Events at Folkestone’s Amphitheatre Summer 2005

Contributed by editor on Jun 23, 2005 - 09:54 PM


The following events are taking place at The Lower Leas Coastal Park Amphitheatre, Folkestone. <FONT color=red>All events are free.

Sunday 3 July 2.00 – 4.30pm. Shanghai Syncopated Orchestra
Original jazz and dance orchestrations of the 1920s and 1930s by eight-piece, lively and entertaining band, led by Jeff Bonner

Sunday 10 July 2.00pm – 4.30pm. The Rattlers.
An acoustic roots music combo bringing a fiery mix of folk, country, root rock, rhythm and blues and Caribbean.

Saturday 16 July 7.00pm – 10.30pm. Sound Waves
Go Folkestone presents and evening of entertainment by local bands – Luminous, Sizen and Battlestar Gallactica.

Sunday 17 July 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Pass the Cat
A five-piece band with their own distinctive style play a mix of world music including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, African and South American rap.

Sunday 24 July 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Hullabaloo
Welcome return to the Amphitheatre of this versatile band presenting a blend of jazz, jive, swing and an original twist o­n pop.

Sunday 30 July 2.00pm – 4.30pm. DJ and Music technology workshop
A chance to join a workshop and learn basic scratching techniques, music production and beat making (hip hop/drum’n’bass) followed by a 45-minute performance by Dek Force 1 and Dek Work South East.

Sunday 31 July 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Dave Arthur Trio
Welcome return by the banjo, fiddle and guitar trio presenting lively Old Time Appalachian music and early Bluegrass.

Saturday 6 August 5.00pm – 10.00pm. Open Stage Showcase
The Amphitheatre hosts a showcase for local performers with original material. Music dance, spoken word and any other forms of performance are welcome. Turn up o­n the day for a 10-minute slot or book in advance for a longer performance by ringing Simon Mohr o­n 07970 770257.

Sunday 7 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Wayra De Los Andes
Meaning, ‘wind of the Andes’, the band presents Bolivian music. The line-up includes pan pipes, quena (bamboo flute) charango (a type of mandolin) Spanish guitar and vocals.

Thursday 11 August 12noon – 2.00pm. Teddy Bears’ Picnic
All Teddy bears are invited to a picnic in the park – but they’ll have to bring a child and a grown up! There’ll be the chance to meet other teddies, eat goodies and listen to some music.

Sunday 14 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm Rosie’s Dumplings
Popular local band makes a welcome return to the Amphitheatre playing a mix of lively Celtic, modern and English folk music.

Saturday 20 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm. African Drumming Workshop
A chance to practice basic rhythm and techniques o­n djembe and other African drums. People who take part in the workshop can then join in a 45-minute performance of music from Musa Mmoob at 5.00pm

Saturday 21 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Bromley Concert Band
Big band music and classical pieces presented by 30-piece wind band.

Saturday 27 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Practice juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, tightrope walking, diabolos, devilsticks, cigar boxes and pedal-goes – and then watch a 45-minute performance by the troop and 5.00pm

Sunday 28 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm Ronnie Scott’s Rejects
Fronted by vocalist Hazel Holder, Ronnie Scotts’s Rejects are a swing/jazz band that explores the great show times of the 1930s and 1940s.

Monday 29 August 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Bertie and Paul
Popular local guitar duo, Paul Minter and Bernard Eveleigh play Spanish flamenco and other music with eastern influences

Report says that council has made only limited progress

Contributed by editor on Jun 23, 2005 - 09:44 PM


Stronger leadership, improved performance in some areas but o­nly limited progress, report inspectors after their three day visit to Shepway District Council in April 2005.

Their visit followed the council’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) in July last year when it was rated as a ‘weak’ authority.

The inspectors’ follow-up report said  that Shepway District Council has made limited progress in addressing the weaknesses identified last year, and it is removing significant barriers to improvement.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Robert Bliss, welcomed the report’s findings. “It recognises that there is strong and clear officer leadership supported by political drive o­n the priorities for internal improvement. We are working to deliver our recovery plan and there is a will across the council to put us o­n the road to recovery.â€?

Alistair Stewart, Chief Executive, said: “There are things that need attention like community engagement, customer focus and the role of scrutiny. We must also work harder to deliver improvements in some of our priority areas.

“But we have worked hard since our CPA inspection and have made progress. When we are reviewed in November I expect us to have moved even further forward.�

Local youngsters to have more say

Contributed by editor on Jun 23, 2005 - 09:21 PM


More than 1,000 young people from across the district are expected to attend the official launch of the Shepway Youth Forum o­n 1 July.

The launch heralds a major milestone for the Forum that was set up in September to give young people between the ages of 11 and 19 a voice and an opportunity to influence what is happening around them.

The event, at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, includes more than 30 exhibition stands presented by organisations ranging from scout groups and youth clubs to training providers.

Youngsters will also be able to take part in a series of workshops covering careers, health, sport, Folkestone’s regeneration, crime and art and design. All young people who attend the launch will also be invited to a free evening gig by local groups, Kingsksin, Dead Next Door and DJ Ben Reed.

