Hawkinge bomb drama

Contributed by admin on Sep 24, 2005 - 03:00 PM



The Army successfully carried out a controlled explosion this afternoon after a  suspected World War Two was discovered in Grebe Close Hawkinge today (24 September).

300 people living within 100 metres of the scene were evacuated to the Hawkinge Community Centre.

Shepway District Council commandeered the Centre for residents who were forced to leave their homes and provided refreshments during the emergency.

Chairman of the Hawkinge Community Centre John Heasman told the Gazette: "There was no panic and residents are being looked after in the Centre.

"The Tesco store in the village have donated tea, coffee and snacks to the evacuated villagers".

John arranged for police to escort a lady back to her home after she discovered she had left her insulin at home' when she arrived at the Community Centre.

Kent Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of explosives offences.

Wrong direction for Bandstand Campaign

Contributed by editor on Sep 22, 2005 - 11:10 PM


Dear Ed,

A campaign  launched recently to 'Save our Bandstand' bothered me for some days, before it dawned on me why.

I realised  that deep within my 'Council archives', I had a copy of  a 1913 Indenture between Lord Radnor and the Borough of Folkestone, which has since become Shepway District Council or even Folkestone Town Council, since the formation of the  authority last year.

Reading the document it is clear the council's  responsibility is to either repair or demolish the bandstand.

However it can only be demolished if the council consider it is no longer used as a bandstand. 

If repairs are needed,  Folkestone Estates, who lease the building, have the power to step in and force the council to do the necessary repair work within 3 months, or do the work themselves and present a bill to the Authority.

Unless there is an indenture which supercedes this 999 year lease, the question must be asked.

Why are the energies of this noble campaign not being directed to ensuring that both landlord and tenant fulfill their obligations.

Colin Tearle

Howard to quit in October

Contributed by editor on Sep 22, 2005 - 07:12 PM


Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard has made clear that he plans to resign as  party leader after the Tories' Blackpool conference next month - but will remain in charge until a successor has been elected.

In a newspaper interview, Mr Howard signalled his intention to officially quit on or just after the four day annual conference concludes in Blackpool on October 6, paving the way for the leadership poll to get underway after that.

"I will resign probably immediately after the party conference. The leadership election will then take place," he said.

His departure will come after his keynote conference speech, which he will use to appeal for party unity and for the changes needed to win back the trust of the voters in time for the next general election.

"My message will be that the Conservative Party can have a great future. It is no accident that the party has been in government for so long in the past and it is because our values are in tune with the essential values of the British people. But the people will only trust the Conservative Party with government again when we have truly proved ourselves worthy of that trust. That involves a great deal of work to make sure we are totally in tune with people's needs and aspirations, with the kind of government and society they want, which will really tackle the problems they face… not just talk."

Mr Howard also issued a further appeal to the party to back changes in the leadership election rules transferring the final decision to Conservative MPs. The results of a ballot among MPs, MEPs, some peers, and leaders of the voluntary party will be declared on Tuesday, September 27.

"Being Leader of the Opposition becomes almost impossible if you don't have the support of your MPs. If fewer than half voted for the new leader, that makes life very, very difficult," he said.

Walking bus makes big strides

Contributed by editor on Sep 21, 2005 - 05:27 PM


Kent MP and Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Ladyman has announced that the Kent Walking Bus Project is now a truly Kent-wide organisation following its latest expansion into Tunbridge Wells.

The Thanet South MP,  made the announcement in front of 70 guests on board the P&O Ferries ship Pride of Kent in Dover this week.

The charity which has gained a foothold in East Kent now serves all of the county. The scheme provides a safe and healthy way for children to get to school, with an added bonus of fewer cars on the 'school run' clogging up roads close to schools.

Project chairman Simon Dolby said: "This will a very exciting moment in the development of the charity."

All schools can get help setting up a Walking Bus, just click on the walking bus website to see how it can help your childrens' here

Identity fraud poses danger to villagers

Contributed by editor on Sep 21, 2005 - 04:24 PM


Local residents are being warned that they must be extremely aware of the danger of identity fraud.

The warning from Neighbourhood Watch states that although so far there have been any reported incidents concerning this message in the Shepway area they feel that you need to be made aware so that prevention methods can be put in place as soon as possible.

Three weeks ago Neighbourhood Watch was informed that unknown people had been seen rifling through the landfill rubbish put out by residents the night before and the early morning of collection days in Guston near Dover.

About one week later they had a call from a resident of the village of Worth near Sandwich who experienced the same problem and actually saw three persons, two males and a European woman, going through the landfill rubbish put out for collection in their village. A local worker in the area at the time said that he had seen this group doing the same thing in Sandwich.

Neighbourhood watch have been informed that it is known that there is a European group targeting rubbish and landfill to steal identity information. This has serious implications on an individual if it should happen to them. 

