Happy as a sand boy with the beach blues

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 08:43 PM


Dymchurch beach has been included in a new book listing Britain’s best resort and rural sands.

ENCAMS which runs the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign has teamed up with VisitBritain to publish Britain’s Blue Flag Beaches, launched last Friday (1 April).

A report by the ENCAMS charity says British beach goers are becoming more discerning and will not set foot on the sand unless they have some kind of guarantee that it is clean and safe.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said he welcomed Dymchurch’s inclusion in the guide.

“This is excellent news at the start of the holiday season. Dymchurch is one of our prime beaches and it’s good to know that its high standards are recognised. We will continue to work hard to maintain high standards on all our beaches so that local people and visitors can continue to enjoy their days out at the seaside. Good on yer Dymchurch.�

Cattle tunnel to freedom

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 01:25 PM


A valuable herd of cattle escaped from a field in Dover after vandals damaged fences at the weekend.Dexter cattle (Library picture)

The Dexter herd made their escape using the underpass on the A20 near the Western Heights in the Aycliffe area of the town.

On Wednesday (6 April) two horses were killed after being hit by an articulated lorry when they escaped from a field onto the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 at Swanley in Kent.

Police appeal for witnesses to crash

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2005 - 02:27 PM


Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash which left a woman with serious injuries.

The incident which involved a single car took place on a narrow, country lane 100 metres before an area known as Hawthorn Corner, Old Romney on Monday 4 April at around 11.30pm. .

A grey Renault Clio driven by a 22-year-old woman left the road coming to rest in a field. The driver was taken to hospital where her condition was described as serious but stable.

If you have any information about this crash, contact PC Guy Ditcher on 01622 600970.

Michael Howard launches Election Campaign

Contributed by editor on Apr 06, 2005 - 07:45 PM


Local MP Michael Howard has launched the party's 2005 general election campaign with a rousing rallycall to the country to abandon the failed policies of Tony Blair's Labour Party and turn to the Conservatives to give the nation a fresh start.

Speaking before the Prime Minister travelled from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, Mr Howard put his party on the front foot with a promise to "do the best for Britain" with an action programme that would reward the hardworking law abiding majority, while delivering improved school discipline, cleaner hospitals, more police on the streets and controlled immigration.

Kicking off the party campaign in the courtyard of a central London hotel, he declared: "The choice before the voters on May 5 is very clear: they can either reward Mr Blair for eight years of broken promises and vote for another five years of talk; or they can vote Conservative, to support a party that's taken a stand and is committed to action on the issues that matter to hard working Britons."

Insisting that the Labour government has "lost the plot", Mr Howard accused Tony Blair of taking honest hardworking people for granted, and failing to recognise how worried NHS patients are about hospital infections, how pensions are fearful of rising crime, and how parents fear that their children cannot learn in class because of the lack of proper school discipline.

Denouncing the way Labour has frittered away huge tax incomes with little improvement in public services, Mr Howard offered a "better way" which would help those who "do the right thing and play by the rules".

He said the Conservative timetable for action would build a brighter, better future for the country, with more value for money and lower taxes, with discipline restored to schools, with hospital matrons given the power to close wards infected with MRSA; with reduced crime, and an extra 5000 more police officers on the streets each year backed by tougher sentences for burglars and drug dealers; and controlled immigration with an annual limit on the number of people who can settle in Britain.

He declared: "Some people say I shouldn't talk about difficult issues like the abuse of our asylum system and those travellers who stick two fingers up to the law. But we cannot make Britain a better place if we sweep difficult issues under the carpet. Everyone knows you won't fix a problem if you aren't even prepared to discuss it."

Mr Howard said he was not prepared to appease special interest groups, and wanted all Britons to play by the same rules.

Buoyed up by improving opinion poll surveys and a party brimming with confidence and enthusiasm, Mr Howard said that while the Prime Minister was already secretly grinning about the prospect of his third victory, there was no reason why the country had to deliver Labour a third term in Downing Street.

Prescott admits Folkestone visit was provocative

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2005 - 09:18 PM


Labour were quick off the mark to fire the first shots in the Tory leader Michael Howard's Folkestone and Hythe constituency today (5 April).

Minutes after the announcement of the General Election on May 5, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott arrived in Folkestone on a whistle stop tour, admitting his appearance in the town was provocative.

He unveiled a poster at a children's nursery with the slogan "Forward not Howard", before boarding the Labour 'battlebus' to meet up with Dover MP Gwyn Prosser at the newly built Sure Start nursery in Coombe Valley Road Dover.

