Face-lift for cop shop

Contributed by editor on May 12, 2005 - 02:01 AM


The front counter and reception at Folkestone police station is getting a face-lift to make it more accessible and welcoming for visitors.

Whilst the work is taking place, a temporary front counter reception is available from a portable office at the front of the entrance pathway to Folkestone police station at Bouverie House in Bouverie Road West.

The front counter will be open from 8am-6pm, seven days a week.

There is also a public access telephone at the front door of the police station that is available 24 hours a day.

Environment message from local ladies

Contributed by editor on May 11, 2005 - 04:09 AM



May is the month that all WI members are given the chance to vote o­n the two resolutions that the WI as a whole will adopt for the coming year.  There is quite a build up to this as at a Federation meeting held in January we were given a short list of five topics, voting took place and the East Kent Federation’s choices were duly sent to National.  They then collate all the voting from the Federations across the country and inform each WI which of the resolutions are to be considered. 

Then there is a further local meeting for us to meet the experts in the field of those topics chosen and where we are able to ask any questions that may occur to us.  Whew, that took some explaining!

Prior to the meeting proper we have lunch together.  This is prepared and served by the committee and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  A big thank you goes to them for the hard work they put in to make the meal such a success.  Of course after that it would be nice to have a little nap but no such luck! 

On to the meeting, after wishing Happy Birthday to some of our members and conducting the business side of the meeting we had two lively debates o­n the issues presented in each of the resolutions.

The first was concerned with Farmgate Milk Prices: “this meeting urges WI members to do all in their power to raise public awareness of the unfair differences between the retail prices of milk and the price paid to the farmer� and was presented by Ruth Prior.

The second was Care of Our Environment: “this meeting calls o­n WI members to take further action to reduce waste and conserve resources in their own homes and communities; to lobby manufacturers, retailers and decision makers to reduce waste in the production, packaging and transportation of public consumer goodsâ€? and was presented by Gillian Philcox. 

After a much needed cup of tea, we were entertained with a short comedy put o­n by the Drama Group.  A welcome relief from all the debating that had just taken place!  Well done and many thanks Drama Group. Being May the competition was for a miniature May Pole; winner Linda Barnes.

Our next meeting will be held o­n Tuesday 7 June, the speaker is Mrs Ward and her subject “Over the Pond and Down Underâ€? sounds quite intriguing   June’s competition is for a Holiday Memento.  Do come along if you have a spare afternoon, you would be made very welcome.  Contact either the Secretary o­n 01303 893858 or the President o­n 01303 891734 for more details.

Linda Barnes

Port to host America gala

Contributed by editor on May 10, 2005 - 02:17 AM


Dover Cruise Port will ooze America when Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Pride of America visits in June for its inaugural celebrations.

Embracing all things Hawaiian, NCL will be hosting an onboard ‘luau’ as 1700 travel agents and VIPs become the first guests to step on board the newly built 81,000 tonne ship – complete with eye-catching Stars and Stripes emblazoned on its hull.

Dover is the first port of call for the Pride of America as it makes its way from the Bremerhaven shipyard in Germany to its final cruising destination. 

“We are honoured that NCL has chosen Dover to host this unique opportunity for the UK travel industry to preview its revolutionary Freestyle Cruising concept,� said Kate O’Hara, the port’s Head of Commercial and Marketing.

Warden band stretches further

Contributed by editor on May 10, 2005 - 12:41 AM


Kent County Council is putting community wardens into 23 more areas in Kent by the beginning of June.

This will bring the number of wardened areas to 112 from a starting point of just 12 when the scheme was launched exactly three years ago. 

Together with senior warden posts covering several areas, the total number of wardens now stands at 84.

The new local areas to be allocated a warden are:Appledore/Orlestone; Aldington/Brabourne/Smeeth; Bethersden; St Radigunds in Dover; Cheriton and Folkestone East.

Kent Community Wardens have a dual role. They work closely with the police to tackle crime and the fear of crime, acting as the eyes and ears of the police and a focal point for people’s concerns. And they work closely with their local community and different agencies to help solve problems and build a strong community spirit.

The county council will also shortly be recruiting another 16 Kent Community Wardens, bringing the total number to 100 - a year earlier than planned.

Come along to the annual Hawkinge Parish Meeting

Contributed by editor on May 09, 2005 - 05:10 AM


Have your say at the annual Parish Meeting to be held o­n Wednesday, 25th May 2005 in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. 

All Electors of Hawkinge are invited to take part. So if you have a suggestion or a gripe, or perhaps you are new to the village and are merely curious, please come along.

Cllr. David Callahan, Chairman, Hawkinge Parish Council will be in the chair at the meeting.   There will be reports by County, District and Parish Councillors and representatives of Hawkinge Neighbourhood Partnership, School Governing Bodies, Hawkinge Football Club, the Community Centre, Village Hall, and others.

