Howard's man is new leader

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2005 - 09:31 PM


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<SPAN class=maincontenttext>Local Conservatives have today congratulated David Cameron o­n becoming the new leader of the Conservative Party.

As o­ne of Michael Howard's protégés, Mr Cameron helped the outgoing Tory leader with his weekly attack o­n the government at PMQs.

<SPAN class=maincontenttext>Mr Howard was widely regarded as successful at landing the odd punch o­n the usually untouchable Mr Blair.

<SPAN class=maincontenttext>If Mr Cameron can be as effective in his front-line role as he was in briefing the Tory leader, he will have more to worry about from disgruntled Tories than from his enemies o­n the benches opposite.
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Following local MP Michael Howard’s decision to stand down in May there has been a lively debate within the local Conservative Party as well as nationally. David Cameron with 68% of the vote was a clear winner. There was a 78% turnout.

Local Agent Bob Davidson said, “It has been great to have such a wealth of talent to choose from in the Leadership election. All the candidates have done the Conservative Party proud and have shown that they have the expertise to run the country. David Cameron has shone through as a very capable Leader and we will unite behind him to take us into and win the next General Election.�

David was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Witney constituency in West Oxfordshire in June 2001. After the General Election in 2005 David was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He has previously held the positions of Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (2003), Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2003), front bench spokesman o­n Local Government Finance (2004) and Head of Policy Co-ordination in the run-up to the General Election in May 2005.

He was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee between 2001 and 2003. Born in October 1966, David has worked at a high level in both business and Government. He spent almost seven years at Carlton Communications plc, o­ne of the UK's leading media companies, where he was Director of Corporate Affairs and served o­n the Executive Board.

Before joining Carlton, he worked as a Special Advisor, first to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and then to the Home Secretary, working closely with Ministers o­n major legislation, budgets and spending rounds. David is married to Samantha, who is the Creative Director of Smythsons of Bond Street. They have homes in West Oxfordshire and London and have two children.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 28 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Dec 05, 2005 - 11:38 PM


On Monday 28 November, we held our 2nd Print competition of the season, judged by Brian Weatherly, a very competent and experienced photographer, and he gave us very good comments on how we can improve our photography. He was an excellent judge and gave a wide range of marks out of 20. Winners, with 20 points, of each section were as follows:-


Novice:- Two Boats Sue Cowell 20

(8 entries) Reaching for the Moon Eric Frankland 19

Intermediate:- Metropolis Gill Jefferson 20

(17 entries) Derwent Water Keswick Mary Collins 19

Advanced:-   Little Bee-Eater Ian Stone 20

 (28 entries) Open Wide Ian Stone 20

Hyena with Remains of Wart Hog Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 19

The Winner Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 19

Rolling Stock Michael Chalk 19


Novice:- Ron the porter Bluebell Railway Pam Wraight 20

(1 entry)

Intermediate:- Izzie Melanie Chalk 20

(3 entrries) Bryan and Barbara Glen Yorke 18

Advanced:-   Sarah Dave Turner 20 

(13 entries) Anne-3 Bob Brisley LRPS 20

Nenaunir Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 19

The above prints with 20 marks, can be seen on our website at


Next Monday 5 December, two of our members, Ian and Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB will be presenting "Anything Michael Palin can do", so can these two members – they will treat us to an Audio-Visual of their adventures in Nepal & Tibet, which we know will be a very entertaining evening.

On the 12 December GAVIN HOEY - will present an "Introduction to Digital Imaging". The presentation bridges the technology of film and digital systems – there will be something for everyone. Gavin’s work has been featured in the popular photographic magazines and the "Tropical Image" exhibitions held in Florida.
when members show a selection of related slides along with their own commentary, and the following Monday we will be seeing a selection of audio visual presentations from our Australian exchange, which will prove to be a very enjoyable evening.

Our Christmas Social Evening will be held on 19 December (members only, due to lack of space). Although founded in 1908, Folkestone Camera Club celebrates 60 years continual activity following disruption caused by WWII. Arthur Bailey helps us celebrate on this special evening by taking a look at what some of the members were doing during those sixty years

Meetings are held at the United Reformed Church Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue. Folkestone, every Monday, commencing at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, please, ring Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.

Christmas cheer as 300 Santas jog through Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Dec 04, 2005 - 05:00 PM


Jogging Santas

Fundraising Santas jogged their way through Folkestone town centre today (4 December) to raise money for the Kent Air Ambulance and other charities. 

Setting off from Guildhall Street, around 300 Santas jogged their way through  Folkestone over a 6km course.

