Folkestone Camera Club meeting

Contributed by editor on Oct 25, 2004 - 05:42 PM


Our 1st  Print competition of the season o­n 18th October was judged by Sue Flood , DPAGB,  a very competent and experienced judge. 

Points out of 20 of each section were as follows:-

Novice:-                 ‘BUS TOP VIEW’                             JIM WRAIGHT           20
(10 entries)             Ã¢â‚¬ËœBUSKERS LULLABY’                    JIM WRAIGHT           19               

Intermediate:-            ‘NO CLIMBING’                   MICHAEL CHALK              20
(18 enries)        Ã¢â‚¬ËœMURAL AT CHALLOCK CHURCH’    MARY COLLINS            19
           Ã¢â‚¬ËœCONTEMPLATING WORK IN HAND’          MELANIE CHALK             19 
Advanced:-   Ã¢â‚¬ËœCHINESE DRAGON’                  DAVE TURNER                        20 
‘AMARYLLIS’                                                      IAN STONE                         19 


Novice:-                  Ã¢â‚¬ËœTERESA’                                              GLEN YORKE      20
(2 entries)

Intermediate:-  ‘PORTRAIT OF PHOEBE’                         MURIEL HILLIARD  20

Advanced:-   Ã¢â‚¬ËœDIRECT LOOK’                    KEITH RADFORD ARPS                20
(13 entries) Ã¢â‚¬ËœSTREET GAME’                    MARIE LAURE STONE CPAGB     20


The above winners photographs can be viewed o­n our website. 

There has been a noticeable increase in print entries, due to the digital ‘era’.  This is just a selection of our members work – some members still prefer slides to prints and vice versa.  (We at present have approximately 60 members)

 We have a Practical Evening o­nce a month so members can practice with the studio lighting with a model and we always hope the newer members will come along to try their hand at portraiture or table top.

After a very successful outing to Brugge o­n Saturday 24th October, Monday  (25th October)  will be a digital audio visual show presented by Denis Bridges a long-standing member of our club.  .   The following meeting o­n 1st November will be an illustrated talk o­n the ‘Field Techniques of Nature Photography’ by Robert Canis  ARPS. 

On Saturday 30th October the Kent County Photographic Association Bi-ennial Audio Visual Competition will be held at St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club.

Visit our web site at

Meetings are held at the United Reformed Church Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue. Folkestone, every Monday commencing at 7.45pm  New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, please, ring Jenny Barraclough (Hon. Secretary) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.

MP helps victims of phone scam

Contributed by editor on Oct 25, 2004 - 04:59 PM


Michael Howard, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe, has stepped in to help constituents who fell victim of a telephone dial-up scam.

The Shepway couple wrote to Mr Howard in September after they were concerned about the size of their BT bill which contained several calls to international and premium rate numbers which they had not called.

Mr Howard wrote to Pierre Danon, Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail, o­n their behalf and has now learnt that BT has refunded the cost of the calls.

Mr Howard said: “I was pleased to be able to help the couple who faced a bill of several hundred pounds due to this scam.

"I would urge any members of the public who are concerned about these scams to contact ICSTIS [the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services] o­n free phone 0800 500 212, or write to ICSTIS Ltd., Clove Building, 4 Maguire Street, London SE1 2NQ or visit for further information.â€?

The Ghost Train steams into Lyminge

Contributed by editor on Oct 24, 2004 - 07:46 PM

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Spirited victory despite a lot of falling over

Contributed by editor on Oct 24, 2004 - 02:44 PM


Hawkinge 4   Harveys Wine Bar 1

by Cyril Trice

Hawkinge seemed to revel in the very wet conditions o­n what could loosely be described as a football pitch today (24 October).

Finding it difficult to stay upright they overcame the problems and with a great deal of slipping and sliding  chalked up a three goal lead by the end of the first half.

Hawkinge then added a further goal mid-way through the second half, but just when what should have been a clean sheet, they lowered their guard and let Harveys through to score their o­nly goal.

With the goals now being produced so readily, this should set them up well for the E. Burvill Cup quarter finals next week.

No hiding place for hoax callers

Contributed by editor on Oct 24, 2004 - 09:52 AM


Kent Fire and Rescue Service is fighting the battle against hoax callers by investing in hi-tech equipment.

The new Enhanced Information Service for Emergency Controls (EISEC) system allows control staff to pinpoint a mobile phone location.

Head of Operational Services Steve Demetriou said: “Control staff already have the technology to locate the address of a hoax call made from a public call box or a landline, but the EISEC system can provide a series of locations from which a mobile phone hoax call is being made. We can then pass this information o­n to the police who can take the matter further.

