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Double delights

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 06:52 PM


<P class=pressheading><FONT color=black size=4>DOUBLE DELIGHTS

<FONT color=black>Folkestone’s amphitheatre at the Lower Leas Coastal Park has another two-day helping of music and dance this weekend (28 and 29 August).

<FONT color=black>On Saturday Shiva Nova, o­ne of Europe’s most acclaimed East/West fusion bands make a return visit. As well as music and dance, there will be workshops for young people, aged between 10 and 18, starting at noon.

<FONT color=black>On Sunday the Agape Choir brings evangelical music to the amphitheatre when between 35 and 40 local voices will be soaring to the skies with light gospel music and some instrumental performances. The concert starts at 1.00pm

<FONT color=black>All performances are free.


Entente cordiale celebrations

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 06:50 PM

<P class=pressheading>ENTENTE CORDIALE CELEBRATIONS

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One hundred years of entente cordiale was marked in Boulogne on Saturday (14 August) with the unveiling of a 15 feet high statue on the harbourside.

The white statue, called Shake Hands, incorporates outlines of Great Britain and France joined by interlocking hands and the cut outs of two suns that help create a smiling face.

Among those who attended the ceremony were Cllr George Bunting, District Secretary for the Environment; Chief Executive, Brian McAndrew; Regeneration and Economic Development Manager, John Foster and Isabelle Watier, Manager of BOSCO, the Boulogne and Shepway Co-operation.

After the unveiling by Boulogne Mayor, Frederick Cuvillier, Cllr Bunting paid tribute to the French military and the sacrifices made during the Second World War.

He also said he looked forward to inviting guests from Boulogne to 50th twinning anniversary celebrations in Folkestone in 2006.

As well as twinning links, Shepway and Boulogne work together through BOSCO to regenerate both towns and to secure European funding for joint projects. BOSCO’s latest success secured £563,000 of funding to extend new paving, lighting and other enhancements in Guildhall Street and the Sandgate Road precinct in Folkestone.

<TD class=italics align=middle>Cllr George Bunting (left)
with Boulogne Mayor,
Frederick Cuvillier
in front of the statue

 


Cashing in on awards

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 06:44 PM


<P class=pressheading>CASHING IN ON AWARDS

Local voluntary groups in Shepway have tapped into more than £70,000 worth of grants in three months from the Lottery-based Awards for All schemes.

The £76,268 awarded between March and June was the highest in Kent and Shepway Council’s Regeneration Officer, Dave Illsley, says he hopes even more groups will now come forward with community projects that need a cash boost.

“The latest take-up for Awards for All grants from groups in Shepway was the best in Kent with 18 local groups being awarded between £500 and £5,000 for their projects. This is particularly rewarding because the award scheme got off to a slow start when it was introduced and the council has worked hard with Awards for All to let people know about the opportunities this scheme brings.�

Awards for All aims to support activities that:

  • Encourage local people to get involved in groups and projects
  • Increase skill and creativity, encourage talent and raise standards
  • Enhance quality of life.

Among local groups to benefit from the latest awards was the Folkestone and Hythe District Scout Council which was given a maximum £5,000 grant to help pay for roof repairs and re-fitting the kitchen at its headquarters in Ash Tree Road.

Any groups which would like to find out more about applying for Awards for All and the Big Lottery Fund (Community Fund) programmes are invited to a Before you apply day o­n 2 September.

The event, at New Etchinghill Village Hall, is open to any voluntary or community groups that need a grant for community projects.

Sue Arnold from the Big Lottery Fund and Malcolm Higgins, Awards Officer from Awards for All, will explain who can apply, what can – and cannot be – funded and how decisions o­n grants are made.

Any groups interested in attending should contact the Big Lottery Fund o­n 01483 462900 or see www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.

For an Awards for All application pack please call 0845 600 2040 or see www.awardsforall.org.uk.


"Enough is enough"

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 06:37 PM


<DIV class=subheading>"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

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Michael Howard
<TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="http://www.conservatives.com/siteimages/misc/spacer.gif" width=5>In a speech in Stafford, Conservative leader and MP for Folkestone and Hythe Michael Howard has set out how the next Conservative Government will "change the culture" of Government in order to turn back the tide of political correctness.

Mr Howard acknowledged that "not all the answers to the problems posed by political correctness lie in the hands of politicians" but added that "there are specific measures that we can and will take to challenge it." He said that these include:

- A review of the Human Rights Act which is being "roundly abused".

- A consultation o­n how the Children Act is working in practice to "restore the balance of power between parents and bureaucrats".

- A freeze o­n civil service recruitment meaning that there will be "fewer bureaucrats to push out regulations".

- The implementation of "sunset clauses" for many regulations to ensure that o­nly those "that are clearly necessary will survive"; and

- Measures to protect teaches and "return to them control of the classroom."

Mr Howard went o­n to say that what is also needed is a "change of culture". The next Conservative Government "will say, loudly and clearly, to the people of this country, we are o­n your side. We will support doctors, teachers, nurses, policemen and the ordinary man and woman o­n the street. We will say to them, we agree with you.

"Enough is enough. You should be free to lead your lives as you see fit. We will o­nly intervene when the need to do so is clear and necessary. We will end the culture of regulation, interference and centralisation which is destroying our sense of community. o­nce again, government will serve the people. It will no longer be its master."


Wishing for an attractive village centre

Contributed by admin on Aug 26, 2004 - 01:03 PM


<FONT color=black>WISHING FOR AN ATTRACTIVE VILLAGE CENTRE

Dear Ed

<FONT color=black>Thanks to John Heasman for answering my point about the village hall. 

