Villagers' opportunity to trace family history

Contributed by editor on Sep 27, 2005 - 08:32 PM


Tracing your family history has never been easier with Kent Adult Education’s latest course, ‘Family History - First Steps’ at Folkestone Library.

The eight-week course starts on Tuesday 4 October from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Janet Adamson, a tutor specialising in family and local history, will be running the course which is aimed at complete beginners and those seeking to update their knowledge of  family history research.

Census returns, parish registers, local newspapers, street directories and internet resources will all be available for use throughout the course.

For further information contact Folkestone Library on 01303 850123, and to enrol on the course contact Kent Adult Education on 08456 06 56 06.

Bandstand listed?

Contributed by editor on Sep 26, 2005 - 04:51 PM



Dear Ed

Is the Bandstand not a listed building and therefore cannot be demolished?

Sally Coleman


Good point. If any readers know the answer, please let me know. Ed

Goals galore

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2005 - 09:16 PM


By Cyril Trice

I suppose all three matches were interesting providing a glut of 23 goals, but the Hawkinge Sunday side with nine of the tally against Swingfield were the only village winners.

The Under 15 youth side played well in the first half of their match against Monkton and went into the second half just a goal to nil down. But the home side got into their stride and hammered another six goals into the Hawkinge goal by the time the final whistle had blown.

Saturday team results

Rolvenden 6 Hawkinge 1
Herve Fuchey scoring the goal for Hawkinge

The Sunday team result

Swingfield 0 Hawkinge 9
Goal scorers for Hawkinge not yet available

The U15 youth played at Monkton

Monkton 7 Hawkinge 0


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

Heavy scent about Hawkinge and Shepway

Contributed by editor on Sep 25, 2005 - 07:31 PM


Dear Ed, 

I know that Autumn is the time of year when the slurry is spread on the fields and living close by the countryside as we do, the heady scent is all to often present for all to notice. 

However, there is something else around at the moment and I have spent some time deciding where the smell is coming from and who is responsible.

Was it that other smell that sometimes pervades the area; you know the smell of bull s**t. 

That seems all pervasive on occasion and it is even known to contaminate the clothing so that even if one had inadvertently strayed into the area of influence of the smell you have it until the garments have been thoroughly cleaned. 

No! This is something much stronger and pernicious, much more invidious and, dare I say it, much more difficult to get out of ones hair and clothing. 

No! Yes! At long last, I have it! 

It is something being generated by goings on in the wood opposite 45 The Street.

I refer of course to planning application Y05/1226/SH. 

Putting in a planning request is one thing; the one I mention was dated 6th September and Shepway sent out the notices on 15th but what on earth were JCBs and chainsaws doing in the wood on the 23rd September when the application is open to objections until 14th October? 

Taking soil samples was the answer - hence the smell of bull s**t;  I mean, who takes soil samples with a chain saw?

Or could it be worse? Could it be the smell of a done deal? 

This smell is much worse because it is full of overtones of corruption and anyone that has been around a rotting carcass will know what I mean. 

Makes you think though, don't it? 

The cynical will immediately draw the obvious conclusion, would it be justified? 

I wonder?     





For those readers who are unaware of the plans, here they are. These are going before Shepway District Council. (Hawkinge Parish Council voted against the development)  


For more details

Follow this link   select Shepway Council  click on Search Applications - when the new page opens complete the box asking for the planning number, insert Y05/1226/SH click Search box and all the plans are there

75 year old Dover woman 'toughs out' hurricane

Contributed by admin on Sep 25, 2005 - 01:21 PM



Barbara Batten, a 75-year-old originally from Dover was in the path of Hurricane Rita but had to "tough it out". 

Barbara  who emigrated to America in 1951 and lives in Sugar Land, a few miles south-west of Houston was planning o­n leaving but changed her mind after news that interstate highways out of town were jammed.

She said that her bags were packed but the  authorities changed their mind and told us to stay at home and tough it out. The roads were all grid locked and the petrol stations had all run out. She said she hasn't seen a soul. and the whole place is a ghost town.

Rita spared Houston, and residents who had left the city began heading home o­n Saturday (24 September).

The hurricane did not come up to the grimmest predictions. But even if human loss was small, the economic bill could still be considerable. The oil installations around Houston survived intact, as did the city's vital shipping canal.

Local man lines up huge Taggart fans' meeting

Contributed by admin on Sep 25, 2005 - 12:22 PM



A Folkestone man is behind a huge meeting of fans paying homage to the TV show Taggart.

Fans of the show from around the world, including Australia, Poland and the Netherlands, will flock to Glasgow next month to take part in the annual convention. 

Now in its 22nd year, the show has been going strong since the late Mark McManus made the role of the grizzled sleuth famous. 

The convention has been organised by Jackie Pope, a customs officer from Folkestone who founded the Taggart fan club in June last year.

The convention takes place at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow on October 19. 

One of Scottish Television’s most successful exports, the series is shown in 56 countries, including Brazil, Thailand and Australia.

Peter Smith assists in Army bomb disposal

Contributed by admin on Sep 25, 2005 - 10:27 AM



Local councillor Peter Smith assisted the Bomb Disposal Team yesterday (24 September) by delivering 25 bags of Homebase builders sand to cover the ordnance found in a back garden of a Hawkinge home.

Peter told the Gazette that the Team had been waiting some time for Kent County Council (KCC) to arrive with sandbags so he drove to the local Homebase and bought twenty five bags of builders sand and delivered them to the Army Team. This enabled them to use the bags and safely carry out a controlled explosion. Peter said that KCC arrived shortly after, with their consignment of bags, some two hours after the call.

Parish and Shepway District Councillor Peter Smith was critical of the response time by the County Council. He wondered what would have happened in the case of flooding on Romney Marsh if it was down to KCC to supply the sandbags.

But Cllr Smith praised the actions of Shepway Council which he said had acted promptly.

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.