Howard's Way 16 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 16, 2006 - 12:15 AM


HOWARD'S WAY.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

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First stop last Friday was St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in The Durlocks.

The school is planning a stage performance of ‘Oliver’ in June and has secured a grant from the National Lottery of £2000 to pay for it. I handed over the cheque and stayed for assembly.

There I learned a fascinating piece of information which was entirely new to me. Miss Blunt, the head teacher, was basing a homily around jelly babies, during the course of which she informed me that they started off as peace babies in 1918 at the end of the First World War. They were later discontinued and revived as jelly babies in 1953 after sweet rationing was ended. You and live and learn.

Next stop was the Burstin Hotel for the launch of CASE, Immunity Action South East Kent. The event was a celebration of voluntary work in the area. Another fascinating fact emerged. 1 in 11 of the region’s residents do some voluntary work.

That means a total of 726,000 people volunteer. What if we managed to increase that to 2 in 11? That would mean nearly 1 ½ million people taking part in voluntary work. I am convinced that there are many people who would volunteer if only they were asked.

If you want to do some voluntary work and don’t know what to do or how to go about it, phone the Shepway Volunteer centre on 01303-253339.

My last call was on the Shepway Primary Care Trust. This was one of my regular meetings with the Trust.

High on my list of concerns was the state of NHS dentistry in our area. The Government has given dentists a new contract but has failed to provide Primary Care Trusts with the money to pay for it.

That has caused real difficulties for the Trust. Chief Executive Ann Sutton assured me that she was doing all she can to square the circle. I hope our efforts succeed.

Hawkinge Farmers' Market to open soon

Contributed by editor on Mar 15, 2006 - 08:49 PM


A weekly farmers' market in Hawkinge Community Centre is to open o­n 22 March.

Operating every Wednesday between 2pm and 5pm, it will be selling  locally produced vegetables and fruit, free range eggs, bread, cakes and local meat.

Although advertised as a farmers' market, it will also be selling handmade cards, paintings, cushions and scarves.

Spring into action with green waste scheme

Contributed by editor on Mar 15, 2006 - 07:09 AM


The next phase of Dover District Council's major Green Waste Recycling Scheme is being launched next week and will bring collections to around another 9,500 properties - making a total of almost 20,000 homes o­n the scheme across the area.

New areas covered by the scheme will include homes in Alkham, Guston, Shepherdswell, Coldred, East Studdal, West Hougham, Capel, Lydden, Temple Ewell, Ash and various parts of Dover. Existing rounds already cover homes in St Margaret's, Kingsdown, Aylesham, Sandwich, Whitfield, Eastry, Worth, River, Elvington, Eythorne, Tilmanstone and various parts of Deal.

Residents o­n the scheme can put out up to 15 bags or containers of weeds, dead flowers and plants, hedge trimmings and grass cuttings for recycling.

The Green Waste Recycling Scheme was launched to 10,000 properties last August and so far the scheme has collected more than 650 tonnes of green waste. Garden waste that can be composted is collected fortnightly by a dedicated vehicle and crew and recycled locally.

To check if you are o­n the new or existing rounds please contact our dedicated Customer Services Representatives o­n 01304 872428 or you can log o­n to

Illegal fishing costs boat owners £21,000

Contributed by editor on Mar 14, 2006 - 05:48 PM


Owners of a Dutch beam trawler that was found to be operating illegal netting in UK waters have been fined more than £7000 and forced to forfeit gear worth over £14,000, following a successful prosecution at Dover Magistrates Court.

The vessel, Joris Senior, was using fishing nets known as ‘blinders’, which are designed to trap undersized fish. Investigation of the trawler uncovered a large haul of undersized fish and more illegal netting.

The prosecution came as a result of collaboration between the Royal Navy and Dutch Enforcement Authorities.

"Boats using this type of illegal netting are cheating other fishermen and the penalties reflect the seriousness of the offences committed,� said Paul Johnson, senior fisheries officer from Defra's Marine Fisheries Agency. "Fisheries enforcement is a difficult and demanding job, designed to protect the interests of the fishing industry as a whole. Today's successful prosecution is a good example of how by working together the UK along with our Dutch colleagues can reduce illegal fishing and help conserve valuable fish stocks."

Folkestone Camera Club 13 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2006 - 04:27 PM


Mr Adrian Harrison was our judge on 6th March for three separate competitions, each with a final winner of the special trophies. These being the Reg Walker Cup which is for the best overall slide of last season, the Peter Heritage Cup slide/digital image competition which is a different set subject every season and each photograph must depict the set subject title, this years being ‘Entertainment’. The final trophy was the St. Aubyn Cup whitch is a special competition for Landscape prints.

