Cycles stolen

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 09:13 PM


Neighbourhood Watch have reported the following thefts of bicycles.

A green LeToy cycle and a grey Diamond Back cycle were stolen from the garden shed of a property in Benson Lane, Hawkinge o­n Friday morning, 3rd February.

A lot of hot air

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 09:06 PM


There was an extremely good turn out for the February meeting; it was very nice to see so many members who had come to see Hettie Quinn demonstrating her sugar craft skills.

Hettie made it all look so very easy and whilst talking to us and answering the many questions raised by the ladies she showed us the procedure for making sweet pea flowers. A delightful demonstration was enjoyed by all.

At the start of the meeting birthday greetings were accorded to Mesdames Leonard, Matthews, Allen, Gent and Allard. Then the business section proved to be rather long as the contentious issue of the introduction of a national magazine needed to be aired (some of the air rather hot I might add!).

The committee also wanted to inform everyone of the various outings that will take place this year; we have a trip to a bakery planned for June and in September will visit St Paul’s Cathedral (by coach, with a guided trip of the cathedral and lunch in The Cheshire Cheese restaurant).

What with the Annual Council Meeting taking place in April (at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, the speaker being Rt Hon Ann Widdicombe MP) and various trips to our fellow institutes to celebrate their birthday meetings it is a busy year.

Once Hettie had finished her demonstration, it was time for tea and a chance to look at all the beautiful sugar craft exhibits she had brought along, also time to get names down for the various trips being planned and to vote o­n the monthly competition of “An Unusual Pair of Earringsâ€?, Barbara Pemble was the winner.

The next meeting will take place o­n Tuesday, 7th March, starting at 2pm in the Village Hall. o­n Saturday, 11th March at 10am in the village hall we will hold our first Jumble Sale of the year, why not come along and find a bargain, have a go o­n the Tombola (there are always excellent prizes to be won) or just pop in for a cup of coffee – we would love to see you there!

For more information please contact the Secretary o­n 863146.

Linda Barnes

Business park to bring thousands of new jobs

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 07:12 PM


A £100 million business park, which is set to bring thousands of new jobs to Dover, has been given the go ahead by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The development would help ease the dependence on the port to provide work for people in Dover and the neighbouring areas.

Proposals for the White Cliffs Business Park in Whitfield, a 27-hectare site which could eventually bring 3,000 new jobs to the area, were put forward by AMEC Developments and agreed by Dover District Council's Planning Committee last year, subject to a legal agreement.

The business park is expected to include a mix of office, warehouse and industrial accommodation, and initial development of small start-up units.

To assist with the cost of new infrastructure, services and roads to open up the site for development, a DIY retail store is also being proposed.

Dover District Council leader, Councillor Paul Watkins, said: "For far too long Dover has been unable to provide suitably located modern business parks.

"This site has long been identified as being of strategic importance for the provision of jobs and the opportunity to diversify employment, complementing port-related activity."

Dover and Deal MP Gwyn Prosser said: "This is great news for Dover. I've been pleased to support the council in promoting this crucial development ."

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Graham Gibbens said: "This is good news for the regeneration of Dover and for the wider Kent economy.

"It will mean more jobs for local people and the White Cliffs Business Park will grow to its full potential as a flagship site for local businesses. The county council is right behind this."

Poor hit hardest by Shepway housing benefit delays

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 12:01 PM


Dear Ed,

Reading about the saga of Shepway being investigated over housing benefit delays, I had this feeling of deja vu.

When I was elected to Shepway District Council back in 1999, o­ne of the major problems with which we were faced was precisely that of meeting the legal requirements for processing claims o­n time.

More workers were taken o­n and new computers purchased. An in depth 'best value' review was tasked and completed under the chairmanship of Cllr. Ross.

It made many recommendations which were adopted by the council. o­ne of these was the requirement to meet the then statutory deadline for paying claimants. I believe this was within 14 days of completion of the paperwork.

Why is it there is a problem again?

Will a Government investigation truly identify the nature of the problem and cause heads to roll this time?

Why did Cllr Copping permit this situation to develop when he would have been regularly appraising the figures?

Because of this ineptitude by this department's council officials, many of Shepway's less well off residents will have suffered financial hardship unnecessarily.

Colin Tearle

Get out and air your views

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 04:48 PM



My fellow Hawkwhingians (as we have been called recently), don't let this opportunity to contribute to the future of the village pass you by.

I don't intend to beat around the Bush, but the Hawkinge Partnership is nothing without our support, so if you believe £2m could make a difference, then  make your views known.

Pop along to the Community Centre on Saturday and you can help make Hawkinge a better place to live in.

