Hawkinge youth now have balls

Contributed by editor on Sep 01, 2005 - 08:50 AM


By Cyril Trice

Thanks to the Hawkinge Partnership funds of £290, the Hawkinge U15 youth team start the season with new training and match balls, drink bottles and medical bags.

They are now well equipped to play their first match which takes place on the 18th September at home.



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Hawkinge Harry's big day

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 10:46 PM



Hawkinge Harry will be making a big impression when he opens the village’s fun day on Saturday (3 September).

The 13 foot high giant, created by the people of the village, will perform his first official role by opening the Hawkinge fun day at 11.00 am on the village green in Heron Forstal Avenue. Local children will celebrate the opening by parading with Harry around the green accompanied by festival music provided by the popular band Brew Ha Ha. 

The Fun Day, which has been organised by local residents with support from Hawkinge Partnership and includes a bouncy castle, bungee run, a summer fair, rodeo bull, arts and crafts stands, a children’s zone, refreshments and displays by community groups in the village.

Between 2.00pm and 3.00pm Home Start and Sainsbury’s will host a Madhatters’ Tea Party. 

“Everyone from Hawkinge is welcome. There will be loads to see and do, it will be a great day out,� said Jan Doyle, Chairman of the Partnership.

There will be a cabaret in the community centre from 7.00pm. Tickets are available from the Hawkinge Community Office (next to Tesco) and the Hawkinge Community Centre.

The Hawkinge Partnership was created following a successful bid for government funding under the Government’s Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme, Round 2. Its aim is to help the police, the Primary Care Trust, education and youth providers improve services offered in Hawkinge.

Village day centre re-opens

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 10:40 PM



A newly refurbished and extended day centre has re-opened for elderly people in Everist Court, Lyminge, heralding the success of a partnership between Age Concern, Kent County Council and Shepway Council.

The centre is fully equipped with modern kitchen, lounge, dining room, coffee room, treatment room, laundry, and hairdressers. 

Steve Leidecker, Area Director for Social Services at Kent County Council, said the upgraded and refurbished centre would serve local elderly people for many years.

“Everist Court has the standard of facilities fit for the 21st century. The project has been a real success, and is an example of a project rooted in partnership. A lot of people talk about partnerships, this is a real illustration of how well they can work.�

He paid tribute to Age Concern Elham Rural trustees for the project’s success.

“It was down to your courage and determination. It is an outstanding achievement.â€? 

Cllr Brian Copping, Shepway Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said the council had a number of partners it worked with to provide housing and care in the community.

“Age Concern is one of the partners we have worked with at Everist Court. We hope that elderly people, especially those who are frail, will be able to enjoy, and benefit, from all the facilities. The centre is at the heart of the community and will enhance the everyday lives of local elderly people.�

The refurbishment was funded by Shepway Council’s Coast and Countryside Housing Services, Kent County Council, Age Concern and the National Lottery.

International cricket comes to Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 10:35 PM



Top cricket comes to Folkestone on Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September when teams from Belgium, Holland, Germany and France will be battling it out to take on a Kent select side in a 40/40 final.

The two-day European Cricket Challenge at Cheriton Road Sports Ground, Folkestone, will bring together senior teams from across the continent who will play a series of 20/20 matches to decide who takes on the Kent side.

Three senior matches will be played on Saturday with the semi-finals and finals taking place on Sunday.

Youngsters from local cricket clubs will also be in the spotlight, playing a series of Kwik Cricket matches for the Trafalgar Cup.

The two-day festival is being organised by Discover Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh and is supported by Eurotunnel.

Entry to the ground is £3.50 for adults and is free for children. Car parking within the ground costs £5.

Police investigate death fall at Folkestone harbour hotel

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 10:07 PM


Folkestone police are investigating the death of a man who fell from a hotel balcony in the town.

It is thought the man committed suicide but police are treating the death as suspicious.

The man fell onto a roof of a shop at the Hotel Grand Burstin complex early on Monday morning (29 August)

Bank holiday crime spree in Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 04:28 PM

It has been reported that a black Piaggio moped which was stolen from the driveway of a property in The Street overnight 26th/27th August was later recovered.
Again in The Street a Ford transit van was damaged overnight 26/27th August while a Vauxhall Combo van parked in Cricketers Close was also damaged.
Finally again on the same night o­n the Bank Holiday weekend, various trees were damaged in the community green area of Heron Forstal Avenue. 
Last week on the night of 21st/22nd August another cycle was stolen in Hawkinge.  This time it was an Apollo Excel Mountain bike, blue and silver in colour which was stolen from Downs Road and  o­n the same night a Citroen Berlingo van was damaged whilst it was parked in Clouston Close, Hawkinge.

