Beware of magazine scam

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2006 - 04:02 PM


Businesses in South East Kent are being warned to be o­n their guard after a bogus caller tried to con sponsorship money from a firm in Deal.

A man calling himself Steve Rogers phoned claiming he was from the police and was asking local firms to sponsor a magazine that would be distributed to local schools. He said it would cost £105 a year.

Kent Police believe this is a scam, as there are no officers by that name and Kent Police is not involved in any magazines of this sort.

A spokesman said: “Businesses should check the authenticity of any approaches for sponsorship or advertising in local magazines, particularly those that claim to have the backing of police.�

“Only agree to sponsor or pay for advertising where you are confident the venture is real. Genuine callers should not mind while you take their details and get back to them after you have had time to check them out.�

Hawkinge Sports Association

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2006 - 01:36 PM

Hawkinge Parish Council is taking steps to set up a Hawkinge Sports Association, the Object and Membership would be as set out below.

      The objects of the Association shall be:

 (a)       To foster sport and recreation activities (including youth and recreation activities) in the village of Hawkinge.

 (b)       To make arrangements with the Council for the use, maintenance and upkeep of such recreational areas, recreational buildings and associated equipment as may from time to time be agreed.
 (c)       To make arrangements, as may be necessary from time to time, to raise funds for the Association and Clubs in membership of the Association (hereinafter referred to as “the Clubsâ€?).

 (a)       Membership of the Association is open to any Club based in Hawkinge providing sport and recreational activities regardless of age, gender, creed, race and colour and giving priority in membership to Hawkinge residents or persons with Hawkinge connections.
 (b)       Each of the Clubs shall pay a graduated scale membership fee yearly dependent o­n their size and usage of recreational facilities within the village of Hawkinge.

 (a)       The affairs of the Association shall be run by a Committee, which shall meet not less than four times a year.
 (b)       A written constitution will be drawn up and approved by the Parish Council.
If you are interested in the above project please attend a meeting o­n Thursday 16th March at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre
B.M.Hardy, Clerk

Theft from car in Canterbury Road

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2006 - 01:17 PM


Neighbourhood Watch have reported the following:-

The driver of a silver Micra parked in Canterbury Road, Hawkinge whilst they popped into Tesco Express. 

When they returned to their vehicle they found that a number of items had been stolen including a handbag.  The vehicle had been left insecure.  I think we all know the moral of that tale, but it seems that it doesn't matter how many times you give the crime prevention message someone always knows better.

Overnight the 2nd/3rd March the padlock to a shed in the cemetery was stolen and entry made to the shed. 

An untidy search took place but it appears nothing was stolen.

Folkestone Camera Club 7 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2006 - 01:12 PM


On Monday 27th   February,  Chris Parry,  judged this 4th slide competition of the season.  It was a very interesting evening, our members learning a lot from his tips, advice and experience o­n how we could improve our photography. As we can see, the slide numbers are reducing in favour of digital images

His winners were (marks out of 20):-

Monochrome:  Ã¢â‚¬ËœTea for Two’  Dave Turner  19
(5 entries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœRound House’  David Hughes 18  Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ   
Novice:  No Entries

Intermediate: Ã¢â‚¬ËœGolden Beech Leaves’ Muriel Hilliard  18 
(6 entries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Cross’  Glen Yorke   17
Advanced:  Ã¢â‚¬ËœBright Eyes’  David Hughes  20
(18 entries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœClouds over Capel’ Jerry Watson  20
‘Purple Door’  Keith Radford ARPS 19 Ã¢â‚¬ËœSt. Tropez Bell Tower’ Brian Collins CPAGB 19
Medium Format Ã¢â‚¬ËœFigurehead’  Bryan Mewse  20
(4 entries)  Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Vigil’   Bryan Mewse  19
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœSacha 1’   Victor Fowler  19

Digital Image:- Ã¢â‚¬ËœTable for Four’  Robert Brisley LRPS 20
(43 entries_  Ã¢â‚¬ËœHitched Up Ready to Go’ Pam Wraight  20
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœIghtam Mote’  Geoff Bromley  20
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœChatting’   Melanie Chalk  20
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœMarooned’   Frank Barraclough  19
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœYellow Billed Stork’ Debie Armour  19
   Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlue Tit’   Duncan Armour  19

The above entries receiving 20 points can be viewed o­n our website at  along with many other  photographs taken by members. 

We also have many Links to Photography related shops.

Next Monday 6th March will be our PETER HERITAGE CUP Subject: “Entertainment� + REG.WALKER CUP (best of last years slides/images) + ST. AUBYN CUP A landscape print competition and our Judge: Mr Adrian Harrison who will have quite a job deciding the winners of these three competitions which will prove to be a very entertaining and long evening!

The following week 13th March the EUROTUNNEL CHALLENGE TROPHY.will be competed for by Folkestone v Canterbury, Deal & District & Gateway Camera Clubs. Hosted by Folkestone C.C. Judge: Mr Keith Evans FRPS, DPAGB. Again this will be a very enjoyable evening, where we can see other clubs work. 

Judge: Dr. Peter Lewis LRPS.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome,  if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399, or e mail

Tough but not so close encounter

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2006 - 09:07 AM


By Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge U15's were away to Eythorne Rovers this week facing a tough encounter.

Unbeaten Eythorne have been sitting at the top of the league all season but even a spirited performance by the in form Hawkinge lads was not enough to dent the top team's record.

