Your chance to star on BBC TV

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2004 - 08:35 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>YOUR CHANCE TO STAR ON BBC TV

TV researchers for a new documentary series for BBC2 about family-life have contacted the Hawkinge Gazette to help them find families who could appear in a new documentary.

They would like to hear from any families who feel they are not "the average" and who are proud of their individuality.

Documentary researcher Nina Pidcock said: "The BBC are keen to speak initially to as many families as possible so as to get a good picture of what isn't average!

"Ultimately we would like to find a family to film."



Roll up roll up for the Annual Parish Meeting

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2004 - 07:13 AM


This is your chance to have a say on local matters and hear about the local groups and organisations in the village.

Whether you are looking for a group to join, or maybe you would like to set one up, come along and talk to other parishioners.

If you are interested in education, the local schools will also be represented.

There will be a talk by the Project Manager at the White Cliffs Project, so if the environment is your bag, do come along.

The meeting will be held in Hawkinge Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th April 2004

Marathon man Cyril needs your support

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2004 - 05:30 AM


Chairman of Hawkinge Parish council Cyril Trice is counting down the days before he sets off o­n this year's Flora London Marathon, but some children won't make it to see him cross the finishing line.

Cyril is raising cash for Children with Leukaemia, but has so far raised just £110.

He said: "Hawkinge people wish me luck and say I am brave, but the children I am running for need more than luck, they need money for treatment to improve their lives.

"I enjoy running and am blessed with good health at the age of 72 years. I also realize that there are others less fortunate than me, so by running for Children with Leukaemia I hope it gives others a greater chance of better health.

"Leukaemia is cancer of the blood. It’s not hereditary. You can’t catch it. Yet it kills more of our children than any other disease and it is o­n the increase.

"Forty years ago, leukaemia was a virtual death sentence. Nowadays, two out of three leukaemic children survive. Please help take our vital work forward and save every young life that would otherwise be lost forever.

"There are just four weeks to go so please visit help me help the children".

Hungry thieves target sheds

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2004 - 02:49 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>HUNGRY THIEVES TARGET SHEDS

Local police are warning residents in Hythe and Seabrook to lock sheds and outbuildings following five break-ins in about two days. 

Thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of frozen food after breaking into a garden shed in o­ne of a spate of thefts.

 In Seabrook Road £200 worth of food was taken from a shed.

A259 claims another life

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 22, 2004 - 04:16 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>A259 CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE

A motorist has been killed in a road accident on the A259 in Dymchurch.

Police said the woman, who was in her late 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident at about 12.30pm on Saturday (20 March) was near Burmarsh Road and involved a Peugeot 306, being driven by the victim, and a Ford Maverick.

Officers said the driver of the Ford and a woman passenger were both from Folkestone,

They were both taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford with minor chest injuries and shock.

An investigation has been launched by the Crash Investigation Unit and the police are appealing for witnesses.

The identity of the woman, who was from Sandgate, has not yet been released.

Folkestone Camera Club Meeting 15 March 2004

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 22, 2004 - 03:14 PM


Monday 15th March was our 5th slide competition of the season when our members learn from the judges comments, tips, advice and experience. Our judge was Mr Tony Catt a very experienced photographer and first time visitor as judge to our Club.. His results (out of 20) were:-

Monochrome:  19 Fay Meek  Ã¢â‚¬ËœWoodwind’(12 entries)  17 Betty Boreham Ã¢â‚¬ËœLowryesque’  17 Bob Brisley  Ã¢â‚¬ËœRemains of Whitby Abbey’       Novice:  18 Bill Grudgings Ã¢â‚¬ËœHappy Hiker’(4 entries)  17 Bill Grudgings Ã¢â‚¬ËœConiston Water;

Intermediate:  20 Fay Meek  Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Walkway’ (12 entries)  19 Melanie Chalk Ã¢â‚¬ËœRipples in the Sand’   Advanced:  20 Bob Brisley  Ã¢â‚¬ËœIs it This Way?’ (18 entries)  20 David Hughes Ã¢â‚¬ËœChair Riding’   19 Ian Stone  Ã¢â‚¬ËœKatmandu Sadhu’   19 Betty Boreham Ã¢â‚¬ËœSpectacular Specs’

6â€? x 6â€? Slids:-(4 entries)  20 Bryan Mewse Ã¢â‚¬ËœRepose’   17 Bryan Mewse Ã¢â‚¬ËœDuality’

Slide entries seem to be decreasing unfortunately, but this is mainly due to the increase in our digital photographers, which has had the opposite effect, by increasing entries in our print competitions, of which the 5th of the season will be held o­n 22nd March.

