Water company pressure for customer meters

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 08:49 PM


After the second driest winter in 100 years, water companies in the south of England are considering emergency measures to preserve supplies.

The Folkestone and Dover Water company have made an application to the Environment Agency for permission to make customers have water meters installed.

Southern Water, which has already imposed a hosepipe ban in some areas has applied for a drought order to allow it to reduce the flow of water into rivers.

The Company's Weir Wood reservoir in Sussex is less than half full.

Prince unveils Battle of Britain monument

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 08:29 PM


A new monument honouring the 2,927 pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain has been unveiled at Capel le Ferne.

The ceremony which coincided  with the annual memorial day at the Battle of Britain Memorial was carried out at the Christopher Foxley-Norris Wall by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

The monument consists of 15 standing panels which have the pilots' names inscribed o­n them.

The man the memorial is named after, the late Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris was a Hurricane pilot and chairman of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Local Lib Dems claim Tories are fighting each other

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 07:53 PM


Shepway Liberal Democrats claim o­n their website that the Conservative campaign in the Hythe South by-election has been rocked by the news that their own former Councillor is to stand against their official candidate.

They say that party bosses overruled local Conservatives over their choice of former Councillor Martin Ross in favour of another candidate who they say, "doesn't even live in the ward".

The Lib Dem press release claims: "Many Conservative supporters were already reeling from last month's decision by the Tory Council to bring back the people who closed Shepway's toilets back into the ruling cabinet."

Lib Dem Neil Matthews said, "It really is a shambles. The Conservatives seem more interested in fighting each other rather than fighting for Hythe."

Shepway Conservative spokesman Bob Davidson said: "We have a selection procedure and one of the candidates was not found to be suitable."

Shepway plan to improve 'weak' council

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 01:23 PM


It is hoped  a new  plan which outlines Shepway Council’s priorities and objectives, will  improve the Council rating.

The Shepway Plan for the year ahead, approved by Cabinet in June, identifies what the council wants to achieve and sets out key tasks for departments.

“For the first time we have a document that says exactly what we want to do and introduces a clear link between our priorities and our objectives and what departments and individual officers have to do to meet them,� said Council Leader, Robert Bliss.

Since the 2003/04 plan was published, the council has been rated as a ‘weak’ authority under the government’s Comprehensive Assessment (CPA) regime, but Cllr Bliss said the new plan would help the council move towards an ‘excellent’ rating.

“Last year was a difficult and challenging o­ne for the council but councillors and staff have shown their commitment to achieve improvements and I am sure this plan will help put us o­n the right road.â€?

The 214-page plan is available o­n the council’s website at

Booming football club calling for coaches

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 11:35 AM


Soccer in the village has  become so popular that Hawkinge Football  Club now have three teams affiliated to play league football next season.

There are two adult teams playing in the Hythe, Folkestone and District Sunday Morning League and the Ashford and District Football League played o­n Saturday afternoons.
On Sunday mornings the youth (under 15 years) team will be competing in the Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League.

Each team will be playing in both league and cup games so there will be lots of matches for the local fans to watch when they play at home.
The Club is currently  building up the youth side so that other age groups are playing competitive football next year. Coaches are needed, so if you are willing to be trained up or you would like to get involved, please contact the club.

Please ring Cyril Trice 01303 893499 for more details.

Massive maze for Shepway to celebrate Sea Britain

Contributed by editor on Jul 04, 2005 - 10:54 AM


A spectacular new attraction in the shape of a giant galleon maze to celebrate Sea Britain 2005 opens at St Mary’s Road, Dymchurch on the 15th July.

Set in 6 acres of cornfield and featuring more than 2 miles of pathways, a lookout tower and a bridge, the Giant Marsh Maize Maze is the work of Adrian Fisher - the world’s leading maze designer.

Adrian, who also designed the world's first maize maze back in 1983 - has created more than 500 mazes in over 25 countries worldwide but the giant marsh Maize maze will be the
only one of its kind in Kent.

Stephen Furnival, who owns the maize maze, said: “This is one of the most beautiful and challenging maze designs we have ever seen and we’re sure that it will provide hours of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

“Corn mazes seem to hold an almost magical fascination for people, particularly our younger visitors who love solving the various clues.

The maize which was sown in May, is growing approximately one inch each day, when it closes in September it will tower six feet over its intrepid visitors!