“This represents a massive step forward in our fight against hoax calls – a problem that has the potential to divert valuable firefighting resources away from genuine incidents in which lives and property could be in danger. The system is also used to pre alert fire crews throughout the county, ensuring that they mobilised to an emergency quickly and efficiently.�

When a hoax caller dials 999 using a mobile phone and gets through to Control, the details are automatically exchanged between databases at Kent Fire and Rescue Service and British Telecom. This, in turn, will identify the nearest service provider’s transmitter – helping Kent Fire and Rescue Service pinpoint the location of the caller.

Crime Sheet 11/10/04 to 17/10/04

Contributed by editor on Oct 23, 2004 - 01:29 PM

 COUNTRY EYE NEIGBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 11/10 to 17/10

<FONT color=navy>11/10/04
Between 2000hrs & 2130hrs 11/10/04

IP came out to her car and found that a breezeblock had been put o­n the bonnet of her car - this has caused many gouges to paintwork and damage to the bonnet - also dent o­n passenger side wing.

<FONT color=navy>12/10/04
Between 11:45hrs 11/10/04 & 0300hrs 12/10/04
Theft of Pedal Cycle

<FONT color=black>IP last saw his bike early hours o­n 11/10/04 when he left for work. The bike was left propped up against the garage wall in the back garden, with the side gate bolted shut. Gate can o­nly be unbolted from inside the garden. Offender/s have jumped over the rear gate, taken the bike and let themselves out via the side gate, as this is the o­nly form of exit from the garden.

<FONT color=navy>13/10/04
Between 0001 12/10/04 & 2323hrs 13/10/04
Theft of Motor Vehicle

The IP rang in to state that he had found his vehicle insecure. It is unknown how entry was gained, as there appears to be no visible damage, unknown if vehicle was left insecure. IP stated that the vehicle has moved.

<FONT color=navy>14/10/04
Between 1830hrs 13/10/04 & 0615hrs 14/10/04
Theft of Pedal Cycle

Theft of 2 pedal cycles. Both were left insecure o­n the driveway but could not be seen from the road.

<FONT color=navy>14/10/04
Between 2100hrs 13/10/04 & 0700hrs 14/10/04
Interference with Motor Vehicle

Informant’s vehicle was parked unattended o­n the car parking space located at the side of his house, which is a public area. Between times stated unknown person has removed a window o­n the vehicle and damage the ignition as wires are hanging out. He has tried to put the window back in. Nothing else appears to have been disturbed.

<FONT color=navy>14/10/04
Between 1530hrs 13/10/04 & 1530hrs 14/10/04
Theft of Pedal Cycle

<FONT color=navy>14/10/04
Between 1530hrs & 1630hrs 14/10/04

IP was cooking and opened the front door wide for some air. IP saw no o­ne about at that time IP had left her handbag o­n the floor in the hallway and it was not hidden from view. The front door can be seen from the road. No strange cars seen. IP does not habitually keep the bag here. o­n her return to the door IP saw her handbag was gone. No suspects seen and no doorbell heard.

<FONT color=navy>15/10/04
Between 1525hrs & 1535hrs 15/10/04
Possession Class A drug heroin

At 20:25hrs patrol attended the area of the Community Centre Hawkinge Offender was seen crouching between the Centre and the wall. When asked what he was doing offender said that he had fallen o­n the wall and hurt his ankle and was tying his shoelace. A used Syringe was found beside the offender. Search carried out and o­n his person offender had four syringes and other paraphernalia concealed in the battery compartment of his mobile phone were two wraps offender declared these were Heroin.

<FONT color=navy>16/10/04
Between 1155hrs & 1209hrs 16/10/04
Theft of Motor Vehicle


<FONT color=navy>18/10/04
Between 1800hrs 17/10/04 & 0745hrs 18/10/04

Ip - she states that her car was parked o­n the drive at the front of the house and overnight offender has poured an oil based paint colour green all over her bodywork. At the time of this report she is trying to scrape it off but it appears that she will not be able to get it all off.

<FONT color=navy>17/10/04
Between 1300hrs & 1410hrs 17/10/04
Theft from Motor Vehicle

Offenders smashed passenger window, means and method unknown. Handbag then stolen from the vehicle.

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 218151

Shepway's flood defences completed

Contributed by editor on Oct 22, 2004 - 05:44 PM

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It is hoped the threat of flooding has been lifted with the completion of Shepway's coastal defence scheme.

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One of the District's biggest coastal defence schemes was opened by constituency MP Michael Howard today (22 October).

The  £13m scheme should save Sandgate from a re-run of floods that hit the town in 1990 after a flood wall burst. The work will also reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion for the next 50 years.

The project stretches from Hythe to Folkestone Harbour and will protect the area's 3,000 homes.

200,000 tons of rock have been used to create groynes and 800,000 tons of shingle added to the existing beaches.

Howard claims more in allowances and expenses than Blair

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


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

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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


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




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.




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.



           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.