Two die in motorcycle crashes

Contributed by editor on Apr 04, 2005 - 10:22 PM


A motorcycle rider racing at the Lydden Circuit near Dover on Sunday (3 April) has died.

The 18 year old man from Borough Green in Kent suffered fatal injuries after he fell from his machine and was hit by another rider.

Also on Sunday on the A259 at Brookland, Romney Marsh, a 20-year-old motorcyclist from Folkestone died when he came off his bike.

Another motorcyclist hurt in the accident only suffered minor injuries.

Dover family escape fires twice in a week

Contributed by editor on Apr 04, 2005 - 09:38 PM


A family was saved from fire last week by smoke alarms that firefighters had fitted just days before.

When Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called out to a grill pan alight in Whinless Road, Saint Radigunds on Wednesday (30 March), crews put out the blaze and fitted the property with new ten-year smoke alarms and advised the family on fire safety.

The advice proved invaluable for the family when the upstairs smoke alarm was triggered on Friday morning, waking a teenage girl in an upstairs bedroom.

She discovered a fire in another bedroom and alerted the rest of the family and closed the bedroom door to help prevent the fire from spreading. They all managed to get out of the house safely and called the emergency services.

Dover Sub Officer Jamie Muddle said: “Without a working smoke alarm, the family would not have had much chance of survival, especially the girl asleep upstairs, due to the highly toxic smoke produced by the fire.�

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 21 March 2005

Contributed by admin on Apr 04, 2005 - 09:02 PM


Monday 21st March, was our 5th Print competition of the season. judged by Dr Peter Lewis LRPS a very experienced photographer with excellent tips on how we can improve our photography. Peter is a member of St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club and a very competent judge, who had a very tiring evening judging 79 prints in all. With the increase in Digital workers, our print competition entries are increasing rapidly in number.. Winners (points our of 20) of each section were as follows:-



Novice:- ‘Awaiting the Crowd’ Jim Wraight 20

(16 entries) ‘Portmeirion’ Gill Jefferson 20

‘Gateway’ Sue Cowell 19

Intermediate:- ‘ I’ve Got My Eyes on You’ Thelma Bridges 20

(16 entries) ‘Bill or Ben’ Mary Collins 20

‘Sunrise Kovalam’ Melanie Chalk 20

Advanced:- ‘Brighton Wreck’ Rod Granger LRPS 20

(26 entries) ‘Through Broken Glass at Tate Modern’ David Hughes 20

‘Three Trees of Grand Canyon’ Frank Barraclough 20



Novice:- ‘Angela’ Gill Jefferson 20

(5 entries) ‘Ton’ Glen Yorke 18

Intermediate:- ‘Good Friends’ Melanie Chalk 20

(1 entry)

Advanced:- ‘Smoking in the Sun’ Marie Laure Stone CPAGB 20

(14 entries) ‘Sarah’ Frank Barraclough 20

The above winning photographs, scoring 20 points, can be seen on our website at where we also have many Links to Photography related and other Shops.


On 4th April we had a showing of superb slides in memory of and taken by the late Kay Hollis, a long-standing member of our club. Kay had been a keen traveller over many years and had accumulated over 10,000 slides all perfectly catalogued. One of our members, Bob Brisley has had the daunting task of sifting through these slides and has produced two slide shows for us to see, the second will be shown later in the year. On the 11th April we shall have our final slide competition of the season followed by (18th April) our final Print Competition.

We are thrilled that we have now been able to purchase an LCD Projector and Lap Top Computer as the result of a grant from the AWARDS FOR ALL Lottery fund. With the digital technology moving forward so fast, this will enable us to project our digital images/lectures and also send and receive digital cd’s to and from other clubs around the country and indeed the world.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone on Mondays at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome, if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399, or e

Dour by name but not by nature

Contributed by admin on Apr 02, 2005 - 05:13 PM


The River Dour in Dover, which had 40 working water mills less than a century ago is being taken over by the Environment Agency and turned into a tourist attraction.

There are to be signposted riverside walks which it is hoped will bring in an influx of visitors.

The Dour had lived up to its name in recent years but has seen some improvement since 1995. It will now be managed by the Agency which will include steps to tackle pollution and the build up of debris.

Fish now thrive in the River Dour, and there has been a substantial improvement in the quality of the river, which supports one of the best wild brown trout fisheries in Kent.

The Dour is well stocked with a range of bottom-dwelling animals much more typical of a chalk stream, with a thriving population of freshwater shrimps and other species such as caddis fly larvae and aquatic snails, indicative of a healthy river.