Keep away from Dave warn police

Contributed by editor on Sep 27, 2006 - 12:20 AM


Jet skiers and people in kayaks will be prosecuted if they harass the dolphin that has made his home off Folkestone beach.

The dolphin who has been nicknamed “Dave” has made the English Channel off the town's beach his home over the past few months and is often seen swimming between Folkestone harbour and Seabrook, a mile or so up the coast.

The Police warning comes after reports that people in kayaks were harassing the dolphin and they said that jet skiers and people in motor boats were getting close to him on recent occasions.

A Police spokesman said: “Kent Police is asking the public to help protect Dave by reporting any behaviour by jet skiers and kayakers that may harm him.

“The Marine Unit may also be patrolling that area of coast and will take action against anyone who is annoying Dave.”

Dolphins are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which makes it an offence to recklessly or intentionally harass them.

PC Andy Small, Kent Police rural and environmental crime coordinator, said: “Dolphins are well loved creatures and very friendly towards humans. However, they are wild animals and should be treated with respect.

“Boats, jet skis and kayaks should keep a distance of about 100m from the dolphin and people must not approach, grab, touch or try to swim with him.”

Channel created in a day, turns history on its head

Contributed by editor on Sep 26, 2006 - 12:20 AM


The Strait of Dover and the English Channel could have been formed in less than a day after a devastating flood split Britain from Europe, according to new research.

Current text-books show prehistoric Britain as a peninsula of continental Europe which was split from the continent after a long process of erosion and rises in sea levels. But the new theory of a flood, which occurred between 400,000 and 200,000 years ago could rewrite British prehistory.

A sonar survey, led by Sanjeev Gupta, from Imperial College, London, uncovered deep bowls, scour marks and piles of rubble on the sea bed that may have been caused by a torrent of water. The survey reveals the remains of a huge valley, running south-west from the Strait of Dover.

Dr Gupta said in a paper published at an academic conference: "In places, this valley is more than seven miles wide and 170 ft deep, with vertical sides. Its nearest geological parallels are found not on Earth but in the monumental flood terrains of the planet Mars.

"This suggests the valley was created by a catastrophic flood following the breaching of the Dover Strait and the sudden release of water from a giant lake to the north."

France and Britain would have been linked by a high ridge of chalk hills, running roughly between Dover and Calais according to Dr Gupta's theory. To the north would have been a freshwater lake, fed by rivers, and deepened over thousands of years.

The lake, hundreds of feet above sea level, finally overflowed the chalk ridge and swept down towards the Atlantic. The water washed away the soft chalk hills and left the British Isles a separate land mass.

Dr Gupta's work is outlined in his book Homo Britannicus: the Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain, to be published next week.

Folkestone Camera Club - 24 September 2006

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2006 - 12:07 PM


24th September 2006

Monday 4th September was the start of our new season, which is always a good evening seeing our friends, some of whom we may not have seen since our summer recess began in May. 

Our first meeting of 2006\2007 season at our new venue, was an informal one to welcome several new members, along with an illustrated talk on Chatham Dockyard.

On 11th September we had a photographic journey to Iceland, followed by the 18th September a Digital Evening by Gavin Hoey, who produces work for the Photographic Magazine – Digital Photo. 

So far, the season has started well, with interesting evenings along with several new members joining us. This continues with ‘Cityscapes U.S.A.’ on 25th and ‘Kent Watermills and Waterways’ on 2nd October. Our first Digital Imaging Competition of the season will be on 9th October. 

If you are interested in Photography in any form, why not come along and join us. We have a varied programme over the season, which can be viewed on our website along with much more information about our club. 

Meetings are held at St. Georges Church, Audley Road, Folkestone, (opposite West Station in Shorncliffe Road) every Monday commencing at 7.45pm 

New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, please, ring Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information. 


Upcoming Boot Fairs

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2006 - 11:37 AM

Great start for young players

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2006 - 11:01 AM


By Mark Button

Betteshanger v Hawkinge U10

Following last Sundays 3-2 victory at home against Woodnesborough, where Conner Haden had a hat trick and was Man of the Match, this was another tight game for the village's boys and girls, against Betteshanger.

It was Conner Haden again who set the pace with a superb individual goal from just outside the penalty area, with Mitchell Dyos bagging a pair and a further goal by Liam Smith made up the Hawkinge tally.

After dominating the first half and not conceding a goal Hawkinge were made to battle in the second period as the experienced Betteshanger team threw every man forward to try to come back, only resolute defending by all, led by stand in Captain Ryan Holmes and some brave goal keeping by Adam English ensured the victory.

Richard Button received Man of the Match for his tireless centre midfield display either feeding balls to the attack of running the length of the field to defend.

Special mention should be made about Ryan Smith who was as solid as ever in defence and our two subs Jade Brooks and Sai Thota who came on in the second half to replace an exhausted Connor Haden and Liam Smith to reinforce the defence.

A great match full of guts and determination by all and enjoyed by every proud parent watching. A compliment to all hard working players and team spirit

Final score:-  Betteshanger 3 Hawkinge U10 4 

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website click here

Tit Bits - 25 September 2006

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2006 - 12:10 AM

Community spirit evaporates when asked to pick up the dog ends.....

I’m afraid it seems that some people have moved to Hawkinge to join a village community. 

They may well be disappointed with the reality. 

Just recently a poster on the Chatterbox was optimistic of a transformation within the village after they had visited the well attended Hawkinge Fun Day.

