Sea defence work alert keeps coastguards busy

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2004 - 05:39 PM

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Coastguards have been kept busy after received several emergency calls from people reporting an upturned dingy off Hythe seafront.
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The alert was discovered to have been a pipe which is part of o­ngoing beach replenishment work.
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Coastguards said they had received at least four calls from people who thought it was a capsized boat and had mistaken a buoy next to it for the head of a person in the water.
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They said they would be asking builders to put a sign up explaining the pipe was not an upturned dinghy.

Youngsters shine at games

Contributed by admin on Jun 17, 2004 - 06:22 PM


<FONT color=black>For the first time in the history of the Kent Youth Games, Shepway entered a mixed girls and boys athletics team - with great results.

<FONT color=black>The team of youngsters from school years 7 and 9 secured joint second place and there were some top individual performers at the event at Canterbury High School o­n 13 June.

<FONT color=black>In the boys’ event Alex Malcolm from Pent Valley School won the 100m the vertical jump, shot putt, and anchored the 4x100m to victory. Tom Wood from Pent Valley finished first and Jack Green from Brockhill second in the 800 metres, Dwyte Ash from Brockhill won the second place in the 75-metre hurdles and Gary Hayden from Pent Valley finished third in the long jump.

<FONT color=black>In the girls’ event, two girls from Brockhill, Lucy Weekes and Francescia Zelenski won respectively the second place for the 800 metres and the third place at discus event. Ka Mun Yau from the Folkestone School for Girls won the first place for the javelin event.

<FONT color=black>Medway Panthers won the games with 43 points. Shepway were equal second with Tonbridge and Malling o­n 41 points

<FONT color=black>Wilbert Greaves, Shepway Council’s Sports Development Officer, said the result reflected the high standards of local young sportsmen and women.

<FONT color=black>“Although at the moment we do not have an athletics track in the district, 80 per cent of the team took part in the Panther Club experience during the last school term. This, coupled with the support of teachers and parents, helped the youngsters to realise their potential. The high standards demonstrated at the Kent Youth Games bode well for the future of athletics and sports generally. Hopefully our two new planned sports facilities will further enhance opportunities for local young people.�

Hawkinge company helps artist's work takes shape

Contributed by admin on Jun 17, 2004 - 06:18 PM


<FONT color=black>Artist Nayan Kulkarni paid a visit to Folkestone o­n Friday to see how his work is – literally – taking shape.

<FONT color=black>Three ‘chambers’ designed by Nayan are being created by Cooks of Hawkinge and, when complete, will take their place along the Dymchurch sea wall to help enhance links between the land o­n o­ne side of the wall and the sea o­n the other.

<FONT color=black>They are part of a project backed by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to improve the A259 corridor and follow a study carried out in 1999 to look at ways of enhancing this primary route. Other initiatives include planting schemes at the Neptune Inn and New Beach Holiday Centre and a joint venture with the Environment Agency to plant native shrubs o­n the A259 boundary with Willop Depot.

<FONT color=black>Thirty-five-year-old Nayan likens the chambers to gazebos – places that frame views and position people in relation to those views.

<FONT color=black>“ These structures are designed to give an opportunity to be somewhere in between the outside and inside, a place for a momentary shift in perspective,� he said. “Chambers is my attempt to respond to the site, the sea wall, coastal view, sense of personal exposure and how these very specific elements come together.

<FONT color=black>“ I was particularly struck by the coastal architecture of defences, the sheer mass of the sea wall and the shimmering form of Dungeness power station breaking the horizon. <IMG alt="" hspace=10 src="" align=right vspace=5 border=0>

<FONT color=black>“ Each chamber is designed to reflect the elements of air, water and fire (lightning) in different ways. In time, as they are exposed to the elements, they will change - becoming worn or even rusty as they adapt to the coastal conditions.�

<FONT color=black>Nayan has been interested in the role of art as a means to transform public spaces since 1993. Other public projects include The Belgrave Baheno Peepul Centre (Andrzej Blonski Architects), Bristol Broadmead Development (Chapman Taylor Architects), and The Light Observation Group, Optima, Birmingham.

<FONT color=black>Nayan was brought up in Brighton. After leaving school he completed a foundation course at Worthing College of Art and Design. This introduction to art motivated him to study sculpture at Birmingham School of Art and finally he completed his training at MA level at the Slade School of Art in 1997.

<FONT color=black>The first of the chambers is expected to be installed later in the year

<FONT color=black>The total cost of the project is £285,000. SEEDA contributed £200,000 and the remainder was met by from the Single Regeneration Budget - the government’s former funding programme.

Prickly reminder about drink spiking

Contributed by admin on Jun 17, 2004 - 06:14 PM


<FONT color=black>Shepway District Council, Kent Police and Folkestone Soroptimists are continuing their campaign against drink spiking with bottle markers featuring a Spike the hedgehog.

<FONT color=black>The markers will be placed o­n unattended glasses and bottles by bar staff to remind people of the risks of not keeping an eye o­n their drinks.

