Folkestone Camera Club meeting 21 March 2005

Contributed by admin on Apr 04, 2005 - 09:02 PM


Monday 21st March, was our 5th Print competition of the season. judged by Dr Peter Lewis LRPS a very experienced photographer with excellent tips on how we can improve our photography. Peter is a member of St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club and a very competent judge, who had a very tiring evening judging 79 prints in all. With the increase in Digital workers, our print competition entries are increasing rapidly in number.. Winners (points our of 20) of each section were as follows:-



Novice:- ‘Awaiting the Crowd’ Jim Wraight 20

(16 entries) ‘Portmeirion’ Gill Jefferson 20

‘Gateway’ Sue Cowell 19

Intermediate:- ‘ I’ve Got My Eyes on You’ Thelma Bridges 20

(16 entries) ‘Bill or Ben’ Mary Collins 20

‘Sunrise Kovalam’ Melanie Chalk 20

Advanced:- ‘Brighton Wreck’ Rod Granger LRPS 20

(26 entries) ‘Through Broken Glass at Tate Modern’ David Hughes 20

‘Three Trees of Grand Canyon’ Frank Barraclough 20



Novice:- ‘Angela’ Gill Jefferson 20

(5 entries) ‘Ton’ Glen Yorke 18

Intermediate:- ‘Good Friends’ Melanie Chalk 20

(1 entry)

Advanced:- ‘Smoking in the Sun’ Marie Laure Stone CPAGB 20

(14 entries) ‘Sarah’ Frank Barraclough 20

The above winning photographs, scoring 20 points, can be seen on our website at where we also have many Links to Photography related and other Shops.


On 4th April we had a showing of superb slides in memory of and taken by the late Kay Hollis, a long-standing member of our club. Kay had been a keen traveller over many years and had accumulated over 10,000 slides all perfectly catalogued. One of our members, Bob Brisley has had the daunting task of sifting through these slides and has produced two slide shows for us to see, the second will be shown later in the year. On the 11th April we shall have our final slide competition of the season followed by (18th April) our final Print Competition.

We are thrilled that we have now been able to purchase an LCD Projector and Lap Top Computer as the result of a grant from the AWARDS FOR ALL Lottery fund. With the digital technology moving forward so fast, this will enable us to project our digital images/lectures and also send and receive digital cd’s to and from other clubs around the country and indeed the world.

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

Dour by name but not by nature

Contributed by admin on Apr 02, 2005 - 05:13 PM


The River Dour in Dover, which had 40 working water mills less than a century ago is being taken over by the Environment Agency and turned into a tourist attraction.

There are to be signposted riverside walks which it is hoped will bring in an influx of visitors.

The Dour had lived up to its name in recent years but has seen some improvement since 1995. It will now be managed by the Agency which will include steps to tackle pollution and the build up of debris.

Fish now thrive in the River Dour, and there has been a substantial improvement in the quality of the river, which supports one of the best wild brown trout fisheries in Kent.

The Dour is well stocked with a range of bottom-dwelling animals much more typical of a chalk stream, with a thriving population of freshwater shrimps and other species such as caddis fly larvae and aquatic snails, indicative of a healthy river.

Wakey wakey as Hawkinge joins the gang of three

Contributed by editor on Apr 02, 2005 - 10:42 AM


The much publicised Hawkinge Giant is to be 'awakened' at a special ceremony later this month.

The awakening ceremony will take place on the green opposite the Hawkinge Community Centre at 10.00am on Friday 15 April, and organisers are hoping for a big turnout to support the venture.

The Hawkinge Giant is one of three East Kent Giants already built.

Littlebourne near Canterbury was the first to be built and Sandwich have just completed theirs which was constructed at the Sandwich Technology College by the Strange Cargo Arts Group from Folkestone and Bob Martin and his crew at the college.

The following week will see the Sandwich Giant paraded through the town's narrow streets followed by schoolchildren and the popular Brew Ha Ha band. The Giant which depicts a former Mayor will be meeting the current Mayor Cllr Brian Scott in the Market Square.

