Folkestone Camera Club meeting 5 April 2004

Contributed by editor on Apr 15, 2004 - 04:12 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>FOLKESTONE CAMERA CLUB

Monday 5th April saw Mr Frank Page LRPS LMPA from Staplehurst Camera Club, returning to judge our 6th  and final print competition of the season. With his usual expertise, and hints and tips o­n how we could improve our entries his marks (out of 20)  were:-

Novice:-  20 Pam Wraight  Ã¢â‚¬ËœHome Sweet Home’ (12 entries)  19 Jim Wraight   Ã¢â‚¬ËœFour Candles’  18 Thomas Jeram  Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Papphiopedilum  Julius Orchid’

Intermediate:- 20 Michael Chalk  Ã¢â‚¬ËœBristol Skyline’ (14 entries)  20 Mary Collins  Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Empty Seat’ 19 Jean Turner   Ã¢â‚¬ËœReady, Steady, Go’

Advanced:-  20 Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB ‘Kirtipur’s Tinker’ (20 entries)  20 David Hughes  Ã¢â‚¬ËœSalford Quays’   19 David Hughes  Ã¢â‚¬ËœGrand Court, British Museum’    19 Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB ‘The Happy Baker’

Portraits - (unfortunately a little thin o­n the ground lately no entries in the  Novice section and o­nly o­ne entry in the Intermediate which of course made that entry the winner!)

Intermediate:- 17 Charles White  Ã¢â‚¬ËœVictor’

Advanced:-  (15 entries)  20 David Hughes  Ã¢â‚¬ËœGeorgina ‘2’’19 Keith Radford  Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Surveyor’ 19 Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB ‘Hey, So What?’

Next Monday 19th April, will be the Peter Heritage Trophy which is a Set Subject – this year being ‘The Lennon & McCartney Songbook’(where members must produce a slide depicting o­ne of the song titles.  The Reg Walker Cup to find the best slide of the season will also be judged.

The following week 26th will be our final slide competition of the season.   Followed o­n the 28th by a Battle for the Eurotunnel Trophy at Canterbury Camera Club.  This Battle will end our season, with o­nly our Annual Dinner and Awards Night to follow o­n 6th May.  Our new season will commence in September.

Visit our website at

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome,  if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough

(Secretary) 01303 245399, or e mail.  or visit our web site at

Eurotunnel boring machine sold for scrap

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2004 - 08:36 AM

The buyer of the drill used to build the Channel Tunnel and currently sited outside the Cheriton Offices of the company, has said he plans to cut it up for scrap metal.

The 580-tonne boring machine was sold by Eurotunnel o­n internet auction site eBay, with the sale closing o­n Monday.

Eurotunnel have described it as "a prized relic from the greatest construction achievement of the 20th century" which would be of interest to museums.

But buyer Tony Wilkinson, a scrap merchant from Kent, said he planned to cut the drill into small pieces.

Channel collision in dense fog

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2004 - 08:24 AM


A fishing boat was struck by a cargo ship in thick fog near the Dover Strait this morning (14 April).

The accident at about 8.00am  involved the French-registered fishing boat Corona Gloria.

An RNLI lifeboat from Dover helped pump out water leaking from the fishing boat caused by the collision and the vessel was then towed to Boulogne.

As an  investigation has been launched the identity of the cargo ship is not being revealed.

It is not thought anyone was injured.

All things being equal

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2004 - 08:09 AM

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Council tenants across Shepway are being invited to learn more about equal opportunities at two, all-day training sessions.

Members of the Shepway Tenants’ and Leaseholders’ Group and other tenant representatives will be attending, but June Martin, Community Development Officer for Coast and Countryside Housing Services, says all tenants, whether or not they are a member of a tenants’ group, are welcome.

There first training session will be held in Folkestone o­n Wednesday 21 April and second will be held o­n Wednesday 12 May.

Ash Charlton of Ace Training, who will be running the sessions, has run similar courses in London with great success. “I guarantee that everybody who attends o­ne of these courses will really enjoy themselves learning new things whilst having fun,â€? he said.

Coast and Countryside Housing Services, the housing department of Shepway District Council, has joined up with 13 other local housing authorities and housing associations in south east Kent to produce a Diversity Pack to show out how equal opportunities affect everyone. This project will be funded by an Innovation into Action Grant from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

The pack will be geared towards tenants’ groups and associations and will give tips o­n how to challenge prejudices and misconceptions and deal with unfair or discriminatory views in a constructive and positive way.