<FONT color=black>Spike the hedgehog markers have been distributed to pubs and clubs across the district that have entertainment licences by local Soroptimists.

<FONT color=black>Drink spiking involves the addition of any substance, including extra alcohol, to a drink including non-alcoholic o­nes without the drinker’s knowledge or consent. Most of the time these substances are colourless and odourless.

<FONT color=black>“To avoid being the victim of this kind of practice you should look after yourself and particularly your drink,� said Sandra Francis Shepway Council Licensing Manager.

<FONT color=black>Sgt Ady Poole of Kent Police’s Crime Reduction Unit said: “The campaign is to raise awareness that drink spiking happens, but not to create unreasonable fear.�

Handy Van scheme

Contributed by admin on Jun 16, 2004 - 11:31 AM

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<FONT color=black>The Help the Aged Handy Van scheme protects vulnerable older people against loss through burglary by securing their homes. Since 1995, Help the Aged’s Handy Van Scheme has made over 40,000 older people feel safe in their homes and currently operates in over 20 area in England, Scotland and Wales.

Each area has at least o­ne fitter with a fully equipped van. The scheme is always oversubscribed and secure o­n average around 60 homes per day nationally.

<FONT color=black>In line with Government’s Crime Reduction Strategy the aim of the scheme is to make the homes of vulnerable, older people safe and more secure through the provision and fitting of safety kits and the carrying out of minor repairs - such as changing light bulbs.

The scheme is primarily aimed at people over the age of 60.

<FONT color=black>There is no charge for labour or for the products that are installed,
<FONT color=black>but there is a savings limit of £25,000+.

The kits comprise of the following - smoke alarm, door chain, five lever mortice lock (deadlock) for the front door and mortice bolts for the back, spy hole and window locks for downstairs and vulnerable upstairs windows.

All fitters are trained not o­nly in the work they carry out, but also in dealing with older people. For instance, they will not leave the recipient’s home until they are sure that they understand how the products they have installed actually work. They also leave behind a pack containing helpful advice leaflets.

<FONT color=black>The Handy Van Scheme was launched in the South East Kent Policing area in November 2001.

The NHW Office is o­ne of the referral points and holds the application forms and requests can be made over the phone.

Should you have a vulnerable person within your area that you believe would benefit from the Handy Van scheme please telephone the Rcw Ian Norman 07811271303 and arrangements will be made to complete an application form. (This work is not carried out in Warden Controlled properties).

<FONT color=black>Please make sure that you have spoken with the prospective recipient and you have their agreement.

The Community warden will then send the application form to the Handy Van Administration Office where they will enter relevant details o­nto a computerised control system, they will then advise the Client in writing that the application form has been received and processed.

The Client will then be telephoned to make a mutually acceptable date to carry out the work. The name of the Handy Van fitter that will be calling will also be confirmed and a contact number will be left just in case the Client needs to rearrange the appointment.

Once the work is completed the fitter invites the Client to sign the Handy Van Inspection Notes confirming that the work has been carried out to their satisfaction.

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Contributed by admin on Jun 16, 2004 - 10:51 AM

<FONT color=black>What is Neighbourhood Watch?

<FONT color=black>A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a group of people who have got together to ‘look out’ for each other and their local community.

Here are some of the things they might do:

Keep ‘a weather eye’ o­n each other’s property and cars while neighbours are away or o­n holiday.

Make homes and cars more difficult to break into by fitting tougher locks and other security measures like alarms. Some people may offer their DIY skills to less able people in the community.

Discreetly identify elderly and vulnerable neighbours and invite them to ask for help when dealing with unsolicited callers through the Nominated Neighbour scheme and also identify whether they would benefit the Handy Van scheme. (Details of both schemes can be found within this pack).

Regularly circulate information from the Police about criminal activity and crime prevention tips to everyone in their watch.

Promptly call the Police - 999 in an emergency, that is when a crime is in progress, 01303 850055 to report a suspicious incident or anti social behaviour.

Give as much information as is possible. Try and get vehicle registration numbers or the make and colour of the vehicle if o­ne is involved. This is the responsibility of everyone in the scheme.

Advise the Police of any information that might be helpful to thwart criminal activity or identify potential criminals. This can be done either through the Force Control Room o­n 01303 850055 or the Parish & Neighbourhood Watch Office o­n 01304 218151.

Use NHW as a useful vehicle to tackle a variety of community issues ranging from inadequate street lighting and noise pollution to traffic calming measures and problem families. Public bodies such as your local Council recognise and support NHW and take careful note of their members’ problems.

Generally being a good neighbour - looking after yourself by ‘looking out’ for your neighbour.

Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working together, looking out for each other to defeat the criminal.

Everyone can be involved in NHW. In fact the more people involved in the scheme in your area the more effective it will be.

Neighbourhood Watch is the most successful local community crime prevention initiative with schemes all over the Country. It is the largest voluntary organisation in the Country covering 27% of households.

Here are some of the immediate benefits of being part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme:

You get to know more people in your local area. Many people do not know their neighbours two doors away. In contrast many Co-Coordinators report that it takes twice as long to walk to the local shops because so many people stop to say hello!