On 29th March we shall be hosting a ‘Match-a-Slide’ contest against St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club, which will be a very light-hearted and entertaining evening, followed by our last Print competition of the season the following Monday.

On the weekend of 5/6th March, we held our Annual Exhibition of Prints. Unfortunately we have difficulty finding a venue for our Exhibition each year – but two of our members,  Melanie and Michael Chalk who own Ushers the Florists, Cheriton Road, kindly offered us the space in their shop for the weekend. They gave up the whole shop in order for us to exhibit our work and for this we give our sincere thanks.  The Exhibition, a collection of members prints from the past year, was judged by Mr Chris Shore FRPS EFIAP MPAGB BPE3*, as the letters after his name show, a very competent photographer and judge.  His results were:-

Premier Award:-  David Hughes       ‘3 Seconds In TimeHighly Commended:- Bob Brisley  Ã¢â‚¬ËœArum Lilies’    Jean Turner  Ã¢â‚¬ËœRush Hour’    Dave Turner  Ã¢â‚¬ËœMorning Mist’    Melanie Chalk Ã¢â‚¬ËœShell Study’Commended:-  Thelma Bridges Ã¢â‚¬ËœRope Pattern’    Frank Barraclough Ã¢â‚¬ËœLauren’    Michael Chalk Ã¢â‚¬ËœShadow o­n the Thames’    David Hughes Ã¢â‚¬ËœCarolyn’    Michael Chalk Ã¢â‚¬ËœStorm Approaching’    Frank Barraclough Ã¢â‚¬ËœBob 1’

Congratulations to everyone, and thank you to all members who participated and helped set up the exhibition.  Hopefully, we will find a venue next year, which will enable us to exhibit our work for longer.  If anyone can help us with any ideas, we would love to hear from you.

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Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays from September to May at 7.45pm.  New members are always welcome.   If interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Secretary) 01303 245399, or e mail:

Ladies only bar (fun stuff)

Contributed by admin on Mar 20, 2004 - 09:50 AM


<FONT face=Arial>A blind man enters a Ladies' Bar by mistake.

He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a drink.

After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, "Hey, you wanna
hear a blonde joke?"
The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet.

In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell
that joke, sir, I think it is just fair - given that you're blind that you
should know five things:

1 - The bartender is a blonde girl.
2 - The bouncer is a blonde girl.
3 - I'm a 6 feet tall, 220 lb. blonde woman with a black belt in karate.
4 - The woman sitting next to me is blonde and is a professional weight
5 - The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional wrestler.

Now think about it seriously, Mister.

Do you still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and declares, "Nah.
Not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

Thanks Robin for that one.....Ed

Railway alert man charged

Contributed by admin on Mar 19, 2004 - 05:51 AM


The man  arrested o­n the Dover to Folkestone railway yesterday (18 March), sparking off the huge security alert has been charged with 
<FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial> trespassing o­n a railway.

Armando Mofat-Mohammed, a Spanish national with no fixed address in the UK, is due to appear before Folkestone Magistrates Court today (19 March).

Mr Mofat-Mohammed was originally arrested at about 1100 GMT o­n Thursday under the Terrorism Act.

Postmaster appointed for Community Centre office

Contributed by admin on Mar 19, 2004 - 04:33 AM


The man who plans to open a sub Post Office in the Hawkinge Community Centre has been appointed Postmaster.

Subject to planning application approval, Baz Basra who operates the Foord Road Post Office in Folkestone hopes to be up and running in the new premises by the beginning of June.

The Post Office Rural Transfer Advisor Peter Wilkinson has said that the sub Post Office in the o­neStop shop is now to continue operating until 3 July.

This will give an extra breathing space and it is expected there will be no break in Post Office services for the residents, he said.

Top award for Dover Cruise Port

Contributed by editor on Mar 18, 2004 - 09:17 AM


Cruise lines have voted Dover the Most Efficient Terminal Operator in the annual Dream World Cruise Destinations industry awards.

The award winners were announced in Miami yesterday o­n the eve of the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention.

"We have featured prominently in these awards ever since we opened our first dedicated cruise liner terminal in 1996," says Kate O’Hara, Head of Commercial and Marketing, Port of Dover.

This is a measurement of how we are doing in an industry where service standards are of the highest order. I am delighted the contribution that staff make is recognised."