Community Warden goes back to school

Contributed by admin on Mar 11, 2005 - 12:06 AM


Popular Village warden Ian Norman is leaving
Hawkinge to go back to school.

Ian will be working as a Police Community Support
Officer in Pent Valley school Folkestone, where he will be based.

The initiative for Police offices in the community
was instigated by Kent's new Chief Constable Mike Fuller who recently opened the
first Police Office at Newington Junior School in Ramsgate.

Ian has worked in the village for two years and
has been a familiar face to local residents, but this is not the last we will
see of him.

He intends to still be involved with the the village
through the Hawkinge Partnership. His interest in the welfare of young
people in the village will see him fighting their corner as a member of the
Parnership's Youth Focus Group.

A new Warden will be appointed in a few weeks time
and another Warden will be working in the village for 2 days a week and three
days in the Elham Valley.

Latest crime reports 21/2/05 to 6/3/05

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2005 - 12:58 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 21/2/05 to 6/3/05

Crime Sheet 21/02/05 to 6/03/05


Between 2200hrs 22/02/05 0830hrs 23/02/05



The vehicle was left locked and secured overnight. Appears that the rear plastic window to the soft top has been kicked in overnight. No sign that any entry has been gained to the vehicle. No other damage. No other vehicles in road have been targeted


Between 2000hrs 24/02/05 & 1100hrs 25/02/05



Both vehicles belong to the Ip. The vehicles were parked outside on a hard standing area. Unknown offenders have damaged the wing mirrors on both his cars.


Between 1800hrs 27/02/05 & 0800hrs 28/02/05



Overnight, offender(s) unknown, unheard and unseen have poured a corrosive substance (believed brake fluid or similar) over the rear passenger side panel around the petrol cap area. This has caused extensive damage to the paintwork.


Between 0300hrs & 0930hrs 24/02/05



This morning IP has discovered that the passenger side headlamp has been smashed and the passenger door has a large dent in it.


Between 2300hrs 26/02/05 & 0800hrs 27/02/05



IP discovered that a large section of the wall at the front of her house had been demolished


Between 1700hrs 26/02/05 & 0730hrs 27/02/05

Theft of Pedal Cycle


Ip was staying overnight at the crime venue. He had placed his bike with two others at the rear of the property and could not be seen from the road. It was not locked up and going out to the rear garden the next day it had gone. Stolen Marks: 21 GEARS Desc: VULCAN MOUNTAIN BIKE. SEAT SUSPENSION. Colour Silver


Between 2100hrs 01/03/05 & 0500hrs 02/03/05



Ip is reporting that at 0500hrs this morning, her next-door neighbours found her garage door open. The Ip has checked the garage and nothing has been stolen.


Between 1630hrs 28/02/05 & 0930hrs 01/03/05



The Ip is reporting the theft of caravan. The caravan has been kept in this field for approx 3-4 years. No previous incidents involving the caravan. In order to gain access to the field/caravan, the offender(s) have sawn open the wooden gate and heavy-duty chain/padlock securing the same.


Between 0001hrs 11/02/05 & 2359hrs 01/03/05



(1) At the location of the seawall off Seawall Road, a shelter over a public seat has been damaged. One of the polycarbonate panes has been smashed at one end of the shelter and will need replacing at a cost of around £300.

(2) A bus shelter on A259 opposite High Knocke has had the polycarbonate panes smashed over a period of time, the latest incident being a couple of weeks ago. This means that 4 of the panes have now been smashed out with a probable total cost of around £1000.

(3) The sports pavilion at the recreation ground off St Mary's Road, Dymchurch has had a pane of glass broken in a window at the front of the building. No entry has been gained. No crime implement found inside the building.

The Informant also reported damage to a wall around the war memorial, which a vehicle had caused.


Between 1400hrs 03/03/05 & 0745hrs 04/03/05



Informant is reporting that he checked the vehicle around 14400hrs on 03/03/2005 and left safe and secure. Informant states he went to the vehicle this morning at 0745hrs and discovered that damage has been caused to the vehicle. There are dents on both sides of the vans body and paint chips around the driver side of the body.

If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office on 01304 218151 or ring
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055


To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134
If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station on 01304 21815 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch

Police warn of M20 chaos

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2005 - 12:30 AM


Kent Police is preparing to implement Operation Stack tonight (10 March) because of industrial action by French workers that will close the port of Calais for 24 hours.

