Police appeal for missing man - Found

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2006 - 05:15 PM


Police are appealing for information after a man went missing from his home address near Faversham.

James Haskell, a 48-year-old man from Teynham was last spoken to by his wife around 6.30pm on Tuesday 7 November.

James is described as being a white man, around 6ft 3 inches tall with a stocky build. He has a grey, stubbly beard and short shaven grey hair.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a distinctive red fleece, black cycling shorts, black shoes and a blue cycling helmet. He was riding a grey mountain bike at the time of his disappearance.

Chief Inspector Mark Chambers, who is leading the investigation said: ‘We are naturally becoming increasingly concerned for James’s welfare and are keen to receive any information from anyone who believes they may have seen him. We have an extensive number of staff out looking for him at present but we would appreciate any help from the public to aid our search’.

Anyone with any further information should contact Sittingbourne police station on 01795 419250.

The man has been found safe and well in Tunbridge Wells.

Can you write a funny caption?

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2006 - 02:17 PM


Can you think of a funny caption for this meeting of Cllr Robert Bliss and Folkestone step lift campaigner, Robert Mouland?

Email us with your suggestions

Time Machine bid to renovate historic tower

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2006 - 12:46 PM


New life could be breathed into Folkestone’s Martello Tower if a bid for Euro funding is successful. 

Martello Tower

 at East Cliff

The tower, at East Cliff, is at the heart of a project called Time Machine being put forward for funding by the Boulogne and Shepway Co-operation partnership (BOSCO). The key partners who have worked together to develop the bid are The Creative Foundation, Shepway Council and the Town Hall of Boulogne.

If successful, the project would see the tower and the Villa Huguet in Boulogne renovated and used as a heritage and cultural centres for exhibitions and education workshops.

“The project aims to make disused historical buildings and cultural activities more accessible for residents and visitors, while enhancing the buildings themselves,” said Robert Bliss, Shepway Council Leader and President of BOSCO. “We want to involve everyone in the community on both sides of the Channel, but in particular primary and secondary school children, excluded young people and adults with learning difficulties.”

“We will know in March whether our bids have been successful. BOSCO has a very good track record and has already secured around £2m of European funding so we are quietly confident,” said Cllr Bliss.

Monthly gardening tips - November

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2006 - 08:30 AM



Leaf fall continues and they should all be collected and placed in a wire or plastic mesh enclosure so that they can rot down and become leaf mould, an invaluable soil conditioner 

Continue the clearing up and cultivation of vacant beds and borders 

Paths, patios and paved areas are often very slippery with accumulated algae at this time of the year. Scrub with a stiff brush or power wash 


Remove fallen leaves from the lawn every few days. If a carpet of leaves remains on the lawn this can cause the grass to yellow and rapidly deteriorate 

Clean up the lawn mower and put it away for the winter. It is prudent to get the blades sharpened at this time of the year, rather than leaving it until the spring 


Net the pond and around it to prevent falling leaves from blowing into the water 


Bare rooted trees, shrubs, roses, climbers and herbaceous plants are available now and can be planted where soil preparation has been thorough 

Lilies can be planted both outdoors and in containers now 

Ground cover plants and heathers can be planted between now and the spring 

This is a good time to establish a hedge. Do not consider only traditional privet and laurel, for there are many good flowering hedges such as berberis and escallonia 

Tidy up the rock garden and protect any hairy or grey leafed plants from the wet by placing a sheet of glass over them raised on two bricks 

Many decorative shrubs such as philadelphus, weigela and forsythia can be now propagated from hardwood cuttings rooted in a cold frame or a sheltered spot outdoors 


Cut back asparagus and tidy up the bed adding a top dressing of well rotted organic matter 

Run the hoe between winter crops of brassicas in order to keep the soil surface fresh and friable 

Dig as much of the vegetable plot as possible before the New Year so that there is plenty of time for the soil to be weathered by wind, rain and frost 


Plant new fruit trees and bushes. If the fruit trees are bush, half-standard or standard ensure that they are well staked 


Take care with the watering. Most plants benefit from reduced watering and no feeding during the winter unless they are flowering freely 

Ensure that short-day plants like poinsettia receive less than twelve hours of day length. This is important and ensures that they flower at the correct time 

Dead head and de-leaf regularly. It is very important during the autumn and winter in order to prevent disease build up 

In mild weather be sure to ventilate adequately

Hawkinge Parish Council - Agenda 8 November 2006

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2006 - 12:28 PM

Hawkinge Parish Council - AGENDA 8 November 2006

Wed. 8th November 2006 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). 


