Passport 2 Sport 2004

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:34 AM


More than 1,000 young people are expected to attend the return of a major sporting event to the area o­n Saturday 5 June - when Passport to Sport 2004 bursts into action at Victoria Park in Deal.

The fantastic free fun day, aimed at 11-17 year-olds, will be up and running from 10am to 4pm and features an amazing range of free activities, displays and games, with the chance to try your hand, or foot at a wide variety of sports.

Attractions at the event include a skateboarding demonstration and competition, dance mats, gymnastics and acrobatics, a pool competition, a tug of war and giant games. There will also be the chance to take part in a variety of sports and activities including: Kwik Cricket, fencing, rowing, skipping, Box-a-cise, rugby, netball, tennis, football, chess, karate, and vouchers will be available for a free swim.

Sport coaches from a number of national bodies will be attending o­n the day and the Kent Sports Development Unit will be supporting the event, with Development Officers and coaches o­n hand to give expert advice. Local youth organisations have also been invited and will be present with display stands to promote their groups.

Passport 2 Sport 2004 is being organised by Dover District Council and Kent County Council Youth and Community, with support from Project DELTA's LEEEAPS scheme and Vista Leisure. The event was launched earlier this year when the Mayor of Deal, Cllr Mrs Sue Delling welcomed guests to a special event at Deal Town Hall. The event was first held in Deal to celebrate the Tercentenary of the town's Charter in 1999. It is hoped the 2004 event will be a 'pilot' for an annual event.

Kelly Grossmith, DDC Sports Development Officer said: "We are delighted to be working with our partners in the community to organise and support this major event. This will be a fantastic chance for young people everywhere to have a great day out and have a go at the amazing range of sporting and recreational activities."

For more information, please contact Kelly Grossmith at DDC o­n (01304) 872450 or Bill Butler, KCC Area Youth Officer o­n (01304) 375559

Flags for Shepway beaches

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:29 AM


<FONT color=black>Shepway beaches feature in the Marine Conservation Society’s 2004 Good Beach Guide, giving them the seal of approval for water standards.

<FONT color=black>The Society, the o­nly UK charity dedicated to protecting the marine environment and its wildlife, o­nly recommends beaches that are believed to be free from sewage contamination.

<FONT color=black>Beaches at Littlestone, St Mary’s Bay, Dymchurch, Hythe, Sandgate and Folkestone are among 453 across the country that meet strict EC standards and guidelines and feature in the Society’s free guide.

<FONT color=black>In the South East, 72% of sampled beaches are now recommended in the Guide - 100 out of 139 - with none failing the minimum Mandatory EC standard. Further improvements to the sewage infrastructure came o­n-line last year, and the continuing high standard of water quality at many locations means a wide range of choice for beach-goers this summer.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Carol Crees, Shepway Council Cabinet member for Environmental Wellbeing said it was great news - especially at the start of the summer season.

<FONT color=black>"It’s a case of  Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcome o­n in  the water’s fine’. With Dymchurch flying the Blue Flag and other beaches flying the Seaside Award flags, this latest news about bathing water quality proves that we have got quality beaches here in Shepway."

Time for a kwik game

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:25 AM


More than 200 pupils from 18 primary schools across the district will be swapping the classroom for the cricket field soon to take part in the 2004 Kwik Cricket Festival.

Games will be played at Elham Valley Cricket Club o­n Wednesday 9 June and Folkestone Cricket Club o­n Wednesday 16 June.

Kwik Cricket is played with teams of eight - which must include two girls - and uses a soft ball. Although it is a knockout competition with the eventual winners going through to county finals, all the youngsters will have matches throughout the afternoon.

“Losing teams will play each other, so no-one will be sitting around with nothing to do,� said Wilbert Greaves, Sports Development Officer at Shepway Council. “Winners and runners up will be presented with gold or silver medals and each child will be given a certificate for taking part.�

The top four teams from Elham and Folkestone will take part in a Shepway play-off o­n 30 June with the winners going forward to the Kent finals.

Schools playing at Elham are: Elham, Lyminge, Palmarsh, Bodsham, St Leonard’s and Harcourt. Teams playing at Folkestone Cricket Club are: Hawkinge, All Souls, Dymchurch, Park Farm, St Augustine’s, Saltwood, Lympne, St Martin’s, Sandgate, Mundella, George Spurgen, St Nicholas.

Brenzett school will be taking part in the Ashford heats.

Michael Howard puts Britain first

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:13 AM

Folkestone and Hythe  MP and Tory Leader Michael Howard has appealed to UK voters to rally behind the Conservative vision of Europe - which he declared "puts Britain first".

Rejecting the rival alternatives offered by Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP as "extremist", he insisted that o­nly the Conservatives represent the mainstream majority concerned about the growing power of the EU.

And delivering a keynote election campaign speech in Southampton, Mr Howard declared: "In Britain, we face a clear choice. At o­ne extreme there are the candidates from the UK Independence Party. They represent a party that wants to pull out of the European Union altogether. They have frequently failed to vote in the European Parliament o­n issues that are vital to Britain.

"At the other extreme are Labour and the Liberal Democrats - who want to transfer even more from Britain to Brussels, setting Europe o­n the path to a single European State."

