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How to Relax and Recharge in London

Contributed by editor on Dec 29, 2017 - 10:15 PM


We all love London. There’s never a way to be bored here, what with all the parks, shops, cafés nightlife and odd little nooks where you can find the strangest and most wonderful attractions.

News from your Hawkinge councillor on Shepway District Council David Godfrey - 30 September 2017

Contributed by editor on Sep 30, 2017 - 08:30 AM


Welcome to this new regular column from Hawkinge Town and Shepway District Councillor David Godfrey.


Council gets together with Folkestone Nepalese community to improve understanding

Contributed by editor on Apr 30, 2017 - 09:25 AM


This week has seen two events to improve understanding between the local council and the Nepalese community.


New plans for huge Hawkinge Care Home (Drawing)

Contributed by editor on Feb 26, 2009 - 09:13 PM

New plans for a 112 suite Care Home off Hurricane Drive in Hawkinge have been submitted to Shepway District Council.


The building has a contemporary layout and includes a gymnasium, small cinema, restaurant, and medical facilities. It has parking for 55 vehicles.

Click to see the documents for the full application


Parrot kicked out of football match for mimicking refs whistle

Contributed by editor on Jan 24, 2009 - 05:00 AM

Referee Gary Bailey was forced to eject a large green parrot from among the spectators after the bird, who had been brought along by its lady owner, began imitating the ref's whistle during the second half of a game between Hatfield Town and Hertford Heath.

Bailey says he had never encountered a situation quite like it.

He quickly grew tired of the unofficial whistle sounding, leaving both players and spectators unsure what was going on. Hatfield went on to triumph 5-2 in extra time.

"The players all stopped so I had to ask her to move the parrot. It was bizarre. The crowd were all laughing. Looking back I should have made far more of it and got out my red card to show to the parrot," said Bailey.



Police charge man over attacks on women

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2008 - 03:06 PM

Police have charged a man over two attacks on women who were walking alone at Greatstone on Romney Marsh.

A man from Littlestone, faces two charges of common assault and is due to appear at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (25 November).

Two women were attacked in the Grand Parade, in the Greatstone area of New Romney, on 14 and 15 November.

Councillor duped by Status Quo trickster

Contributed by editor on Nov 14, 2008 - 08:43 AM

A trickster duped a Dover Councillor into providing free meals and it was claimed, obtained trips in the Mayor's limo after pretending to be Francis Rossi from the top rock band, Status Quo.

According to press reports, the man,  who wanted to remain incognito and called himself 'Graham', was wined and dined by fellow councillors after promising he would perform free at their festival.

He claimed his 'pals' Sir Paul McCartney, Charlotte Church and Brian May from Queen would also be there.

He first tricked 67-year-old Cllr Vic Matcham who later lost his seat on the Town Council.

For almost a year he was reportedly treated to trips in the Mayor’s limousine, slap-up meals and even attended a VIP event at Dover Castle.

He judged the floats at the town's annual carnival parade although he was not wearing a pony tail.

When asked why Rossi’s trademark ponytail was missing, he said: “I can’t grow my hair long any more. A fake one is stuck on three hours before a gig.”

But 'Graham' was rumbled after his star 'pals' didn’t turn up for the gig and the trickster fled the town.

Dover's town clerk Mike Webb said: 'No council expenditure was spent on this man. A former Dover councillor appears to have been conned who was acting in an unauthorised way and never with the backing of the council.'

Harbour Board 'running roughshod over the interests of their employees'

Contributed by editor on Nov 13, 2008 - 01:00 AM

The Prosser Perspective.... a weekly column from Dover and Deal MP Gwyn

13 November 2008

My first contact with the Port of Dover was way back in 1979 when
I joined Sealink Ferries and it was very different to what we have
today. The port’s capacity was a fraction of what it is now, there
were no cruise liners and security was almost non existent.

During the eighties I got to know the Board a lot better when the
proposed Channel Tunnel threatened the future of the port. The
trades unions worked in harmony with the bosses of DHB and others to
oppose the Channel Tunnel Bill and a get a better deal for Dover.

Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, who was a champion of the Transport & General
Workers Union (now known as UNITE T&G) visited Dover and met with
Board members and port workers and supported our joint campaign.

I was a Parliamentary Agent and became the co-ordinator of that
campaign when the Bill reached the House of Lords and I was well
placed to see how effective and productive our joint efforts were in
modifying the final form of the Channel Tunnel Act.

This joint working was typical of the way DHB has operated in the
past and even during the days when the T&G had a closed shop
agreement in the port, the two sides were civilised enough to sit
down together and negotiate sensible settlements and this is how it
should be – especially in a publicly owned trust post which has the
obligation to consider the well-being of the town and the

During the nineties the Conservative Government wanted to remove
Dover’s trust status and sell it off to the highest bidder using
their privatisation legislation. My Labour colleagues, supported by
port employees and with the acquiescence of DHB, campaigned hard to
keep the port public - and then along came the 1997 General Election
which put Labour into power and scuppered the Tory privatisation

However, the pressure to privatise has not gone away and as recently
as 2005 the Dover & Deal Conservative Association went into the
General Election with the pledge that if they won the election they
would indeed privatise Dover.

It’s very sad that DHB’s proud history of good industrial relations
is being sullied by the unilateral action of the current Board who
are running roughshod over the interests of their employees,
throwing down the gauntlet and refusing to negotiate.

When attending Remembrance Services on Sunday it was gratifying to
meet so many people who shared my support for the port workers
stance and were appalled by the way DHB were behaving and in
particular they were appalled by their refusal to meet with UNITE
for meaningful negotiations.

It’s just not good enough for the Chief Executive to say he’s
willing to consult. When your job is up for grabs and your pension
is in jeopardy you don’t want to be consulted on how much you are
going to lose - you want to negotiate on the decision that’s
threatening your future.

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