Despite its spectacular dimensions the Giant marsh Maize Maze will only have a short life, in mid September it will be harvested as silage, and fed to the farm’s herd of milking cows.

The Giant marsh Maize Maze, at St Mary’s Road, Dymchurch will be open from 15th July – 4th September.  Daily from 10.30 – 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm).

For further details call  01797 363254 or 07951237821, email

Julia's school work wins gold star

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2005 - 12:13 PM


A woman who successfully teaches young children in the district how to cross the road safely has won a top Kent County Council award.

Julia Slade  won the gold quality services award for her outstanding work with 400 children from six infant schools in the Shepway area.

The award was all the more remarkable as she had o­nly been in post as training co-ordinator with KCC road safety’s child pedestrian team for eight months.

Julia’s job is to teach children how to find a safe crossing place, how to take care when crossing between parked cars and at road junctions.

“It’s a fantastic job. The children love it. I didn’t expect to win. But it was nice,� she said.

Road safety officer Philippa Janaway, who nominated her, said: “Julia believes passionately in the work she does. She knows all the children by name and is sensitive to their mix of ages and abilities, tailoring training to fit the needs of each child.

“It’s obvious during observation that the sessions are stimulating, fun and learning is clearly taking place.�

KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Richard King, who presented the award, said: “Julia’s rapport with the children she teaches is obvious. Her approach to her work is a shining example to everyone.�

Harvey Grammar School receives specialist status

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2005 - 12:02 PM


Folkestone's Harvey Grammar School is o­ne of the nine schools in the county which are celebrating this week after successfully applying for specialist school status from the Department for Education & Skills (DfES).

The Harvey Grammar School has nearly 1000 students with 56 teaching staff and over 30 support staff.

The news means that each of the nine schools will receive additional funding during the next four years.

The schools and their specialisms are:

* The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone – Sport
* Highworth Grammar School for Girls, Ashford - Music
* Northfleet School for Girls – Business and Enterprise
* The North School, Ashford – Sport
* St George’s CE School, Gravesend – Languages
* The Orchard School, Canterbury – Art
* Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, Canterbury – Music
* Walmer School, Deal – Science
* Wrotham School, Sevenoaks – Humanities

Cabinet Member for Education Standards Paul Carter said: "Congratulations to everyone involved in this latest round of bids! All schools in the county will benefit from the additional resources specialist status brings.�

Don't be caught out - make your escape plans now

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2005 - 11:27 AM


Fire can strike anywhere at anytime, so be prepared warns Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters are reminding  people in Kent that, in the event of fire, the priority is to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.  Speed is vital so formulating an escape plan today will enable you to leave your home quickly and calmly.

Stuart Skilton, Head of Community Fire Safety said: “Everyone pushes the thought of fire to the back of their minds but, if it happens, it really does pay to be prepared.  Fire escape plans must be prepared in advance and discussed with everyone in the household.  They should include exit routes from the home and a room to remain in should all exits be blocked.  Importantly, make sure everyone in your household knows the plan, and practice it with children.â€?

When formulating your escape plans, consider the following tips:

• The best escape route is the normal way in and out of the home
• Always decide upon a different route, in case the normal o­ne is blocked
• Keep all escape routes clear at all times
• Keep doors closed at night – this will help to delay the spread of fire and smoke
• If there is a fire, shout to raise the alarm, get everyone together, follow your plan and get out
• If you can’t escape, try to choose a room with a window and a phone
• Close the door, sealing the bottom with towels or bedding, open a window shouting to raise the alarm and call the fire service
• If you are o­n the ground or first floor, escape may be possible through a window. Never jump, lower yourself to arms length and drop to the ground
• o­nce outside, don’t go back in to the home for any reason – call the fire service from the nearest telephone
• Always ensure your home is fitted with working smoke alarms (ideally o­ne o­n each floor), check the batteries every week and replace them every year or every 10 years depending o­n the lifetime of the unit’s batteries.

If you have any concerns about fire safety issues in your home, or require any further advice please call your local fire safety office or Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Safety Team o­n 01622 698360.

Well done John, 15 letters

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2005 - 11:20 AM


Congratulations to  Hawkinge Parish council vice-chairman John Heasman who has this week carried off the Folkestone Herald crossword puzzle prize.

The competition which is sponsored by booksellers Waterstones wins John a £5 book voucher.

I guess it won't change John but just incase the temptation gets too great, our advice would be not to spend it all at o­nce!