Kaushal Niraula, chairperson of the Shepway Youth Forum, said there were currently 45 members and he hoped the official launch would swell numbers.

“We want to increase membership so that the Forum can represent the views of as many young people as possible. All secondary schools have been invited to the launch but any young person up to the age of 19 is welcome, whether they attend school or not. We have been working o­n the event since before Christmas and are very proud that our efforts are coming together. We hope the day will be successful.â€?

“Forum members already have regular meetings with councillors and give us their views o­n decisions that affect young people. It’s just o­ne of the things the Forum has established since it was set up in September.

The launch is supported by Kent County Council, Kent Police, the Creative Foundation, the Leas Cliff Hall, South Kent College and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 12 May 2005

Contributed by editor on Jun 22, 2005 - 05:30 PM


Minutes of Meeting 7.15pm 12th May  2005 at Hawkinge Partnership Centre

1.    Introductions.


Chris Ashman (Chairman), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Deirdre Ferguson (Manager of The Hawkinge Partnership),Sandi Ashman, Perry Hayward, Jenny McDonald (Southern Housing Group), Michelle and Ryan Hill, Karen Simpson, Claire Morson

2.    Apologies:

Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Perry Hayward, Jenny Carter (Head Churchill School), Peter Brun (NHW Executive), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer).

3.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman

4.    Guests

New visitors to the forum were welcomed. Jenny McDonald gave more information about the Trickster project and its progress. Trickster is an interactive musical to help raise the level of awareness of crime prevention and unite the audience to beat the bogus caller and distraction burglary. There will be a performance at the Leas Cliff Hall to which vulnerable people and residents at risk will be able to attend, free of charge. The forum will seek funding from The Partnership to help sponsor this project.

5.    Matters Arising & Public Open Forum

There have been many and o­ngoing incidents of anti-social behaviour in the village. In o­ne area the Police are being called daily but do not appear to have the situation under control. Residents reporting the incidents should keep a record of times and dates for later evidence. Help may be required from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) who apart from everything else control the mobile CCTV cameras. Chairman to invite a representative to the next forum. It was thought that the village and we do not know enough about what is available to help us. The anti-social parking in the village and o­n pavements was discussed and it was thought that we should seek help from the Parking Wardens to educate the offenders.

6.    Safety In Local Lanes – Schools, Walkers, Horses and Vehicles

Karen and Claire attended tonight to discuss the traffic and parking problems around the Churchill School and are operating a petition for the authorities to do something about it, the petition can be signed at various points around the village. The Chairman stated that the problem was a priority of the forum and that letters and invitations to discuss the subject have been sent many times to planning officers, councillors and politicians but as yet no action has been taken. Deirdre offered to help set up a meeting with the KCC to discuss the way forward.  Concerns about the future development of the Employment Land and its effect o­n the same area were also being looked into and it was felt that the forum should be involved in discussion with developers, planners and other Partnership Sub-Groups. Deirdre asked if we could write to the Partnership to set this up.

7.    Letters

A letter to Jeff stack at SDC has been sent a letter discussing our safety concerns in the village involving planning and roads, he replied that it had been forwarded to Alan Ash at KCC.

8.    Reports -  Neighbourhood Watch – Councillors – Community warden – Local Police officer

No official representatives attended

9.    Any other business.

Dates for the diary
23rd May 11am  - Southern Housing Group Meeting, Ashford.
24th May  - Adult Learning
28th May – Barn Dance
3rd Sept. – Community Fun Day – NHW and forum to decide how we participate

10.    Next Meeting.

Thursday 30th June 2005 at the Hawkinge Partnership Centre at 3pm.

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

Latest local crime 13/06/05 to 16/06/05

Contributed by editor on Jun 22, 2005 - 05:20 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 13/06/05 to 16/06/05


Between 1600hrs 14/06/05 & 1600hrs 15/06/05

Theft of Pedal Cycle


The informant had been working in London and returned home and noticed that the child’s bike and the half bike were missing. He spoke with a friend who stated that the bikes were OK o­n the 14th.

CHILDS BIKE colour Pink with MISS COOL o­n SIDE



Between 1300hrs 1444hrs 15/06/05

Burglary Other


IP was working and left her mobile phone o­n charge o­n the work surface next to the kitchen door.

The kitchen door was insecure; the work surface where the phone was being charged can be seen through the window in the kitchen door. Later phone was discovered stolen


Between 2130hrs 17/06/05 & 1030hrs 18/06/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle


Ip found that the passenger’s wing mirror had been taken off and removed.  No other damage was caused and no attempt to enter the car,


Between 1700hrs 18/06/05 & 0800hrs 19/06/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle




Between  0120hrs & 0137hrs 19/06/05

Attempted Burglary Other


Patrol called to attend suspicious males in Red Astra. o­n arrival at scene, the alarm was sounding o­n premises. A side door had been a forced & 2 windows broken.


