Paras last parade

Contributed by editor on Mar 11, 2006 - 12:24 AM



Soldiers and members of the Parachute Regiment Band paraded through Dover alongside a convoy of army vehicles on Friday (10 March). 

The parade marked the formal farewell of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment in Dover. 

The regiment is leaving the Connaught Barracks in the town and moving to a new home in St Athan, South Wales. The barracks are to be mothballed although a number of Gurkha families from Shorncliffe will be moving into the married quarters.

Yet another twist to P&O deal

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2006 - 05:31 PM


For more than three weeks, the pending sale of British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., who operate cross channel ferries from Dover, to Dubai Ports World has generated controversy, splitting many US congressional Republicans from President Bush, who had said repeatedly that he supported the deal.

But now in the latest twist , the United Arab Emirates company said yesterday that it would give up its management stake in U.S. seaports, including Baltimore's, rather than continue to fight what increasingly appeared to be a lost battle.

Republican leaders told Bush at a White House meeting yesterday morning that the backlash was too extreme to overcome. Within hours, Virginia Sen. John W. Warner was o­n the Senate floor, announcing that DP World had decided to shed the U.S. holdings.

The company's move, however, left open a number of questions, such as who might buy the U.S. interests and what, if any, relationship would exist between DP World and an American company that takes over the holdings.

P&O runs major port operations in Baltimore, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami and New Orleans, and has smaller stakes in seaports from Portland, Maine, to Corpus Christi, Texas. The American assets make up about 10 percent of the £3.5billion sale, which includes operations all over the world.

Yesterday's move was DP World's third attempt to put an end to a situation that caught nearly everyone by surprise.

Thefts from vehicles

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2006 - 05:17 PM


Parish and Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Office Sally Coleman is today warning of thefts from vehicles.

As the weekend approaches please can I remind you that should you be planning to go to o­ne of the local beauty spots for a walk etc please make sure whilst you are walking that your vehicle is left locked and secured with NO PROPERTY left in it.

If you remember I highlighted last week a number of vehicles that had been broken into whilst people were off walking etc.

It seems that our neighbours in both the Weald and Canterbury area have been experiencing the same problems.

A blue Ford Escort with a part registration number of M33? V?? has been seen in the vicinity of these crimes

Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer
01304 218151 - 08 3565

No tickets for local ladies

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2006 - 05:08 PM


The March meeting saw another good attendance o­n what was a rather nasty, cold, foggy day.  After Jerusalem was sung birthday greetings were accorded to Mesdames Egleton, Pinder, Godden, Lamb and Bruce. Business was then discussed; there were two rather difficult issues o­n the agenda and I will touch o­n them briefly. 

Firstly it was my duty to inform the members of our failure to get any tickets for the forthcoming Annual Council Meeting being held at the Leas Cliff Hall; those who had hoped to go were very disappointed as this is usually a very good day out and had been anticipated with much excitement for some time. It was thought that the loss of the half yearly council meeting and the popularity of the speaker were partly the cause of it being sold out.  I guess we will have to see the main speaker, Anne Widdicombe, some other time! 

Secondly a letter was read, for approval, which is to be sent together with a petition to the National Federation of WIs objecting to the compulsory introduction of a magazine next year.  These two topics caused a great deal of heated discussion; yes we do have a voice, we wish to be consulted o­n important matters and we will be heard!

It was then my pleasure to introduce our speaker, Imogen Corrigan, who entertained us thoroughly with her talk o­n “The Politeness of Princesâ€?.  Imogen certainly knows her subject well and it was fascinating to hear about the etiquette of eating at table in medieval times.  We learnt that there are many sayings today such as “the upper crustâ€? and “trenchermanâ€? which originate from that time. It was quite clear that the image of food throwing and extremely uncouth behaviour has been conjured up by the “Hollywoodâ€? producers and good manners were an essential part of communal eating.  With slides and some wonderful anecdotes Imogen painted a truly unforgettable picture; I look forward to her return next year when she will tell us about mediaeval pilgrimages.
The monthly competition was for a Corsage of Flowers won by Carole Seabrook. The next meeting is o­n Tuesday 4th April when Mrs Carter will be helping to hone our catering skills with her presentation: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinnerâ€?, I understand there will be “tastersâ€?! 

Do come along and meet this friendly group of ladies, we start at 2pm in Hawkinge village hall.  If you would like more information please contact the secretary, Christine Allard, o­n 863146.

