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Village snippets - 19 December 2008

Contributed by editor on Dec 19, 2008 - 12:00 AM

By Cllr Tony Hutt

Carol Concert - a big success

On Sunday 14th December over 200 people came to the Hawkinge
Community Centre to enjoy the annual Parish Carol Service sponsored
by the Hawkinge Parish Council.

Those taking part in the concert were children from the Selsted,
Hawkinge and The Churchill Primary schools. Music was provided by
the Hythe Town Concert Band and the musical group Powerhouse and
Councillor John Heasman was compere for the afternoon.

After the concert free tea, coffee, orange juice and minced pies
were there for everyone to enjoy.

A number of people commented on how they had enjoyed not only the
events that were laid on by the Parish Council this year, but also
the hospitality.

Switch-on of the Hawkinge Christmas Tree

On Sunday 7th December around 150 people attended the lighting of
the Hawkinge Christmas Tree.

The lights on the 20ft tree were switched on by Councillor David
Callahan, Chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council.

There was music by Mrs Irene Preston as well as the singing of

The crowd enjoyed free mince pies and hot tea and coffee while the
children has a visit from Father Christmas who gave out sweets to

Village snippets - 17 April 2008

Contributed by editor on Apr 16, 2008 - 07:08 PM

Village snippets - 17 April 2008

Compiled by the Hawk


The Annual Plant sale for the Hawkinge and District Gardeners takes place on Saturday 3rd May in Hawkinge Village Hall starting at 10.00am.

Come and buy your bedding plants and baskets ready for the summer.

The White Horse, Hawkinge is holding a race-night for the Hopes and Dreams Children's Charity on Friday 30th May at 8-30pm. For more information please contact Andy or Cheryl on 01303892268.

The Annual Parish Meeting takes place on 23rd April in the village hall commencing at 7.00pm. This is a chance for everyone to air their views on parish matters.

Changes have been made to the status of the Hawkinge Partnership. It now receives its funding direct from Shepway District Council who also directly employ its staff. Now part of Shepway`s Neighbourhood Management Team it will also have offices in Grace Hill, Folkestone. Its staff will be split between the two venues.


A request was received from the Trustees of the Community Centre for financial advice and assistance. The Trustees have said that their solicitor who is handling the transfer of the assets to the new company has advised that there is a requirement under section 38 of the Charities act to seek financial advise from a suitably qualified person in order to proceed with certain financial arrangements. The accountant employed by the Trustees is unwilling to offer this advice. The Parish Council is aware that other parties including the District Council have also been unwilling to offer this advice and assistance.

The Parish Council has responded that it is unwilling to assist with this request.

The Community Centre is a privately run charity, totally independent of the Parish Council.

The Council have agreed the terms of a 2 year lease to be offered to the Hawkinge Youth Football Club and the release of funds to assist in the transport of temporary changing facilities.

The Council has refused a request from St. Luke`s Church to allocate Section 106 monies towards the cost of improvements to the Church Hall as it would be illegal to do so.

Tanya Clark the Community Warden has organized a `Community Litter Pick` for Saturday 26th April from 10.00am to 12 noon starting from the Community Centre. A view was expressed as to why this was necessary since Shepway DC has a statutory duty to deal with litter in the streets.


Village snippets - 21 November 2007

Contributed by editor on Nov 20, 2007 - 11:21 PM

Compiled by Tony Hutt


St Luke’s Church, Hawkinge will be holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 8th December in the Church and Church Hall. Attractions will include Father Christmas, Face Painting and refreshments. There will also be various stalls including cakes, Crafts, Cards, Toys, Books and Bric a Brac. Stalls can be booked by calling 01303 892694.

The British Sugarcraft Guild, Folkestone Branch are holding a Christmas Fayre at The Hawkinge Community Centre Saturday 24th November 2007, 10am-2pm. Christmas cakes, Tombola, barrow of booze, cafeteria, and much more. All welcome.

Visit Santa when he arrives for The Advent Fair Saturday 24th November 2007 10am to 1pm at The Churchill School ,Hawkinge. Also available will be tombola refreshment’s , pocket money stalls and lots more.

Quiz night

Folkestone Round Table invites you to join them at a Quiz Night on Saturday 1st December 2007 7.30 pm, at the Churchill School ,Haven Drive, Hawkinge . £5.00 per person (ideally tables of up to 6 people). It is an American Supper so make sure that you bring your own food and drink. All proceeds to local charities .Tickets obtained at the door from 7.20pm on the night.

Hawkinge Parish Council

The Hawkinge Parish Council have agreed to supply an illuminated Christmas Tree to be placed outside the Hawkinge Village Hall. It was also agreed to sponsor a Christmas tree for display at The Hawkinge Community Centre.

Councillor John Heasman has been appointed as Vice Chairman to The Hawkinge Parish Council.

The Hawkinge Parish Plan Steering Committee met on Thursday 15th November to collate together the four day consultation period that had been held with members of the public from the village over the past week. It was agreed unanimously by all members present that the consultation exercise had been a great success. The next meeting of the Steering Committee has been arranged for January 10th 2008 at The Hawkinge Community Centre .


Village snippets - 1 October 2007

Contributed by editor on Oct 01, 2007 - 11:54 PM

Tony Hutt with the upcoming local events in and around the village

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Service’s will be held on Sunday 7th October at St Martin’s Church ,Acrise at 8-45am,

St Luke’s Church , Hawkinge at 10-00am. And at The St Luke’s family service that is held at The Hawkinge Community Centre at 11-15am

During each service children will be invited to bring gift’s to the front of the church ,then all gifts will be boxed and delivered to the Rainbow Centre in Folkestone which supports and cares for the homeless.

Alpha Course.

The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, low key ,friendly manner. It is also supported by all the main Christian denomination’s. The ten week course begins on Monday 8th October 8-00pm =9.30pm and concludes on the 10th December. The venue for this event is St Luke’s vicarage, 78 Canterbury Road Hawkinge. This course is free of charge and everyone is welcome.For more detail’s of this course please contact Revd, Rob Grinsell 01303 893215

Hawkinge Parish Council

The next two Hawkinge Parish Council meetings will be held on Wednesday 10th October and Wednesday 14th November 2007 Hawkinge Village Hall , Canterbury Road .

Barn Dance

A Barn Dance is to be held at The Hawkinge Community Centre on 20th October. The dance is in aid of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal . Music will be provided by the Oddsock Do Dum band .Cost of admittance to the Barn Dance is £6 per person ,for more detail’s contact Len on 01303 893126.

Arts & Crafts

A showcase of art’s & craft’s work by local Hawkinge club’s will be on show at the Hawkinge Community Centre Heron Forstal Ave. on Saturday 27th October 2007 ,10-00am-4-00pm.Exhibition of craft’s including quilts. There will be demonstration’s and ,craft stall’s. Quilt raffle in aid of Kent Air Ambulance, refreshment’s. Admission is free.