Passenger flights start from Manston

Contributed by editor on Sep 01, 2004 - 10:38 PM


<P align=left><FONT color=black>Shepway residents now have their own local airport after passenger flights from Manston near Ramsgate began today (1 September).

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<FONT color=black>The journey time to Kent International Airport at Manston is just over half an hour from Folkestone.

<FONT color=black>Flights operated by the Irish airline EU jet are planned to fly to 21 destinations, with routes  to Amsterdam, Gerona, Copenhagen, Dublin and Nice operating now.

<FONT color=black>Further destinations are to be added this year, with plans for a trans Atlantic service in 2005.

<FONT color=black>A spokesman for the airline said it  hoped that they would carry 500,000 passengers in the first year.

<FONT color=black>Kent County Council has invested in the scheme to help regenerate the Thanet area.

Gurkhas protest over citizenship

Contributed by editor on Sep 01, 2004 - 09:46 PM

Gurkhas from Folkestone dressed in their regimental tie and wearing the medals they have won during their service protested in Liverpool before meeting Home Office officials tday (1 September).

<FONT color=black>Despite fighting as part of the British Army for almost 200 years, they are barred from British citizenship.

<FONT color=black>Many of the soldiers say it is difficult to find employment without British Citizenship and some have waiting nearly two years for a claim to be considered.

<FONT color=black>A spokesman said that many were afraid to go home to visit their families as they feared they would not be allowed back in to Britain.

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<FONT color=black>The Home Office said the soldier's concerns will "feed into" the policy review of their naturalisation.

Up to 400 retired Gurkhas are demanding  British citizenship.

Shepway local board meets at Elham

Contributed by editor on Sep 01, 2004 - 07:45 PM


<FONT color=black>The people of Shepway will be able to have their say about rural libraries and library services when their local board holds its next meeting o­n Thursday 16 September at Elham Village Hall, starting at 6.30pm.

<FONT color=black>The meeting will give members of the public the opportunity to meet their elected representatives at Kent County Council, hear a presentation o­n library services and ask questions.

<FONT color=black>Chairman of the Shepway Local Board Chris Capon said: "We are keen to listen to the views of the public about what they require in a rural library and library services in general. Their comments will help us to continue improving this important resource."

<FONT color=black>Another topic to be discussed will be the funding of small community projects. KCC has allocated £500,000 across the county towards supporting the costs of capital works for local community projects. The Shepway Local Board will consider a number of local projects with a view to recommending priorities for funding.

<FONT color=black>There will also be an update o­n expenditure from the Member's Community Grant through which each County Councillor is able to recommend up to £10,000 per year to local projects.

<FONT color=black>For more information about the board meeting or any of the issues above please contact Community Liaison Manager Dave Geoghegan o­n 01233 639677.

Woman's body recovered from sea

Contributed by editor on Aug 31, 2004 - 06:01 PM


<FONT color=black>A woman's body has been recovered from the sea near Dover

<FONT color=black>The Dover lifeboat was called to an area between St Margaret's Bay and Kingsdown this afternoon (31 August) and pulled the body from the sea.

<FONT color=black>Walkers had spotted the woman's body in the sea and alerted the emergency services.

<FONT color=black>A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death is to be held.

Police crackdown on illegal bikers

Contributed by editor on Aug 31, 2004 - 05:46 PM


<FONT color=black>Warnings have been handed out to nuisance bikers in Dover and Deal as part of an ongoing police crackdown, at the weekend.

Residents had reported the motorcyclists in the Crabble Recreation Ground in Dover and Cold Blow near Deal.

A Kent police spokesman said that those involved in this illegal activity must be aware we are constantly obtaining evidence and will take action.

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Agenda 2 September 2004

Contributed by editor on Aug 31, 2004 - 05:32 PM


<FONT color=black>Thursday 2nd September 2004 at 7.00 pm at The Churchill School, Hawkinge

<FONT color=black>A G E N D A

<FONT color=black>1    Introductions

<FONT color=black>2    Apologies for absence

<FONT color=black>3    Minutes of the last meeting.

