Sellinge no match for Hawkinge stars

Contributed by editor on Jan 23, 2005 - 05:31 PM


Mick Stapley Memorial Cup 

Hawkinge 9 v Sellinge 0

By Cyril Trice 

This was the match that Hawkinge needed to prove they could score goals, and they didn't let the fans down.

Sellinge were in for a drubbing from the village team in this one sided cup tie.

Hawkinge had the bit between their teeth and were out to prove that they could put the ball in the net and did so time after time.

Eamon Elalam opened the scoring after 10 minutes and followed it up with a goal from the penalty spot after a deliberate hand ball which saw the Sellinge player sent off.

With the away team down to 10 men it was now plain sailing for Hawkinge.

David Chilvers started the rout by scoring for Hawkinge 5 minutes into the second half, followed by Matt Hughes, James Cross, Tom Whelan and a second one from Matt Hughes who was having a much better game.

To add to their woes Sellinge conceded an own goal when Adam Lemar put his name to the score sheet shortly before the referee blew his whistle on this one sided game.

Hawkinge now proceed to the next round of the Mick Stapley Memorial Cup.

Cheap flight fightback by port

Contributed by editor on Jan 23, 2005 - 01:02 AM


The Port of Dover is stepping up its capacity with two new berths as the ferry industry fights back from competition from “no frills� airlines.

The port carried over 14 million passengers, 2.5 million tourist cars and 128,000 coaches on its ferry routes to Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne in 2004 and is supporting a campaign to highlight the benefits of travelling by ferry to France, including the convenience of packing and driving your car direct from home to your destination.

“This year we will be operating up to 70 departures a day to the Northern French ports,� said Kate O’Hara, the port’s Head of Commercial and Marketing. “Dover offers the shortest and fastest ferry routes to France and the crossing is viewed by many of our customers as part of the holiday.�

P&O Ferries and SeaFrance operate conventional ferry services to Calais and NorfolkLine to Dunkerque, whilst Hoverspeed operate a Seacat to Calais and SpeedFerries a Seacat to Boulogne.

24 hour drinking poses local concerns

Contributed by editor on Jan 22, 2005 - 01:30 PM


KCC Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart is concerned that 24 hour drinking in the county could lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme on the proposed 24-hour opening of pubs and clubs, he said he had a number of concerns.

Sir Sandy welcomed the transfer of licensing from magistrates to local authorities and said: "Councils are responsible for youth and social issues and are democratically accountable to local people.

"Local councils need to be reimbursed in full for this new responsibility of issuing licences and carrying out inspections and enforcement. 

"Most importantly, all of us are concerned if the legislation and extended drinking causes a need for extra policing. It's not good enough for the government to simply respond that the pubs and clubs would pay the cost of extra policing, the real point is that we do not want changes that cause an increase in anti-social behaviour. 

"We also need to watch to see that, in practice, councils have powers not only to refuse licences but also to defend any consequent appeals.

"As Chairman of the Local Government Association I have also asked that we make sure that councils have sufficient powers to reject licence applications where appropriate and to successfully withstand legal appeals."

Bikes are best say pupils

Contributed by editor on Jan 21, 2005 - 08:23 PM


The results of the Churchill School travel survey shows that a large number of pupils want to cycle to school.

And headteacher Jennie Carter is keen to encourage them to make the journey by bicycle or on foot.

In this week's newsletter she tells parents: "I think it may be time to lobby councillors to provide cycle lanes in time for warmer weather. We might also think about asking the Community Warden to talk about Walking Buses.

"There is also an idea called, Park and Stride, whereby parents drop off at somewhere like the Community Centre and a Walking bus leaves from there. It would save all the congestion at the gate.

The Churchill School Travel Plan can be viewed here

'4x4' restrictions on rural tracks

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2005 - 06:03 PM


Motorcycles, quad bikes and four-wheel drive vehicles will have their access to public rights of way restricted under new legislation.

Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael confirmed today that the Government would be responding to widespread concern about the damage to ancient, and often fragile, tracks.

He said that it was not right that 4x4 vehicles, for example, should be allowed to use a pathway just because horse drawn vehicles once used the route.

There is a place in the countryside for all users of rights of way, he said, whether on foot or on four wheels, but the use must be 'responsible, sustainable and appropriate.'

Mr Michael added: "We need a rights of way network that responds to the needs of the 21st century, not a network based solely on historic use patterns.

"The pressures of modern day use are very different to those a hundred or more years ago and new legislation is needed to reflect these changes."

The Minister confirmed that he wants the measures to become law as soon as a legislative opportunity becomes available.

Sea Containers fined over fast ferries

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2005 - 05:10 PM


At a hearing in Folkestone(18 January), the owners of two fast ferries were prosecuted after operating them for two weeks without any certification.

Sea Containers Ltd, owners of the Rapide and Diamant, pleaded guilty to a total of sixteen charges brought under the Merchant Shipping (High-Speed Craft) Regulations 1996, the Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Hours of Work and Watchkeeping) Regulations 1997 and the Merchant Shipping (ISM Code) (Ro-Ro Passenger Ferries) Regulations 1997. 
These charges covered the period  25th August to 8th September 2003 when the Rapide and Diamant sailed from UK ports on about 130 occasions without valid certification. 