Any tenant wanting more information or who would to book a place for the training sessions should contact Jan Henry or June Martin at Coast and Countryside Housing Services o­n 01303 851781 or 01303 851782.

Sports site views sought

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2004 - 08:04 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>SPORTS SITE VIEWS SOUGHT

People living close to Cheriton Road Recreation Ground are being given the chance to have their say about plans for a multi-million pound sports centre o­n the site.

More than 1,000 homes are being sent a leaflet by Shepway Council setting out four possible locations within the sports ground where the new centre could be built and showing the access routes that could serve it.

The leaflet has also gone to 40 schools and 200 sports clubs across the district and to the council’s 450-strong Citizens’ Panel

Although the leaflet is going to those people most likely to have opinions about the proposed new centre - including homes in Fairway Avenue, Cherry Garden Avenue, Cornwallis Avenue, Julian Road, and Lucy Avenue - the council welcomes everyone’s views.

Copies of the leaflet, which includes questions about the most - and least - preferred sites and access routes as well as space for general comments, are available from the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue.

Completed surveys must be sent to the council by 26 April.

Council tax easy pay scheme launched

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2004 - 08:00 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>COUNCIL TAX EASY PAY SCHEME LAUNCHED

Payments for many of Shepway District Council’s services can now be made quickly and conveniently by telephone or via the Internet.

Government “e-envoyâ€?, Andrew Pinder said: “Shepway Council is o­ne of the first local authorities to make use of the Government Gateway, and the first to process payments through it.â€?

The Council’s Cabinet member responsible for resources, Cllr. Paul Marsh, said: “It is rewarding to know that the Government recognizes us as leaders in this area of e-Government technology and that Shepway residents are among the first to benefit from the e-payment service.�

Payments can be made by credit/debit card for the following council services; rent, council tax, business rates, parking fines, housing benefit overpayments and sundry debts.

White Cliffs in the top ten

Contributed by admin on Apr 13, 2004 - 03:50 PM


The White Cliffs of Dover have been nominated in a competition to find Britain's Finest Natural Wonder.

They are just o­ne of 10 attractions in the running along with the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and Glasgow's Loch Lomond.

The famous cliffs overlook the Straits of Dover where millions pass each year o­n their journey to or from the continent.

The competition is being run by the Radio Times and Channel Five.

The cliffs are up to 300feet tall and can be seen in France across the English Channel.

Double whammy if you're caught short in Shepway

Contributed by admin on Apr 12, 2004 - 11:34 AM


If it wasn't bad enough being caught short in Shepway with most public toilets closed, now local police are warning residents to beware of tricksters, who claim they have been caught short.

Elderly residents especially are vulnerable say South East Kent police and they are being warned to beware of bogus callers who try to gain access to homes by saying they need to use the toilet.

Police say that opportunist burglars across the county are now using new excuses to try and trick people.

A spokesman said: "They are picking o­n people who come from a generation that used to take people at face value."

So keep your fingers crossed  you don't have a genuine emergency in Shepway and be prepared to cross your legs too.

Dump nappies on the farm

Contributed by admin on Apr 12, 2004 - 11:00 AM


Dear Ed

This is with regard to your article about throw away nappies quoting a lady presumably o­ne of the millions employed by the mighty SDC Ltd.

The council are now spending a small fortune of our hard earned money o­n collecting garden refuse from every house that has any.  So why not place the nappies with that for dumping o­n the farm to make the cabbages grow for future generations.

Bio-degradable nappies (simple to make) and a bit of the filling in em will send off the decaying process lovely and quickly. 

Someone will now say  something about the diseases (pathagenes or something similar) contained within. 

They don't care about the risk of spread of disease at the land fill sites to the near residents and such fears don't bother the Chinese o­nce its composted down to be spread o­n the land and you should see the size of the cabbages there, beautiful green colour and the tastiest of veg.

Yours etc

Powerful Pierre

Archbishop says world should "not stand by" in Easter cathedral sermon

Contributed by admin on Apr 11, 2004 - 09:20 AM


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has delivered his Easter Sunday sermon at Canterbury Cathedral.

He said that the world should not stand by "in indecision and distractedness" while slaughter such as that in Rwanda 10 years ago takes place.

Dr Williams also told the congregation they should remember those who die "alone and unloved" in our own society.