Controversial goal robs Hawkinge of a point

Contributed by admin on Oct 05, 2004 - 09:26 PM


Swingfield 3  Hawkinge 2
Report by Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge team turned in a far better performance o­n Sunday against Swingfield but are still failing to get that much needed win.
Hawkinge started well by scoring the first goal, but then gave away a simple equalizer. The match was played with a lot of spirit with another goal each up to the last five minutes of the game.

Swingfield then managed to clinch victory in what was seen to be an unfair decision by the referee who ignored the linesman's flag and, the winning goal was allowed for Swingfield.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 4 October 2004

Contributed by admin on Oct 05, 2004 - 08:41 PM

Our first meetings of the new season have been well attended, and with several new members coming along.

I am sure they have enjoyed the lectures we have had so far, these being:- two Audio Visual treats by our own members which have been circulating around Australia for the last year, entitled ‘Hands Across the Sea’ and ‘Great Britains Greatest Britton’; a Digital demonstration by another long-standing member, Arthur Bailey; and last Monday an illustrated  talk by Irene and John Palmer  entitled ‘Darwins’ Orchid Bank’ with brilliant photography and very interesting commentary.   If this continues we shall have a very good and interesting season!

On Monday 4th October we had another interesting talk given by Graham Johnson, entitled ‘Kent – Another Unusual View’ which was another illustrated presentation to enthral us all and probably gave us ideas of places to visit in Kent, with our cameras in tow!

Wednesday will be our first Practical evening of the season, where members can practice with the clubs Studio Lighting, and the following Monday 11th October, will be our first Slide competition of the season.

On Saturday many members will be visiting the Isle of Thanet Photographic Society HQ who are hosting this years Kent County Photographic Associations Handley Shield and Carter Cup Competitions.  This is where all Kent based Camera Clubs compete against each other, and it is always a good evening to see other clubs work, and see how well we compete against them !

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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 (Press Officer) 01303 245399 or e mail: for further information.

Shepway puts pressure on SRA over Folkestone high speed rail link

Contributed by admin on Oct 05, 2004 - 08:34 PM

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<FONT face=Arial size=1>The Rail for Folkestone campaign is keeping up the pressure for a fast link to London  while the new Integrated Kent Franchise is developed.

<FONT face=Arial size=1>Shepway District Council wrote to the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in July setting out the council’s concern at the apparent loss of momentum for the campaign.
The SRA has responded stating that after they relieved Connex of the Kent franchise, South Eastern Trains was set up to run the operation until the new franchise could be specified and put out to tender.

The new franchisee will probably be appointed within the next few months, although there have been some delays. They will be expected to operate an integrated service of the new high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link Domestic Services and the existing classic line services.

<FONT face=Arial size=1>Leader of the Council, Cllr Robert Bliss highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to the project and stated “Shepway District Council, Dover District Council and Ashford Borough Council will be working in cooperation with each other in order to encourage the provision of Channel Tunnel Rail Link Domestic Services to South East Kent.�
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The Channel Tunnel Rail link is integral to the future regeneration of Shepway bringing the journey time to London to just 57 minutes.

Tories can win General Election says Howard

Contributed by editor on Oct 03, 2004 - 12:05 PM


Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader Michael Howard speaking o­n today's Breakfast with Frost TV programme, dismissed suggestions that the best the party could hope for at the General Election was to finish second ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

He insisted that the Conservatives could still win the next General Election, despite being fourth  behind the UK Independence Party in the Hartlepool by election.

Mr Howard said that the political landscape had changed "hugely" following Tony Blair's announcement  that he intended to stand down after serving o­ne more term as Prime Minister.

Man dies in A258 crash

Contributed by editor on Oct 03, 2004 - 11:42 AM


Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious accident o­n the A258 Deal Road, Worth involving a red Ford Fiesta

The accident which occurred shortly before o­ne o'clock this morning (3 October) left o­ne man dead and two other people seriously injured, a police spokesman said.

Fire crews used cutting equipment to free the casualties from the wreckage of the car.

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them o­n 01622 600970.

Woman cleared of miniature railway death

Contributed by editor on Sep 30, 2004 - 09:39 PM


A woman has been cleared at Maidstone Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving after the car she was driving collided with a train o­n the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway in August 2003.

Marie Scrace, from Lydd, admitted careless driving,  was disqualified from driving for 12 months and  fined £500.

The accident derailed the locomotive at an unguarded level crossing o­n Burmarsh Road and  train driver Kevin Crouch 31,was crushed  to death.

Gurkhas can stay in UK

Contributed by editor on Sep 30, 2004 - 05:12 PM


Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced today that Gurkhas who have served in the British Army will be able to apply for settlement and then British citizenship o­n completion of their service.

