Don't get smashed this Christmas....19 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 19, 2002 - 06:09 PM

On 2 December Kent County Council, Kent Police and Medway Council launched their Christmas 2002 Drink Drive Campaign – ‘Don’t Get Smashed This Christmas.’ and since the launch, 502 people have been breath tested after crashes of which 22 tested positive.

2,140 drivers have been breath tested involving other incidents and 119 of those tested positive. On the roads so far this December, 6 people have lost their lives.

You do not have to be drunk to be dangerous: even small amounts of alcohol that are within the legal limit will impair your driving – it will affect your reaction time, your eyesight and your judgement of speed. It also gives you a false sense of security leading to overconfidence and increased risk taking.

Vice-Chairman of KCC’s Highways Advisory Board, Paulina Stockell, said: “This partnership cannot stress enough the dangers of drinking and driving. Not only could you kill yourself, you may kill an innocent driver who has not been drinking. Enjoy the festivities but please think about your driving and be responsible – don’t mix drinking and driving. It is simple enough to call a taxi which is surely better than suffering the consequences of a drink drive crash.�


Happy Christmas from Toronto Canada.... 19 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 18, 2002 - 07:25 PM


I lived in the Folkestone area for 3 years and in Hawkinge for a year. I lived at 22 Haskard Close.

I would love to send Xmas greetings to anyone who knew me in the Folkestone area and in particular my ex neighbours in Hawkinge.

I moved to Toronto in Canada about 18 months ago but still log onto the Hawkinge Gazette every week.


Peter Wetton

Lady Hare and the Dog supported by Saga boss....18 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 18, 2002 - 11:38 AM
A once derelict site in Folkestone's Old
High Street was given a boost on Tuesday (17 December) with the installation of Sophie Ryder's Lady Hare and Dog's sculpture.

The sculpture’s arrival is part of Shepway Council’s initiative to revitalise the Old High Street and Cllr Cardale, the Council’s Community and Culture Secretary, said it would help to bring new life to the heart of Folkestone.

Sophie Ryder
at Berkeley Square Gallery, London

“The installation marks a beginning of cultural regeneration in Folkestone and is part of the development of our Creative Quarter which aims to encourage and promote all forms of art and culture.

“The Council’s Regeneration Team is working to secure funding and deliver new projects. In the next few months a range of creative businesses is expected to rent studio workspace at affordable rates to assist business growth. Future projects include new training courses, galleries and open studios, specialist business support, a new art gallery, performance space and a network of physical improvements and public artwork.�

The installation of Lady Hare and Dog has been supported by Saga Chairman, Roger De Haan and the De Haan Family Trust.

Mr De Haan is passionate in his commitment to develop a Creative Quarter in and around The Old High Street, Tontine Street and Payers Park. He also hopes to continue to secure notable pieces of sculpture to create a Sculpture Park along the Leas Cliff and Lower Leas Coastal Park.


Not so happy Christmas....18 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 18, 2002 - 11:24 AM

Local police are hunting a group of carol singers, who tore down Christmas lights when the owner of the house refused to give them any money.

The four or five teenage boys showed very little Christmas spirit nasty when they were turned away from a home on the Kingfisher Estate in Burmash near Hythe last night.


East Kent artists draw in the crowds....17 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 17, 2002 - 09:33 AM

A showcase exhibition of 50 East Kent artists is drawing in the visitors at Dover Museum - with exhibits including oil and watercolour paintings, driftwood sculpture and furniture, decorative ironwork, pottery and embroidery, and calligraphy and illustrations.

Exhibitors include some of the best-known local artists, including potters Val Snow and John Gooding, and painters Clive Metcalf and Eric Buckman. Some of the more unusual work includes the driftwood furniture of Terry Warren and wall-hangings by Gabriella Brigo-Cowling.

A large section of the gallery is devoted to the work of the Cinque Port Scribes, a group of calligraphers and illustrators from all over South East England, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year and whose work includes not just calligraphy on paper but also letter carving on wood and stone.

Mark Frost, Senior Assistant Curator, said: “The standard of work is superb and the exhibition is already drawing in visitors. Many of the pieces are for sale and are well worth a visit for anyone looking for the more unusual Christmas presents!�

The Arts and Scribes exhibition opened on November 23 and runs until March 2. 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.


Your council services at Christmas and New Year....17 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 17, 2002 - 09:04 AM

Shepway District Council office opening hours over the Christmas and New Year are:

Tuesday 24 December - Civic Centre and Housing Services Centre: 8.30am – 3.00pm. Hythe office: 8.45am - 2.00pm. Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26

December and Wednesday 1 January - All offices closed. Friday 27 December to Tuesday 31 December - Civic Centre and Housing Services Centre: 8.30pm – 5.00pm. Hythe office: 8.45am – 4.30pm.

Lydd Office will be closed from Tuesday 24 December until Wednesday 1 January (inclusive) except on Monday 30 December when it will be open from 8.45am until 4.30pm.