Everyone needs to be extremely vigilant with their disposal of all correspondence containing names and addresses and/or banking details, and receipts from shopping. 

Although the majority of retailers do not print all the numbers on a credit/debit print-out if you go on a shopping trip and lay out all of the receipts you will find that unscrupulous people will have your full credit/debit card number.

Please think very carefully of the benefits of buying a cross-shredder - also please make your elderly and vulnerable neighbours aware of secure methods of disposing of personal information.

Hawkinge Parish Council minutes of meeting 10 August 2005

Contributed by editor on Sep 21, 2005 - 02:44 PM

Minutes of the meeting of HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held on 10th August 2005 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall

Present: Cllr. Callahan (Chairman)

Cllrs. Brisley, Heasman, Hodgson, Hogben, Punnett, Smith and Trice

In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)

Apologies: Cllrs. Heasman and Smith for late arrival


It was reported that ragwort is growing on the grass verges, the roundabout on Spitfire Way and areas in the village where children play. KCC will be notified because the weed is a danger to children and animals. A resident of Mill Lane advised that the verges had been cut back, but the debris had not been cleared. 


152 Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2005 were confirmed and signed

(prop. Cllr. Hogben, sec. Cllr. Punnett)

153 Matters Arising

(a) Pillar Box [min. 144(a)]

There are still problems with the box outside Tesco’s. Royal Mail had been asked to provide an additional box outside the Post Office.

(b) Memorial Garden [min. 148(c)]

Cllr. Hogben said he had written to the Neighbourhood Partnership for a grant towards the flagpoles some time ago but had not received a reply to date.

(c) Y05/0749/SH Land at 140 Canterbury Road

Cllr. Trice reported that SDC had refused the application. The main grounds for refusal were that the development would constitute an undesirable form of back land development and that the use of the access would cause unreasonable disturbance to the occupiers of the adjoining dwellings.

154 Declarations of Interest

Cllr. Callahan declared an interest in planning matters (member of Development Control Committee SDC) he reserved the right to make a decision at District level when he is in possession of all the facts relating to an application.

Cllr. Punnett declared a prejudicial interest in the village hall car park (owner of 85 Canterbury Road, adjacent to the hall).

155 Reports – Working Groups

(a) Community Liaison

Cllr. Brisley asked when the new Community Warden was due to commence work.

(b) Finance Group

The Chairman reported that a meeting was held on 21st July. Cllr. Trice had given a progress report on the Football Project. 

The Council had referred discussion about the future of the Spitfire Leisuredrome hall and land to the rear to the Finance Group [min.129]. 

Cllr. Callahan said Cllr. Hogben had written a paper that formed the basis of the discussion at the Group meeting, and since the meeting, a précis for distribution to all councillors.

Cllr. Callahan read out the statement, a copy of which is attached to these minutes in the Minute Book.

The recommendation from the Group is that the land be disposed of and the proceeds devoted to further facilities for the village with an emphasis on provision for youth.

The Council noted the report. It was agreed that there is a demand for other facilities in the village.

It was Resolved that the Council would get a Valuation of the Leisuredrome based on the marketable value of the land before a decision is made about the future of the Leisuredrome.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Hodgson) Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstentions 2

156 Other Bodies

(a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership

The Council received a draft document entitled “Protocol of Working between the Partnership and PC� written by Ms Ferguson, Manager of the Partnership. The document sets out a framework for joint working to support the Hawkinge Partnership and Parish Council, enabling both groups to work together effectively for the benefit of Hawkinge. Some councillors were not happy with the wording of the document and thought it should be rejected on those grounds.

Councillors questioned the necessity for a Local Authority having a “Protocol of Workingâ€? with another body. Cllr. Hodgson has been appointed to serve on the Board as the Council’s representative. 

It was Resolved that the HNP be advised that the Council does not approve the draft document “Protocol of Working between the Partnership and PC� or accept the necessity to sign a document for a framework for joint working in order to support the Partnership.

(prop. Cllr. Punnett, sec. Cllr. Hogben) Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstentions 2.

(b) Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson said the Executive Committee had got to find a way to involve the community and get a bigger input into the Community Centre. 

Cllr. Callahan asked what was the present situation regarding the proposal to set up an Advisory Committee. Cllr. Hodgson said the Executive Committee had not held a meeting to discuss it.

(c) Village Hall

Next meeting 28th September.

At this point Cllr. Heasman joined the meeting

157 Hawkinge Football Ground

(a) The Football Project

The Group held a meeting on 4th August. Cllr. Trice reported that Mr Roger Reed, Regional Facilities Manager, had passed the drawings prepared by Iain McMillan to the Technical Assessor at the Football Foundation, who had approved the plans and made a few comments that had been noted. 

