Street-Porter launching local walking group

Contributed by editor on Feb 01, 2004 - 12:15 PM

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Janet Street-Porter is to help launch an East Kent trail-walking society.

The journalist and broadcaster will be joining the newly-formed Trail-finders Walking Group for a four-mile ramble around Charing o­n February 15.

Ms Street-Porter will also address a lunch. The society aims to encourage 20 to 40-year-olds to get involved in outdoor activity.

Marlowe stages Oliver for second year

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2004 - 09:44 AM


Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the film version of Oliver, is coming back to Canterbury to play his character at the Marlowe Theatre in April.
There will be a total of 19 performances in April. It has become something of a tradition in the last two years.
Producer Ken Wood has said anyone can take part and that the task of registering people who are interested began o­n Saturday.
He said the theatre production would be for the whole community.

Local ramblers walking the web

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2004 - 09:38 AM

A database of Kent's 4,000 miles of countryside paths is being compiled and will be made o­n the internet to walkers, horse riders and ramblers.
Kent County Council has conducted a survey using digital equipment which records the condition of the paths.
It aims to cover 2000 miles this year and have the website o­nline this summer.

The site will let people enter their postcode into the computer to find walks and rides available near their homes.

Animal rights rally remembers Jill

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2004 - 09:28 AM

Dozens of animal rights campaigners held a rally in Dover today (31 January) in memory of activist Jill Phipps.
Jill died under the wheels of a transporter during a protest against live animal exports in 1995.
Campaigners placed a wreath in the sea to remember the thousands of animals they say have suffered as a result of the trade.
There were also many floral tributes to Jill Phipps.

Block of ice smashes lorry visor

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 02:23 PM


A lorry driver has had a lucky escape from injury after a block of ice was thrown from a bridge in the Dover area and hit his windscreen.
The ice smashed the vehicle's sun visor as it travelled o­n the A20 towards London. The driver managed to park safely, shortly after the Aycliffe roundabout, and told police where to find a group of youths he had seen o­n the bridge.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and warned over the incident.

More cash for local schools

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 02:19 PM

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A step closer for fast rail link to Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 01:38 PM

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The immense benefits that a high-speed rail service from Folkestone to London would bring to Shepway took a step nearer realisation with the publication of the final stage consultation document from the Strategic Rail Authority.

At the end of last year the Secretary of State confirmed the SRA should proceed with the development of an Integrated Kent Franchise (IKF) o­n the basis that domestic services would operate o­n the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL).

The SRA has now responded with a consultation document presenting its detailed franchise proposals for the IKF train service specification. This is the final step in the formal consultation towards the introduction of the Integrated Kent Franchise and new CTRL high-speed domestic services.

The service specification consultation document clearly shows that Folkestone is planned to gain regular high-speed services o­n the CTRL to and from London - St Pancras in addition to classic line services to and from Charing Cross.

Leader of Shepway Council, Cllr Mrs Linda Cufley,said: “We welcome this latest development towards the introduction of a high speed service. There are detailed issues that we need to take up with the SRA but overall this is a very positive step forward for our district. We will be responding to the SRA consultation document in due course.�

Hammer robber threatens village garage cashier

Contributed by editor on Jan 29, 2004 - 09:41 AM


A man with a hammer has robbed a garage in Barham.

Police said the man went into the Eagle Works garage o­n Canterbury Road, demanded money and threatened a cashier.

They report that he took some cash and then made off o­n foot towards Church Lane.

Police said he is described as wearing a grey, woolly hat and a dark bomber jacket.

The incident happened at about  7.30 o­n Tuesday evening.(27 January) 

Kings School astronaut talks to pupils from space

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2004 - 02:19 PM

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A UK astronaut at the International Space Station has contacted pupils at his former school in Canterbury via a live radio link up.

Michael Foale, 47, answered questions from pupils at The King's School for eight minutes as the space station passed nearly 250km overhead.

About 100 pupils and staff gathered for the live link-up arranged by Nasa.

Spring reopening for unique time ball

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2004 - 05:26 AM

Deal’s unique Time Ball is taking a well earned time out while a new mechanism is built and installed for the historic time piece – and experts are making plans for this special landmark to be back in action by the Spring.
The work is being carried out by Dover District Council, as part of the lease agreement with the Deal Museum Trust. A new time ball mechanism is being designed by top clock making experts and the tower will also be repaired and redecorated, requiring scaffolding o­n the building during February and March. The Trust plan to reopen the attraction at Easter.
The ball, which originally dropped by telegraph signal at 1pm each day, has been operated by a piston and ram system connected to a digital controller, a system devised and fitted by famous clockmakers, Gillett & Johnston of Croydon and installed during the renovation of the Tower in 1985. The new electrical mechanism is being designed for the Time Ball again by Gillett & Johnston, and will be controlled by an electronic master clock regulated by a constant radio time signal. This means it will be accurate to within less than a second.
The Timeball Tower Museum closed in 2002 and was held by Dover District Council until a partner could be found to take over the building. The Deal Museum Trust, registered as a charitable trust in 2003, has now signed a lease to take over the running of the attraction. The Tower closed for the latest repairs o­n January 23 and it is planned to reopen in April.
Cllr Frederick Scales, DDC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased to be able to carry out these important repair works to this remarkable and unique landmark and look forward to working with the Trust in the future.�
Mrs Marlene Burnham, Chairman of the Deal Museum Trust, said: “We are delighted that these works are being carried out and are passionate about reopening the Timeball Tower so that the people of Deal and visitors to the town can enjoy this historic gem.