Local groups

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 02:22 PM

Age Concern, Elham

Volunteers are needed to help staff the reception desk, spend time with clients at the day centre, assist with exercise sessions and drive the mini bus. If you can help then please call Sheila Woods o­n 01303 862364


The Scout Hut
Margaret Belson (Robin) 892760

Bridge Builders

7.30pm Wednesday St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
Gillian Philcox 01303 892480

Brownies and Rainbows

Tuesdays Brownies 6.00pm Rainbows 4.45pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
BarbaraTaylor 01303 277154 (Rainbows)Mandy Smith 01303 893285 (Brownies)

Craft Club

7.30pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge 1st and 3rd Tuesday Hilary Clark 01303 844657

Cubs and Scouts

The Scout Hut
Ann Roberts (Rama) 844236

Elham Bell-Ringers

Every Friday 7.30 pm Bell-ringing practice at St. Mary the Virgin, Elham.
Contact Matt Nixon 01303 893300 for more details.

Garden Society

Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall o­n the first Wednesday of each month
Chairman Peter Linkin - 01303 892011
01303 894232
Secretary Wendy Bell


6.00pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge Tina Snape 01303 221553

Hawkinge,Acrise and Paddlesworth WI

Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall at 2pm o­n the first Tuesday of every month.
New members are always welcome. Contact Margaret Charlton 01303 892721.

Hawkinge Parish Council

Parish Council Village Hall, Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month
Clerk to the Council 266647

Hawkinge Walking Group

New members always welcome, wear sensible walking shoes, as terrain can be rough sometimes. Walk is usually 2 hours, with refreshments in between( either pub
stop or bring own).
Contact Wendy Bell 01303 893858 for more details.

Keep Fit

Keep fit sessions are held at St Luke’s Church Hall o­n Wednesday evenings from
8.15pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. Classes last approximately an hour and cost £2.50.

Keep Fit in the Village Hall

Mondays at the Village Hall 01303 892309

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets at the Three Bells, Swingfield o­n Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Harry Preston 01303 892464

Mother's Union

2.00pm every 2nd Wednesday St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
Phyl Dale 01303 892354

Under 5's Playgroup

Weekdays St Luke's Hall
Christine McGuinness 01303 893469

Women's Fellowship

2.30pmThursdays St Luke's Hall
Grace Dewell 01303 892264


We do serious research and investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena
throughout the Shepway area of Kent. All reports are dealt with confidentially
23 Brabner Close, FOLKESTONE, Kent CT19 6LW
Tel:07968 583435
24 Hour Information line: 07091 020078mailto:

Youth Group

Fridays 6.30pm St Luke's Hall
Liz Moore 01303 893440

E-Bay auction sells town for £1.1m....28 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 28, 2002 - 05:49 AM

A Northern California town of Bridgeville has been sold for nearly £1.1m on an internet auction site.

If the deal goes through 82 acres of Bridgeville will go to the unidentified buyer who put in a bid for $1,777,877 (£1.1 million) just seconds before the Internet auction closed on Friday.

Joe Lapple, who has owned Bridgeville with his wife Elizabeth since 1985, said he hopes the new owner will fix up the town, which dates back to the 19th century.

Bridgeville is the first town to be sold on the website, said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. Almost 250 bids were cast during the town's month on the electronic auction block.

The town comes complete with a post office, a mile and a half of river bank, a cemetery and more than a dozen cabins and houses. "Your own zip code will now be 95526," the eBay description reads.

Bidding went well beyond the asking price of $775,000. It started on November 27 at $5,000.

After conventional means of selling proved unsuccessful, the Lapples decided to try their luck on eBay. They say they put the town up for auction because they couldn't afford the estimated cost of renovating it - about $200,000.

Denise Stuart, the real estate agent who placed the listing, said she's received calls from people around the world since bidding closed. Some have offered to buy the property for $2 million.

But the Lapples will stick with the eBay bidder, someone from out of the area who wanted to let the purchase "sink in" before coming forward publicly, Stuart said. She expects the deal to be completed within 60 days.


No to by-pass recommended by Inspector....26 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 26, 2002 - 03:09 PM

The Government inspector who heard evidence at the public inquiry into the Hawkinge by-pass has recommended the refusal of the plans which would have resulted in a further 480 new homes being built.

Hawkinge residents who responded to a survey by the local Liberal Democrats indicated that only a third of them supported the plan for developers Pentland Homes to complete the access road in return for being allowed to build an additional 480 new homes in the village.

The road was originally due to be built with Government funding, but this was withdrawn when the Labour Party came into power and called a halt to any new road building schemes.

Since then residents have been told that private funding is the only realistic way forward.

Liberal Democrat Peter Carroll said that many people had written to say that the proposed by-pass was little more than an access road for new homes and not a proper by-pass at all.


Well done Peter...24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 24, 2002 - 02:08 PM

I am sure I speak for many people who have children at the Churchill School when I say how much the efforts of Hawkinge

Cllr. Peter Smith is appreciated for his crossing the road with children at school in and out times during the recent traffic diversion as a road safety measure.

Drivers could see him but perhaps, not the smaller pedistrations. We expect Mr Smith to represent us but he works non stop on behalf of the village in many respects.

Peter Hogben


Serial rape case suspect faces new charges....24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 24, 2002 - 07:21 AM

A 48-year-old rail worker accused of raping women and girls across the South-East of England has appeared in court charged with further sex offences.

Antoni Imiela from Appledore is accused of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.

The new charges relate to an alleged incident in Birmingham on November 21 this year.

Imiela appeared before Greenwich magistrates and was remanded back into custody.

The case was sent for a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on December 30.

Imiela appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on December 16 and faced nine charges of rape relating to alleged incidents in Kent, Berkshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire and south-west London.


Drug courier teddy bears for Demelza House...24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 23, 2002 - 06:51 PM

Hundreds of teddy bears used as drugs couriers are to become Christmas presents for sick children.

The 500 bears had been stuffed with 80 kilos of cocaine worth almost £500,000 but were intercepted by customs officers.

They removed every trace of the narcotic and are handing them over to a children's hospice, says the Medway News.

A spokesman for the Demelza House children's hospice, near Sittingbourne, Kent, said: "We are so thrilled to be getting these bears at this time of year.

"We know about their drugs history, but that is now in the past. At least some good is to come from all this, especially at Christmas time."

The cargo of bears started its journey in Switzerland in the back of a lorry. But the final address, in Strood, Kent, simply didn't exist and he drugs were found.

A customs and excise spokesman said: "We do not have anyone to charge in this crime, so it made sense we did something with the bears that would create the most benefit."


Wishing you politically correct greetings....23 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 23, 2002 - 03:33 AM

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, celebration of the winter/summer solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of your choice, or secular practice of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all AND a fiscally-successful, personally-fulfilled and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar for 2003, but not without due respect for the calendars of your choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our society great (not to imply that our society is necessarily greater than any other society) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for himself or others and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting (whichever comes first) and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Robin Fosdall


Track Santa's journey around the world....23 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 22, 2002 - 07:53 PM

Click to track Santa

The US/Canadian military use their missile tracking system to track Santas progress.

NORAD The North American Aerospace Defense Command) have run this service every year and each time it gets more elaborate with little animations and maps which follow Santa's progress.

This years test has been completed and they are now all prepared for the festive season - we reckon it's well worth checking out


Broadband reply....21 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 21, 2002 - 01:47 PM

I read with interest your comments on broadband and BT,

I registered my interest a while ago now and have been ' pestering' BT for some answers,

I have been led to believe that Hawkinge will not get this service or ADSL but there is a 128k service that ' might ' be provided if the demand is high enough.

On the subject of internet, if you have slow connections via 56.6 modem you need to contact BT and tell them you have a noisey line and slow connection and they can speed things up (albeit not a lot).

Just like to say also , I belong to a lot of forums on the net and have only just found the Hawkinge site,

It appears that a lot of good work has gone into building this site and it looks good but surely there must be more people in Hawkinge who surf the net and dont realise that this site exists, I for one will spread the word,

Keep up the good work.



Thanks for your kind words...we appreciate your support and any publicity you give to us Ed

Please sign up for Broadband....21 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 21, 2002 - 07:53 AM

Dear Ed.

Compliments of the Season etc.

Couple of things...spoke to BT this morning....we need apparently 84 more people to register their interest in Broadband, with BT, before they consider enabling the local change, so far only 116 have registered or expressed interest.

They will start to take notice when 200 people express interest.

I think that this will take a long time to achieve..

I note that our local "One Stop" shop ( ex Dillons) has now been taken over ( well the chain of One Stops) by Tesco.

Word has it only One Stops that have a certain amount of "takings" per week will be transformed (in due course) into "Mini Tescos".

Our One Stop turns over more than the required minimum amout, so expect to see changes soon. I don't know if they will retain the Post Office within, I should hope and expect so.

Nice to see the old Chapel in The Street being renovated, sympathetically I must add. Adrian, the new owner of the same seems to be doing a grand job.

Once again many thanks for the site, it really is a great one of it's genre.

Regards etc

Lou Bolechala