It was a hot day, and sure it attracted lots of visitors, but things don’t change overnight, nor in my case over the seven years since I moved into a considerably smaller Hawkinge. 

The so called village can better be described as the Tin Man, with no heart. An embryonic clone of Milton Keynes set in a rural area of South East Kent, it has more in common with South Ashford than Lyminge or Capel-le-Ferne. So don't lets get carried away with the notion that one swallow makes a summer. 

It doesn't; just ask Cyril Trice, who has been working for six months arranging the second of his village clean up days.

A week after the Fun Day, just seven local volunteers turned up to help. 

People are willing to turn up for the beer and skittles, but the community spirit evaporates when asked to pick up the dog ends and beer cans.

Are the villagers to blame? I think not. The malaise can be placed firmly on
the shoulders of the local authority allowing plans which provided precious
little infrastructure and which forced the population out of the village for
their shopping, leisure, entertainment and employment. How can that be conducive to a 
village community, or any sort of community come to that?

I rest my case.

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


Small band stretch their resources

Contributed by editor on Sep 23, 2006 - 10:04 PM


By Cyril Trice

A disappointingly small band of  seven volunteers turned up for the  bi-annual Hawkinge litter pick, including Declan Jones, a lone scout from the 3rd Hawkinge Scout Group.

Twenty sacks were collected mainly from the  Mill Lane and The Street area of the village.

There is no doubt there is litter to be picked up, and now that the 'litter pick' has been registered with the Clean Kent Campaign, the equipment required is available. All that is now needed are a few more helpers.

Editor's note:- 

This is the second village litter pick organised by Cllr Cyril Trice - If you would like to help please ring me on 01303 893499 or Email

Anger over new Dover prison

Contributed by editor on Sep 23, 2006 - 07:00 AM


The Home Office has confirmed that Connaught Barracks in Dover is to be converted into an open prison which will initially hold 200 inmates, but could hold 400 category "D" prisoners .

They will be risk assessed to ensure they are suitable for an open prison. No sex offenders will be sent there. It has been reported that they will begin arriving before Christmas.

A Home Office spokesman said the open prison would be in use for about five years and would be run by prison staff, some of whom would have to be specially recruited.

Inmates are sent to open prisons to help their resettlement into the community. They are not locked up during the day and are allowed into the local community o­n temporary licence.

Kent already has two of the 15 open prisons in England and Wales - Standford Hill, in Eastchurch o­n the Isle of Sheppey and Blantyre House, in Goudhurst.

The leader of Dover District Council, Paul Watkins, said the barracks, near local schools and housing, was unsuitable.

It was a site of national importance opposite Dover Castle and important for the regeneration and housing needs of the district, he added.

He said: 'We deplore the way these proposals have evolved. The risk of Category C prisoners who are coming to the end of their sentence also being housed on site will of great concern to local people.

"The Home Office and Prison Service will need to give categorical reassurances that local people's safety can be guaranteed. We are calling for an immediate meeting with the Home Secretary Dr Reid to raise our concerns about the possible effects on the local community. Dover already plays a significant role in the life of the nation.

"We already have a secure unit and we are the gateway to Europe. This is a step too far and the Council will continue to oppose these proposals in every way it can.'

The Home Office said the extra prison spaces provided by the barracks would relieve pressure o­n jails while it looked at other options to expand the prison estate.

Parish council could reduce local speed limits under new plans

Contributed by editor on Sep 22, 2006 - 10:53 PM


The parish council could help reduce the speed limits on local roads under a proposal in a Government document which looks at traffic speeds.

A special task force is being set up by Kent County Council (KCC) to start initial investigations following the publication of the document.

The team will carry out speed surveys and other o­n-the-spot checks to assess all the county's A and B roads. Once this is complete, a full programme of works and costings could be put forward where action is considered necessary.

During consultation o­n the issues, KCC had suggested that the national speed limit for single carriageway roads should drop from 60mph to 50mph. But the government feels that while the national limit should stay the same, local limits should be determined locally. However, this can o­nly be done with the co-operation of Kent Police and in consultation with bodies like parish councils and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The door is left open for local highway authorities like Kent to draw up its own criteria based o­n the government's guidance. It is likely that o­ne area of Kent would be selected for an initial trial before further action is considered. KCC could introduce measures including speed limits, interactive 'flashing' signs or physical barriers, or a combination of them.

Chairman of KCC Highways Advisory Board Roger Manning said: "There is increasing pressure in rural areas for traffic speeds to be reduced - the difficulty is how to enforce this.

"The immediate o­nus is o­n motorists to drive at speeds appropriate to the prevailing road conditions, which can change from hour to hour. We want motorists to keep thinking and judge for themselves whether they are within the speed limit rather than relying o­n signs.

"KCC now has a considerable amount of work to interpret the government guidance and assess the current position before we can begin to think about how to implement it."

Arson attack on local church

Contributed by editor on Sep 22, 2006 - 04:10 PM

A fire in the vestry of St Mary and St Eanswythe's church, in Folkestone was started deliberately say police.

Two floors of a 13th Century church, thought to be the oldest building in the town, were badly damaged. Cash was taken from collection boxes during a break-in before the fire, early o­n Friday (22 September).

Twenty-five firefighters tackled the blaze at the church which is known as the location of the grave of King Ethelbert's granddaughter, a Saxon princess said to have performed several miracles.