Neighbouhood Watch bulletin

Contributed by editor on Apr 10, 2006 - 07:24 PM


Neighbourhood Watch have issued the following bulletin.

Firstly, thank you to all of you that came to see PC Foster and I at the Open Day o­n Saturday at Folkestone Police Station.  You certainly kept us busy! 

For those of you that requested stickers or booklets etc. they are o­n their way to you.

Your enthusiasm for Neighbourhood Watch was really encouraging and thank you so much for the good work that you do and your kind words.

I am linking all of the Shepway crime together o­n this occasion.

There was a burglary in Stone Street, Lympne yesterday lunchtime (9 April) between 1140 & 1300hrs.  There was a very untidy search after they struggled to actually gain entry to the rear of the property. Chocolate was stolen along with some jewellery and some antique coins. An implement used to gain entry was left behind.

Meanwhile in Saltwood at approx 0945hrs there was an attempted burglary.  Again at the rear of the property.  Entry was not made at this time, but also an implement used in trying to gain entry was left behind.  The offenders could well have been scratched or hurt as the gate that they tried to make entry through is covered by a rose bush that appears to be damaged.

On Saturday sometime between lunchtime and 2000hrs a car was stolen from the driveway of a property in Meadow Grove, Sellindge.  This vehicle was later found near Pedlinge with accident damage.

Finally fencing was damaged at two properties in Cobay Close, Hythe o­n Saturday night between 2100hrs & 2145hrs.

Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer

Rhinos run wild in Shepway Savannah

Contributed by editor on Apr 10, 2006 - 04:35 PM



Zambezi and Manyara

Two rare black rhinos who were born and bred at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe, were released into the 100 acre African Safari Experience area for the first time last week. 

Visitors will be able to see the four year old bull rhinos,  Zambezi and Manyara alongside giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and ostrich as they travel through the area aboard specially-converted safari trucks. They will need to be prepared as the black rhino, as well as being the most endangered, can be the most aggressive of the species. 

A two mile long reinforced solid steel boundary fence now surrounds Port Lympne’s newest attraction

Bob O’Connor, managing director of Howletts and Port Lympne said: “Having the rhinos loose will make the safari very exciting indeed. Visitors though need have no fear; our trucks were built for the army to withstand a lot more than a rhino charge and are extremely safe.�

One up before the kick-off

Contributed by editor on Apr 10, 2006 - 12:10 PM


By Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge Sunday side were one up before the kick off as the visitors, Magpies could only manage to field ten men for their league game.

The villagers soon took the advantage and put three goals into the Magpies' net before half-time.

Hawkinge went off the boil in the second half and allowed the visitors to score from a penalty, but the village side were always in control and simmered their way to an easy victory.

Hawkinge 3 Magpies 1

The Hawkinge side now need to stay injury free for their two cup finals later in the month.

The E. Burvill Cup is on the 19th April at the Folkestone Invicta Stadium kick-off 7.30pm and the League Cup on the 30th April at Hythe FC kick-off 3.00pm.

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website click here

Dog poo collector barking up the wrong tree

Contributed by editor on Apr 09, 2006 - 09:34 AM


Hawkinge residents who use the woods off The Street and Mill Lane are intrigued as to the identity of the so called 'phantom dog poo collector'.

The pet owner who always appears to clean up after their pooch has pooped, has taken to hanging the neatly packaged offending mess o­n trees within the woods.

Residents are perplexed, but it was suggested the canine keeper may be making a silent protest at the lack of dog mess bins in the village.

The protest, which has left a nasty smell with people using the woodland, could have been in vain as twenty dog poo bins are expected to arrive very soon, hopefully before anyone else feels they have to take the business of dog poo into their own hands.

Litter pickers would do it again

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2006 - 08:22 PM



Today's Hawkinge litter clean-up was heralded a big success by the organisers, and although only ten villagers turned out, over 20 sacks full of rubbish were collected.

Peter Sellars, Cllr. Susan Carey and David Godfrey

Clean-up co-ordinator Cyril Trice said: "The wet weather may have put some people off  but it soon brightened up and the volunteers were straight off to Spitfire Way, Canterbury Road, Aerodrome Road, The Street and Mill Lane to begin their task".

Parish councillors David Callahan and Kevin Avery, together with County and District councillor Susan Carey joined with the villagers to pick up the litter.

"Everyone said they would be happy to do it again and I'm planning another in the Autumn when I hope to get some Litter Pick-up Kits from Shepway council" said Cyril.