Cllrs. Callahan and Trice had met Len Mayatt, Community Engagement Officer, and Wilbert Greaves, Sports Development Officer, SDC, on 26th July at the Civic Centre. They had asked SDC to state its support for the PC’s bid for FA funding in the application form and to include the project in any bids it makes for sporting facilities in Shepway.

Cllr. Trice said it is necessary to have a ground condition survey carried out and he was making enquiries. He told councillors that with the extra usage of the football ground the necessity to unlock and lock the gate at the Canterbury Road entrance into Incinerator Road was becoming a burden. It was agreed that Mr Corner, Assistant Contracts Manager, KCC Waste Management, be contacted and asked to meet members of the Group to discuss the problem. 

The Chairman said that in view of the increased income that will be generated this season, the Council would soon be able to pay for someone to look after the football ground.

(b) Management of the ground

Cllr. Hodgson reported that the new set of goal posts had been delivered. There are some problems with the ground condition of the second pitch. 

At this point Cllr. Smith joined the meeting

158 Finance

It was Resolved that the following accounts be approved for payment.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: For 7 Against 0 Abstention 1 



Hawkinge Community Centre



Cllr. Punnett (reimbursement)


SDC rates (football ground)



SDC rates (SL)



NatWest EBS



Mrs B.M.Hardy (salary)



Mrs B.M.Hardy (expenses inc. tel.a/c)


Hawkinge Village Hall


Harmer Landscapes


Southern Water (estimated)


159 Correspondence

(a) Councillors received a letter from John Punnett (1st July) and considered his

request that the PC erect a 1.8 m high fence along the boundary of his property with the village hall car park to prevent fumes, noise and dust invading his garden. The Chairman said some councillors had asked for the decision regarding the route of the footpath/cycleway between Haven Drive and Canterbury Road to be reconsidered. This could be done in 5 months time and all aspects including the financial implications could be considered at the same time. 

It was Resolved that all the issues concerning the Village Hall car park, including the request for a fence from Mr Punnett, be considered at the January 2006 meeting of the Parish Council.

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: For 5 Against 0 Abstentions 2

Cllr. Punnett left the room while the above item was discussed.

(b) Mr Rodney Williamson, County Secretary, KAPC, had written to the Chairman

to say he was sorry that the Council had not renewed its membership. Received and contents noted.

(c) Mrs Newman, 7 Gloster Close, (2nd August) asked the Council to build tennis

courts in the village. She had noticed that SDC had identified the need in the Local Plan and she intended to start a campaign to have them built as soon as possible. Mrs Newman to be advised that the Council has noted her request and will see what can be done about it.

(d) The following documents were received:

Action with Communities in Rural Kent – funding for new parish plans.

KCC Annual Plan 2005/06

Kent Fire & Rescue Service – Service Performance Plan 2005/06 

160 Plans

The following plans had been received and comments sent:

Y05/0923/SH 24 Aerodrome Road: erection of single storey rear extension and conservatory. No objections.

Y05/0924/SH 15 Petrel Way: erection of a single storey side extension. 

No objections.

Plans considered at the meeting:

Y05/0885/SH Port Fleur, Coombe Wood Lane: amended plan (four individual pitched roof dormer windows to rear instead of one large flat roofed dormer)

No comment.

Y05/1036/SH 87 Heron Forstal Avenue: extension to side boundary wall. 

No objection.

Y05/0958/SH 110 Canterbury Road: outline application for the erection of a dwelling. Objection. Grounds for objection - over development of the plot.

Y05/1057/SH Telephone Exchange, Barnhurst Lane: installation of 15m high timber monopole with associated antenna, cabinets and cabling in connection with mobile telecommunications network.

Comments: Have alternative sites been looked at? There is no documentation to say whether mast sharing has been investigated. The Council does support the objections raised by local residents.

At this point Cllr. Hodgson left the meeting

161 Youth Shelters

Cllr. Trice gave councillors information handouts about Rekk Youth Shelters. He suggested the Council apply for funding from HNP. It was agreed that it was a good idea but as it would have to be placed on PC land, a suitable site would have to be identified. This item will be placed on the next agenda. 

At this point Cllr. Smith left the meeting


It was resolved 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.

163 Memorial Garden

Cllr. Hogben had received estimates from two Tree Surgeons to date. He had only just received them and needed time to consider them in detail.

It was Resolved that Cllr. Hogben be delegated to order the work on behalf of the Council provided the cost did not exceed £600.

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: all in favour

The meeting closed at 10 pm

Girls' team is appealing

Contributed by editor on Sep 20, 2005 - 10:24 PM


By Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge girls' football team is now taking shape but we need more young ladies to join Chelsea, Keely, Stacie on Saturday morning for training.

