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Cash boost for staff....25 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:20 PM

STAFF at Hawkinge Primary School are celebrating after being awarded £7,500 by the Department of Education.

The cash bonus, which will be distributed among all staff, is in recognition of their hard work in raising standards at the school following a less than favourable Ofsted report three years ago.

Then the school was identified as having "serious weaknesses", but in last year’s visit inspectors reported there were definite signs of improvement.

Head teacher Jacqui Watson said: "This is a reward to all staff in recognition of their hard work improving standards throughout the school."


Pupils return to fire damaged school....30 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:17 PM

Pupils at the Channel School in Park Farm Road Folkestone return to school on Wednesday (1/5/02) after fire damaged six classrooms last Thursday.

No one was hurt in the incident

A serious fire at the school in January badly damaged Shakespeare Block.


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Ayling ordered to pay £256,000....12 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:14 PM

Local GP Clifford Ayling has been ordered to pay his patients over a quarter of a million pounds after a series of indecent assaults on women.

Seventy-year-old Ayling who practised at Cheriton near Folkestone was jailed for four years in December 2000

At the hearing in Canterbury County Court the judge ruled that 16 women are to receive a total of £256,000.

Individually the awards will range from £11,000 to £33,000.


Head attacks " vociferous minority seeking to divide this community"....27 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:13 PM

Head teacher at the Churchill School Jennie Carter has made a scathing attack on a minority of villagers present at the Annual Parish Council meeting on Wednesday.

Writing in the school newsletter the Churchill Times she said:

" Those of us present were appalled by the vociferous minority seeking to divide this community.Â

"If anything, the scare mongering about the two schools not working together has served to bring Jacquie Watson, Head of Hawkinge School, and I even closer together.Â

We are determined that the children of this village shall not grow up to adopt this “half-empty� view of life. Nor shall they learn spiteful talk that breeds a culture of suspicion and animosity".


Dungeness nuclear train crashes into lorry....11 June 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:11 PM

 A goods train bound for the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station has crashed into a lorry at the Brookland level crossing on Romney Marsh

The train was carrying an empty nuclear flask and the area has been sealed off whilst experts assess the damage.

The collision on the A259 happened shortly after 8.30am today (11/6/02). The train was not derailed and no one was injured.

Nuclear Flasks weigh 50 tons and are tested rigorously. They are constructed to withstand the impact of a high speed train accident.

It is understood that the collision was at low speed and there was only superficial damage to the locomotive and the lorry


Churchill parents demand answers....25 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 02:49 PM

ANGRY parents have demanded to know when the contaminants will be cleared from land near the Churchill School and when the permanent building will be finished.

At Wednesday night’s annual parish meeting in the village hall, parents said that they were fed up with the endless delays.

Kent County Councillor John Palmer, who is also chairman of the Board of Governors, agreed that the delays were frustrating but explained that every contract had to be put out to tender as part of the council’s "best practice" policy.

The tenders for the main building were still being considered, he said, but KCC was "hopeful" that the new school building would be open in about a year’s time.

This did not satisfy many parents who were concerned that their children were missing out on vital parts of the National Curriculum, in particular sporting activities.

One parent said: "We are fed up with it. The staff are breaking their necks to make it work but the children have nowhere to play, no seats, no shade, nothing.

"They are getting nothing because you can’t build a school when you say you will." Cllr Palmer insisted: "There will be a school here and it will be open by 2003."

He also agreed to arrange a meeting between parents and representatives from KCC in a bid to address their concerns more thoroughly.

Details of the meeting will be published in the school newsletter.


A tunnel too far halts freight ....10 March 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 02:47 PM

Freight services through the Channel Tunnel were halted at the weekend following another mass invasion of illegal immigrants.

They broke into French marshalling yards and tried to board wagons on their way to the UK.

The SNCF freight depot at Frethun was besieged by nearly 300 immigrants after they cut holes in the perimeter fence.

French police and Security Officers were unable to stop the invasion and the freight services were suspended.

Eurostar services are unaffected as it is not routed through Frethun.

Due to the poor security at Frethun, freight services have already suffered cuts since November, running only one in three trains between 9.00pm and 3.00am.

The economic effects are being felt on the EWS, who operate the freight service through the tunnel.

It is thought they could be losing about 1/2 million pounds a week because of the restricted services.


Horse is a winner....20 March 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 05, 2002 - 06:26 PM

The transport and local government secretary Stephen Byers has given the white chalk horse the go ahead.

The giant horse will be carved into the hillside at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.

Announcing his decision , Mr Byers said that emotional and symbolic value of the white horse outweighed the damage which would be done to nature.

Mr Byers gave the controversial project the go ahead despite opposition from environmentalists.

The chalk horse which will be 300ft long was proposed as a millennium project to help regenerate Shepway.

Actress Joanna supported the horse for Folkestone. The chalk horse is designed to leave a memory of England to travellers leaving for the continent through the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover.

Support came for the scheme through petitions organised by the local press and celebrities including Joanna Lumley and the late Spike Milligan.

Shadow chancellor Michael Howard, speaking on the Today programme on Radio 4 said that the White Horse had widespread support.

He told the BBC's Today programme that the project had "widespread support" in Folkestone.

The scheme is opposed by English Nature and Friends of the Earth who say it will be detrimental to wildlife.

Friends of the Earth have said the site was designated under the European Habitats Directive in 1994 and have written to the European Commission.


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