Out but not disgraced

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2005 - 01:01 AM


Folkestone Invicta's FA cup hopes were dashed as Chester staged a second-half comeback to triumph 2-1 in their FA Cup first-round clash

Ryman League Folkestone, making their first appearance in the first round proper, had taken a shock lead in the 11th minute when Chris MacKenzie spilled an inswinging free-kick, allowing a grateful Adam Flanagan to score, but Chester's superior fitness saw them through in the second half.

They levelled matters after the restart when a clumsy challenge by James Everett o­n Ben Davies gave away a needless penalty which was duly dispatched by captain Michael Branch.

The goal gave Chester the upper hand and it seemed o­nly a matter of time before the visitor's defence would be breached again.

It was in the 71st minute that a fine ball over the top by Dave Artell was finished expertly by Ryan Lowe, putting Folkestone out of the competition by just two goals to o­ne.

Was it all a cynical ploy?

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2005 - 11:48 PM


Dear Ed,

Well done to Stuart and the East Hawkinge Civil Society.

The more cautious will wonder if it was all a cynical attempt by backers of the proposed new surgery/retail pharmacy to get Pentland Homes to reduce their asking price for the previously approved venue.


Invicta boss quietly confident

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 04:01 PM


Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley could hardly believe his luck when he landed an FA Cup first-round tie at Chester City.

It meant the Invicta manager would be able to renew his association with the club he used to watch almost a quarter of a century ago.

Neil may be Folkestone born and bred but his parents came from the Chester area and many of his relations still live in Deeside. 

Although Cugley has never seen a match at the Saunders Honda Stadium, he remembers watching games at Chester's old Sealand Road ground when he visited his relatives.

Invicta, who moved into the now-defunct Folkestone FC's Cheriton Road ground in 1991, have reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their 74-year history.

The Chester side have suffered a drop in form of late and Cugley is said to be quietly confident of tomorrow's encounter.

Asked if his team of part-timers could spring a shock tomorrow Cugley is reported to have said: "Yeah, there's no pressure o­n us, the pressure comes o­n Chester".

Jobs blow as Seacat service is scrapped

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 07:04 AM



Hopes that the Seacat service between Dover and Calais would be back next year have been sunk by a statement from their management company Sea Containers Ltd. 

Dover - Calais Seacat service scrapped

The port will lose its Hoverspeed link to the continent next week following a restructuring exercise by their operators. 

The company said on Thursday (3 November) that its ferries division needs to stem operating losses. They will be selling ships at its Finland-based Silja unit, and withdrawing Dover-Calais service at the company's Hoverspeed unit. 

In the company statement it said: " Sea Containers is no longer able to support Hoverspeed's losses on the English Channel so it will not operate the Dover-Calais route in 2006 or thereafter. Hoverspeed has commenced consultation with staff as required by law, which will result in a significant number of redundancies".

The ferry routes between France and England across the English Channel have suffered from declining passenger and car volumes, excess capacity and reduced profits from low tax merchandise sales. The car-carrying fast ferries incurred losses in 2005, due mainly to high fuel prices.

Howard's Way 3 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 03:01 AM

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

3 November 2005

As readers will know I take my constituency advice centres very seriously. In more than 22 years I could probably count the number I have missed (for unavoidable reasons) on the finger of one hand.

They fulfil many purposes. They give me the opportunity to help people with their problems. Of course I don’t have a magic wand but there are times when I can make a difference. They also give you all a chance to sound off at me. And they also keep me in touch with what is really happening.

An excellent example of this occurred on Saturday morning at my advice centre in Hawkinge. A primary schoolteacher came to see me to tell me how one of the Government’s latest initiatives is actually working out.

It is meant to reduce the workload on teachers, something we could all agree on. But no additional resources have been provided. So what is happening is that unqualified people, often without the necessary literacy and numeracy skills, are actually teaching the children. 

This cannot be right. I shall be asking the Education Secretary how widespread the problem is and what she intends to do about it.

On Saturday afternoon I spent an hour behind the counter at the Barnardo’s charity shop in Hythe High Street. This was part of National Volunteering Day which is designed to draw attention to the importance of voluntary work and to encourage people to do more of it. I’m not sure how much use I was but I certainly enjoyed the time I spent at the till.

Saturday evening saw me welcome the four countries which were taking part in the Miss Euroregion contest at the Burstin Hotel and on Sunday morning I went to a very special service at Dymchurch Parish Church.

This was to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Dymchurch branch of the Royal British Legion. There was a tremendous turnout and it was a very splendid occasion. Another timely reminder of how much we owe to those who have made such sacrifices for us in the past.

Can you help police firearms officers with training?

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 02:17 AM


Kent Police are appealing to property owners to volunteer vacant buildings for use in training firearms officers.

As part of their training, firearms officers are required to carry out practice searches in vacant premises such as houses, warehouses, schools and hospitals.

Some of the training will involve hostage rescue scenarios where officers may have to damage doors, windows or walls by way of gaining entry. Buildings scheduled for refurbishment would be ideal.

Other training involves silent, slow methodical searches where no damage would be caused to the property at all.

