Skipper four times over drink/drive limit

Contributed by editor on Feb 28, 2006 - 09:21 PM



The Kathrin ran aground on the Goodwin Sands

The master of a vessel which ran aground on the Goodwin Sands and docked later in Hull was remanded in custody by Scunthorpe Magistrates today, (28 February) after pleading guilty to being four times over the legal drink drive limit whilst in charge of a ship. 

At the hearing today in Scunthorpe, Adrian Fericel, a Romanian national aged 45, was remanded to appear at Grimsby Crown Court .

The master was involved in incidents on the Goodwin sands on 12th February 2006 and New Holland on the River Humber on the 15th February 2006. 

On the 13th February, the owners of the Swiss registered vessel 'Kathrin' contacted Dover Coastguard to report that the vessel had grounded on the Goodwin Sands. 

Ten minutes after narrowly missing the East Goodwin Light Vessel, the `Kathrin' ran aground on the Goodwin Sands. The vessel remained aground for 20 minutes before re-floating itself and re-commencing it's journey to the north of England. Dover Coastguard was not contacted at any time during this incident. 

As a result the vessel was met at New Holland by a Port State Control Inspector from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Master was subsequently arrested by Humberside Police.

He was taken to Scunthorpe Police Station and asked to provide a sample of his breath for analysis. This showed level of alcohol in his breath of 140 microgrammes per microlitre of breath. This was about four times the legal limit. This is the highest recorded alcohol level in incidents that the MCA have had to deal with.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 27 February 2006

Contributed by editor on Feb 27, 2006 - 06:46 PM


27 February  2006

At our recent 4th Print competition of the season, judged by Mr Kevin Harvey from St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club, the winners of each section (marks out of 20) were as follows:-

Open Subject:-

Novice:- Ã¢â‚¬ËœLow Force Teesdale’   Eric Frankland  20
(8 Entries) Ã¢â‚¬ËœIt Happened o­n the way to the market’ Eric Frankland 19

Intermediate Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Lone Fisherman’   Melanie Chalk  20
 (17 entries)    Ã¢â‚¬ËœPlaza d’Espana Seville’  Monica Stringer 19      

 Ã¢â‚¬ËœRed Colobus Monkey Zanzibar’ Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB     20
(26 entries) Ã¢â‚¬ËœAcinonyx Jubatus (Cheetah)’ Ian Stone     19
‘Lioness eating Warthog ‘  Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB     19


Novice:-  Ã¢â‚¬ËœIsobel’   Sue Cowell  18 
(1 entry)        

Intermediate:- Ã¢â‚¬ËœRufus’   Melanie Chalk  18
 (2 entrries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœDenise’   Glen Yorke  16

Advanced:-  Ã¢â‚¬ËœStill Life’   Keith Radford ARPS 20
(15 entries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœJifunza’    Marie Laure Stone CPAGB19

The above winning photographs, scoring 20 points, and more in our gallery, can be viewed o­n our website at
along with further information about our club.
On the 20th February KERRY DUNLOP, a professional motor sport photographer showed us how he uses his digital equipment to capture the action, which was a very enjoyable evening and made us all want to go to Lydden or Brands Hatch to catch the action! 

The following Monday 27th February, will be our 4th Slide Competition of the season., followed o­n the 28th February BATTLE OF THE PRINTSâ€? Hosted by Malling Photographic Society. Six prints each from eleven clubs in competition., where we hope to do well!

The PETER HERITAGE CUP Subject: “Entertainmentâ€? + REG.WALKER CUP (best of last years slides/images) + ST. AUBYN CUP A landscape print competition  will all be held o­n 6th March which will prove to be a full and busy evening for our judge Mr Adrian Harrison..

Our club is going from strength to strength now, which is almost certainly due to the Digital age – we have accumulated 25 new members this season so far !

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome,  if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399, or e mail :

Carry on Shepway

Contributed by editor on Feb 27, 2006 - 04:10 PM



According to a recent village poll held on the Hawkinge Gazette website the Tories would receive a mandate to carry on running the district council.

Even with the carry on over the 'off the road' refuse collection lorries the majority of  Hawkinge voters are still  behind  the Tory controlled council and do not want a change in the administration.

The Gazette posed the question: "Should voters look for an alternative party to run Shepway?" and 61% of you voted for them to carry on.

Although there was some controversy when the poll opened over an email sent out by the Shepway Conservative office which urged  supporters to vote on the poll, the result to date still shows a majority of supporters favouring the status quo.

Here is the result as of today (27 February)

Should voters look for another party to run Shepway?

Yes, both main parties have failed the electorate 5.83 % (39) 
No, give them another chance 61.73 % (413) 
I would like to boot them out now! 32.44 % (217) 

Total votes: 669

Bird flu planes keep watch over Shepway

Contributed by editor on Feb 27, 2006 - 11:25 AM


Areas of Shepway which are visited by migrating birds are being watched closely from the skies.

It was revealed that spotter planes are flying over remote areas looking for dead birds in the fight against an avian flu outbreak in the UK.

They are examining areas populated by migrating birds, such as Romney Marsh which is difficult to scour o­n the ground,  together with areas o­n the north west coast of the country at  Morecambe Bay and the Mersey estuary.