Sea Containers operating company Hoverspeed ferry, Diamant

Folkestone Magistrates fined Sea Containers Ltd a total of £7,000 plus £6,985 in costs were awarded.

The Chairman of the bench during his summing up said: “The public has to have full confidence in operators and there was a need to set an example to other companies for future reference.�

Mr Paul Coley, Head of the Survey Branch at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said: “The MCA is satisfied that during the two week period that the Rapide and Diamant were safe to operate and that no one was put at risk. This case arose from a problem with the vessels paperwork and lack of management oversight.

"The MCA is very concerned that the company would allow these two vessels to operate without the necessary certification. It is fortunate that in this case the problem was only with the vessels lack of valid certificates. This case highlights the important attention which must be given by those persons responsible. They must ensure that proper management systems are in place, to be kept informed and monitor matters affecting safety and pollution prevention.�


Selsted's £600,000 sports hall opens for business

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2005 - 05:02 PM


A new £600,000 sports hall at Selsted CE Primary School will be officially opened by Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard and Kent County Council Chairman Kent Tucker tomorrow (21 January).

The sports hall has been financed by Sport England's Space for Sport and the Arts scheme following a successful bid for funding by KCC's Sports Development Unit.

It features a badminton court-sized sports hall, shower block and changing rooms and an additional room to be used for pre-school, after-school and breakfast clubs for pupils. The hall will also be available for members of the local community to use.

At the opening Mr Howard will unveil a commemorative plaque in the hall and will then be presented with origami Japanese Peace Birds made by pupils. A series of performances by pupils will then follow including martial arts and a dance demonstration.

Kent Tucker said: "It is important to provide schoolchildren with the best possible facilities from an early age so this wonderful new sports hall will provide a huge boost to physical education at Selsted School. I hope it will be a valuable resource for the local community for many years to come."

Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI January 2005

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 09:13 PM

Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI January 2005

The New Year party was a lively event, as usual. Members brought along their own food to share out, and enjoyed a game of beetle with much hilarity and noise. There were two new ladies joining us who had a good time as well. 

The competition for a hand made Cracker was won by Wendy Bell, Pauline Bart won the bingo. 

Members were reminded about the trip to Denman College in August, the W .I. college in Oxfordshire which has a wide range of classes to enjoy. We are having a day trip just to have a look round. Let Daphne Hitchcock have your name and deposit as soon as possible. 

Tickets for the Panto were issued. We were able to send £80 to Demelza House Hospice, which were the proceeds from the Craft Stall and the raffle at the Christmas Lunch. 

We are all invited to take part in a Walks Challenge, members are required to walk 90 miles in the year, not a lot over 52 weeks. This is to celebrate 90 years of WI. 

Nora Cole and Sue Maddox are our representatives for the Emergency group, other members can contribute in many ways, making teas etc.

The Craft CIub and Walking Group are thriving and have lots of members. The Craft club meet every 2nd Tuesday, and the Walks are on every 3rd Tuesday in the month.

If you would like to come along and see what we do, you are most welcome, 

or contact the President Linda Barnes on 01303891734 
or Secretary Wendy Bell on 01303893858

Lyminge Dramatic Society – Spring production

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 09:03 PM

Lyminge Dramatic Society – Spring production / Youth Drama Group

Our Spring production will be “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Drama Society’s Murder Mysteryâ€? – certainly the longest title for a play we have put on! 

Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, the play focuses on the ladies of the Farndale Estate as they attempt to put on their annual play, a murder mystery. 

The ladies are earnest in their attempts but incompetent and backed by a chaotic production crew, the play goes anything but smoothly. 

It runs from Wednesday March16th to Saturday 19th at Lyminge Village Hall. Tickets will go on sale at Haxtons Estate Agents in Lyminge from Saturday 28th February. 

Don’t miss what promises to be a hilarious production.

We are very sorry to announce that owing to unforeseen circumstances, we are now unable to restart the Dramatic Society's Youth Group in January. We still hope to make a start later in the year so please watch this space.

Shepway Cabinet's black mark over academy decision

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:26 PM


Lib Dem Cllrs representing Park ward have reacted with dismay to the decision taken by KCC to approve a planning application to build an entrance off Lucy Avenue for the new City Academy in Folkestone.

The Park ward team have been working with local residents to ask for the decision to be deferred, to allow the controversial entrance to the new academy to be removed from the plans.

Cllr Lynne Beaumont attended the meeting in Maidstone (18 January) with the Folkestone Academy Action Group. She spoke in favour of the removal of the Lucy Avenue entrance from the plans, and for the new building to be relocated within the site.

Cllr Lynne Beaumont said "Allowing the Lucy Avenue entrance to be built is a very short-sighted decision. Shepway Council's own Development Control Committee had already voted to remove the Lucy Avenue entrance from the plans. Sadly the Cabinet's recommendation to KCC watered this down to having "concerns" about the entrance."

"The residents in the Academy Action Group could not have done more to put their case. I cannot understand why the Cabinet chose to water down the Development Control Committee's decision.

"KCC's decision today is going to cause unbelievable distress and disruption to residents in and around Broadmead Village. I hope that Shepway's Cabinet have the decency to explain to local residents why they so disgracefully failed to uphold the decision of the Development Control committee."