Between 0045hrs & 0115hrs 17/06/05

Attempted Theft


Offender/s climbed over front gate, broke lock off containers and fuel tanks.  Took items out of container, were disturbed and made off.  Two males seen, nothing stolen. At 2230hrs there was a blue cabstar pickup parked in lay-by facing compound, no other details.


Between 1500hrs 17/06/05 & 0915hrs 18/06/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle




Between 2000hrs 18/06/05 & 1100hrs 19/06/05



The IP states that between the times stated unknown offenders have damaged her plants and ripped them out in the front garden.


Between 1605hrs & 1608hrs 19/06/05

Theft of Motor vehicle


IP was travelling home when he decided to park at the bus stop. He attended to climb the sea wall stairs to watch the workmen building sea defences. The IP left the car key in the vehicle ignition and left the vehicle unlocked and unattended. He  watched the work in progress for approx 3-5 minutes. When the IP turned to were his car had been he noticed that it was gone.


If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055


To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134

If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station o­n 01304 21815

Branson's Channel record smashed

Contributed by editor on Jun 21, 2005 - 07:24 PM


Sir Richard Branson's record for crossing the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle has been smashed by a businessman from New Zealand.

Nick Fox set off from Dover today (21 June) and arrived in France just 43 minutes and 12 seconds later, knocking almost an hour off Branson's time of 1hr 40mins.

But Sir Richard is questioning whether the amphibious vehicle qualifies for the record.

The crossing in an inflatable "Sealeg" boat, which has three retractable wheels which drive the vehicle at just six miles an hour on land is a far cry from the Branson's 140mph street vehicle.

It is now down to the Guinness Book of Records to decide whether the New Zealander's vehicle qualifies for the record. 

Sir Richard has said he will challenging Nick Fox to regain the record if it is ratified.

Keep dog mess in your gardens

Contributed by editor on Jun 21, 2005 - 01:54 PM


Dear Ed,

Whilst I understand that there are those who have pets and live in flats or apartments, and they do have a problem clearing up after their animals' mess.

However, is there anything to stop conscientious owners keeping the mess in their own gardens and clearing it up from there?

Sounds very simple to me.


Local anti social behaviour taken to Boulogne

Contributed by editor on Jun 21, 2005 - 01:07 AM


A group from Shepway will be travelling to France o­n 24 June to talk about the ways anti-social behaviour is tackled in the district.

Officers from South East Kent Police, Shepway Council and the Shepway Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) have been invited to speak at the annual meeting of Plenary for Crime Reduction in Boulogne.

It’s part of a project to look at crime reduction initiatives o­n both sides of the channel through BOSCO – the Boulogne and Shepway Co-operation.

The Shepway Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership has pledged its support to the project which will look at the benefits of sharing ideas o­n the best ways of tackling anti-social behaviour.

Jyotsna Leney, Crime Reduction Manager at Shepway Council said the French had been impressed by the approach being taken to tackle anti-social behaviour in Shepway.

“They are keen to learn more about the approaches taken in Shepway, like the Joint Family Management Programme, that has been pioneered by South East Kent Police and is now regarded as best national practice in the UK,� said Jyotsna.

The cross-channel project - which has applied for funding from the European Interreg scheme - will also look at Capitaine de Soire , a designated driver scheme operating in France to reduce night time disorder and Parcours de Cityonne , a joint citizenship project involving vulnrable youths from Folkestone and Boulogne.

BOSCO was set up in 2002 with the aim of promoting and supporting projects that have benefits to both Shepway and Boulogne.

Varsity boat race comes to Dover

Contributed by editor on Jun 20, 2005 - 07:12 PM


The varsity boat race came to Dover today (20 June) when rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge battled their   way across the channel from Shakespeare beach to Cape Griz Nez in France.

The race across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes was won by a crew from St John's College, Cambridge in a time of 3hr 37min.

The cash raised is going to Cancer Research UK.

If you would like to made a donation, please visit the Cambridge Channel Challenge website.

Show of hands for food safety week

Contributed by editor on Jun 20, 2005 - 01:31 AM


Shepway Council is joining National Food Safety Week’s campaign about the importance of hand washing before food is prepared.

Stop, think, wash is this theme for this year’s campaign - which runs from 11 June until 19 June - and the council is encouraging people who work in the food business to brush-up o­n hand washing routine.

But Jo Cobby, Environmental Health Officer for the council, said it was not just about the food business. “Everyone needs reminding to wash their hands. It can prevent the spread of bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning, and prevents the transfer of bacteria from hands to food, work surfaces, equipment and other people,� she said.

Jo will be taking the message to schools throughout September and October to encourage children to wash their hands.

She is also encouraging people who work in the food business to update their knowledge of food hygiene.

“We ran a very successful course early in June and will be repeating it in September,� said Jo. “Anyone who has done basic food hygiene training in the last three to five years and who wants to update their knowledge will find the course very useful.�

Anyone in the food industry who would like to join the next food hygiene update course can contact Jo o­n Telephone number 01303 852276.