<FONT color=black>4    Report from Local Police Officer – PC Trevor Moody

<FONT color=black>5    Guests & Letters Ref. School Safety

<FONT color=black>6    Matters Arising - (items not o­n the current Agenda) - Open Forum

<FONT color=black>7    Report from Neighbourhood Watch

<FONT color=black>8    Report from Councillors

<FONT color=black>9    Report from Community Local Warden - Ian Norman

<FONT color=black>10    Any Other Business

<FONT color=black>11    Date of Next meeting

Hawkinge Football Club fixtures September/October 2004

Contributed by editor on Aug 29, 2004 - 06:17 PM


<FONT color=blue>Hythe Folkestone and District Sunday Morning League

5th September 

v Saltwood at Hythe 2

Referee M Bloomfield

12th September

v Swingfield  at Hawkinge

Referee  M Beadle

19 September

v Rendezvous at Hawkinge

Referee  M Bloomfield

<FONT color=blue>League Cup 2nd round

3 October 2004

v Swingfield  at Swingfield

Referee G Bryant

Hawkinge Football Club - About us

Contributed by editor on Aug 29, 2004 - 06:04 PM


The newly formed Hawkinge Football club is looking for more players, so if you feel the urge to be a Wayne Rooney or Stanley Matthews, get in touch now!

We want players from six to sixty, boys and girls and seniors too.

There is a coaching session held every Saturday o­n the football ground next to the Hawkinge Cricket Club starting at 10 o'clock.

Contact the chief coach Stuart Davis  07970154886

Chairman of the club is:-

Chris Yianni
18 Embrook Valley
Folkestone CT20 3PT   Tel  01303 248462

Club Secretary

Cyril Trice
21 Demozay Close
Hawkinge                      Tel 01303 893499

<FONT color=red>The Hawkinge Gazette will be publishing the fixtures and results throughout the season

Swingfield Twinning Association Newsletter 1

Contributed by editor on Aug 29, 2004 - 03:54 PM

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NEWSLETTER  No 1 August 2004


<P align=center>Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

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

<P align=center>Carol Cunningham (Secretary) 01304 832086

<P align=center>Paul Tatt (Treasurer) 

<P align=center>Heather Bateman – Harry O`Grady

<P align=center>Yvonne Parry – Karen Tatt

<P align=center>Linda Tearle – Graham Truss

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Dear Member,

This is the first of what we hope will be a regular Newsletter to keep you informed with news and events within the Twinning Association.

The advent of a new Chairman of the French Committee, namely Pascal Clement, brought a request from them for discussions for future twinning arrangements.

As a result of these talks with our Chairman, both committees have ratified the following.

1)      This year’s French visit will be o­n the weekend of 25/26th September.

2)      To continue to have o­ne visit per year each way.

3)      From next year to extend the visits to two nights e.g. Friday/Saturday.

4)      School visits to remain as is, 2005 Selsted visit France. 2006 Aviron visit England

We have arranged that when the French visit us o­n September 25th we have a barbeque at the home of Ann & John Roberts who have kindly agreed to this proposal.  We have also invited Mr Richard Ashworth MEP and his wife Sally to the barbeque and they have agreed to come, we look forward to meeting them. Our French guests will arrive at 1.00p.m. o­n Saturday at Smersole Farm so could you all arrive shortly before then in order to greet them.  After the Barbie it will be en famille for the French and English for the evening.  It was proposed and unanimously agreed that we should charge £5 per person for the barbeque in September for English guests.

 It is proposed that we meet again at the same venue at 10.00a.m. o­n Sunday the 26th and leave together to drive to Tenterden to visit an English Vineyard.  We will organise lunch at the vineyard and probably have time for shopping or browsing in the village of Tenterden in the afternoon.  We plan to leave Tenterden at 4.00p.m to arrive at the Channel Tunnel at approximately 6.00p.m. The fee for this trip will be approximately £10 per person for the English. 

PLEASE can you offer a bed for the night to some of our guests?  You will see from the above news that the actual entertainment is well o­n the way to being organised, but we welcome suggestions from you all.  If you wish to provide your own entertainment for your guests, we are sure they would be very happy with that also.

Finally, new members are always welcome and we are generally surprised at how relaxed our twice-yearly visits with the people from Aviron really are.

Grand Princess cruises in (photo)

Contributed by editor on Aug 29, 2004 - 02:22 PM


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The largest cruise liner to have ever berthed in Dover arrived today (29 August 2004).

The 109,000 ton vessel, known as a floating city, will then continue her 17-night cruise from Copenhagen to New York.

Princess Cruises' Grand Princess is taller than the Statue of Liberty and longer than three football fields.

The ship can carry 2600 passengers,  is 290 metres long , has 13 passenger decks and a 1,100-strong crew and cost a staggering $430m.

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