1 Apologies 

2 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. 

3 Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meetings held on 11th October 2006 (already circulated). 

4 Matters arising out of the Minutes 

5 Reports

(a) Community Liaison – Cllr. Brisley

(b) Planning and Development – Cllr. Trice

(c) Public Rights of Way – Cllr. Punnett

(d) Finance – a meeting was arranged but postponed because Cllrs. Smith and Avery

were unable to attend.

6 Other Bodies

(a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership – Cllr. Hodgson

(b) Community Centre – Cllr. Hodgson

(c) Village Hall – Cllr. Brisley 

7 Hawkinge Community Centre

(a) To receive a reply to PC letter re consultancy contract [min. 353(a)] enc.

(b) Report on a meeting scheduled for 6th November between CC Trustees, the

Partnership and representatives of the PC, SDC and KCC 

8 Village Hall Car Park – Construction of footpath

To receive a letter from Mr S. Holley, Property Manager, SDC, regarding the route and funding of the footpath/cycleway Heron Forstal to Canterbury Road with ancillary fencing adjacent to 85 Canterbury Road (24th October) copy enc. 

9 Projects Group

(a) Notes on the meeting with Mr Roger Reed, FA Regional Facilities Manager, held 

on 16th October are enclosed.

(b) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice to report

(c) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson

(d) Multi Sport Complex 

10 Sports Association

To receive a letter from Hawkinge Sports Association dated 26th October (enc.) 

11 Finance

(a) Clerk to report 

(b) Budget figures for 2007/08 (to follow) - the Council must fix the precept at the

December meeting.

(c) Clerkship - to decide on a job description (hours, workplace etc.) prior to placing 

an advertisement. 

(d) Payments

To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enc.) 

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

12 Correspondence

(a) KCC – Programme of 63 targets entitled “Towards 2010” (enc.) 1 copy received

(b) KCC Guide to Development Contributions and the Provision of Community 

Infrastructure – consultation document (enc.)

(c) KCC – Promoting Kentcarshare in your parish (enc.)

(d) Dover D.C. – Delivering Affordable Housing through the Planning System, 

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (enc.) 

(e) Licensing Manager, SDC – Consultation on Gaming Act 2005 – Draft Statement 

of Principles (enc.) 1 copy received

(f) Community Action South East Kent – Trustees Conference – Tues. 21st 

November – 9 am to 12 pm Community Centre (attendance free) enc.

(g) Folkestone Ex Service Liaison Committee – Veterans Day 2007 (enc.)

13 Plans

List of planning applications received since the last meeting is enclosed 

Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting 


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. 

15 Sale of Leisuredrome 

Chairman to give a progress report. 

16 Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

Tit Bits - 6 November 2006

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2006 - 10:30 AM

What on earth are people whingeing about when they find moss on the footpath?......

Round One :- I can fully understand people getting upset at raw sewage flowing down Horn Street between Cheriton and Seabrook. 

The story in the Folkestone Herald is rightly highlighted on the front page of the newspaper, but now flick through to page 11. 

What on earth are people whingeing about when they find moss, yes that innocuous green stuff on their footpath. Why bring in Hawkinge troubleshooter Cllr Peter Smith to get it sorted? Surely he has more important things to do than examine the amount of moss on pavements on the new estates. 

People always used to sweep the footpath outside their homes and keep the gutters clear of debris. Seems we have lost this art of maintaining our own properties and if the problem is just inches from their fence more and more people expect someone else to do it for them. But just remember in this life you get ought for nought, and you'll end end up paying increased council tax when a new moss clearing department is set up, just you see.