Reports from representatives of other organisations in the village who attend the meeting will be most welcome.

The Parish Meeting may by law discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions about them.

Re-opening set for gutted library

Contributed by editor on May 09, 2005 - 12:02 AM


Plans to rebuild Ramsgate Library, badly damaged by fire last August, are well underway.

The striking façade of the 1904 Carnegie Library will be retained and the new library will have the full range of modern facilities including a gallery. There will also be a new heritage facility containing original material from the local studies collection which was rescued and restored after the fire. The library is expected to re-open in June 2007.

Kent County Council is continuing to make alternative library facilities available for Ramsgate Library customers. A mobile library has been available since the fire. In addition, library customers have been able to use the facilities at all of Kent’s libraries with the opening hours of Newington being increased. From Friday 6 May a temporary library building will operate from the Cannon Road car park adjacent to the Priory Infant School. A large number of new books, videos and other items will be available.

Gavin Wright, Area Manager, said: “I am pleased at the progress we have made so far in the project. We still have a long way to go but with the support of the steering group and the local community we will continue to meet our goals. KCC Libraries and Archives will also continue to look at ways to improve the substitute library service during the closure of Ramsgate.�

Queen Mum's dress and Churchill's cigar are star attractions

Contributed by editor on May 08, 2005 - 05:02 AM


An exhibition has opened at Dover Museum and Dover Library to celebrate the history of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the ancient ceremony of Installation to mark the Installation of Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB OBE on April 12th .

The exhibition by Dover Museum runs until the 5 June 2005 and is displayed in both the Museum and the Library at the Dover Discovery Centre.

It includes pictures and souvenirs of past Lords Warden and Installation Ceremonies. Highlights include Winston Churchill's signature of the Dover Freeman book, together with the cigar he smoked at the Town Hall dinner; the robes of Cinque Port Baron James A Johnson, former Town Clerk of Dover; and the original dress worn by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her Installation as Lord Warden in 1979.

The position of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports probably dates back to Saxon times and has been combined with the post of Constable of Dover Castle since 1226. The Lord Warden was originally in charge of the Cinque Ports, a group of five port towns o­n the south coast of England. Today, the role has ceremonial duties, but the title is still o­ne of the higher honours bestowed by the British monarch and the oldest. It has often been held my members of the British Royal family or prime ministers, especially those who have been influential in defending Britain at times of war, including Henry V and Henry VIII (as Princes), the Duke of Wellington and Winston Churchill.

Latest local crime 25/04/05 to 01/05/05

Contributed by editor on May 07, 2005 - 02:05 AM


COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 25/4/05 to 11/05/05

Crime Sheet 25/04 to 01/05



Between 0945hrs & 2030hrs 26/04/05

Attempted theft from Motor vehicle


Various items inside the van have been moved about by the offender(s) but it is not clear whether in fact anything has been stolen.



Between 0001hrs 25/04/05 & 1300hrs 29/04/05

Attempted Burglary


Victim fiancée was in the bedroom cleaning the windows when she saw some marks o­n the window frames. The windows are made of UPVC and are double-glazed. The window is to the rear of the house. o­n the window frames it looks as if a jemmy or a screwdriver or similar implement has forced both windows.



Between 1000hrs 27/04/05 & 1825hrs 29/04/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle




Between 1200hrs 30/04/05 & 1000hrs 02/05/05

Attempted Burglary Other


Reached over gate at side of house and unbolted it. Levered hasp padlock off door. Nothing appears to be missing.



Between 2000hrs & 2230hrs 27/04/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle




Between 1400hrs & 1425hrs 01/05/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle


Victim left his vehicle parked securely and when he returned he found that the window had been smashed and his wife’s handbag stolen from under the rear seat.



Between 1800hrs 24/04/05 & 0720hrs 25/04/05



Victim reports criminal damage to the fence to the side of her property


If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055


To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134

If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station o­n 01304 21815

Susan wins County seat

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2005 - 08:58 AM


Conservative Susan Carey has won the Elham Valley seat on Kent County Council with a  majority of nearly 4000 votes.

Liberal Democrat Peter Smith was in second place with  2,129 votes.

The full result

Susan Carey Conservative 5,964
Peter Smith Liberal Democrat 2,129
Pamela Stevens Labour 1,096
Carolyn Crees People First 502
Nicholas Jack UK Independence Party 276
Majority 3,835

Gwyn retains Dover and Deal

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2005 - 08:34 AM


Labour candidate Gwyn Prosser in Dover and Deal was returned as their local MP after his majority was virtually unchanged from the 2001 General Election.

The Tory fears of immigration appear to have had little effect on the Dover and Deal voters.

The full result

Gwyn Prosser Labour 21,680
Paul Watkins Conservative 16,739
Antony Hook Liberal Democrat 7,607
Mike Wiltshire UK Independence Party 1,252
Vic Matcham Independent 606
Majority 4,941
Turnout 47,884