Christmas present of Christmas past

Contributed by editor on Dec 07, 2004 - 10:50 PM


Dover Museum is getting into the festive spirit with special Christmas ideas for unique seasonal gifts and a family fun day to make unusual Christmas tree decorations from around the world.

The festive fun day runs from 10am to 4.30pm this Saturday (11 December). Visitors of all ages are invited to try their hand at making seasonal decorations from around the world, ranging from Swedish Christmas tree decorations to Chinese lanterns, and visitors can take home anything they make.

The Museum Shop also stocks a wide range of Christmas gifts to suit all ages from perfumed candles to traditional wooden toys. They also stock a wide range of pocket money priced items and unusual stocking fillers.

Dover Museum and the award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery are open for visitors during normal hours throughout the Christmas holiday period (Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm) but are closed all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Entry to Dover Museum is free for Dover District residents upon providing proof of residence. For more information, please contact Dover Museum on (01304) 201066.

Howard to challenge bed closure at Royal Vic

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2004 - 02:41 PM


Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard is to challenge the proposal of the Shepway Primary Care Trust to close the two wards at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone, which provide care and rehabilitation. The wards have 41 beds between them.

Mr Howard said: “I am not convinced by the reasoning behind the Trust’s proposal. They say that more care and rehabilitation can be provided in the community but some people will still need to be in hospital. Why can’t they be at the Royal Vic?

Secondly the Trust says that the standards of the Royal College would not be met if the two wards were left open after the removal of the stroke unit to the William Harvey next month. I want to know whether the Royal College have been asked or whether the Trust is simply guessing.

Thirdly, I want to know what scope there is for moving beds from other parts of East Kent to the Royal Vic".

Folkestone Camera Club

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2004 - 12:10 PM


On Monday 29th November we held our annual Len Charles Cup Competition which is where members may show up to 15 slides, of any subject as long as the are connected, along with a commentary. Six members entries were shown and judged by our own members and it proved to be a difficult task in finding a winner.

Winner of the Trophy was:- Bob Brisley – ‘Dubai’ 

Other entries were received from :- Keith Radford, - ‘London’   David Hughes - ‘Southampton to Rarratonga’’,   Bill Grudgings – ‘Classic Cars’  Ian Stone – ‘Tibet’,  and Tony Reeves – ‘Budapest’.

Monday 13th December, we will be seeing a recorded exhibition of the London Salon 2004 photographs, showing the class of work in which  there is a distinctive evidence of artistic feeling and execution.  This is always a popular evening where we can see international photographers work which we hope, will give us inspiration. The following Monday will be our Christmas Social where Denis Bridges (another long-standing member of the club) sets many members slides to music for a very informal and fun evening where a couple of games will also be arranged,. This along with food and drink brings in the Christmas spirit and a very friendly and enjoyable evening.

Visit our web site at where you can also visit our links to various photographic related sites and shops.

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 (Hon. Press Officer) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.

Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 8 December 2004

Contributed by editor on Dec 04, 2004 - 11:16 PM


The next meeting of the Hawkinge Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 8th December 2004 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes). 

Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden) to give a report.



1            Apologies


2          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 10th November 2004

(already circulated).


3            Declarations of Interest

Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.

Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.


4          Matters arising out of the Minutes


5          Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way

Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project 

Finance Group

(i) Chairman to report o­n a meeting held o­n 26th November [min.26/04(d)]

(ii) To receive a letter from the Secretary of Hawkinge Football Club (enc.)


6          Other Bodies

Community Centre

Village Hall

Neighbourhood Management Partnership

The Churchill School – Board of Governors

Hawkinge Primary School – Board of Governors

KAPC, Shepway Area Committee


7          Spitfire Leisuredrome

            Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

Chairman to report.


8          Hawkinge Village Hall

Chairman to report.


9          Finance

       (a) Clerk to report.

       (b) To decide o­n the precept for 2005/06 (revised draft budget enc.)

       (c) Christmas Concert – Cllr. Heasman to report

       (d) Victim Support S.E.Kent – request for a donation (enc.)

       (e) To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enclosed)

            Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.


10        Correspondence

       (a) Environment & Street Scene, SDC: Green Waste Collection Service (enc.)

       (b) Action with Communities in Rural Kent (KRCC) Annual Report 2003/04


11        Plans

            List of planning applications received since the last meeting enclosed



           To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by

Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972.