The announcement follows a government review and a campaign by the Gurkha soldiers, many of which are based at Shornecliffe Garrison.

The decision means that the Nepalese solders who leave after more than four years service will be able to apply to stay in the UK and they are expected to be granted citizenship a year later.

The rules do not apply to those discharged from the armed forces before July 1997.

No announcement was made regarding the Gurkha's pensions, which are less that their British counterparts

The Prime Minister said: "The Gurkhas have served this country with great skill, courage and dignity during some of the most testing times in our history.

"They have made an enormous contribution not just to our armed forces but to the life of this country, and it is important their commitment and sacrifice is recognised."

The Home Secretary David Blunkett said: "Throughout their history, the men of the Gurkha Brigade have shown unquestioning loyalty to the Queen and the people of the United Kingdom.

"In battle they have distinguished themselves as brave and  skilful soldiers in all conditions and all terrains. Their 13 Victoria Crosses and numerous other bravery awards speak for themselves.

"I am very keen to ensure that we recognise their role in  the history of our country and the part they have played in protecting us. This is why we have put together the best possible package to enable discharged Gurkhas to apply for settlement and citizenship. I hope that the decision I have made today will make our gratitude clear.

"Those high military standards have been mirrored in their  demeanour in civilian life. Their families too have shown devotion and commitment by travelling across continents to support the Brigade

Police warn businesses of illegal scam

Contributed by editor on Sep 29, 2004 - 10:52 AM


The Police in South East Kent are warning small businesses and independent traders in the area to beware about an illegal scam.

<FONT color=black>A letter has been sent to several businesses from an organisation calling itself: ‘Anti-Money Laundering Support Team’ with an address: Lyme House, 98 Plane Tree Drive, Crewe, Cheshire.

<FONT color=black>It is an official looking letter and states that under The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, each employer is required to ensure they and all their staff are trained, registered and compliant with the Act, or face penalties such as a prison sentence or a fine.

<FONT color=black>The letter asks employers to send a cheque for £75 for each member of staff to be registered.

<FONT color=black>Although businesses do have a duty to let the authorities know if they suspect any cash transaction, there is no legal obligation for them to register under the Act.

<FONT color=black>Cheshire Police have arrested o­ne person in connection with this fraud.

<FONT color=black>If anyone receives a letter asking for cheques to be sent to register under the Proceeds of Crime Act, they should not reply, and should throw the letter away.

Help for P&O workers

Contributed by editor on Sep 29, 2004 - 10:46 AM

<FONT color=black size=4>HELP FOR P&O WORKERS

<FONT color=black>Following the news of hundreds of job losses with ferry company P&O, o­n top of job losses at the end of last year, a partnership of key agencies is stepping into action and working to prepare help for local families.

<FONT color=black>A number of agencies including Dover District Council, Kent County Council, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Job Centre Plus are working together to prepare to support those facing job losses. This includes plans for setting up special support for people seeking employment, and business support agencies promoting self employment and small business opportunities.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "We are of course saddened by this news and our sympathies are immediately with the families affected by these job losses. This news also has a wider effect o­n the local community, and has a knock o­n effect o­n a wide range of economic factors throughout the area. This includes a range of businesses which are directly and indirectly affected by the port. We are also monitoring hold ups in freight processing which could lead to delays which would affect other local businesses.

<FONT color=black>"A strong local economy requires a wider diversity of job opportunities, which we continue to strive for. To achieve this goal we need to continue to work for upgrades for local road and rail networks, reforms to further education and skills training provision, and continued Government funding for regeneration initiatives. We continue to work with all our partners in the community to address these and other matters, and to work for medium and long term solutions to Dover's employment situation."

Concern grows over missing teenager

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2004 - 05:24 PM


Police are anxious to trace a 14 year-old Folkestone girl who has not been seen since 1.30pm o­n 23rd August, 2004.

Rhiannon Stevie Thomas was last seen in Maidstone Road, Ashford.

Police are conducting an investigation into her disappearance, and despite extensive enquiries have failed to find Rhiannon.

She is described as white and 5’2� tall with a fair complexion, dark brown eyes and strawberry blond straight shoulder length hair.

When she was last seen she was wearing a black zip-up cardigan, blue jeans and pink shoes, and has two gold chains, o­ne with a locket, a thumb ring o­n her left hand and rings o­n the finger of her left hand.

It is believed she is living in the Folkestone area, and police would like to speak to anyone who has information about Rhiannon to contact Ashford Police o­n 01233 619167.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers Hotline o­n 0800 555111. Calls to Crimestoppers are free, confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.