Action-packed summer keeps teens off the streets

Contributed by editor on Sep 08, 2004 - 09:18 PM


A programme of adrenaline-fuelled activities kept  some Shepway teenagers occupied during the summer holidays.

Thanks to a grant of £1,500 from Kent County Council youngsters from Lydd, aged between 12 and 16, were able to take part in sports such as wakeboarding, described as skateboarding behind a speedboat, and go-karting.

The teenagers are keen to show off their new skills and have invited parents and local councillors to a barbecue by the lake at Action Watersports, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd o­n Friday 10 September from 4.30pm.

The council's Kent Community Wardens in Lydd, Shuna Body and Mick Turton, secured the funding, which enabled 40 youths from Lydd Youth Set, a club for teenagers, to participate.

Youth set chairman Sharon Epps made sure that different groups of teenagers attended each week, in order to give the maximium number of children the chance to take part.

As well as being lots of fun, the activities chosen included a strong educational element.

As well as driving round Lydd International Raceway, the go-karting project involved restoring two go-karts and a trailer and, as well as being physically challenging, the watersports gave them an awareness of water safety.

All activities were based in Lydd and, Shuna said, gave the teenagers an appreciation of local businesses and what the town has to offer.

She added: "Everyone had a fantastic time for the whole five weeks. Simon and Diane Raine, of Action Watersports, deserve special praise as they really encouraged all the children to have a go, whatever their ability level."

Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler said: "The community wardens deserve thanks for organising these fun activities for young people over the summer."

Town Beat Officer Pc Robin Firman said: "Last year boredom was cited as the reason for some anti-social behaviour in the town. This year the holidays have been very quiet. Everyone involved in the project deserves a lot of praise."

Blair will not pre-judge Gurkha issue

Contributed by editor on Sep 08, 2004 - 12:37 PM


<FONT color=black>Prime Minister's Official Spokesman, was asked at yesterdays press briefing (7 September) if he would agree that the Prime Minister had appeared sympathetic this morning to the plight of the former Gurkhas who were seeking British citizenship and whether he might help them achieve their objective in any way.

<FONT color=black>The PMOS said that the Prime Minister had simply been acknowledging that the matter was being reviewed.

<FONT color=black>It would therefore be wrong to attempt to pre-judge the outcome of that process before it had concluded.

KCC to stand it's ground in countryside battle

Contributed by admin on Sep 07, 2004 - 09:23 PM


Kent County Council's leader has promised to promote development and commerce in the county but not at the expense of the Garden of England.

<FONT color=black>The public inquiry into the Kent and Medway Structure Plan - the blueprint for the next 20 years of the county's future - will begin tomorrow at County Hall. KCC will strive to defend the countryside from excessive building and expansion.

<FONT color=black>The plan will address the number of houses needed to sustain the population, now and in the future. The needs and priorities for the infrastructure of the county will be examined, not just the roads, but schools, open spaces, affordable housing and health facilities.

<FONT color=black>KCC leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said: "The Structure Plan will set the future of the county for the next 20 years. The key issues of housing numbers and the protection of the countryside will be tested and challenged by both house builders and conservation groups, and other interested groups.

<FONT color=black>"The County Council is determined to stand its ground, and to get the right balance in achieving both regeneration that brings new jobs and our all important responsibility of protecting Kent's countryside."

<FONT color=black>The inquiry panel will make recommendations for final changes to the structure plan by the end of the year. These changes will be published for further consultation before the Plan is adopted in mid 2005. Copies of the existing deposit plan and changes to it which have already been supported by the councils are o­nline at

Prince Charles visits Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Sep 07, 2004 - 10:18 AM


<FONT color=black>The Prince of Wales is today (7 September) visiting  Shorncliffe Army barracks to meet soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq.

<FONT color=black>The Prince will be  accompanied by the Duke of Westminster Sir Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor.

<FONT color=black>Troops at the barracks undertake tasks of dealing with civil disturbances, mine clearing and an introduction to cultural differences.

<FONT color=black>About 600 soldiers are taking part in the three day training course.

Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 8th September 2004

Contributed by editor on Sep 06, 2004 - 12:46 PM


 <FONT color=black>The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 8th September 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).  

To receive a report from Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden)



1            Apologies


2          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 14th July 2004 and an extraordinary meeting held o­n 5th August 2004 (enc.)


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

       (a) Disused Toilet block and footpath

Chairman to report.

       (b) Public Footway in front of shops, Canterbury Road

Reply from Kent Highways 10th August (enc.)

       (c) Flower Tubs, Shopping Area

Reply from Hawkinge & District Gardeners’ Society.



5          Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project

Public Rights of Way


6          Other Bodies

Representatives of the Council serving o­n other bodies to report o­n recent meetings or events:

Hawkinge Community Centre

Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership


7          Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council

Clerk to report progress regarding the Lease.


8                     Correspondence

       (a) Head of Democracy and Local Governance, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Consultations o­n (1) a draft code for Local Government Employees and (2) a review of restrictions o­n the political activities of Local Authority employees and pay of Political Assistants (19th August) – consultation papers.