Transport union members protesting over working hours are planning to strike between 10pm tonight (Wednesday) and 10pm on Thursday.

This is likely to cause a considerable backlog of freight traffic attempting to travel to France via Calais for the duration of the industrial action – and for some time after the strike ends.

Kent Police is preparing to implement phase one of Operation Stack initially, which involves closing the M20 coastbound between junctions 11 at Hythe and 12 at Folkestone.

It is likely that phase two of Operation Stack may also have to be implemented, which means the M20 motorway will also be closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9 - the Leeds Castle and Ashford junctions.

Where the motorway is closed, any non-freight cross Channel traffic will be diverted onto the A20.

Operation Stack could be implemented as early as six o’clock tonight depending on the volume of freight traffic heading towards France.

If Stack is implemented then it is likely to continue throughout Thursday and into Friday.

Eurotunnel will continue to operate a full freight service throughout the disruption, including through the night. Freight travelling through Eurotunnel may be subject to queuing in the Stack operation.

There is capacity to queue 800 lorries in phase one of Operation Stack and a further 3,000 lorries in phase two.

Top farmers' market Easter special

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2005 - 05:09 PM


(winner of the Best Farmers Market In Kent Award 2004 and the Kent Technology & Enterprise Award 2004)

EVERY TUESDAY 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capel le Ferne Village Hall



There will be baby animals for the children to see, along with an Easter Garden and Easter Eggs. Hopefully the stallholders will be wearing Easter Bonnets. Also Prints from Folkestone Camera Club depicting Easter / Spring will be on display.

Do come along and join in the fun, and buy your local produce in a friendly atmosphere. We also have refreshments and a Post Office is on site.

Telephone: Jenny 01303 245399 or e mail for further information if required. Visit the Produced in Kent Web Site

HCSF agenda - come along and make a difference

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2005 - 05:02 PM


You are invited to join members of the Hawkinge Community Safety Forum at our meeting on Thursday 10th March 2005 at the Hawkinge Community Centre Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge from 7.10 pm to 9.10pm

The forum is open to all organisations and individuals who have concerns about Safety, Crime, Disorder and Quality of Life in the Hawkinge area.

Attendees are welcome to participate or just come along, hear about the concerns of the community and actions proposed to remedy these.

Below in an agenda for the evening but there will plenty of opportunity for you to voice your concerns and ask for a response.


Thursday 10th March 2005 at 7.10 pm at The Hawkinge Community Centre, Hawkinge.


1 Introductions

2 Apologies for absence

3 Minutes of the last meeting.

4 Open Forum - Matters Arising - (those items not on the current Agenda)

5 Report from Local Community Warden/Police Officer

6 Information from Neighbourhood Watch

7 Report from Councillors

8 Review Current and past Actions and Letters

9 Any Other Business

10 Date of Next meeting

Chris Ashman

Chairman HCSF

01303 893472

Hawkinge & District Gardeners Society meeting 2 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 11:04 PM


Despite atrocious weather conditions and the penetrating cold twenty-four members and two new members attended a modified talk about "Daffodils for Showing" on March 2nd in Hawkinge Village Hall.

Mrs Doulton let us into many secrets for success - one being to plant your bulbs in pots to eliminate slug damage and to bring them under some cover nearer the Show date.

Pick flowers in full bloom about three days before presentation and store in cold water up to their necks.

The various divisions for showing were interpreted for us, and we were all amazed to learn that there are some 30000 varieties in all-not many are freely available and the speaker agreed she would compile a list of show quality bulbs for us along with the suppliers details.

The only entrant for flower arransement for spring was by Mrs Jenny Armitage. It was a most delightful and colourful composition and she received a good round of applause.

No refreshments and no Raffle due to the need to get home early and safely.

Next month we hope that normal service will resume when we welcome again Mr L Manser who will give an illustrated talk on BULBS CORMS AND RHIZOMES, if you dont know what the latter is, why not come along and find out on APRIL 6th at 7.30.

We would like to invite YOU to attend, so please if you have that afternoon free please come along to the village hall and join in, consider this a personal invite.