As a consolation, Olly Davies did penetrate their defence to deny Rovers a clean sheet and score Hawkinge's o­nly goal.
Eythorne Rovers 4, Hawkinge 1

The Sunday Morning team's game against Brewary Tap was  a casualty of the cold weather and was called off due to a frozen pitch.

Click here for the Hawkinge FC website

Hawkinge Parish Council agenda 8 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 04, 2006 - 05:01 PM


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 8th March 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 meeting held o­n 8th February 2006 (already circulated).
4          Matters arising out of the Minutes
5          Reports

      (a) Community Liaison
           (i) Cllr. Brisley to report 
           (ii) Harry the Giant – Cllr Trice
      (b) Planning and Development
      (c) Public Rights of Way  
      (d) Finance Group
6          Other Bodies

       (a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership
Draft Report Hawkinge Feasibility Study “Connecting Hawkinge� (enc.)
Youth Feasibility Study recommendations (enc)
“Actions for a Better Hawkinge 2006-07� (copies available at the meeting)
       (b) Community Centre
       (c) Village Hall
7            Representation o­n Hawkinge Community Safety Forum

Chairman to report.
8          Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice
      (b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson
9          Multi-Sport Complex – Land at Cricketers Close

Cllr. Trice to report o­n a meeting with Mr Len Mayatt, Cultural & Leisure Services Manager, SDC, about provision for youth activities in Hawkinge.
10        Finance
(a) Clerk to report
       (b) Kent Association of Parish Councils
             An invitation to join from 1st April 2006 (enc.)
       (c) 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.
11       Village Hall Car Park

      (a) To receive an independent Inspection and Report written by the Health & Safety
            Manager, Explorer Associates Ltd. (min. 245)
      (b) To decide what action needs to be taken in response to the recommendations
            contained in the report.
12        Correspondence

      (a) Ashford Borough Council: Local Development Framework – Statement of
Community Involvement (40 pages) and Pre-submission Statement (letter enc.)
      (b) Parish/Town Council representatives met o­n 8th February in Hythe Town Hall
and agreed that SDC be requested to allocate the 2nd Homes Money due to SDC to a special fund to be called the ‘Community Chest’.   Councils will be able to draw down funds from the ‘Community Chest’ for special projects and for projects that could attract matched funding.    An allocation method has to be formulated.
(‘e’ mail from Chairman of Hythe Town Council)
13       Plans

           List of applications received since the last meeting enclosed.   
Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting. 
14        Date of Annual Parish Meeting

It was provisionally decided to hold the Parish Meeting in April (7 clear days notice is required).

           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.
16        Copy of a letter from Cllr. Punnett addressed to the Chairman enclosed.
17       Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

Seals spark huge channel rescue operation

Contributed by editor on Mar 04, 2006 - 08:32 AM


A ferry passenger who mistook a pair of seals for passengers overboard sparked a huge rescue operation in the English Channel yesterday (3 March).

The drama off Dover involved, two lifeboats, a coastguard vessel, four cross-Channel ferries, and an air-sea rescue helicopter.

They searched for almost two hours before a head count o­n the P&O ferry, Pride of Calais, revealed that no o­ne was missing.

The passenger raised the alarm after she thought she saw at least two people in the sea. Fellow passengers threw life jackets into the water.

Ferry crossings at the channel ports were delayed by two hours.

Car break-ins alert

Contributed by editor on Mar 03, 2006 - 06:28 PM



Neighbourhood Watch have reported that in this last week three cars have been broken into whilst they have been parked in beauty spots or dog walking areas. 

These are situated in West Hythe, by the canal, Elham Park Wood near Wheelbarrow Town and at the end of the old railway track at Peene.  The contents of a vehicle stolen earlier this week were found at the sight of the break-in at West Hythe.

If you should be out walking this weekend and travel to that spot by car please make sure that the vehicle is left in a secure state with no contents in it.

On all occasions the side window was smashed and loose change was stolen.

Neighbourhood Watch are also anxious to draw your attention to the less caring in the community who seem to be jumping o­n the news about water meters in the area. 

An elderly lady was visited in Lyminge this week and was told by the two males that they wanted to talk about the new water meters and asked how she wanted to pay and even took credit card details. 

Please make sure that all your neighbours are aware of this latest scam and of course the message is as usual DO NOT let anyone into your house and do not give them any banking details. 

If you should get such callers please let the Police know immediately o­n 01303 250055. 

Work set to re-start on new pub

Contributed by editor on Mar 03, 2006 - 06:10 PM


Although work on the new pub on the employment land between Spitfire Way and Haven Drive in Hawkinge has come to a halt it is still hoped it will open on schedule.

The Gazette has been told that work on the family public house, thought to be called The Sugarloaf, will be re-starting with new contractors within the next two weeks.

It is reported that the pub, which is owned by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, will be opened on scheduled, in time for Easter.

Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, PLC are the UK's leading independent brewing and pub retailing business. It operates three breweries - Park Brewery in Wolverhampton, brewing Banks's, Hanson's and Mansfield beers, Marston's Brewery at Burton on Trent and Jennings Brewery at Cockermouth in the Lake District. 

They brew some of the UK's leading ale brands including Marston's Pedigree, Jennings, Banks's Bitter, Banks's Original, and Mansfield Bitter and their award-winning ales collected five international brewing medals at the Millenium International Brewing Awards.

Bargain hunt at the village hall

Contributed by editor on Mar 03, 2006 - 12:01 AM