      (b) KAPC: Provision of Training Evening for Councillors Thurs. 23rd September at

            St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Cheriton.

      (c) The Royal Air Forces Association, Folkestone: Battle of Britain Commemoration

            15th and 19th September (enc.)

      (d) Kent County Council: Local Board meeting for Shepway Thurs. 16th Sept. 6.30 to

8.30 pm at Elham Village Hall (enc.)

      (e) Shepway Primary Care Trust AGM Tues. 28th Sept. Hawkinge Community

Centre 12.00 – 2.00 pm (enc.)

       (f) SEEDA - South East Water Resources Forum Annual Report 2003.

       (g) Kent Police – o­ne copy of S.E.Kent Business Plan 2004-2005

       (h) KCC – o­ne copy of Annual Plan 2004/05


9        Finance

       (a) Clerk to report.

Completion of the Annual Audit: copy of the Annual Return enclosed.   Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return has been posted.

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

      (b) BTCV Tree Warden scheme: request for donation (enc.)

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


10        Plans

            List of plans received since the last meeting enclosed.


11        Road Signs in Cowgate Lane – Cllr. Hogben



           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.


13        Annual Review of Clerk’s salary


14        Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (min.968)

Clerk to report.


15        Any other items referred to the confidential section during the meeting.


Hawkinge go down to Saltwood

Contributed by editor on Sep 05, 2004 - 07:52 PM

<FONT color=black size=4>Hawkinge go down to Saltwood

<FONT color=black>Saltwood 4 - Hawkinge 1
Next match scheduled  is against  Swingfield at home o­n  Sunday 12th September starting at 10.30am
Football Training
28 youngsters turned up Saturday for the first coaching session at the Hawkinge Football ground.

<FONT color=black>Many parents said it was just what they wanted.

<FONT color=black>Next Saturday the 6 to 10year olds begin training at 9.00am and the 11 to 16 year olds  start at 10.00am.

<FONT color=black>If you would like a registration form please contact me at 21 Demozay Close, Hawkinge or telephone 01303  893499

<FONT color=black>Cyril Trice

Village Hall to erect fence

Contributed by editor on Sep 05, 2004 - 03:09 PM


Hawkinge Village Hall Trustees have applied for a grant to erect a fence between their car park and the  Hawkinge Community Centre.

<FONT color=black>It is understood the fence will not block the footpath to the side of the hall which is used to access the Community Centre and the post office, but there will no longer be direct access from the Village Hall car park to the centre.

<FONT color=black>A spokesman for the Village Hall said that the fence would not be erected until a suitable footpath to the Community Centre was in place."

Village Hall attacked twice in a week

Contributed by editor on Sep 04, 2004 - 09:27 PM

Vandals have attacked the Hawkinge Village Hall o­n two occasions during the week.

The most recent o­n Thursday evening saw another fire extinguisher discharged and damage to the side door as the vandals broke into the hall.

Crockery cupboards in the kitchen were also broken into.

A village hall spokesman said: "This is the second time this has happened in a week. The replacement of the fire extinguishers and the repairs associated with the vandalism will cost us about £200 to make good."

Camera club new season

Contributed by editor on Sep 04, 2004 - 09:09 PM

Monday 13th September will be the start of our new season, which is always a good evening seeing our friends, some of whom we may not have seen since our summer recess began in May.  Our first meeting of 2004\2005 season will also be an informal o­ne to welcome new members. 

Two A\V’s (audio visual) of  slide shows created by our members, entitled ‘Hands Across the Sea 5’ which is a compilation of several members work which is then put together with music, and ‘Great Britains’ Greatest Britton’ where a lot of research and work went into creating this excellent show about Winston Churchill, will be shown.    These were both sent to Australia for our exchange last year and have been travelling all over Australia and New Zeland to many camera clubs there!

On 20th September Arthur Bailey a long standing and experienced member of the club, will demonstrate how to produce digital prints using Photoshop and a few other bits of apparatus, with his talk entitled ‘How I do it Digitally’.  The following week (27th September) will be an illustrated talk o­n ‘Darwins’ Orchid Bank’ by Trene and John Palmer, showing fascinating nature photography.

If you are interested in photography, be it film or digital, we are sure to have something to interest you.  It is a fun and also rewarding hobby, which is often even better when sharing it with friends.

Our season usually consists of lectures, inter-club competitions, friendly battles with other clubs, audio visuals, travelogues, monthly workshops and even outings.  For further information you can visit our website below:-

Visit our web site at

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 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.

Police hunt sex attacker

Contributed by editor on Sep 04, 2004 - 09:01 PM

A sex attack o­n a teenage boy in Folkestone has led to an appeal by Police.

<FONT color=black>They are hunting a man who attacked the 15-year-old  in toilets in Radnor Park o­n Friday (3 September).

<FONT color=black>A police spokesman said that the attack took place at about 2.15 o­n Friday afternoon.

<FONT color=black>The man they are hunting  is described as white, about 5ft 4ins tall, skinny, with a goatee beard and wearing a red and white check shirt with dark jeans.

<FONT color=black>Folkestone police are urging anyone who can help with their inquiries  to contact Det Sgt Tristan Stevens (01303 850055)