A real community spirit develops as local people co-operate for their mutual advantage.
Getting to know more people and enjoying better relationships means that minor problems with neighbours, children, dogs, noise etc are more amicable resolved.

People feel safer in an area where they know neighbours are looking out for them and will promptly report trouble to the Police.

A significant decline in reported crime is found in almost every area that launches and maintains a NHW scheme.

When the Police interview burglars in prison we hear time and time again that they would prefer not to I ‘work’ in an NHW area because they just do not know how effective the scheme is! The existence of a NHW scheme greatly increases the criminal’s risk of being detected and arrested.

Less crime is good news for the householder, but it is also good news for the insurance company. Many insurance companies give a discount for members of recognised NHW scheme.

The o­nly people who loose out when a NHW scheme is launched are the criminals and people typified by regular anti-social behaviour.

Many people feel that these two groups of people actually ‘dictate’ how everyone else should live and can become intimidated and fearful of the criminal or anti-social people.

The psychological impact of the whole neighbourhood banding together to look after each other generates an environment where the criminal cannot prosper and thoughtful, law-abiding behaviour is promoted.

Anyone requiring more info o­n how to join can get in touch with the RCW Ian Norman o­n 07811271303.

Folkestone's White Horse to get historic burial

Contributed by admin on Jun 15, 2004 - 08:52 PM


<FONT color=black>A 1.4 metre-long stainless steel time capsule is to be buried at the site of the Folkestone White Horse on Friday (18 June).

<FONT color=black>The capsule, holding over 7,000 signatures of supporters with documents relating to the 7-year saga of planning and construction, will be buried in a ceremony at 12.30pm by Charles Dawes, representing the High Sheriff of Kent, and the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard, M.P., representing the people of Folkestone.

<FONT color=black>Protests from environmental groups had threatened to scupper the carving of the landmark set high in the hill above the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

<FONT color=black>Vandalism has been a problem too but o­ne happy couple became engaged after a huge "will you marry me" banner appeared o­n the site.

Crime tackling scheme grows

Contributed by webmaster on Jun 15, 2004 - 11:23 AM


<FONT color=black>Ten more community wardens hit the streets of Kent this week. This brings the Kent County Council crime-tackling team to 44 - 34 Kent Community Wardens and 10 Police Community Support Officers to over 40 rural locations. Their brief, as part of a unique partnership with Kent Police, is to reduce crime and fear of crime in rural areas.

<FONT color=black>The wardens act as the eyes and ears of the police and work with the community to solve problems and improve the quality of community life. The new warden areas include: Dymchurch and St Margarets at Cliffe near Dover.

<FONT color=black>KCC's Lead Member for Community Services Mike Hill said: "Communities are under great pressure nowadays. There is an increased fear of crime and people feel very vulnerable. Building a strong community is o­ne way of tackling that and knowing a person to go to with our worries and concerns greatly helps this process.

<FONT color=black>"Some of our first wardens tell me this is the best job they have ever had and I hope that you will have the same experience. The scheme is adding hugely to the well-being of the county and I am delighted we will be increasing the numbers by another 30 over the next year."

Hawkinge Rural Warden Ian Norman has told the Gazette that the Kent County Council Cabinet is being asked to approve 100 wardens by March next year.

Schools solar car challenge

Contributed by webmaster on Jun 15, 2004 - 10:19 AM


<FONT color=black>Pupils from schools across South East Kent gathered for a special racing challenge with the heats of the super Solar Car Challenge 2004.

Pupils from nine different schools gathered at the Deal Parochial CEP School o­n Friday ( 11 June ) for the event, which was organised by the Kent Energy Centre and Dover District Council.

<FONT color=black>The 'fastest car' competition was won by Langdon Primary School with their entry 'Langdon Lightning', closely followed by Wingham Primary School. The winner of the best dressed/best designed car was Deal Parochial School.

<FONT color=black>Other schools who took part were: Capel-le-Ferne Primary School; Nonington CEP School; Priory Fields School; St Martin's School; St Mary's Catholic School; Melbourne Community Primary School.

<FONT color=black>The Kent Energy Centre (KEC) is organising similar heats across the county.

<FONT color=black>Mike Bundy from the KEC said: "It was certainly an exciting competition and a fun way for children to learn about the environment. Thanks should go to all the schools and Pfizer, the main sponsor, as well as the Government Office for the South East and Dover District Council, without whose support the event would not have taken place. "

<FONT color=black>For more information, please contact Shaun Cline, DDC Home Energy Advisor o­n (01304) 872218 or Mike Bundy at the KEC o­n (01233) 646806. 

Orlando voted Britain's sexiest

Contributed by webmaster on Jun 15, 2004 - 10:11 AM


<FONT color=black>Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom, who grew up in Canterbury has been voted Britain's sexiest actor.

<FONT color=black>Orlando rose to fame when he was cast as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings.

<FONT color=black>In the survey by Sky Movies the 27-year-old star of Troy and Pirates of the Caribbean beat Jude Law, Hugh Grant and Ewan McGregor.