One vehicle every six seconds

Contributed by editor on Jan 18, 2006 - 03:53 PM


Over two million lorries and 2.6million cars passed through the Port of Dover in 2005. This amounts to a staggering o­ne vehicle every six seconds 24 hours a day.

It is the first time the port has seen two million lorries in a single year and the growth of three per cent could have been far higher but for the berthing problems at Calais early in the year.

Bob Goldfield, the port’s Chief Executive, commented: “Overall this is a very satisfactory ferry traffic performance which, combined with efficiencies which continue to be introduced and the performance of our other businesses, will deliver an excellent financial report". 

Banging the drum over parking

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2006 - 07:05 PM


Dear Ed,

When I was banging the drum concerning the proposed car park, the point I was trying to make is this.

At the moment, motorists pay scant attention to the restrictions of the bus stop, speed limits and parking o­n the pavements;  since most of the shopping trade is "passing".

I suggest that the provision of the car park will make little difference to the muddle that is the Canterbury Road shopping area.


Princess visits village housing project

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2006 - 06:51 PM



The Princess Royal is greeted by Michael Howard MP

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal met with local MP Michael Howard and local people including parish councillors when she visited a housing project at Newchurch on Romney Marsh today (17 January).

The Princess Royal is the President of the Rural Housing Trust which provides local people with affordable housing. Swingfield are working with the trust to build up to eight affordable homes for local people.

The Rural Housing Trust, a registered charity established in 1976, provides affordable housing for local people in small villages in England. 

They work in close partnership with Parish Councils to ensure developments are designed to meet the housing needs of the local community. 

Developments are small-scale, include both rented and shared ownership housing and the houses are reserved for local people. None of their houses can ever be sold on the open market. They usually develop small sites, but sometimes work on larger sites with developers who have to provide a percentage of affordable housing within open market developments.

Deal brings sports centre a step closer

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2006 - 06:28 PM



The proposed new sports centre for Shepway should now be able to go ahead after the Folkestone Sports Centre Trust (FSCT) and Shepway Council thrashed out a deal to revive the flagging  project.

FSCT agreed in principle to link up with Shepway council and become a stakeholder in the scheme.

If all goes ahead, it would mean the £10 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credit award to help fund the modern, state-of-the-art sports centres in Shepway will be safe.

At a meeting on Friday (13 January), between the Trust and Shepway Council, it was also agreed to make a new joint bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which would enhance the current scheme.

One of the outcomes of the meeting was that the new centre along with the ski centre, golf course and skatepark would operate as one scheme with a mix of facilities.

Cllr Carole Waters, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Tourism, said: “I would like to thank the Chairman and Trustees of Folkestone Sports Centre for their vision of a partnership with the council and for their commitment to producing an enhanced scheme for Folkestone.

“I believe this will help secure the PFI award and enable us to fulfil our sporting aspirations for the people of the district.�

The DCMS had warned Shepway Council that the £10 million PFI credits were at risk and had asked the Council to submit a report assessing the effect on Folkestone’s planned new sports centre should the existing sports centre remain open. If the PFI credits were lost, plans for a new sports centre at Hythe would have also been under threat.

Litter lament

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2006 - 05:36 PM


Dear Ed,

Hawkinge Harry asked me to post this o­n the website

Litter Lament

People throw litter in Hawkinge
It's an anti-social thing to do.

People walk dogs in Hawkinge
Watch out for the big lumps of poo.

People smoke ciggies in Hawkinge
And toss their packets o­n the floor,

Bins might make a difference
But it's people who matter much more.

So please think before you foul the environment
Especially if you are reading this lament.

Hawkinge Harry the First!

Yours as ever,


Folkestone Camera Club meeting 16 January 2006

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2006 - 04:35 PM


16th  January 2006

At a recent meeting  we held our 3rd Slide competition of the season which  was judged by Mr Roy Carey FRPS, DPAGB, BPE1*, APAGB a very experienced photographer, who gave us a very informative evening with his hints o­n how we could improve our photography and his results (out of 20)  were:-

Monochrome:-(6 entries) 

‘American P51 Mustang’  Dave Turner  18
‘High and Dry’   Dave Turner  17
Novice:- (0 entries)   

Intermediate:- (6 entries) 

‘Church interior Woodchurch’ Tony Reeves 17
‘Door 2 Door’   Glen Yorke  16
‘Inside a fur traders Hut’  Muriel Hilliard 16

Advanced:- (14 entries) 

‘La Roue De Paris’  David Hughes 20
‘Sundown’   Robert Brisley LRPS 19 
Medium Format:- (4 entries)

‘The Lady of the Lamp’ Bryan Mewse  18
‘Kerry‘   Victor Fowler  16

Digital Images:- (46 entries)
‘Charlotte’   Rob Greene   20
 Ã¢â‚¬ËœBeached Log’    Frank Barraclough  20
 Ã¢â‚¬ËœWaterlogged’  Jenny Barraclough  20
 Ã¢â‚¬ËœConnecting’  Melanie Chalk  19
 Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhite Label’  Vic Fowler   19
The number of entries for the Slide competition,  are o­n the decline, with the Digital Imaging entries soaring ahead now as the numbers show.   The judge also commented o­n how much better quality the digital images are.