The winners of each Trophy were:-

REG WALKER CUP A selection of members best last seasons slides 

TROPHY WINNER:- Bill Grudgings ‘Elterwater’

Highly Commended David Hughes ‘Grand Court’
“ “ Brian Collins CPAGB ‘The Choir Rochester Cathedral’
“ “ Brian Collins CPAGB ‘Five Trees’
“ “ Michael Chalk ‘Tall Reflections’
Commended Melanie Chalk ‘ Rabbits at Play’
“ Bob Brisley LRPS ‘ Oiler’
“ Bill Grudgings ‘ Watergate’

PETER HERITAGE CUP Set Subject; ‘Entertainment’ 

TROPHY WINNER:- Pam Wraight ‘Folk Band Takes Five’ 

ST. AUBYN CUP - Landscape Prints

TROPHY WINNER;- Frank Baraclough ‘Canyon View’
2nd Nick Blundell ‘Alkham Valley’
3rd Thelma Bridges ‘Bavarian Grandeur (2)’

On Monday 20th March,.it will be the SLIDE/PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITION No.5 Judged by: Dr. Peter Lewis LRPS., and the following week (27th) the LEN CHARLES CUP,which is a 12 minute presentations by Members in competition, this evening our fellow members have the opportunity to become judge

On Tuesday 21st March we shall hold our monthly Practical evening, where members can practice with the clubs studio lighting either in portraiture or table top. This evening can be a chance just to have an informal evening chatting about photography.

At a recent Battle where 11 Clubs were involved, abd each submitted 6 prints from their club members, these being Dartford (winning with 104 points), Sevenoaks (2nd 102 points), Sittingbourne (2nd 102 points), Folkestone (4th 96 points), Invicta (4th 96 points), Reflex (6th 95 points), Staplehurst (7th 94 points), Malling (7th 93 points), Gravesend (9th 90 points), Parkwood (10th 86 points), Tovil (11th 82 points). As the marks show, it was quite close and we didn’t disgrace ourselves by coming 4th!

Visit our web site at where you can see many images, including the winners from the above competitions.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone on Mondays from September to May at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome, if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer)) 
01303 245399. E mail:

Coleman wins record-breaking half marathon

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2006 - 03:25 PM


Dover-based runner Michael Coleman was the surprise winner of the annual Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday (12 March).

Considered to be the UK's leading race of its kind,  a record 4,500 starters runners braved the bitterly cold weather.

The race, which was held for the 22nd time gave Coleman the first British victory since Ian Cornford in 1997.

The presentation will take place at The Hastings Centre on Friday April 28 and the prizes will be handed out by Meridian television sports presenter Iain McBride.

Free bus travel at 60 welcomed

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2006 - 11:44 AM


Dover residents are welcoming the introduction of free bus travel for all 60 and overs in the district.

A Concessionary Bus Pass Scheme which already operates in Dover is being upgraded from 1st April to provide free travel, at off peak times o­n local bus services throughout Kent, for every resident aged 60 or over, and residents with some types of disability.

Existing bus passes will be accepted for free travel from 1st April until the expiry date.

For full details, please call the Concessionary Fares helpline o­n (01304) 872122 or call (01304) 821199, or call into the Council offices or local offices.

Details of the scheme and an application form are available o­n Dover District Council's website at

Must do one's prep

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2006 - 12:06 AM


Dear Ed

Re: Say no to neon signs

Planning application Y06/0285/SH refers to pub signs for The Mayfly, currently under construction.

Nothing to do with Lidl`s, J.James.

Must do o­ne`s prep!


Contributed by editor on Mar 12, 2006 - 09:09 PM


By Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge U15's who played top of the league Eythorne Rovers last week were away this week to bottom of the table Hugo Vikings.

Vikings had won just one game all season and that was against the Hawkinge side  way back when they were the new kids on the block.

With the more experienced and in-form Hawkinge side there was little their beleaguered opponents could muster to save them from certain defeat to a much improved village team.

Hugo Vikings 0  Hawkinge 2
Hawkinge scorers Marcus South, Olly Davies

The Hawkinge Sunday side played Nailbox away in a much more tightly fought match which ended with both teams sharing the points

Nailbox 1 Hawkinge 1
Hawkinge scorer ( unconfirmed)

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website click here

Hawkinge facing April hosepipe ban

Contributed by editor on Mar 12, 2006 - 05:08 PM


The Environment Agency has said Folkestone and Dover Water Services may impose a hosepipe ban as early as April.

Folkestone and Dover Water has just become the first company in Britain given 'water scarcity' status, allowing it to impose meters o­n all customers, and other authorities may follow suit.

In the long term, suppliers forecast demand will keep rising, and there are concerns climate change will bring longer, hotter summers and more erratic rainfall. Proposals to alleviate the shortage include more reservoirs, a desalination plant, and massive transfer schemes from wetter parts of Britain to the south.

Low rainfall and high population density mean the south east of England has less water per head than Sudan.