Hawkinge Parish Council agenda 12 April 2006

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2006 - 01:11 PM


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 12th April 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 March 2006 (enc.)
4          Matters arising out of the Minutes
5          Reports

      (a) Community Liaison
           Cllr. Brisley to report
            Village Clean-Up Weekend 8th April – Cllr. Trice to report
      (b) Planning and Development
Planning and Building Control Parish Councils’ User Group meeting 28th March
      (c) Public Rights of Way  
6          Other Bodies

       (a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership
Cllr. Hodgson to report.
“Actions for a Better Hawkinge 2006-07â€? – councillors comments (copies received at the last meeting) 
       (b) Community Centre
       (c) Village Hall
       (d) Hawkinge Community Safety Forum
7          Hawkinge Football Ground

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

Cllr. Trice to report o­n meetings with representatives of three companies that design multi-sport complexes and supply the equipment.
9          Finance Group

Chairman to report o­n a meeting held o­n 17th March and recommendations o­n matters referred to it by the Council.   
10        Finance

       (a) Clerk to report
       (b) To receive Income & Expenditure figures for 2005/06.     
       (c) Audit Commission: Notice of the Audit for the year ended 31st March 2006.
The Annual Return to be completed and returned by 12th June 2006.
       (d) Chief Executive, SDC, Distribution of KCC second homes money 2006/07   
             (letter 15th March enc.)    
       (e) 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

           Chairman to report.
12        Correspondence

       (a) Hawkinge Allotment Society ‘e’ mail  (enc.) to discuss in confidential section.
       (b) Defra Getting to grips with the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act
            2005 – a PC guide to environmental enforcement (one copy has been ordered)
       (c) Environmental Health Officer, SDC re vehicles fumes in v.hall car park (enc.)
       (d) Kent Highway Services: Northern Relief Road – commencement of works (enc.)
       (e) Kent Police Authority – single strategic force (enc.)
       (f) Local Plans Manager, SDC – Local Plan Review – Adoption (enc.)
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

To confirm the meeting will be held o­n Wed. 26th April 2006 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.    

           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        Finance Group recommendations regarding:

Hawkinge Allotment Society
McMillan account
Harmer account
17        Sale of Leisuredrome land – Chairman to report
18        Total Turf Solutions: quotations from contractors (if received in time for meeting)
19       Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

Making art fun for kids

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 10:15 PM

Two days of music at Port Lympne

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 08:17 PM



Port Lympne Events would like to invite you to their newest event ‘Mansion Music at Port Lympne.’ 

Two days of classical concerts in the beautiful surroundings of the Mansion grounds. Please go to for more details or for tickets call the Marlowe Theatre on 01227 787787 or go to 

Port Lympne Events can accommodate your every need, including corporate events, team building/fun days, conferencing, outdoor events, birthday parties, private dining occasions and weddings as well as monthly events. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to make reservations on 01303 234111.

Crown made from sugar

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 06:58 PM



Weather wise the day was very strange;  I walked to the hall in bright sunshine with thoughts that spring might just be about to arrive and then went home in a snowstorm!  This did not distract from the afternoon however as it turned out to be a wonderful meeting. 

Birthday greetings were accorded to Mesdames Cripps, Pemble, Elphinstone, Ritchie and Page who were cordially invited to join me at the birthday table during our social time.  Ann Wilson then gave a very good account of the Annual Council Meeting held in the Leas Cliff Hall recently.  It was interesting to hear this as we had been unsuccessful in buying any tickets for the event but Ann had attended as our delegate.  Our thanks go to her for giving a clear and informative report. 

Then the speaker, Mrs Carter, gave us lots of ideas for feeding a vegetarian guest.  At first she quizzed us o­n our knowledge of what a vegetarian will and will not eat – that certainly tested the little grey cells - and then asked if certain items from the cupboard – such as Lea & Perrings Worcester sauce – were acceptable to them and could therefore be used in a recipe. We didn’t actually get any points for getting correct answers but Mrs Carter provided some wonderfully tasty samples of what can be provided – Lentil Chilli (delicious), a mouth watering soup, a delectable salad (with tofu!) and several interesting wraps – as a meat eater I was suitably impressed as I am sure all the ladies were. o­n the birthday table we had a veritable feast and cake as well! 

The monthly competition was for homemade biscuits and I’m pleased to report that there were some six entries: Barbara Pemble was the winner with lemon biscuits.  o­nly o­ne brave lady entered the competition for “A Crown in any Mediumâ€? which will go forward to the forthcoming Group Meeting. However, that brave lady’s entry was sublime.  A crown made from sugar, congratulations and many thanks to Hettie Quinn for a very fine entry.  Altogether a truly enjoyable WI meeting!

The next meeting will be held o­n Tuesday, 2nd May, starting at 2pm in Hawkinge village hall.  At this meeting we will be discussing the two resolutions that may be adopted by our National Executive for action in the coming year and a very entertaining “gameâ€? has been devised to keep everyone occupied (not in the least bit energetic I hasten to add!). 

Why not come along and listen or take part in the discussions and of course take part in the game.  You would be made very welcome, please contact the secretary o­n 863146 for more information.

Linda Barnes

Recycling lorries costing £850,000 to replace

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2006 - 11:21 AM


Shepway Council is to spend more than £850,000 replacing a new fleet of refuse lorries that had to be withdrawn for safety reasons following a problem with lifting gear which cannot be repaired.

But the withrawal of the trucks was o­nly part of the council's woes. It came after the new recycling scheme was brought in last year and the council were inundated with many thousands of phone-calls complaining of a multitude of problems, missed collections, and collections o­n the wrong days.

Shepway Council is currently hiring eight trucks for £9,000 a week until the 10 new trucks are in place. Since the original vehicles were withdrawn, this may have cost Shepway Council upwards of £200,000. 

The original trucks could not be repaired as the manufacturers have subsequently closed down.