Also: Our Marvellous INTER-SOCIETY SHOW with Newington on 3rd April at HVHall

TOMBOLA TEAS CAKES RAFFLE 2 -30pm doors open

Janet Cripps (Hon Sec)

Sudan 1 warning

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:38 PM


Shepway Council is reiterating Food Standards Agency warnings about the illegal red dye, Sudan 1, which has contaminated nearly 400 foods.

Sudan 1 is a red dye normally used for colouring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol and shoe and floor polishes. The FSA issued an alert because the dye has been illegally added to chilli powder.

All crushed, dried and ground chilli must be accompanied by a certificate to confirm it has been tested and is free from Sudan 1. Chilli is routinely tested at ports.

But a batch of chilli, imported before the controls were put in place, was used to make Worcester Sauce. Worcester Sauce is used as a flavour and has caused widespread contamination of other foods.

Supermarkets and wholesalers have withdrawn all stocks of contaminated foods from their shelves but a large quantity of stock has already been sold. Caterers, small retailers and domestic users are advised to visit the Food Standards Agency website to check the list of affected foods.

“Sudan 1 can contribute to an increased risk of cancer but the FSA says that at the levels present the risk is likely to be very small. There is no risk of immediate ill health but to avoid eating it is the sensible thing to do.

Shepway team tackles rail chiefs over high-speed line

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:30 PM


A team from Shepway traveled to London last week to put its views for the high-speed rail service to the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA).

The Rail for Folkestone Working Party – which includes representatives from all political groups in the district – presented the authority with its case for modifications to the plans for high-speed rail services to Folkestone. The team was led by Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for Transport, and the district’s case was presented by Transportation Officer, Stephen Gasche.

The four key issues presented were:

All high speed trains should call at Folkestone West Parkway – due to become the district’s principal bus/rail and car/rail interchange station

The need for a train care depot at the Folkestone East site – to provide job opportunities for people in the east of the town where unemployment is at 6.2 per cent.

The provision of additional train services against the peak flows between London St Pancras and Folkestone – to especially encourage business travel to Folkestone from London

The retention of the existing hourly classic line service all day at Westenhanger - in support of Lympne and Stanford parish councils

“The SRA was very receptive to the team’s arguments. While not able to promise that all the requests would be met, the rail authority did advise that further discussions with each of the prospective train operating companies might be beneficial,� said Mr Gasche.

Members of the Rail for Folkestone team will be meeting with each of these bidders for the Kent rail franchise - First Group, GNER, Go Ahead and DSB - during the next few weeks.

The chosen bidder should be known by October, and is due to replace South Eastern Trains in December 2005 as the operator of the existing network. The high speed rail services are scheduled to start in December 2009.

£60 fines for parking at bus stops

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:18 PM


Bus stop ‘clearways’ will be introduced during the next few weeks to help make life easier for bus passengers using routes 12 and 711 between Folkestone and Lydd.

Every bus stop on the route will be marked with a wide, yellow line alongside the kerb. Anyone parking or waiting at a bus stop clearway will receive an automatic penalty of £60.

The new restrictions are being introduced by Shepway Council, following talks with bus operator, Stagecoach in East Kent.

“In particular, it will help disabled passengers and parents with young children and buggies, especially where the new low-floor, ‘kneeling’ buses are used,� said Stephen Gasche, the council’s Transportation Officer. “We intend to enforce these new restrictions rigorously so that passengers can get on and off buses safely.�

Dover Council pat their backs over tax increase

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2005 - 08:40 PM


Dover District Council has confirmed the Council tax rate for the district at its meeting on 1 March. The district part of the Council tax bill is to increase by £6.03 to £127.89 per year for Band D properties.

Council Tax for Kent County Council (£877.05), Kent Police Authority (£110.88) and Kent Fire and Rescue (£57.15) and a parish precept (average of £31.51) is added to that figure. This brings the average total bill for a Band D property in the district to £1,204.48 for the year, an increase of £45.72 or 3.95%.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: 'The District Council has made important strides forward in priority areas that the public has identified, including the launch of the new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, and we have taken on additional responsibilities, including the new licensing arrangements.

'We have been able to keep the district rise to 4.9%. The Government grant contribution this year is a total of 2.8%, which barely meets wage and salary inflation levels. In all, with increasing pressures on pensions and extra recycling services, to set a level below 5% is a particularly good achievement.'