In a recent Gazette poll only 18% of the voters thought the Hawkinge Giant would benefit the village.

Double measure against drunken violence in Shepway

Contributed by editor on Apr 02, 2005 - 09:40 AM


Binge drinkers in Shepway are facing a Government crackdown to tackle anti social behaviour under new police powers, announced by the Home Office yesterday (1 April).

Underage drinkers who buy alcohol will face a £50 on-the-spot fine from this coming Monday and bar staff who serve alcohol to people who are already drunk face an £80 fine.

The new measures are part of an ongoing Government campaign to tackle the type of drink-related violence that can turn some city centres into 'no go' areas.

To avoid difficultites in buying alcohol, young people are being encouraged to carry a proof of age card, such as Citizencard.

Home Office Minister, Hazel Blears, said: "We want to see a culture change where a young person attempting to buy alcohol accepts that being asked for ID is the norm.

"This will be possible if retailers across the country adopt a consistent 'No ID No Sale' message. The result will be more freedom for responsible adults and tougher treatment for the yobbish minority. "

Police warn - watch your plants

Contributed by editor on Apr 01, 2005 - 11:01 AM


Spring is on the way and the first garden thefts have already taken place a number of items from plants to tubs and garden equipment have been stolen from various locations across the whole of the South East Kent Police Area.

It is strongly suspected that thieves are trawling the area looking for easily removable items from gardens and outside the front of houses. Remember to lock away all your garden equipment and don’t risk leaving it out overnight.

We have even had recent reports of rose bushes and shrubs being dug up from a garden in the Staple area.

Try also securing you hanging baskets by use of a small padlock or wire so as to make them more difficult to remove.

Mark your pots and containers with you your postcode either on the back or underneath. I would suggest a visible marking location as well as a hidden one.

These stolen items are it is suspected are taken to boot fairs and auctions where unsuspecting punters end up buying stolen goods.

PC Ian Foster

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 21815 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch

Latest crime reports 21/3/05 to 27/3/05

Contributed by admin on Apr 01, 2005 - 10:42 AM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 21/3/05 to 27/3/05

Crime Sheet 21/03/05 to 27/03/0524/03/05

Between 2130hrs & 2230hrs 24/03/05



Victim states the doorbell has been stolen from her front door. There has been no damage caused to the victim’s house. Victim states she ahs noticed other local houses have also had their doorbells stolen. Victim also states that recently her doorbell has been rung during the night. She thought it was a fault with the doorbell.Nothing left at scene by offender's


Between 1830hrs 24/03/05 & 1700hrs 25/03/05

Burglary Other


IP left the caravan secure. Upon arriving he could see through the caravan window that everything was upturned. He went to the caravan door and found it still to be secure with no damage to it. Upon entering he saw that everything had been upturned he is unsure if anything else has been stolen. The IP was pointing a bag of rubbish around the side of the caravan when he saw some boxes placed under the caravan by the rear wheel. He took them out and saw that they were from inside the caravan.


Between 1900hrs 23/03/05 & 0700hrs 24/03/05

Burglary Other



Offenders have come across the field at the back of the premises; they have gone to a shed and cut the padlock off, entered the shed and left the padlock inside resting o­n a vehicle. Nothing inside the shed has been stolen. Offenders have also been into 3 vehicles, which were left insecure - nothing has been damaged or stolen from these vehicles.


Between 1630hrs 23/03/05 & 0700hrs 24/03/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle


The three vehicles were parked in a yard close to the office, which has locking gates. Padlock forced off the gate to yard. Petrol caps forced off three vehicles and diesel siphoned from each vehicle. All vehicles full of fuel believed that £60 worth taken from each vehicle.

If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ringCrimestoppers 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 850055orTo 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 21815 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch

Sure start Sylvia retires

Contributed by editor on Mar 31, 2005 - 05:27 PM


Sylvia Scott, Director of Sure Start Folkestone, retires today (31 March) after achieving her main goal for the Sure Start project – the creation of a children’s centre in east Folkestone.