If you are between 13 and 15 years old, why not come along to the Hawkinge football ground next Saturday around 10.00 am and enjoy the game of football.

We would also like to hear from any parents who could help with the training.

Please contact

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website <A href="" target=_blank>click here

Nine escape birthday cake candle fire

Contributed by editor on Sep 20, 2005 - 07:45 PM


A family birthday party nearly ended in disaster last night (19 September) when a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom of a Folkestone home.

Firefighters were called to the house in Flemming Way, Crete Way Down just after 7.30pm and found the main front bedroom smouldering and full of smoke.

It is reported that a woman in the house had taken a birthday cake upstairs into the bedroom to light the candles, one of which, unknown to her, dropped onto the bed setting light to the covers.

Six adults and three children, who were all inside when the fire started managed to get out safely. 

Folkestone Green Watch’s Manager Steve Flint said: “This incident could have been much more serious if the fire had remained undiscovered for longer. The smoke alarms in the property had had their batteries removed, making them useless.�

He continued: “It was only for the fact that someone left the house to go to the shop that they saw the flames through the bedroom window. This incident highlights the fact that fire can occur at any time and I cannot stress enough the importance of fitting smoke alarms and regularly checking them to make sure they work. Never ever remove batteries.�

Latest local crime 12/9/05 to 18/9/05

Contributed by editor on Sep 20, 2005 - 05:31 PM


Crime Sheet 12/09 to 18/09


Between 1930hrs 10/09/05 & 1815hrs 11/09/05



IP states bin is usually kept outside garden gate has been stolen. 


Between 1700hrs 12/09/05 & 0730hrs 13/09/05



Informant theft from the building site in Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge


Between 1020hrs & 1115hrs 11/09/05



IP states that he placed his mobile in his jeans pocket, which he then placed in his sports bag. He zipped it up & then placed it under a chair, this was within the male changing rooms. He was playing football there. IP went back into the changing rooms & found that his mobile & wallet had been stolen


Between 0700hrs 07/09/05 & 0938hrs 12/09/05



Between times and dates stated, Informant has discovered that the roof to the pavilion on the recreational ground has been damaged.


Between 0532hrs & 0537hrs 13/09/05

Attempted Robbery


Four males have entered the shop; one male with a gun has approached Ip and assaulted him and demanded money. Ip advised them there was no money on the premises. The males were dressed in dark clothing, looked alike wearing baseball caps with hoods up and scarves or similar across their faces, therefore no descriptions available, apart from that they were white, male and had southern, local accents. Ip stated the males could be aged 16 - 20 years. The males made off on foot.


Between 2130hrs 13/09/05 & 0430hrs 14/09/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle


Driver stopped for his daily rest in the lay-by, went to sleep in cab, discovered theft in the morning. No other vehicle seen to be present in the lay-by there. Stolen 7 PALLETS OF HUSH PUPPIES


Between 2028hrs & 2030hrs 13/09/05

Attempted Burglary


IP was in living room at the time, and heard a noise, sort of 2 heavy great thumps, Ip could not tell where it had come from, went into the kitchen but could not see anything untoward, Ip then checked the front bedroom was ok, then went into the back bedroom, it looked alright then IP saw the curtain moving. Then looked behind the curtain and saw that the window was partly open; it had been closed and locked all day.


Between 2230hrs 16/09/05 & 0436hrs 17/09/05



Car parked in car park damaged by fire


Between 0001hrs 01/06/05 & 1111hrs 17/09/05



IP had two envelopes in a wardrobe in bedroom containing cash, which are now missing.


Between 2100hrs 17/09/05 & 2100hrs 18/09/05



Offender(s) have used bodily force to smash two 5ft wooden panels of the fencing. Value of damage £80.


Between 1730hrs & 1800hrs 16/09/05

Burglary Other


The offender was seen by witness who saw a Maroon Nissan pull up at the bottom of the IP's garage, a male got out, ran into the garage, picked up the mini motto bike, ran back, opened the boot, put the Mini motto in the boot, got into the car and drove off. 


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 218151

Hawkinge fill their boots in goal feast

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2005 - 11:52 AM


By Cyril Trice

All three Hawkinge soccer teams were in action this weekend

The best result was from the Ashford and District Saturday team who won a close match against Hythe Prince

Hythe Prince 3 Hawkinge 4

Karl Seni, Shaune Carey, Luke Phillips, Herve Fuchey were the goal scorers for Hawkinge

The Sunday senior team had a good game at home but it ended with a win for the visitors

Hawkinge 1 Renezvous 3

Goal scorer for Hawkinge, Eaman Elalam

The Hawkinge U15 squad playing their first Parker Steel league match at home looked good in their new colours but did not match up to the score line

Hawkinge 1 Hugin Vikings 4

Home goal scored by Ryan Longhurst


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