Visit our website  where you can view these winning photographs, plus many more, and  where you can also visit links to various photographic related sites and shops.

The London Salon Slide Exhibition will be shown o­n 16th January followed by our monthly Practical Evening o­n 17th.  Our 3rd Print Competition of the season will be o­n 23rd January followed by a Battle with Deal and Gateway Camera Clubs o­n 25th.   These are always very special evenings when it is good to meet with fellow photographers and see their work.  Monday 30th January will be a showing of the Clay Cross Exhibition which is always another popular evening for our members.

Meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome,  if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399  or e mail:

Someone else's problem

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2006 - 12:30 PM


Dear Ed,

If there are any readers out there of the Douglas Adams series "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" they are probably also aware of the potent capabilities of the "SEP Field". 

The SEP Field (or Someone Else's Problem Field) was discovered to be o­ne of the best ways of hiding something; even objects as large as intergalgactic spacecraft were able to be hidden, thanks to the SEP Field.

Litter, however spread, seems to be particularly sensitive to the effects of the SEP Field; o­nce the empty cigarette carton is discarded it is immediately enveloped in the field and disappears!  The  pop bottle, also no longer desired, immediately pops out of sight; sweet wrappers, fast food containers (you know the o­nes - the polystyrene cartons) even discarded condom foils; all these things, and many more besides, all of them disappear o­nce they have been discarded by thier owners: all  of this waste material becomes the pervue of "someone else" and is therefore invisible.

Since the talented Caroline can see this waste, she must be especially blessed; blessed with the third sight of o­ne who can see through the SEP Field.  What a talent; if o­nly she could lend her special abilities to the good of all and go and pick up some of the offensive matter - wouldn't that be marvellous? 

Perhaps she could even be prevailed upon to train others to develope the "third sight" so that they too can see the invasive waste.  Before long we could have squads of those who see throught the effects of the SEP Field, picking up the pernicious articles and soon the village would be wonderful again; clear of broken glass, discarded cartons, unloved alcopop bottles and all things offensive.

Better still, why don't people just stop throwing litter about - much simpler o­ne feels.


Teams just make a point

Contributed by editor on Jan 15, 2006 - 09:06 PM


The Hawkinge Saturday side continue to play below their best and still need to be more focused.

They did manage to put o­ne goal into the back of the Hythe Prince team's goal but were convincingly beaten with the opposition putting five into the Hawkinge net.

Hawkinge 1, Hythe Prince  5
Scorer for Hawkinge, Shaune Carey
The Sunday senior side came unstuck in their 4th round replay of the Kent County FA against Farriers Athelic.

Playing away at Deal the Farriers made the most of their home advantage and put four in the back of the net against two for the Hawkinge side.

Farriers Athelic 4, Hawkinge 2
Hawkinge scorer,  Tom Whelham 2
It was up to the much improved youngsters to save the weekend from total disaster.

Hawkinge U15's were 2-0 up at half time against Ramsgate Youth, but the Rams home advantage was too great and they fought back to equal the scoreline at full time.

Ramsgate Youth 2, Hawkinge 2
Hawkinge scorers Marcus South 1, Oliver Davies 1

Parish council needs to act now

Contributed by editor on Jan 15, 2006 - 08:26 PM


Dear Ed,        

I moved to Hawkinge in August 2005 and am utterly disgusted and amazed at the amount of rubbish that is present throughout Hawkinge. 

It certainly was not like this initially when we moved in and I cannot believe the Parish Council does not want to deal with it.

Around by the Churchill School you have glass from car windscreens left o­n the pavement, fencing completely broken down, trees broken and as for the keep left bollards if they were fixed correctly they would not keep ending up all across the roads and pavements.

Hawkinge is becoming a state - a state of disrepair that the Parish Council needs to act o­n now. The amount of Poll Tax we also pay there is no excuse.

Do the people responsible walk around with their eyes closed or don't they really care.


Loads of old bollards

Contributed by editor on Jan 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM


Dear Ed,

Why don't we just have bollards all over the place; Mill Lane, The Street, Aerodrome Road, Uphill. 

In this way the children can play safely everywhere!