Police hunt teenager after doorstep attack on OAP

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 09, 2004 - 12:31 PM


A teenager who left an elderly Shepway woman with a broken nose and black eye after she refused to hand over cash in an attack at her home is being hunted.

The offender attacked the pensioner o­n her doorstep in Sir John Moore Avenue, Hythe, and she was later discovered lying injured o­n the floor by her son.

A police spokesman said the assailant may have boasted about the attack.

Warning over salmonella in Spanish eggs

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 09, 2004 - 11:54 AM

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Throughout the country, there have recently been a number of food poisoning outbreaks associated with the consumption of eggs imported from Spain. The eggs have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria both internally and o­n the surface of the shell.

The following advice has been issued by Shepway District Council’s Environmental Health Commercial Team:

1) Store eggs in a cool, dry place, ideally in the fridge.
2) Thoroughly clean the storage area regularly.
3) Keep eggs apart from other food, especially food that is ready to eat.
4) Don’t use eggs after their “Best Before� date.
5) Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly after touching eggs or working with them.
6) Take care not to splash raw egg o­nto other food, surfaces, dishes or utensils.
7) Thoroughly clean food work areas, dishes and utensils after working with eggs.
8) Always cook eggs and food containing them thoroughly.
9) Remember that cake mix contains raw egg; don’t be tempted to taste it prior to cooking.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Commercial Team o­n 01303 852242.

Tories attack panic cuts

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 09, 2004 - 11:49 AM

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Shepway’s Liberal Democrats facing the prospect of severe Government action over their 39% council tax rise - have set our a series of measures to reduce the budget claim local Tories.

They say that the Lib Dem ruling cabinet has ordered all local public lavatories to be shut - and that there is to be no funding for replacement.

They also claim that the Folkestone Air Show is to be axed, and say in their latest press release that it is: "insulting those who hold World War Two fighter pilots in such honour, particularly in Hawkinge from where so many young men took to the skies to fight, and often die, for this country."

The press release continues: "Folkestone’s bandstand programme is to be axed too, spoiling the enjoyment of holidaymakers to the town.  To make matters worse, the budget for promoting the Shepway area as a tourist venue is to be axed - a further insult to those businessmen who are seeking to regenerate the district."

Shepway Council Conservative group leader Cllr Robert Bliss said today (9 March): "This is a series of panic cuts. The Liberals have tried to slash their 39% council tax increases, after they were threatened by capping by the Government.

"Even then, they have only taken 10% off their huge intended rise, and that still looks like being capped.  But the measures they have proposed so far will mean a loss of tourist jobs for Shepway, as well as a refusal to provide basic services for the public. No mention has been made in the Liberal revised budget of the increased cost of human waste clearance locally.

"Frankly, this Liberal administration is proving unhealthy both  physically and politically for the people of the district."

Re: Malc - need to vent steam

Contributed by editor on Mar 09, 2004 - 09:12 AM

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<FONT size=2>If Malc has any interesting, non-political stuff he would like to inform us about, Im all ears!

Meanwhile, this is a newspaper, even if it is o­n the internet, and guess what, newspapers do tend to report o­n political issues.

There's nothing more topical at the moment than our council tax. Have a look at the 'most read letters' o­n the site and you'll see what I mean!

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Re: Protest group is up and running

Contributed by editor on Mar 08, 2004 - 04:38 PM


Need to vent steam mode o­n:

Why is there all this political stuff here. I like to read about the issue and news from Hawkinge, not have politics pushed into my face.

The above is just a cheap way to promote o­ne group over another.

I sure the fact that 39% rise was voted in was enough of a heads up for most people. Lets leave out this cheap politics from the website.

Need to vent steam mode off:


Churchill School mosaic unveiled

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2004 - 06:25 AM


The four mosaic panels designed by Churchill School pupils and depicting the four seasons on the North Downs are now installed to the right of the main entrance to the school.

Headteacher Jennie Carter said: "Every child drew a picture of local flora and fauna which Broadstairs' artist Martin Cheek included in his mosaic. 

"Younger pupils’ lollipop trees and abstract patterns on creatures blend with the more photograph likenesses sketched by the older pupils. 

"No doubt, Estelle Morris, Minister for Arts, who is visiting tomorrow (9 March) will be interested to talk to our artists about the project and their part in it."

Martin Cheek, has had his work published in a number of books, and  feels this is his best work.

Protest group is 'up and running'

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 08, 2004 - 02:50 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>PROTEST GROUP IS  'UP AND RUNNING'

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Dear Ed

<FONT face=Arial color=black>'Quasi' (letter posted Feb 26) asks if anyone fancies setting up a protest group.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Well, I write to tell everyone that there is already such a group - its called the Conservatives, and they are up and running very strongly here in Hawkinge, Swingfield and Acrise.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>We did try to warn everyone at the elections last year, but we were voices in the wilderness at the time. And now we are all paying the price.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>The District Council is the equivalent of a multi-million pound business, and it takes more than the undoubted enthusiasm of the likes of Smith, Smith and Callahan to run it efficiently.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>If you want proof of this, go to the occasional Council meeting, and Parish Council meeting - watch them in action, and weep!

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Oh and by the way, I hope the nice lady in Hawkinge who was going to vote Lib Dem because 'they promised her they would be abolishing Council Tax' is now taking note!

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Jean James

Work begins on town centre improvements

Contributed by editor on Mar 08, 2004 - 01:31 AM

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Work starts today (8 March) o­n the second phase of Folkestone's town centre improvements.

New paving, lantern-style lighting, granite seats and modern litter bins will be introduced across the lower end of Sandgate Road.

The work, which is expected to take 20 weeks to complete, will run from West Cliff Gardens to Debenhams.

Let's see your photos

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 07, 2004 - 01:48 PM

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Dear all

The Gazette has now included a section for you to show off your photography skill, or not, whichever's the case.

You can now upload your digital images directly to the Gazette. These can be up to a maximum file size of 300Kb and preferably in jpg format.

So have a browse in your harddrive and if you have any which fit the bill, follow the upload link in the Gallery, send 'em through and let's have a butchers, (Rules of decency and good taste obviously apply)

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Happy snapping


PS I have put up a few examples to get it started

A very personal advertisement

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2004 - 07:08 AM


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I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing o­nly what nature gave me.

Kiss me and I'm yours. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy.

The advertisement in The Atlanta Journal is reported to have received over 15,000 replies from men who  found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever.