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Howard claims more in allowances and expenses than Blair

Contributed by editor on Oct 22, 2004 - 02:21 PM


HOWARD CLAIMS MORE IN ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES THAN BLAIR

House of Commons figures show Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader, Michael Howard, claimed £126,658 in allowances and expenses last year whereas the £80,836 claimed by Prime Minister Tony Blair put him near  the bottom of the list.

Altogether taxpayers forked out an average of £118,000 for their local MP's  allowances and expenses.

MPs are paid £57,485, but additional total allowances have risen to £78m, an increase of more than £20m within two years.

The bulk of claims cover staff costs but an out-of-town allowance up to a maximum £20,033 for all MPs except those representing inner London constituencies boosts many allowances.

The highest claim was £168,889, by Claire Curtis-Thomas, Labour MP for Crosby, and the smallest, £56,657, by Michael Trend.


Swingfield Twinning Association Newsletter 2

Contributed by webmaster on Oct 22, 2004 - 12:50 AM

<P align=center>Swingfield Twinning Association

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NEWSLETTER No 2 October 2004

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Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

<P align=center>David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

<P align=center>Heather Bateman (Secretary) 01304 832086

<P align=center>Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

<P align=center>Harry O`Grady – Andrew Barchi

Yvonne Parry – Karen Tatt

Linda Tearle – Graham Truss

<P align=left>Dear Member,

This year’s annual visit to Swingfield by people from Aviron passed off smoothly and was generally judged to be a success, thanks largely to those who played host in their own homes to our visitors, and all those who helped with the organisation and logistics for the weekend. Special thanks is extended to Mr & Mrs Roberts who hosted the BBQ o­n Saturday which was attended by nearly 60 people despite the best efforts of the weather to dampen everyone’s enthusiasm.

<P align=left>On Sunday we had an excellent day out to Tenterden Vineyard which kicked off with a tour of the winery followed by a wine tasting and then lunch. With good food and wine we were ready to do some sightseeing in Tenterden. Certainly by the time our guests took leave of us late o­n Sunday there were many happy faces and French cars going home with English wine. (Bit like taking refrigerators to Eskimos).

<P align=left>Sadly Carol Cunningham has decided to retire from the committee after many years of hard work. Carol who has been associated with the Twinning Association since it was established in 1997 will be sorely missed. Our thanks for everything you have done. Carol’s place o­n the committee will be taken by Mr Andrew Barchi with Heather Bateman taking o­n the role for Secretary in the short term.

<P align=left>At the request of the Parochial Church Council, the Chairman of the Parish Council has invited the Mayor of Aviron, along with some French Reserve Army Officers to attend and participate in the service and act of remembrance o­n the 14th November, firstly at St Luke’s, Hawkinge and then at the Lychgate, St. Peter’s, Swingfield. The Chairman of the Aviron Twinning Association will also be attending.

<P align=left>In February next year, your Committee will be meeting with Aviron Twinning Committee to discuss ideas for the 2005 programme. This will include the programme when pupils from Selsted Primary School visit the Aviron Primary School for a week next May.

<P align=left>Finally, new members and ideas are always most welcome - we are generally surprised at how relaxed our twice-yearly visits with the people from Aviron really are and just how many private friendships and subsequent visits are now a feature of twinning.


Hawkinge Parish Council minutes 8 September 2004

Contributed by admin on Oct 21, 2004 - 10:06 PM


HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES 8 SEPTEMBER 2004

Minutes of a meeting of the HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held o­n 8th September, 2004 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


Present: Cllr. Mrs Newton (Vice-Chairman) in the Chair

              Cllrs. Ms Brisley, Heasman, Hogben, Punnett, Trice and Smith

 

In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)

 

Apologies: Cllrs. Callahan and Hodgson

 

OPEN MEETING

 

12 parishioners were present.    The following matters were raised:

(1) Complaint about the state of the A260 in Hawkinge and the car park behind the shops.  (2) The number of robberies in the area and congestion caused by traffic using Tescos foodstore – could deliveries be made by the car park at the rear of the shops?  

(3) The Shepway District Council meeting held in Hawkinge recently had taken questions from the public – when and how would answers to the questions be published?

The Chairman said the Parish Council would write to Kent Highways, Kent Police and SDC for information regarding the above matters.

 

END OF OPEN MEETING

 

989      Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held o­n 14th July 2004 were approved and signed by the Chairman (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: 5 in favour 2 abstentions (not present at the meeting)

The minutes of an extraordinary meeting held o­n 5th August 2004 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: 5 in favour 2 abstentions (not present at the meeting).

 

990            Declarations of Interest

Cllr. Smith declared an interest in planning matters (member of Development Control Committee SDC) he reserved the right to make a decision at District level when he is in possession of all the facts relating to an application.

Cllr. Heasman declared an interest in the Community Centre (Trustee).   Cllr. Trice declared an interest in the football project (founder member of Hawkinge Football Club)

 

991      Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Disused Toilet block and footpath

The Chairman reported that the toilet block had been demolished.

       (b) Public Footway in front of shops, Canterbury Road

Reply from Kent Highways regarding the PC’s request that the lower footpath be identified by coloured markings (10th August).   Mr Coller, Traffic Engineer, was unsure of the ownership of the area; he stated that when the next phase of the Hawkinge Aerodrome site is developed a bypass link will be created and he understood a sum of money would be made available for improvements to the Canterbury Road.   The PC will be consulted o­n any proposed scheme.    

The Clerk said Cllr. Callahan had spoken to Mr Coller since the letter was received and Kent Highways agreed that the footpath is part of the highway.   He was pursuing the matter of marking the footpath.

 

       (c) Flower Tubs, Shopping Area

The Hawkinge & District Gardeners’ Society had written to say that none of its members were able to accept responsibility for the flower tubs.   

Councillors agreed that the PC would have to pay to have the flower tubs attended to and that it should apply to the Community Chest for funds.

It was Resolved that SDC and local landscaping firms be asked to provide quotations for maintaining the tubs o­n an annual basis and that the PC apply to the Community Chest for funds after the approximate cost of the project is known.

(prop. Cllr. Smith, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: 6 in favour 1 abstention

 

992      Reports – Working Groups

       (a) Community Liaison

Cllr. Heasman reported that the Postmaster had applied for a post box to be located near to the Post Office.

       (b) Planning and Development

Cllr. Trice reported that SDC had approved with conditions the Parish Council’s application for the erection of a pavilion for use as changing rooms and formation of a car park at the football ground.   

 

At this point Cllr. Heasman left the meeting

 

       (c) Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project

Cllr. Trice reported that a unit had been purchased from Hythe Plant Services (min.984) and was now installed o­n the ground to provide a temporary changing facility for players.  

Cllr. Trice said the grass needed cutting o­n a regular basis and he thought the PC should have a contract o­n an annual basis with a local firm.

It was agreed that the PC obtain at least three quotations including SDC for cutting the grass o­n the football ground (approx. 7 acres) to a level for recreational purposes o­n an annual basis.

McMillan & Associates had advised that SDC would consider Grasscrete a suitable material for the car park area.    Councillors discussed other options.   Cllr. Trice was asked to ascertain whether SDC would consider tarmac a suitable material, as this would be less expensive than Grasscrete.

It was agreed that Kent Highways be asked to supply a sign to indicate the entrance to the football ground at the Incinerator Road junction with the A260.

 

       (d) Public Rights of Way

Cllr. Punnett said he would like to see the Canterbury Road footpath extended beyond the Coombe Way junction as far as the property named “Fox Hollow�.

 

993      Other Bodies

Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership

It was reported that the Project Manager had been appointed and the Board would be meeting the following day.    Minutes of the HNMP meetings are available for public inspection in the library and the Community Centre.

 

Hawkinge Village Hall

Cllr. Punnett said the committee intend to change the layout of the area outside the hall near the fire doors.    They hope to reduce the amount of vandalism that has occurred recently.

 

994      Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council

The Clerk reported that there was no progress regarding the Lease.   Kingsfords were making inquiries about the delay o­n behalf of the Parish Council.

The Chairman said the Kent ACF had left the Leisuredrome because of Health & Safety issues and now parade at Shorncliffe Camp, Folkestone.   She stressed the need for adults to volunteer to run youth clubs.  

 

995      Correspondence

       (a) Head of Democracy and Local Governance, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Consultations o­n (1) a draft code for Local Government Employees and (2) a review of restrictions o­n the political activities of Local Authority employees and pay of Political Assistants (19th August) – consultation papers.   Clerk to read and pass to Chairman for his comments.

       (b) KAPC: Finance Information Day at Lenham Community Centre o­n Sat. 16th

             October (£40 + VAT).     Cllr. Newton said she would like to attend.  

       (c) The Royal Air Forces Association, Folkestone: Battle of Britain Commemoration

            15th September wreath laying ceremony o­n the Leas and a short ceremony at

             Hawkinge War Memorial at 6.20 pm and Church Service o­n 19th September in

             Folkestone.     Councillors and residents invited to attend.

The Clerk was asked to advise the War Graves Commission that there is no inscription o­n the War Memorial in the Hawkinge Cemetery, Aerodrome Road.

       (d) Notice of the following events were received and noted:

            KAPC: Provision of Training Evening for Councillors Thurs. 23rd September at

            St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Cheriton.

            Kent County Council: Local Board meeting for Shepway Thurs. 16th Sept. 6.30 to

8.30 pm at Elham Village Hall

            Shepway Primary Care Trust AGM 28th Sept. Community Centre 12.00 to 2 pm

Planning, Environmental Health and Building Control Services, SDC: Parish and Town Council Planning User Group meeting 14th Sept. Stelling Minnis Village hall at 7 pm

      (e) The following documents were received:

            SEEDA - South East Water Resources Forum Annual Report 2003.

            Kent Police – o­ne copy of S.E.Kent Business Plan 2004-2005

            Kent County Council – o­ne copy of Annual Plan 2004/05

 

996      Finance

       (a) The Clerk reported that the Annual Audit had been completed.   A copy of

the Annual Return had been sent to all councillors with the agenda.   The Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return had been posted o­n the PC notice board.

      (b) BTCV Tree Warden scheme – letter from BTCV enclosing a summary of the

tree warden’s activities in Hawkinge during 2003.   They requested a donation towards the cost of operating the scheme.

It was Resolved that BTCV be given a donation of £100 for the year 2004/05.

(prop. Cllr. Hogben, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: all in favour

       (c) Payment of the accounts was approved (prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Newton).

 
 
   ch.                                                 date            £
 
 
 Mrs B.M.Hardy (salary August)   4.8.04        669.24
 
 
 A H Computer Services      "         52.99
 
 
 Hawkinge Cricket and Social Club      "         88.13
 
 
 Southern Water      "         55.41
 
 
 Hythe Plant Services   5.8.04        646.25
 
 
 A.P.Willcox, Printers  25.8.04        122.50
 
 
 Seeboard Energy (SL)      "         44.56
 
 
 Cowgate Landscaping      "     4,024.38
 
 
 Funtime Entertainment Unlimited      "        310.00
 
 
 W & T Clayson (Agricultural Contractors) "        211.50
 
 
 Mrs B.M.Hardy (salary September)  8.9.04        669.24
 
 
 Mrs B.M.Hardy (expenses)         19.59
 
 
 SDC rates (SL)        161.00
 
 
 NatWest EBS         10.00
 
 
 Staples (new printer and supplies)        191.95
 
 
 Harmer Landscapes Ltd.         54.05
 

 

Cllr. Hogben stated that three quotations are required by Local Authorities before contracts are awarded.

 

997      Plans

            The following plans had been received and comments sent:

Y04/0760/SH 3 Barnhurst Lane: erection of 2 no. front dormers and extension of roof to rear (resubmission of p. application Y04/0384/SH).   No objections

Y04/0951/SH Land adjacent 1 – 6 Millfield: siting of a portacabin in connection with Millfield Residents Association.  No objections   

Y04/1041/SH 252 Canterbury Road: erection of a two storey side and rear extension.   No objections.

Y04/1049/SH 29 Waddington Drive: erection of a two storey side extension. 

No objections

Y04/1108/SH Land between 107 & 113 Canterbury Road: change of use of land including siting of a temporary building to provide office accommodation in connection with Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership: 

No objections.   Comment: the land should be returned to an open area after the temporary building is no longer required.

Y04/1118/SH 10 Stempe Close: alterations to garage to provide living accommodation.  

Objection o­n the following grounds:   The driveway to the property is shared, loss of garage space could cause parking problems within the shared area.  

Y04/1145/SH 59 Mitchell Avenue: erection of a single storey rear extension to provide a sunlounge.     No objections

Y04/1174/SH Windrush, Coombe Wood Lane: erection of a replacement garage together with an extension and alterations to the roof including the installation of 2 No. dormer windows to the front elevations.  No objections

Comment:  Coombe Wood Lane is an unadopted road that is in need of repair.

 

998      Road Signs in Cowgate Lane

Cllr. Hogben said in view of the number of additional houses built in recent years, the 30 mph sign needed to be moved further along the lane.    It was agreed that Kent Highways be asked to review the speed limit restriction because of the number of houses built and move the present 30 mph sign to a more appropriate position.

 


999     CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

           It was resolved that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by

Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972.

 

1/04     Annual Review of Clerk’s salary

KAPC  had published the national salary award for part-time clerks for 2004/05.  Referred to the Finance Group

         

2/04     Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (min.968)

SDC had not received an amended planning application from the developer.

 

The meeting closed at 9.20 p.m.

 


Back off, I’m keeping my speed down!

Contributed by admin on Oct 21, 2004 - 09:55 PM


BACK OFF, I'M KEEPING MY SPEED DOWN!

Kent traffic cops have produced a free car sticker to help reduce the problem of tailgating.

The sticker placed in the rear window of the car says “I’m keeping my speed down!â€?  It also includes the camera partnership logo, website address and the Partnership character Syril the snail.

Rachel Moon, Communications and Promotions Officer said: “We often hear from drivers who say they stick within the speed limit but feel constantly threatened by drivers ‘sitting’ directly behind them in an attempt to push them to go faster.

They say the o­nly way they feel they can escape the threat is to speed up. This not o­nly means they might end up breaking the law by exceeding the legal limit but that if they do have a crash their injuries will be a lot more severe compared to if they stuck within the limit.â€?

Rachel added: “We have given out a number of stickers at our events over the summer and they have proved extremely popular.�

If motorists would like o­ne of our stickers they can email rachel.moon@kent.gov.uk or lorraine.collins@kent.gov.uk Or write to Communications Office, Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership, Phoenix House, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8PX.


Stay safe this bonfire night

Contributed by admin on Oct 21, 2004 - 09:52 PM


STAY SAFE  THIS BONFIRE NIGHT

Fire and Rescue Service chiefs in Kent are warning people to take extra care this year as the firework and bonfire season draws closer.

Last year Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to 396 bonfire and firework-related incidents – an increase of over 60 per cent o­n the previous year’s figure of 245.

The top five districts for firework and bonfire related fires in 2003 were Medway with 54 incidents, Swale with 42, Maidstone with 37, Thanet with 33 and Sevenoaks with 32.

To cut down o­n the nuisance caused by fireworks being let off irresponsibly, Kent Police has new powers under the Fireworks Regulations 2004. These will be used where necessary so that the police - with local authorities and other emergency services - can ensure that November 5 is an evening to be enjoyed in safety rather than o­ne to be dreaded by local communities.
 
Chief Superintendent Jan Stephens from Kent Police said: “Bonfire displays must be properly supervised and where crowds of people are expected your local police should be made aware of the event. The tendency at private bonfire parties is to have a drink but the advice is to save any drinking until after the firework display has finished. Even if you are not the o­ne setting off the fireworks, the influence of alcohol could mean that you are less able to supervise young children properly.â€?

Head of Community Fire Safety Stuart Skilton said: “Bonfire and firework season should be an enjoyable time of year but all too often it ends in someone either being injured or property damaged. Always treat fireworks with care and respect and, when holding a bonfire event, follow the simple tips below. These should help ensure that lives remain safe and property intact.�

• o­nly buy fireworks marked BS7114
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
• Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions
• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
• Stand well back
• Never go near a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
• Always supervise children around fireworks
• Light sparklers o­ne at a time and wear gloves - Never give sparklers to a child under five
• Keep pets indoors
• Build a bonfire in a clear, unenclosed space at safe distance from buildings, fences and other structures. Make sure it is carefully guarded before an event so that it cannot be set alight deliberately.
• At the end of the event, the bonfire should be extinguished with water to make sure any fire is out.


Music while you eat

Contributed by webmaster on Oct 21, 2004 - 05:03 PM


MUSIC WHILE YOU EAT

Dear Ed

Now that we have our very own "Indian" Take-away in the village, perhaps readers may like to create their very own Indian Music to provide the required atmosphere, whilst eating their Take Away at home :

http://www.zanorg.com/prodperso/indian.htm

Finkle


It's not only America that gets hit by hurricanes

Contributed by webmaster on Oct 21, 2004 - 05:00 PM

IT'S NOT ONLY AMERICA THAT GETS HIT BY HURRICANES

Dear Ed

A major Hurricane (Shazza) measuring 5.8 o­n the Richter scale hit in the early hours of Monday. Epicentre: Folkestone, Kent. Victims were seen wandering around aimless muttering "faaackin ell" ...

The hurricane decimated the area causing approximately £30 worth of damage.

Several priceless collections of mementos from the Balearics and Spanish Costa's were damaged beyond repair. Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed.

Many locals were woken well before their giro arrived. KentFM (County Radio Station) reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered, still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Folkestone.

One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said :"It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay-Mercedes came running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two Tyler-Morgan and Megan-Storm slept through it all.

I was still shaking when I was watching Trisha the next morning. " Apparently though, looting, muggings and car crime did carry o­n as normal.

The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Sunny Delight to the area to help the stricken locals.

Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and Bone China from Poundstop.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.

Clothing is most sought after, items most needed include: -- Fila or Burberry baseball caps -- Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers) -- Shell suits(female) -- White sport socks -- Rockport boots -- Any other items usually sold in Primark. Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.

Required foodstuffs include: -- Microwave meals -- Tins of baked beans -- Ice cream -- Cans of Colt 45 or Special Brew.

22p buys a biro for filling in the compensation forms £2 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 9 £5 will pay for a packet of B&H and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.

**Breaking news**

Rescue workers found a girl in the rubble smothered in Claret - 'where are you bleeding from?' they asked - '"Hawkinge" said the girl, "woss that got to do wiv it?"

Finkle


UK sails into storm over booze cruise penalties

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 10:12 PM


UK SAILS INTO STORM OVER BOOZE CRUISE PENALTIES

The European Commission is taking the British Government to court  over "booze cruise" penalties against cross channel shoppers.

<IMG alt="Booze cruises" hspace=5 src="images/channel.jpg" align=left vspace=5 border=0>The Government is charged with breaching EU rules o­n the free movement of goods by imposing "disproportionate" penalties o­n travellers bringing cheap alcohol and cigarettes back from the continent in larger quantities than customs officers believe is for their own use.

Penalties imposed by Customs staff at the channel ports, include the impounding of cars and in some cases and the seizure of goods.

The Treasury claims it  is losing about £3 billion a year in lost excise duty revenue.

Many shoppers do not realise when they are breaking the agreed rules.

Under EU law shoppers can buy any amount of drink and cigarettes abroad, excise duty paid, and bring it in to Britain without paying British excise duties so long as it is for private consumption.

The dispute is over the treatment of those who admit to Customs that they are bringing in goods for friends and relatives which makes them liable to UK duty even if there is no profit.

Customs officers have insisted they are o­nly cracking down hard o­n people they suspect of exploiting the rules and bringing in vast quantities of alcohol and tobacco which cannot possibly be o­nly for their own use.

The Commission says that, while seizing property may be justified in some cases of genuine smuggling, it amounts to a "severe and intrusive" sanction when applied to "minor fiscal offences of a not-for-profit character".


Huge new ships for Dover cruise port

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 06:23 PM

HUGE NEW SHIPS FOR DOVER CRUISE PORT
 
Two cruise companies and eight liners will be using Dover Cruise Port for the first time in 2005.

NYK Cruises with the vessel Asuka and D&P Cruises with its ship Paloma I will be new customers to Dover.

<IMG alt="Norwegian Jewel" hspace=5 src="http://www.localrags.co.uk/images/norwegianjewel.jpg" align=left vspace=5 border=0>Norwegian Cruise Lines will inaugurate its new 92,000 tonne vessel Norwegian Jewel. She will operate cruises to the Baltic and the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to New York.

Saga Cruises will be introducing its new ship Saga Ruby to Dover in April. In tandem with her sister ship Saga Rose they will operate a total of 23 cruises.

V-Ships Leisure are supplementing a call by the Seven Seas Voyager with three visits by the Alexander Von Humboldt. Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess and Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic will each make a debut call.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are offering a total of 25 departures with the Braemar and Black Watch. Celebrity Cruises have increased the number of Constellation departures by o­ne to ten, whilst Swan Hellenic is offering five departures with the Minerva II following its successful debut this year.

Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Majestic Cruises and Transocean ships will continue to use Dover next year.

“We have some prestigious ship calls for 2005 and are delighted to be growing our customer base,� said Kate O’Hara, Head of Commercial and Marketing, Port of Dover.


£65,000 in community group grants still available

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 12:41 PM


£65,000 IN COMMUNITY GROUP GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE

Community and voluntary groups in the area are being invited to apply for grants for an important cash boost from a special funding initiative - which has already allocated funds of more than £ 100,000 to over 40 local groups since April this year.

The Community Chest is run by the Single Regeneration Budget Team at Dover District Council to help groups in the East Kent Coalfield area. Already this year, 42 different groups have been granted money to help with the costs of equipment, events, trips, publicity and training. Community and voluntary groups such as youth clubs, lunch clubs, sports clubs, scouts and guides are all eligible to apply.

Wendy Scullion of Shepherdswell Village Hall Committee said: "Applying for the grant was really straightforward. The paperwork was simple and we found out that we'd been successful within 4 weeks of applying. We spent our grant o­n a new floor for our hall."

Joyce Rogers of Deal Minnows Junior Angling Club agrees: "The application process was easy. We had help and support whenever we needed it and with our grant we were able to buy lots of new equipment for our club."

Chairman of the Appraisal Panel, Mike Blee explained that there is plenty of money still available. He said: "We have £ 65,000 to allocate before March 2005 and we are eager to hear from any voluntary or community group that has a good idea for a small project that we could help fund."

For more details please contact Kirsty Holroyd at the SRB Team at Dover District Council o­n 01304 872066.