Round Two:- Talking about overworked  Cllr Peter Smith, I've just been slipped  a copy of an Email from the Hawkinge Partnership Acting Neighbourhood Manager, Jenny Hanna to Peter.

It appears that our busy Cllr Smith, approached our good friends at the Partnership for a letter which clarified that they agreed that youth is a priority for Hawkinge.

The letter according to them was to support a pack of information which Cllr Smith was to use in order to apply for  possible new funding  from Central government with regard to youth facilities in Communities.

After a conversation with a Shepway Administrative Officer, Ann Hunter the Partnership manager became aware that Cllr Smith, who has made no secret of his support for the Leisuredrome,  might have possibly wished to use the letter at the recent Development Control Meeting which was considering the Parish Council's planning application for the Leisuredrome. 

The plans for the building which once housed a youth club and cadet force,  were to help the council  sell it with planning permission and realise the best price for the building and land.

Cllr Smith was approached by the Partnership manager, and according to the Email  he told them that it would not be used if he was allowed to speak at the meeting.

He was told the letter could not be used for this purpose and it was only intended for the purpose of backing up the funding application. Cllr Smith was not allowed to speak at the meeting as it was considered he had an interest in the building. 

The plans were given the go ahead.

But still the battle to keep it open continues as supporters of the Leisuredrome complained that documents sent to Shepway for the planning committee to discuss had not been  shown to the panel's members. The Parish Council will now have to wait until next Tuesday (14 November) to see if the previous decision to pass the plans is upheld.

Seconds out, Round Three or could it be a technical knock-out this time?

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Eurotunnel creditors may force company into liquidation

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2006 - 10:08 AM


Eurotunnel creditors are considering forcing the company into liquidation as the best way of recouping money from the debt-laden operator of the Channel tunnel, The Guardian reported. 

The newspaper quoted a source close to the protracted wrangle as saying that the liquidation and subsequent sale of the company could realise a better return than accepting a restructuring plan proposed by the business last month. 

In the event of liquidation, creditors, which include Deutsche Bank and Oaktree Capital Management, will be first in the queue to receive cash from a sell-off. 

However, creditors are still considering the rescue plan submitted by Eurotunnel a fortnight ago, which would halve the company's £6.2bn debt. Shareholders would be left with 13% of the business. The largest group of creditors, known as the Ad Hoc Creditors' Committee and accounting for about £3.95bn of the debt, has already signalled its opposition, The Guardian added. 

The cross-Channel tunnel will not shut in the event of liquidation because ownership would revert to the French and British governments.

Hawkinge fireworks - "What a f***ing liberty"

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2006 - 08:31 PM


Dear Ed,

I must say how disappointed I was in the fireworks display at Hawkinge Cricket Club this year. 

I went a couple of years ago and it was an excellent display, so this year I invited a friend along to join myself and my little boy. 

Having read in the local paper that the fireworks would begin at 7.30pm we arrived at about 7.15 and to my amazement (and slight embarrassment as I'd told my friend it was only going to be a couple of quid) was charged £10 entrance fee for two adults. 

What did we get for our money? Almost an hour's wait in the cold and damp watching the safely cordoned off bonfire slowly collapsing in on itself in the far corner of the field whilst a bunch of men jumped in and out of a van and ran around scratching their heads before finally lighting the fireworks shortly after 8.08pm.

By this time my son was grumpy, cold and tired and I was pretty cheesed off myself. At £5 a head you'd think the organisers could have stretched to a PA system to tell us what the heck was going on. I asked a couple of women in front of me if they knew what time the fireworks were supposed to be going off and they said they'd been told between 7 and 8pm! 

Apparently a few had been let off shortly after 7pm. Odd that the man on the gate didn't tell us we'd missed half the show when he relieved us of a tenner!

We could have gone to the biggest display in the country at Battersea Park for that amount or any number of other local displays for half that amount. At a public display at Pfizer in Sandwich I was told there was a fantastic half hour extravaganza and all for just £3.50.

In the words of the TV comedienne Catherine Tate: "What a f***ing liberty!"

