Have fun but stay safe with fireworks

Contributed by editor on Nov 02, 2005 - 07:03 PM



Having fun but staying safe is the message from Kent Fire and Rescue Service as the firework and bonfire season is now upon us.

In a bid to help prevent firework and bonfire-related injuries, KFRS is urging the people to take extra care this year and follow a few basic tips to keep you and your family safe.

These include:

• Always follow the DTI’s firework code (log onto

• A bonfire should not be lit before any firework display unless the firework display is sufficiently far away to ensure stray sparks from the bonfire cannot fall into the firework area.

• A bonfire should not contain any potentially hazardous materials which may explode or give off toxic fumes, such as; aerosols, batteries, bottles, foam-filled furniture or tins of paint

• A bonfire should be kept to a manageable size and evenly built so that is collapses inwards as it burns.

• Always check the bonfire’s construction is still sound prior to lighting it, that there are no children or animals inside, and that hazardous items such as aerosols and fireworks have not been thrown onto it.

• The bonfire should not be lit by children or left unattended and nothing should be cooked on it.

• Flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel, methylated spirits or white spirit should NEVER be poured onto the bonfire to light or revive it. 

• Enjoy your fireworks event!

Head of Community Fire Safety Stuart Skilton said: “Bonfire and firework season should be an enjoyable time of year but sometimes it can end in someone either being injured or property damaged. Always treat fireworks with care and respect and, when holding a bonfire event, follow the simple tips provided.�

For more fire safety tips log onto, alternatively call 01622 698360 or contact your nearest fire safety office or fire station.

Top coast accolade goes to White Cliffs

Contributed by editor on Nov 02, 2005 - 06:48 PM



Dover's White Cliffs have been voted the most popular stretch of coastline in the UK. 

Dover's famous white cliffs

The coast received 22% of votes in a National Trust (NT) poll to find the best-loved out of its 25 coastal sites. 

Second place, some way behind the famous White Cliffs of Dover went to the Gower Peninsular in South Wales, with 13% of the votes

Thousands of members of the public as well as NT members voted by phone and text in the poll. 

The vote was to raise money for the Neptune Coastline Campaign to help manage the nation's beaches, cliffs and coastal habitats.

Playstation theft

Contributed by editor on Nov 02, 2005 - 05:36 PM


A PS2 Slimline Playstation

Neighbourhood Watch have reported a Sony PS2 slimline playstation was stolen from a property in Crombie Close, Hawkinge on Sunday (30 October)

Entry to the property was gained through an insecure conservatory door.

Au revoir or is it goodbye to the Seacat

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2005 - 10:36 PM



Hoverspeed will be withdrawing its cross channel service from Dover next Monday (7 November), three weeks earlier than the usual Winter break.

Seacat's future -  in the balance

There is widespread speculation in the town that the company plan to pull out of the port.

On the company's website a notice states: "Hoverspeed will be ceasing operations after the last scheduled sailing on the 7th of November 2005".

Sea Containers, who owns the company is expected to make a statement on the future of the Dover operation during a scheduled meeting on Thursday (3 November). 

Hoverspeed runs two Seacat fast ferries between Dover and Calais,  and employs 102 staff in Kent and about 60 in Europe.

Water meters for failing water company customers

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



Water meters could soon be introduced  by the Folkestone and Dover Water Company following a new report from water watchdog, Ofwat  who has told the company to improve their performance.

They plan to do this through a combination of measures including water meters, better leakage control, investment in new resources and encouraging more efficient use of water by customers.

Folkestone and Dover Water is currently awaiting a government decision o­n its application for water scarcity area status, which would enable it to introduce compulsory metering to reduce demand.

Philip Fletcher, Director General of Water Services, said: "We will want to ensure that increased metering of household supplies is part of a cost effective programme of measures. If customers pay for the water they use they will have an incentive to save both water and money."

Price limits announced last year by Ofwat will enable water companies which face problems to carry out an investment programme worth nearly £1.7 billion to safeguard future water supplies. Ofwat expects that by 2010 each company will have an adequate supply to meet customer demands, even in a dry year.

Don't be a victim of internet crime

Contributed by editor on Oct 31, 2005 - 11:12 PM


A survey has shown that millions of UK internet users are putting themselves at risk from attack by internet criminals because they are either unaware of the threat or don't know how they can protect themselves.

To help surfers a new website has been launched. It contains reliable up-to-date information for home users and small businesses. Visit for information o­n:

• avoiding scams

• safe o­nline banking

• advice for parents

• protecting your privacy

• buying and selling safely.

Organised internet crime is growing as more and more people use the internet to shop, bank and communicate. Internet technology is constantly developing and the ways criminals defraud victims o­nline changes just as quickly. This makes it especially important to keep up-to-date o­n ways to protect your computer, your business, yourself and your family.

Get Safe o­nline is a joint initiative between the Government, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and private sector sponsors.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 24 October 2005

Contributed by editor on Oct 31, 2005 - 09:47 PM



Our 1st Print competition of the season on 24th October was judged by Mr Geoff Chenery , a new judge to our club, but very competent and helpful in his comments, and I feel sure we will welcome him back again. .