Kent Police Legal Services will be able to provide indemnity policies to cover the owners from any liability should unforeseen damage or injury occur to Kent Police employees while training. No live ammunition will be used during the training.

If you would like to help in the training of officers by volunteering a property then please contact PC Mark Jewiss on 01622 654 895.

Haven Drive havoc for motorists

Contributed by editor on Nov 03, 2005 - 08:13 PM


Dear Ed,

Is it just me, or is anybody else getting fed up with the parking situation in Haven Drive?

For o­nce, it is not the school that is causing the problem, but the Lidl site.  The road is simply not wide enough to have the workers park alongside the site (and around the roundabout). 

We have a bad enough problem with visability and the low winter sun at this time of year o­n this particular stretch, without the added problems of parked cars.  I wonder if the owners of these vehicles are aware of the crashes that have happened o­n this stretch of road over the last 3 years? 

Added to this, the problem of the mud spraying up and over the passing cars despite the poor attempts to keep the road clean,.

I think I will start using the Aerodrome/Canterbury Road route again - more congestion in the village, but safer in the long run.

Sarah Hayward

Find surgery site acceptable to all

Contributed by editor on Nov 03, 2005 - 04:19 PM


Dear Ed,

Congratulations and very many thanks to Stuart and his fine team for all their recent hard work.

It would be nice to think we can now go forward as a community in finding a site acceptable to all for the benefit of the whole village


Health Centre to look elsewhere

Contributed by editor on Nov 03, 2005 - 04:12 PM


The plans for the Health Centre in the woods have now been withdrawn and the applicants GP Premises Limited are considering land off Haven Drive and Spitfire Way.

The site, o­n the employment land near the new Lidl foodstore has already been granted outline planning permisssion. The company will be considering the merits of both sites before making a final decision.

Local residents were critical of the site for the Centre and re-formed the Hawkinge Civic Society to fight the plans.

Chairman of the Society Stuart Hall said: "Common Sense has prevailed".

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot leads to AGM

Contributed by editor on Nov 03, 2005 - 02:28 PM


November; the month of Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, which leads me nicely into our monthly meeting – the Annual Meeting at which the new committee is elected. 

This year three committee members decided not to stand for re-election; Gillian Philcox, Pauline Hart and Ruth Prior. I would like to thank them o­n behalf of the members for all the hard work they have given that has contributed to making our WI so successful. As we work o­n a committee strength of ten, this gave rise to the need to find others willing to take their places. Regrettably not an easy task, which I guess is where the "plot" bit comes in. However, prior to the meeting Hettie Quinn declared her willingness to join the committee so it now stood at eight and during the course of the meeting Carole Seabrook came forward, so we will start the year with a committee of nine (seven old and two new hands). Should there be a member willing to stand it is not too late, please let either the secretary or myself know and we will "co-opt" you.

We started the afternoon with a minutes silence for Queenie Jones who passed away o­n Saturday 30 October. Until earlier this year Queenie was a very supportive member who was always willing to help and who had run the Flower Fund for many years. We will miss her. Jerusalem was sung in her honour. Birthday greetings were then accorded to Mesdames Readman and Palfreyman and ordinary business dealt with. It was then time for the business of the Annual Meeting. We were informed by the Treasurer that our funds are in good shape, this being the case there were few questions regarding the Financial Statement and it was adopted unanimously. The Secretary then gave a review of the year’s activities, I am amazed at how much has been packed into this last year; we have enjoyed various trips together including Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, been to Canterbury Cathedral for carols, taken cream teas and enjoyed a wonderful garden party in o­ne our member’s garden, been entertained by some very good speakers and our own drama group, taken part in quizzes and competitions and survived two jumble sales, well the list is endless. I do urge you to come along and participate in all these activities, meet new friends and broaden your horizons. This Annual Report was also adopted unanimously. The President then thanked everyone for their help and support during the previous year. After the committee was announced I felt very privileged to be re-elected as President.

After all that a little light relief was needed and Brenda Smith showed us an array of her home made cards and gave us tips o­n how to achieve them. After tea Daphne Hitchcock and Ruth Prior teased the brain cells with a form of "Kim’s Game", did Daphne have any socks o­n – or not?! The monthly competition of "Shortbread" was won by Wendy Bell.

Our next meeting is o­n Tuesday 6 December when Mr Paul Harris will be giving us a talk o­n the History of Pantomime (oh yes he will!). The monthly competition is for a Pantomime Poster (designed and made by yourself). We start promptly at 2pm in the Village Hall, aiming to finish by 4.15pm and would like to welcome any new comers. Please contact Christine Allard our Secretary o­n 863146 for further information.

Ladies, I would like to draw your attention to the Carol Concert that is taking place o­n Monday 5 December in St Luke’s Church between 10am and 12 noon. This is a WI Group activity with members attending from Alkham, Capel-le-Ferne, Elms Vale & Maxton, River, Temple Ewell and Whitfield. Lots of traditional carols to sing followed by coffee and mince pies. Do come along and help us entertain our visitors.

I look forward to seeing you all in December, remember the WI has lots to offer, we may not always go off with a BANG, but there are lots of sparklers and so far no o­ne has come to a sticky end!

Linda Barnes