Hawkinge Community Centre statement - 30 August 2005

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 10:38 AM

Following the recent meeting of The Trustees of the Hawkinge Community Centre, the Trustees are pleased to announce interim funding has been secured which will cover the Trust’s commitments in the short term. 
Furthermore, there is also the possibility of a donation of matched funding to anything that can be raised by the Parish Council in support of the Community Centre.
The Trustees, who are all volunteers, were very disappointed that the details of the confidential financial briefing was publicised in the Herald article bringing unnecessary concern to many of the users, especially as we were confident that with the right support there was never any possibility that the Community Centre would close.
John Heasman, the Chairman said, “All the Trustees are very committed and put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that the Community Centre is well run.  It is a wonderful facility for Hawkinge and our bookings for September are up o­n last year with many local clubs and societies regularly using the Centre.  We have a small team of dedicated staff who work very hard to ensure that the building is staffed when anyone uses itâ€?. 
The Trustees went o­n to say that it should be remembered it takes time to build any business. 
The business plan was submitted and agreed by the Parish Council when the Trust was first formed and they were recently updated with regard to the cash flow problems we have recently experienced. 
We sincerely hope that we can now move forward with both the Parish Council and the Hawkinge Partnership to ensure that the Hawkinge Community Centre goes from strength to strength.

Community Centre Chairman upbeat after crisis meeting

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2005 - 01:00 AM


Hawkinge Community Centre will be staying open says Chairman John Heasman, after the Trustees crisis meeting on Sunday (28 August).

A smiling Mr Heasman said he was very optimistic that the immediate financial problems would be resolved, possibly by the end of the week.

"The money has been found to keep the Community Centre open," he said, "we just need to wait until the deal is completed. I cannot tell you who is putting the money up."

Treasurer Trevor Johns did not resign at the meeting as he had threatened, but John Heasman said that Mr Johns was looking to step down due to pressure of work.

Hawkinge Partnership Chairman Jan Doyle has stepped in as Secretary to the Community Centre, a position which had been vacant since the Parish Clerk Beryl Hardy quit the job shortly after the formation of the Charity.

Quadriplegic woman crosses English Channel

Contributed by editor on Aug 29, 2005 - 02:31 PM


A 33 year old woman from Canterbury suffering from a degenerative disease has sailed the English Channel to France, becoming the first-ever quadriplegic to make a solo, wind-only crossing.

Hilary Lister made the crossing in six hours, 13 minutes on Tuesday (23 August). The 42-km journey is also the longest solo sailing trip ever by a quadriplegic.

Lister steered her customised eight-metre-long sailboat, Malin, through a system with two straws, controlling the sails and rudder by sucking or blowing, described as a "sip and puff" method.

She suffers from a degenerative disease and can move only her head.

Support boats followed along with Lister from Dover in England to Calais in France.

Howard's Way - 25 August 2005

Contributed by editor on Aug 28, 2005 - 08:59 PM

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

Last Wednesday saw one of the events which made Shepway such a special place.

The Hythe Venetian Fete was a spectacular success. It seems to get better every time it takes place. This year the floats were particularly imaginative and the fireworks were breathtaking. It was all helped by the perfect weather and a bumper attendance.

One of the things which makes the Venetian Fete so unique is its timelessness. In essence it does not seem to have changed much for decades. Indeed it is easy to imagine sitting on the canal bank a hundred years ago and enjoying a very similar spectacle.

So the Fete, rather like other local events such as Lydd Club Day, strengthens our links with the past and our bonds with history and our local heritage.

None of this is easy to achieve. The Committee, under the tireless and dedicated chairmanship of John Schoner, will soon begin the work of preparing for the Fete of 2007. And the Committee need new blood – especially young blood! So anyone wanting to play their part in keeping this bit of Shepway’s heritage alive should get in touch with John Schoner.

On Thursday morning I attended a very different kind of event – the turf cutting ceremony for the mains drainage scheme in New Romney. This is something the people of New Romney have been waiting for for a very long time indeed. At last it is to become a reality and the new drainage system is to be installed. There are, inevitably, some issues still to be resolved but this was a very important day for New Romney and I was delighted to be there.

Finally, a word of congratulations to all Shepway’s young people who did well in their A level exams this year. They, and their teachers, can take great satisfaction from their achievements.

Debate on the nature of the exam and the extent to which it meets the rigorous standards which are desirable, will continue. But that should not detract in any way from the success of those who sit their exams under the present system. It is, after all, the only system available to them and they have, rightly, made the best of it. So very well done to them and their teachers.