God bless Hawkinge

Hawkinge Harry and our other giants

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 02:26 PM


Harry meets Hawkinge schoolchildren

Strange Cargo have developed an East Kent interpretation of the French Giant tradition as a way of bringing communities together to create unique characters specific to, and inspired by, their surroundings and the folklore of their neighbourhood. The Giants projects are part of Make it Real- the innovative and exciting new cultural programme for Canterbury and East Kent, run by Canterbury City Council.

In 2001 Strange Cargo undertook a programme of research and development into the Giants tradition in Northern France and Belgium. During the trip the artists had the opportunity to meet existing associations, artists and makers, researchers, and local authority representatives who actively support the custom. The visit provided a wealth of material, covering both the historical perspective of the Giants as well as contemporary practice. The artist team examined 'which aspects of the tradition would be transferable to the project in the UK and also how to make the East Kent Giants distinctive from their European counterparts
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It is thought that any British Giants that existed were destroyed in the Reformation, but in Europe the Geants are an ancient and popular tradition, with over 200 Giants in Northern France alone. It is a living tradition, flexible to change and innovation, responsive to the communities in which it is practised. The inspiration for individual Giants can come from local folklore, myth or legend and their different styles of construction often reflect local skills within their communities. A cortege of costumed followers and musicians always accompanies the Giants, and songs and stories are created around them.

Harry joins in with Sandwich musicians Brew Ha Ha 

The successful pilot project resulted in the creation of Torrent the Littlebourne Giant, created as a cathartic response to the terrible flooding of the village in the winter of his creation. He is now happily ensconced in the community barn where he was built. Torrent and his community have been invited guests to many festivals and the village now has a very active Giants Association.

In 2005 Strange Cargo created two more Giants. A very snowy February saw the birth of Harry the Hawkinge Giant, a character inspired by the village's strong association with flying, due to its World War II airfield and museum and its close proximity to the Battle of Britain, fought over the coast of Folkestone and Dover. For Harry's awakening ceremony over 600 feather-shaped dogtags were attached to his coat, each one engraved by a child of the village with their name and date of birth.

A residency at Sandwich Technology School led to the creation of John Drury The Sandwich Giant. Constructed with teacher Bob Martin and local artists and students, this imposing medieval knight was named after a Mayor of Sandwich who in 1475 was captured and murdered by the French. John Drury's awakening ceremony saw every living past Mayor of Sandwich gather to welcome the Giant to his new community.

Early in 2006 Strange Cargo will move their production base first to Herne Bay and then Singleton to create the fourth and fifth of the East Kent Giants. These new residents will link their host communities to Littlebourne, Hawkinge and Sandwich. The completion of each residency will be marked by an awakening ceremony to introduce the Giant to the wider community and an invitation to the first Giants Festival in Folkestone, where on 15 July 2006 all the East Kent Giants will in procession together for the first time.


As a result of a residency with Strange Cargo, Stephen Connolly will be making a 20 minute film following a Giant's progress through the Kent landscape. 

During the journey, the Giant, who narrates the film, will encounter some of his Giant kin and the voices of communities that brought them to life. At each settlement, the Giant will set tasks for his assistant to complete which relate to the history and features of each place. 

The Giant's final destination is the Folkestone Charivari Giants Festival- scheduled for 15 July 2006. 

Funded by a grant through the EK Local Authority Arts Partnership, the backbone of the visual treatment of Grant of Kent will be a journey around East Kent to each of the Giant villages. As part of the research process, the journey will initially be undertaken by bicycle to seek out the idiosyncratic features of the landscape and human settlement. Additionally, the significant places identified by the groups involved with the making of the Giants will also feature.

Stephen Connolly is a contemporary visual artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Art. This will be his third involvement with Folkestone following his film Folkestone Obscura, made for the Library's Navigating History project and Passage, an exhibition with Nilu Izadi at the Metropole Galleries in early 2005.


Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI programme 2006

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 01:38 PM




Mrs Linda Barnes
Drovers Cottage, The Street, Hawkinge, Kent
CT18 7FX  Tel: 01303 891734

Mrs Nora Cole:  Tel 01303 892920
Mrs Hettie Quinn:  Tel 01303 891796

Mrs Christine Allard Tel 01303 863146
Mrs Wendy Bell  Tel 01303 893858

HON TREASURER:  Mrs Daphne Hitchcock
Ass Treasurer:  Mrs Carole Seabrook

COMMITTEE:  Mrs Madeleine Egleton
Mrs Daphne Sayer

JANUARY 3rd     New Years Party – Beetle Drive
Competition  Festive Party Hat
Tea Hostesses:  Brenda Smith and Phyllis Leonard