This is the second time the Folkestone Rotary Club have arranged the run and members hope to raise at least £5,000.

Lydd camp sends team to Iraq

Contributed by editor on Dec 04, 2005 - 01:53 PM



A team of officers from the Operational Training and Advisory Group, based at Lydd, have flown to Iraq in an attempt to quell soldiers' fears that they will be prosecuted if they open fire when attacked.

Gen Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, is reported as saying he was worried that an "undercurrent of fear" was developing.

Senior officers are concerned that soldiers' fears of being prosecuted if they open fire when under attack in Iraq could lead to potentially fatal hesitation.

Refuse budget overspent by £500,000 claim Lib Dems

Contributed by editor on Dec 04, 2005 - 01:38 PM



Shepway Lib Dems claim that questions asked by them to Shepway Council have revealed that the new recycling scheme has broken its budget by more than £500,000 and the majority of the losses are due to the withdrawal of the collection vehicles and reduced income from the recycling being collected together rather than separated at kerbside.

With the kerbside sorting trucks still off the road, the Lib Dems fear that this loss will grow, with the council now needing to look at ways of increasing revenue, including council tax increases and introducing charges for other services - possibly including charging for previously free car parking. 

Deputy Lib Dem Group leader Lynne Beaumont is furious. She says: "This recycling chaos is due to the mismanagement of the scheme by the Council's leadership. The cabinet did not listen to officers' recommendations on the scheme, and we will all end up paying for it.

"They should have picked one area and done a thorough trial, rather than just using a few families".

More investment in Lydd airport

Contributed by editor on Dec 04, 2005 - 01:24 PM



Just weeks after Lydd became the new base for the coastguard’s search and rescue aircraft, continuing investment in airport facilities has attracted another leading business to the site at London Ashford Airport. 

Heli-Charter has chosen to base its fleet of helicopters at the airport. The helicopter service company offers a variety of services, including London sight-seeing flights which give passengers a bird’s-eye view of landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. 

The company is also well-known in the broadcasting industry, having provided aircraft, harnesses and camera mounts for aerial filming and photography for leading television channels including Meridian and the BBC.

Man shot at local Army range

Contributed by editor on Dec 03, 2005 - 03:58 PM


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is conducting a full investigation after an incident where an Army safety supervisor was shot at a firing range between Lydd and Hythe.

The officer from the Royal Scots Regiment had gone to the range with a Minimi machine gun for target practice before being posted to Iraq, The Sun reported.

But he stumbled as he was carrying the loaded weapon and accidentally fired it.

The bullet hit the supervisor in the calf, passing through his leg.

The MoD confirmed a range supervisor received a minor injury in an incident o­n Thursday (1 December).

The injured man is reported as having now returned to work.

Burglars again target Hawkinge homes

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2005 - 08:06 PM


Hawkinge homes have again been targeted by burglars in the past week report Neighbourhood Watch.

Overnight 26/27 November two childrens' bikes and a motorised micro scooter were stolen from a garage in Proctor Walk. The scooter was later found in Pannell Drive.

A wooden door frame was damaged in an attempted burglary in Vickers Close some time between 27 November and 1 December and  overnight 29/30 November another attempt was made on a door in Gardner Close.

Finally, a white Ford Fiesta was stolen from Millfield overnight 28/29 November.

Urgent talks over tunnel safety

Contributed by editor on Dec 02, 2005 - 12:04 PM



Dover District Council Leader Cllr Paul Watkins is calling for an urgent meeting with the Government Transport boss over safety issues at the Shakespeare tunnels

Shakespeare tunnel

High speed rail link operator Govia, has said it is committed to running services to Dover if the safety concerns at Shakespeare Tunnels can be overcome.

Cllr Watkins said: 'We remain concerned that safety issues at Shakespeare tunnels are still at this stage unresolved. We are now calling for urgent talks with the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss how these matters can be resolved. We are very happy that Kent will benefit from High Speed Train services, but are disappointed at the continuing uncertainty regarding possible connections to Dover.

'The confirmation that Govia is committed to run services to Dover if safety issues are resolved is great news, coming on the back of the planning application for the White Cliffs Business Park. This has the potential to provide tremendous opportunities for the district. It is important that Dover is connected to enable us to compete on a level playing field to achieve the full regeneration and community benefits.

'The Council is working hard with our partners in the community to regenerate the area, and initiatives like Dover Pride are working to secure economic growth. This news will help to give these initiatives a real boost and put the district on track for the future.'