Hythe Pool will close at 5.00pm on Sunday 22 December and re-open at 8.00am on Monday 30. It will be open between 8.00am and 9.00pm on Monday 30 December and Tuesday 31 December. It will be closed on Wednesday 1 January and open between 8.00am and 5.00pm on Thursday 2 January.

There will be no refuse collections on 25 December and 26 December. All refuse for these days will be collected on Wednesday 1 January and Thursday 2 January (double collections).

Civic Amenity sites are closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. At other times they are open between 8.00am and 4.30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays.

Shepway Council will continue its emergency service over Christmas and the New Year. Emergency calls ONLY can be made to: 01303 221888.


Helping to make Spitfire Way safer....16 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 16, 2002 - 02:25 PM

Every morning and afternoon District and Parish Councillor Peter Smith is helping people cross the busy Spitfire Way.

Traffic is currently diverted because of road improvements to Canterbury Road, and during the busy school runs,

Peter can be seen giving assistance to villagers crossing the road.

PC Steve Ivory the new Kent Rural Partnership police officer for Hawkinge praised Peter for his community efforts when he met up with him today during the afternoon rush hour.


Second ship pulled free after collision with Tricolor..16 Decmber 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 16, 2002 - 07:06 AM

A second cargo ship which collided with a sunken Norwegian vessel has been pulled free.

The 3,000-tonne ship became stuck on top of the Tricolor after the collision and has now been pulled clear by three tugs.

The Tricolor went down off Dunkirk on Saturday with almost 3,000 luxury cars on board.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and French coastguards in Cherbourg said the cargo ship is now at anchor and waiting instructions from its German owners.

The ship was not carrying any cargo at the time and there were not believed to be any injuries.

The Tricolor is a Norwegian-registered vessel with BMWs, Volvos and Saabs bound for British and US showrooms.

Salvage firm Smit Tak has been commissioned to do the initial salvage work.

A team of eight and a salvage boat are at the site, 30 miles east of the Ramsgate coast but high winds and strong currents have prevented divers from going down to the wreck to assess the damage.


School raises £250 for Demelza House....13 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 13, 2002 - 04:41 PM

The Churchill School raised £250 for Demelza House with a collection following the performance school's Christmas play, “It’s a Baby�

The hospice near Sittingbourne does tremendous work giving respite to parents and siblings of terminally ill children.

The hospice is completely dependent on charity and needs to raise £1.6m a year to keep going.

Head teacher Jennie Carter said: "Thank you all very much. I hope none of our families ever need to use it, Please think about taking clothes or toys your children have outgrown to the Demelza House charity shop in the High Street in Hythe."


If you would like to help Demelza House they are at Demelza House Children's Hospice, Rook Lane, Bobbing, Sittingbourne Kent ME9 8DZ

General enquiries: 01795 845 200

Donate online here


Contributed by localrags on Dec 13, 2002 - 09:19 AM

Under the Emergency Powers Act (1939) as amended by the Defence Act 1978), you are hereby notified that you are required to place yourself on standby for possible compulsory military service in the American Conflict. You may shortly be ordered to depart for the Middle East where you will join either the 3rd Battalion The Queen's Own Suicidal Conscripts or the 2nd Foot and Mouth.

Due to the recent rundown of the Navy and the refusal of P&O to lend us any of their liners, because of the deplorable state in which they were returned after the Falklands adventure, it will be necessary for you to make your own way to the combat zone.

H.M. Government have been able to negotiate a 20% discount on one way trips with Virgin Airlines and you are strongly urged to take advantage of this offer (RyanAir also do a nice little £9.99 trip).

Because of cutbacks in Government expenditure in recent years it will be necessary for you to provide yourself with the following equipment as soon as possible:

Combat Jacket
Trousers(preferably khaki - but please no denim)
Tin helmet
Boots (or a pair of sturdy trainers)
Gas mask
Map of the combat zone (the Ordinance Survey 1:2800 Outdoor Leisure Map of Afghanistan will do)
Ammunition (preferably to suit previous item)
Suntan oil
If you are in a position to afford it, we would like you to buy a tank. (Vickers Defence of Banbury are currently offering all new conscripts a 0% finance deal on all X registration Chieftains, but hurry, as offer is only available whilst stocks last).

We would like to reassure you that in the unlikely event of anything going wrong, you will receive a free burial in the graveyard of your choice, and your next of kin will be entitled to the new War Widows pension of £1.75 per calendar month, index-linked but subject to means testing, and fully repayable should our side eventually lose.

There may be little time for formal military training before your departure and so we advise that you hire videos of the following films and try and pick up a few tips as you watch:

The Guns of Navarone
Kelly's Heroes
A Bridge to Far
The Longest Day
Apocalypse Now
The Matrix
Blazing Saddles
The Desert Song
Mary Poppins
We do not recommend that you watch Khartoum.

To mentally prepare yourself for your mission try reading the works of Wilfred Owen or Rupert Brookes. This should give you some idea of what may be involved.

Yours faithfully,

G Hoon, Ministry of Defence.

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Sponsored by Mars, The Official snack of World War III

131202......thanks to Nigel Best for this item which was missed onour News pages