Any items referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

Dungeness residents issued with pills in case of nuclear accident

Contributed by editor on Dec 03, 2004 - 11:00 AM


Pills for residents living near to the  Dungeness Power Station are to be distributed in case of a nuclear accident.

The tablets, which are due to be given out to residents by the end of February lessen the risk of thyroid cancer,  and will be given out to protect those living within 2.4km of the nuclear plant.

The scheme is in place at other power stations in the UK ready to protect residents living nearby.

British Energy have put in place an early warning system to alert people if an emergency happened.

No excuse for excessive council tax rises says Raynsford

Contributed by editor on Dec 03, 2004 - 10:34 AM


Shepway Council will get a 6.2 per cent funding increase from the Government in 2005 - 06.

This will be the third successive year that local authorities have received an above inflation increase.

Announcing the provisional annual settlement, Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford, said that given this significant investment there was no excuse for excessive council tax rises.

"This is a very good settlement for local government.

"This is enough money for local authorities to continue to provide improved services to communities."

He said that the Government expects local authorities to ensure that council taxes increase are less than five per cent.  He is prepared to take even tougher action to cap rises next year if council fail to comply.

"High council tax increases are a thing of the past. We will not tolerate excessive council tax increases either next year or in years to come."

The Chancellor also announced an extra £1bn to reduce the pressures on local government and reducing the council tax rise, in his pre-Budget report today (Thursday, 2 December).

Local authorities now have until Tuesday, 11 January to send their comments on the provisional figures.

Fighting talk to keep hospital services in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Dec 03, 2004 - 10:20 AM


Lib Dem Spokesman Peter Carroll has today urged local people to join the campaign to keep the services offered by the Royal Victoria Hospital here in Folkestone.

Two wards of the Royal Victoria, that deal with rehabilitating elderly people after serious illness, are under threat of closure. Three options are being given for their future - firstly to keep everything as it is, secondly to close the wards in Folkestone and move them to Ashford, or lastly to open new specialist units in Folkestone.

Local Lib Dem Peter Carroll said "It is essential that local people speak out if we are to keep our services here in Folkestone. To see these wards shut and moved to Dover would have horrendous consequences for local people who have loved ones in these wards."

"The distress that is caused when someone we care about falls ill can be immense. It would be even worse if local people then had to travel to Dover each day just to see their friend or relative."

There is a 12 week consultation period that has just begun.

Beat the cheats

Contributed by editor on Dec 03, 2004 - 10:09 AM


Kent County Council Trading Standards is urging people who have received shoddy goods and services to use its new website link: "Beat the Cheats".

Although it is estimated that rogue tradesmen con a million people out of £1 billion a year, a recent survey by Which? stated that one in five people who have cause for complaint, do not complain - either because they do not think it would make a difference or do not have the time.

However, as over half of UK households now have a computer, KCC Trading Standards is encouraging these 'reluctant complainers' to report the con on-line. Although people are asked to give as much information as possible, they can do so anonymously.

Lead Member Paulina Stockell said: "Rogue traders are bad for both consumers and legitimate businesses and our officers are working hard to keep on top of the cowboys. However, we need people to report their activities and hope the 'Beat the Cheats' link will provide us with more intelligence".

The 'Beat the Cheats' link is highlighted on the KCC Trading Standards webpage. Alternatively, consumers can telephone the helpline on: 08457 585 497.

Cash pours into cash strapped club

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2004 - 08:43 PM


Dover Athletic's fighting fund trustee Mike Webb has confirmed that £10,000 has aleady been raised to help save the club.

The club needs to raise £48,000 by the end of the year or face closure.

At Tuesday's evening fixture with Leyton, fans dipped deep into their pockets and another £500 was collected.

It is hoped a march through the town starting at Market Square at 12 noon on Saturday (4 December) will raise even more cash for the  club.

All set for big day

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2004 - 07:57 PM


Three hundred mince pies and the same number of song sheets are ready for Sunday's  free annual Hawkinge Carol Concert  at the Community Centre. (5th December)

With the much improved accoustics of the new hall, the problems of last year's event will be a thing of the past.

The Hythe Town Band are providing the music with special performances by children from the Churchill and Hawkinge schools.

Parish Council Chairman Dave Callahan has invited Peter Smith in his capacity of Shepway Council Chairman to attend.

Parish Councillor John Heasman who organises the annual event hopes that villagers support the concert and many Parish Councillors will attend.

The first carol kicks off at 2.30pm, so be sure to get there in plenty of time to be certain of one of the 300 seats.