Petra S

£450,000 European cash for Folkestone signposts

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2006 - 07:30 PM


Three-quarters of the £600,000 of European cash  which will be heading into joint Shepway and Boulogne projects following two successful bids for funding will be spent on an art project centred on photographs used to create signposts in Folkestone.

The innovative new project, Signs of the Times, which brings together Shepway Council, Strange Cargo, Bride Hall Developments and the culture department of Boulogne town hall  will be funded to the tune of  £450,000. 

Shepway’s side of the project centres on a collection of Folkestone street photographs submitted by local people that will be used to create new street signs and a heritage signpost trail through the town. The project will be launched in 2007 with a spectacular lantern procession to coincide with the opening of the new Bride Hall shopping centre. A similar project will be run in Boulogne.

Bridget Orasinski from Strange Cargo said: “We are very excited to be working with French partners for the first time.”

The second project to get a Euro cash boost will allow the BOSCO partnership, which is made up of Shepway Council and Boulogne Town Hall, to be extended. The new partnership - which has secured £156,000 - will include Canterbury City Council and Communate d’agglomeration de Boulogne – which embraces wide part of the French town. 

Political and civic leaders were due to meet in Canterbury on Monday (30 October) to look at ways the two local authorities can plan joint projects.

Leader of Shepway Council, Robert Bliss, said: “Securing funding to extend the partnership means we will be able to develop new projects that will bring new benefits to a greater number of people. We will be building on our successes of the last few years, where BOSCO has successfully secured more than £2 million of funding from the European Interreg programme for a variety of cross-border projects worth more than £5 million.”

Folkestone Camera club - 4 November 2006

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2006 - 12:05 AM


Our 1st Print competition of the season on 23rd October was judged by Mr Roy Carey FRPS DPAGB BPE2* APAGB, who was very competent and helpful in his comments, and I feel sure we will welcome him back again.

The winners (out of 20 Points) of each section were as follows:-



(3 entries) Dawn light Gokyo Lake Nepal Andy Wood 19

Patch nosed snake enjoying breakfast Eve Wilson 18 


Early Lupin Sue Cowell 20

(14 entries) Reflections on impressionism Monica Stringer 19

Farmers Toys Jim Wraight 18 


Horse game Kyrgyzstan Ian Stone 20

(12 entries) Dunguaire Castle Galway Frank Barraclough 20

Devilry and sweetness Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 18 



(4 entries) Jade one Trevor Page 19

Mother & child of Kathmandu Andy Wood 18 


(6 entries) Mat Mike Connell 19

Greetings Sue Cowell 18 


Kyrgyzstan Nomad Ian Stone 20

(9 entries) Native Caribbean Frank Barraclough 20

Old fisherman of Kerala Melanie Chalk 18 Kamile Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 18

Stacey Dave Turner 18 

The above winners photographs can be viewed on our website, where you can find further information about our club. 

Due to the digital ‘era’, our competition entries have increased significantly, both in print and digital images which has resulted in reducing members entries from 2 to 1 per competition, as it was proving a long and difficult task for our judges, who, in many cases, travel a distance to our club. We are pleased that our membership has increased this season . (we at present have approximately 75 members), which, we believe, is also due to the increase in digital workers. 

In addition to our weekly meetings, we have a Practical Evening once a month where members can practice with the studio lighting equipment and we always hope the newer members will come along to try their hand at portraiture or table top. We also now have separate monthly evenings for an audio visual workshop. 

Our meeting on 30st October was RICHARD WALTON FRPS AFIAP MPAGB, BPE3* "AS I SEE IT" where we were treated to the latest work of this entertaining speaker which proved to be a very good evening. A TRIBUTE TO KAY HOLLIS (a late member of our club) will be shown on 6th November. This evening we visit Australasia & Asia with pictures Kay took on her worldwide travels, and on the 13th November the SLIDE/PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITION No.2 will be held.

Thursday 9th November will be our Audio Visual Practical Evening and the 11th November the KCPA ROSS CUP COMPETITION will be held at Hustmere School Hurst Road, Sidcup.

Meetings are held at the St. Georges Church, Audley Road,. Folkestone (opposite West Station), every Monday commencing at 7.45pm New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, please, ring Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.