The winners (receiving 20 out of 20 Points) of each section were as follows:-

Novice:- Sue Cowell All Gulls Together

(8 entries)

Intermediate:- Melanie Chalk Flight Path

(16 enries)

Advanced:- Dave Turner Colt 45

(21 entries) Ian Stone End of the Wart Hog

Keith Radford ARPS Skyward


Novice:- Sue Cowell Isobel

(1 entry)

Intermediate:- Muriel Hilliard Sasha

(4 entries)

Advanced:- Dave Turner Sarah

(12 entries) Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB En-Kai

The above winners photographs can be viewed on our website.

There has been a slight decrease in print entries, due to the digital ‘era’.. Especially now that we have introduced a ‘digital image’ competition each month, which saves the photographer printing and mounting their photograph.

We are pleased that our membership has increased this season . (we at present have approximately 60 members), which, we believe, is also due to the increase in digital workers.

In addition to our weekly meetings, we have a Practical Evening once a month where members can practice with the studio lighting equipment and we always hope the newer members will come along to try their hand at portraiture or table top. In addition we also now have separate evenings for digital and audio visual workshops.

Our meeting on 31st October was CAROL FULTON "My Journey Through Photography", a digitally projected presentation of Carol’s progress through her professional and creative work. 

The following meeting on 7th November will be ANDREW MORRIS FRPS - "From Film to Digits" Andrew studied art at Harrow College of Art, at Glasgow College of Printing he was Head of Photography & Graphics Dept. His knowledge and experience will ensure we have a most interesting evening.

On Saturday 29th October was the Kent County Photographic Association First DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION 2005", at Detling Village Hall. An open competition of projected images,.

Meetings are held at the United Reformed Church Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue. Folkestone, 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.

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Hat-trick for goalie

Contributed by editor on Oct 31, 2005 - 05:35 AM


By Cyril Trice

In the local derby cup match, Swingfield were no opposition to the high scoring Hawkinge Sunday league stars.

Playing Swingfield in the first round of the E Burvill Cup, the team, which  had beaten Swingfield 9-0 a few weeks ago was at it again. But by the start of the second half a very bored Hawkinge  goalkeeper swapped position and scored a hat-trick in their impressive ten goals to nil win. 

Hawkinge 10 Swingfield 0
Scorers Johny Walker 2, Rob Knott 2, Matt Wratton, Ben Coker, Tom Whelham, Tom Carr 3

The Saturday team started with just nine men in their league match with Lydd but still managed to lead the lads from the Marsh three goals to o­ne at half-time. Starting the second period with a full squad the village team clinched a narrow victory.

Lydd 3 Hawkinge 4

Scorers Shaune Carey 2, Karl Knott , Darron Bingham.

The Hawkinge U15 team played Addington in a Kent County FA Cup match but found the going tough. They still have some way to go to win, however, as a team they are showing improvement, but their lack of goal scoring ability is continuing to let them down.

Hawkinge 0 Addington 5


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Swingfield Twinning Association newsletter 4

Contributed by editor on Oct 30, 2005 - 07:30 PM

Swingfield Twinning Association

NEWSLETTER No 4 October 2005

Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

Karen Tatt (Secretary) 01303 893724

Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

Harry O`Grady  Andrew Barchi

Yvonne Parry  Heather Bateman - Peter Brocklebank

Linda Tearle  Graham Truss

Dear Member,

As part of an ongoing educational and cultural exchange, thirteen pupils from Selsted School with three staff and parents were guests at Aviron Primary School.

The visit in June proved to be one of the most popular events to date, and at a re-union held at the school, guest of honour Colin Tearle heard first hand from enthusiastic parents and pupils how successful the trip had been.<P align=left>Next year pupils from the Aviron Primary School will be visiting Selsted School.

On a sunny weekend in September 20 local members of the Swingfield and Aviron Twinning Association paid a three-day visit to the twinned Norman village.

Arriving on Friday, they were immediately whisked off by the various French host families where they would stay for the long weekend.

Needless to say, the fine weather always adds to the warmth of the Norman hospitality and the following day a coach party of English and French twinners spent the day by the River Loire in the pretty town of Amblois, which is known for its remarkable castle and the Leonardo Da Vinci museum.

Initially Sunday was spent relaxing with the various host families, lunch being a barbeque. During the afternoon Aviron had its annual village fete, with the main attraction being a light hearted cricket match between teams of mixed nationality and gender played in front of the mairie.

Early in the New Year the committee will be meeting their French counterparts in Swingfield, to arrange the year's programme of events.

On 11 November, the Chairman of Swingfield Parish council Cllr. Roger Curd will be a guest of the Mayor of Aviron M. Langlios and will be laying a wreath at the Aviron War Memorial. Also attending will be Twinning Association Chairman Colin Tearle.

Dover Beach gets library airing

Contributed by editor on Oct 30, 2005 - 02:22 PM



 Dover Beach - 

Thomas's latest offering

The Virgin Soldiers and Dangerous Davies author Leslie Thomas will be launching his latest book Dover Beach at Dover Library on Thursday 3 November.

Leslie will be giving a talk about his work and reading from his new book. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy signed copies of the book.

The novel looks at the impact the arrival of 338,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen had on Dover when they were evacuated from Dunkirk in May 1940.

The talk will take place from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets are £2 available from Dover, Deal and Sandwich Libraries.

For more information contact Daren Kearl on 01304 204241.


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