his keys and mobile phone.  He was then hit in the face.

A third man then appeared carrying an iron bar who then tied the man’s hands together and threatened him with the bar. The men then used the tractor unit from the lorry driver’s vehicle to steal the trailer loaded with 26 tonnes of copper. All three men were wearing black ski masks and black clothing.

The stolen lorry and trailer were later discovered in Willow Wood just west of the A256 near the Tilmanstone roundabout,  and it is believed the copper has been offloaded somewhere in the South Kent area to be sold o­n.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact DC Carole Banks o­n 01304 240055.

Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers o­n 0800 555 111.  This call is free and your anonymity is guaranteed.

Howard's Way - 5 October 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 05, 2006 - 12:10 AM

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

5 October 2006


By the time you read this the Party Conference season will be well and truly over. And not before time, I can imagine many of you saying. Does this annual seaside routine (though Labour, breaking the mould, were at Manchester this year) really contribute anything to the greater good? Is it really necessary? 

This year I can attempt to answer these questions with a little more detachment than I might previously have been able to muster. It is the first time for 5 years that I have not made a speech at the Conservative Conference. And before that, apart from a 2 year break after I had retired from William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet, I had spoken at every Conference for more than a decade. 

In my view these conferences serve a purpose. Political parties have an essential role to play in any parliamentary democracy. And Party Conferences have an essential role in creating and reinforcing the dynamic of the Parties. 

Of course there is usually more than one agenda. What the politicians say from the platform often bears little relation to what the delegates or representatives are saying at the bars. And often the media have their own agenda, different again. As long as they can find one or two Party members to play into it they can run it regardless of the views of the majority of people present. 

So the first rule for outside observers of the Conferences (all of them) is don’t believe all you read in the newspapers or are told on television. 

But every now and again something happens which does light up a half-concealed truth or illuminate a state of affairs the parties themselves would prefer to stay hidden. 

There can be few better examples of this than Cherie Blair’s remarks of Gordon Brown at this year’s Labour Party Conference – “That’s a lie.” 

The Labour Party’s suggestion that what she’d really said was “Can I get by?” was hilarious. Even more so was one suggestion in the newspapers that she might have said “Hi-de-Hi”! I had hoped this might become a new catch-phrase but it doesn’t seem to have caught on yet. 

Whatever your view of the Conferences there is one certain consolation for you this week. You will be spared them for another year. Make the most of it!

Ban lifted but metering goes ahead

Contributed by editor on Oct 03, 2006 - 07:26 PM


Folkestone and Dover Water Services has lifted its domestic hosepipe ban,  introduced o­n 2 April, after water reserves had fallen to low levels.

But the company said rainfall  over the last six months had been close to the average expected, and consumer demand had fallen 4% over the summer.

It said if the autumn and winter were as wet as forecast, then it should be able to avoid restrictions next year.

However, the company is continuing to stress the need for water efficiency and water conservation, and said in the long term it still intended to use the Water Scarcity Status allocated to its area which allows the introduction of compulsory metering.

Folkestone Camera Club - 2 October 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 03, 2006 - 12:05 AM


On Monday 25th September we had a programme change. Unfortunately our lecturer who had been booked, unfortunately could not make it. 

We therefore called upon our members to ‘save the day’ by showing some of their own work, which proved a very interesting evening. Arthur Bailey showed an Audio Visual Documentary on the history of Folkestone Camera Club over the past 60 years, and though many members have seen it before, it is always good to see it again, and for new members it gave them an insight into our club. Dan Ekstine filled in the second part of the evening with an Audio Visual of South Africa, his homeland. The superb photographs were set to music and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, thanks to both Dan and Arthur for stepping in at such short notice and giving us a great evening. 

Monday 2nd October was an illustrated talk by Brian Dorne on Kent Watermills
and Waterways, water at work in the past, which proved to be another good evening where we discovered new areas of Kent. 

Next week, 9th October, will be our first digital image competition of the season. This season we have 3 categories for members to enter:- monochrome, open and creative, and the 16th October will be Graham Johnson presenting a Trip down the Medway. a photographic voyage of discovery down an ancient waterway

Our first Practical evening of the season will be on 17th, where members can practice with the clubs Studio Lighting, and where we hope to have a model. 

On 7th October the Kent County Photographic Association will be holding their Digital Imaging Competition at Detling – good luck to all members taking part, and hope we do as well as we did on 23rd September at the Kent County Photographic Association’s annual Handley Shield & Carter Cup Competitions at Eastbourne., where we came 6th out of 25 clubs ! This included three members receiving Merit Awards – Dan Desborough ‘Tree-lined path’ and Bob Brisley ‘The Early Bird’ and David Hughes ‘Walking to Learn’ – congratulations to you all.

Meetings are held at St. Georges Church, Audley Road, Folkestone (opposite West Station)., every Monday commencing at 7.45pm New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, please, ring Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399 for further information, or visit our web-site at

Tit Bits - 2 October 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 02, 2006 - 09:34 AM

We could lose the £2million centre for good......

The sorry saga of the Spitfire Leisuredrome took yet another turn last week, and just when it looked like the decrepit old building would soon be sold. In steps Cllr Peter Smith, who has never made any secret of his support for the Leisuredrome, and calls in the plans.