FEBRUARY 7th   Flowers in Sugar - Mrs Hettie Quinn
Competition  Unusual Earrings
Tea Hostesses:  Joan Elphinstone and Joan Jefferson

MARCH 7th        Monet and His Garden - Mr  Harris
Competition  Corsage of Flowers, Dried, Silk or Fresh
Tea Hostesses:  Pat Marshall and Sue Maddox

APRIL 4th            Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - Mrs Carter 
Competition  Home Made Biscuits
Tea Hostesses:  Jean Hawker and Joy Bruce

MAY 2nd                RESOLUTIONS - Preceded by Luncheon
Competition  Any Craft Exhibit
Tea Hostesses:  Barbara Newton and Beryl Ritchie

JUNE 6th                People Who Need People - Lt Col  Fairclough
Competition  Picture of Self when Young
Tea Hostesses:  Betty Page and Barbara Pemble

JULY 4th                GARDEN PARTY
Competition  Posy of Wild Flowers

AUGUST 1st           Members’ Afternoon (Visit from Shoreham WI)
Competition  Short Summer Poem
Tea Hostesses:  Janet Cripps and Gillian Philcox

SEPTEMBER 5th               BIRTHDAY MEETING – John (Mad Jack) Fuller
   Ã¢â‚¬Å“Squire of Brightlingâ€?
Competition  A Vase of Flowers
Tea Hostesses:  Ann Orchard and Ann Wilson

OCTOBER 3rd               Seeing is Believing – Imogen Corrigan  
Competition  Medieval Greetings Card
Tea Hostesses:  Avis Readman and Pauline Hart

Competition  Potato Face
Tea Hostesses:  Mary Vine and Ruth Prior 

DECEMBER 5th               The Ultimate Christmas Wreath – Mrs West-Sherring
Competition  Gingerbread Man
Tea Hostesses:  June Moore and Audrey Godden

Vanloads of police at peaceful rally

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:45 PM


Dear Ed,

Re: Arrests at Dover animal demo

I was present and spoke at the peaceful rally and march o­n Dover seafront. 

It is a yearly event to commemorate the death of Jill Phipps under the wheels of an animal exporting lorry. We had planned to place flowers o­n the roundabout at the entrance to Eastern Docks, something we do each year. 

The police, in their wisdom, decided that we couldn't so people marched up the road in order to tie their ribbons and flowers to the railings. This caused more chaos than if we'd been allowed to keep to the usual plan. 

We were filmed from the minute we parked our car and throughout the speeches.  Police were present in vanloads, despite their usual cry of "lack of resources". 

Could this be the reason they produced a situation where arrests would justify the cost of policing the event?

Kent police appear to do everything and anything in order to thwart live export protesters - a trade which is opposed by the vast majority in this country. 

It will o­nly be a matter of time before someone is killed under the wheels of a speeding lorry at Dover port - I personally witnessed the near death or serious injury of a police officer at o­ne of the exports. 

We await the day when police and the authorities will police the live exporters with the same zeal that they police those who oppose the trade.


Take your car to Boulogne just for £21

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:19 PM

SpeedFerries crossing the Channel in just 50 minutes


SpeedFerries, the fast-craft cross channel ferry operator  is offering a great deal for travellers to France.

The offer is for a 10-trip Voucher which can be bought for £210 for 10 single or 5 returns  and is valid for 2 years, so there is plenty of time to arrange your trips. 

The combination of the fastest ferry crossing - just 50 minutes - and the new auto route link road from the A16 motorway leading direct to the Port of Boulogne, gives SpeedFerries customers easy access to the entire French Motorway system which makes it an optimal and convenient gateway for trips between France and Britain.

To find out more about this fantastic offer please click here.

Winning streak on the pitch

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:06 AM


By Cyril Trice

I think this little ditty sums up the weekend

With the Saturday team having lost the will to play, 

Lacking in players they have called it a day.

It was down to the Sunday seniors and youngsters too,

To give us the results to bring us through.

They both did this with goals galore,

And their opponents went home both bruised and sore.

The Hawkinge Sunday team were at home to Bar Vasa in this a lively game with the 'keepers kept on their toes. But it was Hawkinge with a two to one goal scoring advantage who
finished winners in this high scoring match.

Hawkinge 6, Bar Vasa 3

Hawkinge scorers Tom Carr 2, Rob Knott 2, Ben Coker 2

The Hawkinge U15's were away to Canterbury Eagles and were hungry to improve on their draw, the last time the teams met. 

Playing with their new found confidence they held off the Eagles and finished the match one ahead,so keeping going their winning streak.

Canterbury Eagles 2, Hawkinge 3

scorers for Hawkinge. Chris Gennings, Olly Davies, Marcus South

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