The official opening of The Village in Denmark Street in September last year was Sylvia’s ultimate achievement, creating a centre for young children and their families in an atmosphere where community involvement is paramount.

Sylvia was recruited to the Folkestone Sure Start project in November 2001. Being the only person working on the project at the time, she had one desk and a telephone in a corner of the regeneration team’s office at Shepway District Council.

Her first task was to recruit a team of people able deliver the Sure Start objectives, and to find premises for the team to work from. She then set about making sure the young families in the catchment area knew what Sure Start was all about.

In time, Sylvia moved her team of around 10 into the Shearway Business Park, where young parents benefited from a range of facilities from a toy library and crèche to parenting and therapy classes.

With the help of the Sure Start team, young parents and their children in the area learned skills and found ability that they never believed they possessed.

Sylvia’s finest hour though, was the day the team moved into The Village. By this time many local parents had themselves become part of the team.

Sylvia, a trained nurse and health visitor and formerly Nurse Executive on the Board of South Kent Community Health Care NHS Trust, has decided that it’s time to take a back seat and enjoy her garden and her home, which she shares with her partner in Elham.

David Shore, Partnership and Regeneration Manager at Shepway District Council, said: “Many people in Shepway have much to thank Sylvia for. She will leave a legacy that continues to benefit hundreds of people under the dedicated guidance of the team she recruited to carry on the good work.

“I will miss Sylvia a great deal, she is a force to be reckoned with. If you gave her a challenge she would move heaven and earth to rise to it. Many people are overwhelmed by her presence but if you want a good job done – Sylvia was the one to deliver it for you. I wish her every happiness in her retirement.�

Michael to take on the yobs

Contributed by editor on Mar 31, 2005 - 05:16 PM


Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader Michael Howard has unveiled plans to encourage the police to take on Britain's street yobs and "wipe the smile" off their faces.

In a keynote speech on crime, he said the police should have the confidence to "eyeball" hooligans, "invade their body space" and challenge and confront their unacceptable behaviour.

And he made clear that an incoming Conservative government would make the police more accountable - by having to publish weekly crime statistics on the internet so that their local communities can see what progress is being made in tackling street crime, hooliganism, and disorder.

"In New York Compstat - the weekly publication of crime statistics division by division - meant the police stopped trying to explain the problem away and started taking action to tackle it. There is a word for it - accountability," Mr Howard said.

After visiting a crime-infested estate in Hackney, Mr Howard vowed that a Conservative government would beef up police muscle power and make a priority of combating thuggery and yob behaviour on the streets.

Accusing Labour ministers of "losing the plot" on crime, he contrasted the way Britain's hard-working majority of people did the right thing, while their lives could be made a misery by the "thriving yob culture" in which hooligans and tearaways did the wrong things - often unchecked.

"Decent hard working families are regularly intimidated by yobs on their streets and in their town centres. It makes me sick that people have to put up with this kind of nonsense. In today's Britain no-one seems prepared to take a stand - to hold these arrogant young yobs to account for their appalling behaviour.

"Instead of yobs being afraid of the police, ordinary folk are afraid of yobs. In Britain we are in real danger of slipping into defensive policing. Mr Blair is creating a culture which puts moral correctness, form filling and box ticking before intervening and confronting criminal behaviour - however minor," he said.

Mr Howard said that under a five point action plan a Conservative government would "put fear back into the hearts of the yobs" by recruiting more police, scrapping central targets, slashing police red tape, making the police publish weekly crime statistics, and giving local people power to decide how their communities are policed.

Man treated in hospital after cookhouse fire

Contributed by admin on Mar 30, 2005 - 07:18 PM


A fire in the cookhouse at Napier Barracks in Shorncliffe on Monday evening left one man needing hospital treatment.

The blaze took thirty firefighters nearly three hours to put out and left the roof of the building severely damaged.

Thirty firefighters were called to the scene as the fire took hold, and there was severe damage to the roof of the building.

Kent Fire and Rescue confirmed one man was taken to hospital suffering the effects of breathing in smoke.