Fears for the South East were heightened after France found the H5N1 virus at an indoor turkey farm near Lyon, just 300 miles from Britain.

More twists than Chubby Checker

Contributed by editor on Feb 27, 2006 - 10:25 AM


The o­n off P&O takeover from Dubai Ports World has taken yet another twist after the Dubai company agreed to a delay and an investigaion into the security aspects of the deal.

Critics of the deal claim it would hand over control of key US ports to a company owned by the governtment of Dubai.

"The 45 day full investigation would be a significant step forward. But the devil is in the details," said Sen. Charles Schumer.

Schumer and Sen. Hillary Clinton, and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, have joined four Republicans to sponsor legislation that would require the port deal to be approved by Congress, not just the President.

"If we had confidence in the security of our ports, perhaps we would raise questions about this, but we wouldn't be so adamant that we want answers," Clinton said.

The debate centers o­n just how much control a foreign government could have over security at a port it operates.

Port Authorities, US Border Patrol and the Coast Guard would still be responsible for security. Unions would retain control of staffing of the New York and New Jersey ports.

Cast of hundreds line up for community show

Contributed by editor on Feb 27, 2006 - 09:57 AM

Over 500 local people from East Kent attended auditions for the Marlowe Theatre's Easter Community Show - and they've all landed a part!
The Wizard of Oz will be performed by the massive cast from April 13 - 23,  with a little bit of help from Boyzone star Stephen Gately as Scarecrow and Dave Lee as Cowardly Lion. Several local perfromers have landed main roles, including Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.
Director Sarah Dean said: "The standard of audition this year was extremely high, and we had a tough job deciding who to choose for the principal roles. Because so many people want to take part we have to divide the cast into 'teams', and rotate the teams through all the performances. It's a very complicated operation!"
People hoping to see Stephen Gately in action are warned that he and the other professional performers will not be appearing at the 10.30am shows o­n Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 of April. The parts will be taken by local understudies for these shows.

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Compensation claim should hold no fears

Contributed by editor on Feb 26, 2006 - 01:57 PM


Dear Ed

Re: Hawkinge by-pass compensation

Residents who have received letters from Barry Wood have nothing to fear from him.

He is as far as I know a reputable man who specialises in this type of claim.

As an ex-resident of Pine Way in Cheriton over 20 years ago he successfully negotiated two lots of compensation for me because of the extended use of the M20 when it was extended to Dover and the effect of the street lighting when that stetch of the M20 was lit.

The settlements were of 4 figures and not to be sneezed at even ten years ago.


1000 years of military history comes to an end

Contributed by editor on Feb 26, 2006 - 12:28 AM


Cllr Pat Heath, Chairman of Dover District Council

Dover is preparing to say goodbye to the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment on Friday (10 March). The event marks an end to more than a thousand years of recorded military history in the town.

A special parade through Dover, with sixty soldiers from 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, led by the Parachute Regiment Band and including a convoy of army vehicles willl gather at the Market Square process to the Town Hall for about 11.45am. At around 11.50am, a farewell salute will be taken by the Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Pat Heath, and the Commander of 2 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier James Plastow. The event can be viewed by the public along the route or at the Town Hall.

Cllr Pat Heath, Chairman of Dover District Council said: 'This is a very significant occasion which marks an end to over a thousand years of recorded military history in Dover. We hope as many people as possible will come along to mark this event and join us in saying farewell to the Parachute Regiment who have played such an important part in the life of the town.'

Shepway projects get £34,000

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2006 - 07:15 PM


 Recommendations made by Chris Capon

Local projects in Shepway are to get a £34,000 boost from Kent County Council.

£5,000 has been allocated for replacing trees on Folkestone High Street. Folkestone Town Council is working with Kent County Council and Shepway District Council to improve the town centre environment with bedding plants and trees.

But the lion's share goes to Hythe High Street which will be spruced up following an allocation of nearly £29,000. The work will begin mid-March for approximately three to four weeks. The maintenance work will include general tidying, new bollards and reinstating and repainting street lights.

Funding was approved by KCC Cabinet Member for Finance Nick Chard following recommendations made by the Chairman of KCC Shepway Local Board Chris Capon, after consultation with other local county councillors and Shepway District Council. The money has been raised through Council Tax levied on those owning a second home in the Shepway area.

Mr Chard said: "This is great news for Shepway residents. I am pleased that the county council is supporting these projects which will benefit the local community."

Chairman of KCC Shepway Local Board and a former Mayor of Hythe, Chris Capon said: "The projects will enhance key shopping streets in Folkestone and Hythe - making them more attractive to shoppers and visitors."

New superferry for channel route

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2006 - 04:55 PM



Maesk Delft

The latest Norfolkline ferry has arrived in Dover. It will begin taking passengers on March 5.

The Maesk Delft is the second of Norfolkline's new superferries and will enable the company to make 12 sailings a day from Dover to Dunkirk.

The ship was built by Samsung Shipbuilding in Korea and is the second of three new vessels built for Norfolkline. The final named Maesk Dover is still under construction and is scheduled to begin operating in July 2006.

The 34,500 tonne vessel can carry 780 passengers, 200 cars and 120 trucks.