I was told that Shepway officers had, after 6months of delays come down in favour of the plans for the site which the Parish Council, of which Cllr Smith is a member, were hoping to sell with planning permission. They will now have to go before Shepway's development control committee, although I have been informed that committee member, Cllr Smith will be unable to take part in the debate because of an interest in the building. 

The Leisuredrome has been unused for years except for the building of  Hawkinge Harry, the village giant and the construction of Cllr Smith's ill fated replica of HMS Victory built to celebrate the battle of Trafalgar at the Festival of the Sea last year. Unfortunately the ship developed a list during sea trials in the harbour at Folkestone and turned out to be too big to take part in the Venetian fete in Hythe. 

The future of the Leisuredrome is still far from certain, but the cash raised from the sale of the building could have been used to create a facility for the young people and benefit the village as a whole. I'm against ploughing money into the Community Centre without a business plan and a management structure in place, but the delay in selling the Leisuredrome could further exacerbate efforts to save the centre and an opportunity to create some sports amenities and a meeting place for the young people of the village may be lost. 

Talking about the Community Centre, reports are filtering out of little progress being made with the rescue bid to save the it. I feel the well meaning Parish Council group trying to turn the centre around have bitten off far more than they can chew. I wish them luck, but without the expert help from the Charity Commission I am concerned we could lose the £2million centre for good.

Thanks to the reader who brightened up this depressing week with a photograph showing an information sign at Northampton General Hospital - it reads Family planning advice - use rear entrance. It's true and I have the photograph to prove it.

Would you like to contribute to my page of tit bits?


"Council is still mucking about with our application"

Contributed by editor on Oct 02, 2006 - 12:10 AM


In an article o­n the Times o­nline website o­n Sunday (1 October), writer Angus McCrone looked at the planning rules quagmire that stifles development in Britain.

He highlights the case of a Shepway planning application which has taken eight months, some five months longer than the three months promised by the District Council.

McCrone writes: "In West Hythe, Kent, o­ne manufacturer is seething because he said his local council, Shepway, had taken eight months to ponder a request to renew planning permission o­n a piece of land — after originally promising an answer within three months.

Richard Hindry, managing director of JR Cabinet Makers, said: “We want to invest £1.2m and employ 13 more people, but we need to move to a new site to do this. Some £38,000 of expense for us and 146 e-mails later, the council is still mucking about with our application.”

Shepway said the proposed plot was part of a much larger area that requires an environmental impact assessment but, despite this, its “officers have agreed to take a more flexible approach by agreeing to discussions with JR Cabinet Makers”.

Editor's note:- The EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment of the effects of projects on the environment was introduced in 1985 and was amended in 1997. The directive was amended again in 2003 following the 1998 signature by the EU of the Aarhus Convention on public participation in environmental matters. The issue was enlarged to the assessment of plans and programmes by the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive in 2001 which is now in force and establishes a mix of mandatory and discretionary procedures for assessing environmental impacts.

Hawkinge unstoppable - Report by Mark Button

Contributed by editor on Oct 01, 2006 - 07:57 PM


By Mark Button

Hawkinge U10 v Dover Rangers Colts Reserves

Another game and another win for our under 10's team at home today (1 October) against Dover Rangers Colts Reserves.

On a wet and windy afternoon, Hawkinge were unstoppable, running away 9-1 winners. Liam Smith scored 4, Mitchell Dyos scored a hat trick and Connor Haden continued his fine run of form scoring 2 goals and providing many telling crosses and corners.

A big change at half time being 5 - 0 up, Hawkinge brought off their starting attack and defence, allowing a run out for our loyal reserves, Jade Brooks, Thomas and Daniel Steadman (attack) and Daisy Brazier (defence). 

Ryan Holmes and Ryan Smith were again super reliable in defence and Richard Button was as busy as ever in mid field, cutting out a number of passes from Dover and not allowing their forwards to threaten. Daisy Brazier was player of the match and received our weekly trophy for following instructions and putting all her effort into her role as defender.

With ten minutes to go, and after a goal by Dover, the formation was changed again and our refreshed attack force returned and put in another 4 goals including a great strike from Mitchell Dyos, to end the day deserved 9 -1 winners.

Final score:-  Hawkinge U10 9  Dover Rangers Colts Reserves 1 

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Fast ferry battle looms as firm is set to expand

Contributed by editor on Oct 01, 2006 - 09:08 AM


Speedferries, which operates the high speed ferry service between Dover and Boulogne, has bought a second ship and wants to add another route to Dover by Easter 2007 according to the French newspaper La Voix du Nord.

The company is negotiating for the same Dover docking space as Euroferries which is planning another high speed service across the channel. 

This could be another setback for Euroferries Ltd, which is already facing renewed competition to buy the Spirit of Ontario from the City of Rochester in the US.

Euroferries wants to launch a service between Dover and  Boulogne and Calais, but although Rochester NY mayor Robert Duffy announced in May that the company would buy the Spirit of Ontario for $29.8 million, they have yet to secure financing, and the city is now talking to other bidders.

Alain Rousseau, port development manager in Boulogne, said in a phone interview with the French newspaper, that he remained in discussions with Euroferries and its space at the French port is secure. There is no timeline to close the deal."