<FONT color=black>Will £15,000 to £20,000 be anywhere enough to bring the building up to scratch? I very much doubt it!  The windows all need replacing, the rendering is coming off in lots of places (have a look down the alleyway)and I reckon a building surveyor would have a field day if asked to prepare a report o­n it. 

<FONT color=black>And I haven't even mentioned the so-called car park, which is covered in pot holes which fill with muddy water when it rains. 

<FONT color=black>I haven't  anything against the village hall as such - if it were a decent looking building in good repair - a credit to the village.  But as it stands, it is a shoddy disgrace to the community, and if the trustees can't afford to keep it in good order, then it should go. 

<FONT color=black>As far as bookings are concerned, I haven't heard anything directly from the community centre regarding availability.  But don't we also have a church hall and 2 village schools who might be glad of the revenue for hiring their facilities?

<FONT color=black>Surely I am not alone in wishing for an attractive village centre that we can all be proud of?

<FONT color=black>Jean James


9000 year old flint tools found on airfield

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 08:27 AM


<FONT color=black size=4>9000 YEAR OLD FLINT TOOLS FOUND ON AIRFIELD

<FONT color=black>Archaeologists from Archaeology South-East, based in Ditchling, West Sussex, will have completed their survey of land between Aerodrome Road and Pay Street by the end of the week.

<FONT color=black>The survey , which was required before planning permission for the Hawkinge link road could be considered by the Development Control Committee o­n Shepway Council, has yielded an unusual 1940 gun emplacement and flint artefacts of the Mesolithic Age (c.7000-4000 B.C.).

<FONT color=black>Mesolithic cultures represent a wide variety of hunting, fishing, and food gathering techniques. This variety may have been the result of adaptations to changed ecological conditions associated with the retreat of glaciers, the growth of forests in Europe and the disappearance of the large game of the Ice Age.

<FONT color=black>Characteristic of the period were hunting and fishing settlements along rivers and o­n lake shores, where fish and mollusks were abundant. Microliths, the typical stone implements of the Mesolithic period, are smaller and more delicate than those of the late Paleolithic period.


Community centre unable to take on village hall bookings

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2004 - 08:58 PM


<FONT color=black>COMMUNITY CENTRE UNABLE TO TAKE ON VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS

Dear Ed

<FONT color=black>I am replying to Jean James' letter about the Hawkinge village hall.

<FONT color=black>The trustees are anticipating spending between £15,000 and £20,000 on refurbishments to the  village hall within the next few months.

<FONT color=black>There are groups which meet in the village hall for financial, or reasons of tradition or preference.

If the village hall were to close, it would not be possible for the new Community Centre to take on all of their bookings at the present time.

There are still many groups which use the hall including the Womens Institute, Hawkinge Gardeners, Table Tennis and a Martial Arts club as well as the monthly meetings of the Hawkinge Parish Council..

<FONT color=black>John Heasman
Chairman Hawkinge Village Hall Trustees


Police get tough on pavement parkers

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2004 - 02:39 PM

<FONT color=#0000cc>
<FONT face="" color=black size=4>POLICE GET TOUGH ON PAVEMENT PARKERS

<FONT face="" color=black>Drivers who park o­n pavements are being targeted by police as part of a new crackdown.

<FONT face="" color=black>Shepway residents say that footpaths are often being blocked by cars and lorries and pedestrians have to walk in the road to get past the vehicles.

The damage caused to the kerbs and pavements is costing thousands of  pounds to repair.

<FONT face="" color=black>A Kent police spokesman said: "This type of selfish behaviour is dangerous to pedestrians."


Hall is a 'magnet for crime'

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2004 - 02:17 PM


<FONT color=black>HALL IS A 'MAGNET FOR CRIME'

Dear Ed

<FONT color=black>How many residents have walked along that nasty little alleyway between the Village Hall and the Saddle Rack shop?

<FONT color=black>If you think the rest of the hall looks bad, you should view it from there - it's a wreck!

<FONT color=black> What o­n earth are the Trustees of the hall doing about it - didn't they have quite a considerable amount of money left to them not that long ago? If so, what did they do with it?
 
At o­ne Parish Council meeting I went to, Mrs Brisley mentioned that the hall was going to be repaired and generally tidied up.  With all due respect to her, the hall needs something a lot more radical than she seemed to have in mind.
 
To repeat my original letter, the place should be condemned, it's an absolute disgrace and a magnet for crime in the area.
 
I am sure that if put o­n the market, someone would be interested in buying it to re-develop the site.  So come o­n Trustees, if you read this, let's hear your views.

<FONT color=black>Jean James


Tory crime reduction cuts condemned

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2004 - 01:17 PM


<FONT color=black>TORY CRIME REDUCTION CUTS CONDEMNED 
 
Shepway Council's Liberal Democrat group have condemned the decision of the Conservative ruling group to approve a cut of £30,000 from the budget to be spent by the Council this year o­n fighting crime and anti-social behaviour.

<FONT color=black>Group Leader Councillor David Dickinson said, "The Conservatives could have avoided making this cut, but have instead decided to spend money o­n other things. A Council that is listening to the views of local people would have known straight away that dealing with antisocial behaviour is at the top of the Shepway community's priority list."

<FONT color=black>The council plans to divert resources from crime reduction to plan a project to upgrade closed circuit television equipment.

<FONT color=black>The Lib Dem group says it strongly supports the CCTV upgrade but believes it is wrong to use people involved in the fight against anti-social behaviour to plan it.