Linda Barnes

Replace halls with something of lasting benefit

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2006 - 04:45 PM


Dear Ed

Re: Reminders of a bygone age

I would not disagree in principle providing the old halls are replaced with something of lasting benefit to the communities in which they stand.

In addition I would suggest that if and when they are replaced the origins, history and people that nurtured them should remembered with a suitable plaque or similar o­n the site.

David Godfrey

New village warden for Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2006 - 04:05 PM



Parish and Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Office Sally Coleman has made the following announcement:

I am really pleased to be able to inform you that at long last Hawkinge will have its own KCC Community Warden working in the village again.
On Monday morning, 13th March 2006, Community Warden Tanya Clarke will start working with the Hawkinge community.
Tanya is an experienced Warden and I know will be a real asset to Hawkinge.  She will be based in the Partnership Office and will have a mobile telephone number of 07811 271303.
Please make her feel very welcome and also please make her aware of any neighbours who may be vulnerable or in need of help.  Also please help her with locating various area of her patch - remember this is a new area for her!
Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer
01304 218151 - 08 3565

Reminders of a bygone age

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2006 - 09:37 PM


Dear  Ed
For many village communities, life revolves around the village hall or the local pub, but what do you do with a traditional village or church hall, when a spanking new state of the art facility is built to cater for the needs of an increasing number of villagers?

Built before or just after the last war, at a time when village communities were more settled and rural than they are today, and in days when entertainment was more `homespun`, I believe the time has come to ask, 'have they a place in modern society?'
For many, letting and the subsequent revenue generated is plummeting.  At the same time more regulations coming into force mean more costs, and with fewer and fewer volunteers coming forward, it makes it very difficult for these community buildings to be viable.
Today we expect more and better facilities like those provided by the newer village and community halls such as those in Hawkinge and Selsted. But we dare not suggest closing them or the outcry from people and organisations who claim they want to use the buildings would be deafening.

In the long term this does not happen, as I believe it is part of the trend which has seen our village pubs and churches close.
We live in a different world from that when these halls were built.

People are not satisfied with facilities which fall short of our modern expectations. And with the modern halls which have been built recently locally, I believe the time has come to address the question of what to do with these reminders of a bygone age.

Colin Tearle
Swingfield Parish Council

Pub name revealed

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2006 - 08:36 PM


Hawkinge Parish Council last night raised no objections to plans for illuminated signs at the new Public House off  Haven Drive.

The plans will  now be passed to Shepway District Council.

The Wolverhamton and Dudley Brewery pub is expected to open at Easter 2006.

After months of debate on the website as to what villagers thought were apt names and  rumours of the brewers chosen name, we can reveal it is to be called The Mayfly.

Howard's Way 9 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2006 - 12:08 AM


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

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Many readers will undoubtedly be concerned by the Government’s decision to permit the Folkestone and Dover Water Company to introduce water metering.

I have no objection in principle to the introduction of water metering. The proposition that the more you use the more you pay is, after all, one that is widely accepted in the other staples of life such as food and electricity.

But I am concerned that proper safeguards should be in place to help those who may not be able to afford higher charges. We are told that metering will not lead to higher charges for 70% of us. But that means that it is likely to lead to higher charges for 30% of us. And that 30% is likely to include some large families on low incomes and other people whose budgets are fully stretched and who would find it very difficult to pay more.

Some assistance is available now. Those in receipt of income support or jobseeker’s allowance may be able to arrange for payments to be deducted directly from their benefit to pay their water bill. Help is also available from the EOS Foundation, a charity that has been established and financed by a number of water companies including Folkestone and Dover Water. In some circumstances help may also be given with the essential bills. Details can be obtained from the EOS Foundation, PO Box 42, Peterborough PE3 8XH.

But there is clearly a case for looking again at the extent to which these arrangements can be improved now that we know metering is to be introduced.

The Consumer Council for Water has come up with a number of ideas and I shall be asking Ministers to examine them. They have been reluctant to do so in the past but the introduction of metering changes things. I am sure that other water companies will soon follow Folkestone and Dover’s example and the Government must think again.

Say no to neon signs

Contributed by editor on Mar 08, 2006 - 04:07 PM


Dear Ed

I have just received notification of a planning application for three large illuminated signs o­n 5.5m poles on land opposite Churchill School/Haven Drive. 

The application number is Y06/0285/SH, and I think this refers to the huge signs which were put up by Lidl when they first opened, and later removed presumably because they needed planning permission.

They looked absolutely awful - lit up the night sky and dominated the whole area.  If anyone else agrees with me, please contact the council at quoting the application number. 

We all know that Lidl is there, without having their neon signs in our faces!

J James