Instead, the Conservatives were more prepared to stand up for Britain's interests in Europe. "We put Britain first. And we reject moves towards a single European state. We want now, what we have always wanted - a Europe that creates jobs, not regulations, a Europe that is prosperous, not declining; a Europe that is fit for the global challenges of the twenty-first century; a modern Europe that echoes the aspirations of its peoples," he explained.

Mr Howard said the Conservatives vision was for a flexible Europe, leaving individual countries free to integrate more closely if they want to, without forcing others to follow. "We should look at taking back powers from Europe that would be better exercised at a national level here in Britain - and in other countries too," he said.

Mr Howard stressed: "Only the Conservative Party can deliver this Europe. Not the Labour Party. Not the Lib-Dems. No other party. So if you share our vision for Europe, don't waste your vote. The o­nly effective vote is a vote for the Conservatives."

White Cliffs row with BNP

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:05 AM


A film showing BNP leader Nick Griffin speaking about immigration policy from the White Cliffs of Dover has angered the National Trust.
They are now considering legal action after the British National Party filmed an election broadcast o­n its land without permission.

It was reported that the Trust would not have given permission for any party to film there, although the BNP have told the BBC that it had paid to get o­nto National Trust land and was unaware special permission was needed.

Dover MP Gwyn Prosser said that he was sickened to see the BNP parading themselves o­n the White Cliffs of Dover.

Carla heads animal rights rally

Contributed by admin on Jun 01, 2004 - 01:54 PM


Television sitcom writer Carla Lane will be among the guest speakers at a Ban Live Animal Exports rally in Dover this week.

The author of  hits such as Bread and Butterflies is a long-time animal rights campaigner, and will be speaking at the rally o­n Wednesday evening.

Labour MEP for Kent Mark Watts will also be speaking during the event in the Connaught Hall, Dover Town Hall.

Get your pumps out

Contributed by admin on May 29, 2004 - 07:56 PM


Veteran marathon runner Cyril Trice is encouraging everyone to get out their running shoes to raise cash for Sport Relief.

Cyril who has the grand title of Fitness First Sports Relief Mile Event Organiser  has arranged for Hawkinge to be registered as a venue for the Sports Relief Mile.

The event at Hawkinge Cricket club will begin at 11.00am o­n 10 July.

There will be both a fancy dress mile and a fast measured mile for those with a turn of speed.

In the afternoon watch a cricket match and to finish the day there will be karaoke in the social club.

You can relax with a cool drink to chat over the days events. Come and enjoy yourself in Hawkinge and make it a day to remember.

You can register for the Fitness First Sport Relief Mile right here, right now!

It promises to be the biggest Mile event in history and you can be a part of it come Sport Relief Saturday, July 10th.

So whether you want to Go The Extra Mile as fast as you can, stroll it with your family, or dress up with your friends, make sure you sign up now.

The money you raise will help people living really tough lives here in the UK and overseas, so get ready to change the world by Miles o­n Sport Relief Saturday.

click here to SIGN UP NOW or call 08712 444411

Parish Council powers are greater than you think

Contributed by admin on May 29, 2004 - 06:57 PM


<FONT face="" color=black>Dear Ed

<FONT face="" color=black>The powers of the town and parish council are greater than many people realise.

<FONT face="" color=black>To many the bottom tier of local government appears pointless and powerless but this, in some instances, can be far from the truth.

<FONT face="" color=black>In reality there are numerous powers and duties that a town and parish council can exercise in its own right without going cap in hand to a district or county council.

<FONT face="" color=black>Whether a town or parish council chooses to exercise these powers boils down to:-

<FONT face="" color=black>1 the knowledge of having the powers
2 the political will
3 insuring adequate funds for these powers

<FONT color=black>Examples of these powers could be:-

<FONT face="" color=black>1 footway lighting
2 litter picking and waste bin emptying
3 car parking
4 maintenance of recreation grounds and sports facilities
5 maintenance of churchyards
6 beach cleaning
7 public toilet maintenance
8 maintenance of grass verges

<FONT face="" color=black>In the past in this district, Shepway District Council has previously recognised the ability of the smaller authorities to deliver a faster and more cost effective service o­n some of these facilities, than they could deliver.

<FONT face="" color=black>That is why, nearly 30 years ago, the 'Concurrent Services Grant' was introduced.

<FONT face="" color=black>What I find extraordinary with many town and parish councils, and that includes Hawkinge, is their bemoaning of the lack of support from a district council, when in reality they have the power to fix the problem themselves.

<FONT face="" color=black>Yours

<FONT face="" color=black>Colin Tearle
Vice Chairman
Swingfield Parish Council

Two dead and six injured in crash

Contributed by admin on May 29, 2004 - 06:49 PM

<FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>TWO DEAD AND SIX INJURED IN CRASH

Two people are dead and six others, including four children have been injured after a road crash near Ashford.

Kent Police said a Vauxhall Astra, a Ford Escort van and a Mercedes were involved in the collision o­n the A2070.

The van driver died at the scene while the Astra driver was pronounced dead at hospital. Two other adults and the four children were cut from the wreckage.

Shepway to cut verges soon

Contributed by admin on May 28, 2004 - 10:35 PM


Shepway District Council highways department have confirmed that the grass verges o­n Canterbury Road in Hawkinge are due to be cut in early June.

The authority had warned residents earlier in the year that the grass would o­nly be cut twice this year. This is the number of cuts which it was contracted to do by Kent County Council.

The extra grass cuts, which the council has made in previous year will not be made this year.