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£4000 raised at golf day....3 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:47 AM

The annual Round Table Golf Day held at Sene Valley on the 29th September raised over £4000 for local and national charities. Everything went without a hitch despite a delay on the first tee caused by the “Treasure Hunt� helicopter landing and taking off in the morning.

In the afternoon the main competition was played and the winning teams were:

1st – Baker Tilly winners of the Nick Taylor Golf Trophy

2nd – South Bank University

3rd – Clive Emson Auctioneers

The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC presented the trophies and other prizes during the evening dinner held after the competition in the clubhouse.

Folkestone and District Round Table would like to thank all those who took part and parted with their cash either via the raffle or through “on the spot� fines. Anther event is being planned for the same time next year and it is hoped that some more local teams and businesses might consider taking part. If anyone is interested they should pass their details onto Brian Fennelly, the Chairman.

Charities that will benefit include the “Children’s Wish� charity run by Round Table Britain and Ireland and also the local Kent Battle of Britain Museum Hanger Appeal.

For more information please contact the following:

Matt Nixon (Media and PR rep) on 01303 893300

Brian Fennelly (Chairman) on 01303 891357


"You are hardly being mistreated Peter"...3 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:46 AM

Dear Editor,

I read with interest in the local freebie newspaper that Peter Smith is crying foul over a meeting held in the village by Cllr. Colin Tearle and Cllr. John Heasman. Come off it Peter, you are hardly being mistreated.

Let's face it, the Lib Dems are holding meetings in other councillor's patches all the time in Shepway, especially if Peter Carroll is involved.

You just have to think about all the Lib Dem questionnaires with loaded questions that keep appearing in the area. When I was councillor these leaflets hinted that the Hawkinge residents' local councillor to contact was Carol Crees of Elham!

Sorry mate, it's just politics rearing its ugly head again.

Regards,

Matt Nixon

PS: Can John lift a heavy book?


Big Cats roaming Hawkinge?....1 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:45 AM

By Neil Arnold

Have you seen a large, exotic cat prowling Hawkinge at night ? Or an unusually big feline lazing in fields during daylight ? If so, you are not alone. Reports of mystery felines in the area, and all over Kent are nothing unusual and for more than ten years KENT BIG CAT RESEARCH has investigated eye-witness sightings and evidence.

Very recent sightings in and around the Hawkinge area suggest that offspring of felines spotted in the 1960s, and ‘70s are living healthily and in abundance, yet are extremely wild as opposed to possible hand reared cats that were let go after the 1976 Dangerous Wild Animals Act was introduced, which meant that those who owned exotic pets had to pay huge license fees or give up their animals, but many people let them go.

KENT BIG CAT RESEARCH wants to hear from anyone who has seen evidence of these elusive animals, cats which are feeding off rabbits, rodents, small cats, dogs and livestock. These animals are not a threat to humans but like any wild animal they are unpredictable and should not be provoked, cornered or injured.

The Black Leopard and Puma are responsible for a number of reports around Hawkinge, both cats are of a similar size, have long tails and can grow to around four-feet in length. The Black Leopard is an official ‘big cat’ in that it can roar, it is a melanistic version of the spotted Leopard in that its coat is very dark. The Puma is beige to fawn in colour, and is the largest Lesser Cat. An abundance of other cats exist in Kent as well, and KENT BIG CAT RESEARCH believes they require protection, and monitors the population, diet and territory.

If you see a big cat, contact Neil Arnold at neilthemod@blueyonder.co.uk

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Military Canal restoration to begin final stage....1 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:44 AM

The final stage of the Royal Military Canal’s restoration scheme is to start this month.

Thousands of tonnes of silt will be dredged from the canal and, subject to agreement between Hythe Town Council and Shepway District Council, used as enriching topsoil for Hythe Green and Princes Parade.

Dredging is the final stage of the Heritage Lottery-funded £3.35 million canal scheme. It will help to preserve the Scheduled Ancient Monument, improve the habitat for fish, wildlife and flora and enhance the canal generally for the enjoyment of local people and visitors.

And it will give Hythe Green a boost too. “This is a scheme that takes a natural product, converts it into rich and beneficial topsoil and reuses it to the benefit of the local community – rather than simply paying for it to be dumped,� said Cllr George Bunting, Shepway Council’s Environment Secretary.

Savings made through the use of Hythe Green will enable more dredging to be carried out, thus safeguarding the future of the canal for a longer period.

Don Prebble, the Council’s Senior Engineer, said dredging would be carried out using a floating excavator – or pontoon.

“This will load sediment directly onto hopper barges which will be pushed by a tugboat along the canal to an unloading point created in the car park next to the canal in Portland Road. From here the sediment will be transferred into sealed trucks and taken to The Green.

“The sediment from the canal will be spread in stages over The Green . Drying out is expected to take six months.�

Once the sediment has dried out the final restoration of The Green will start.

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Council "Keen to see Market stay"....1 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:43 AM

Shepway Council says it will do all it can to keep a market in the town following the decision of Market Initiatives Ltd to terminate its contract.

The company has given stall holders a month’s notice, citing lack of commitment by the council to granting it a long term contract to operate the Thursday and Saturday market.

But the Council has said it is keen to see the market stay in the town and will be meeting with MIL on Tuesday. (1 October)

Cllr Joe Sullivan, vice-chairman of the Council’s General Purposes committee said: “Obviously, we are disappointed by Marketing Initiatives’ decision to terminate its contract to operate the Thursday and Saturday markets but feel there is plenty of room for negotiation and the potential to overcome problems. We look forward to continued talks with the company.

“The market has been an intrinsic part of the town for many years and we appreciate that it adds value to the shopping experience in Folkestone.

“We are also confident that other ways could be explored to ensure a market remains a feature of the town centre scene.

“We appreciate that the redevelopment of Sandgate Road and the relocation of the market has been unsettling for stall holders but can only reiterate that we wish to see a market continue.�

For Town Centre Management, Rob Woods says “The Town Centre Management Board is disappointed that MIL has indicated its intention to withdraw from Folkestone. It is particularly sorry for those traders who have supported the town over the past few years.�

“The TCM Board feels that Folkestone town centre needs a quality market that emulates and complements the success of the Sunday market, has a lively feel and becomes an attraction in its own right.�

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Council prosecutes dog owners....1 October 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:43 AM

Another dog owner is due to be prosecuted by Shepway District Council for taking her pet onto a local beach while the summer beach ban was in force.

Seven other owners who defied the ban have already been prosecuted and were faced with fines of up to £250.

As well as the summer beach ban fines, Council dog wardens have issued 24 fixed penalties of £50 each to owners who have allowed their dogs to foul in controlled areas and made no attempt to clear up.

Cllr George Bunting, the Council’s Environment Secretary said: "The Council has nothing against dog owners but these prosecutions send a clear message that dog owners must act responsibly, and respect other users of beaches and public spaces. If your dog fouls the highway or public spaces, please clean it up!�

The seasonal ban on dogs, which applies to some of the beaches along the district’s 42 kilometre coastline, runs from 1 May to 30 September every year. Beaches where the bans apply are clearly signed.

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Big Cat sighted in Hawkinge....30 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:42 AM

On Wednesday 25th September 2002, a 21-year-old woman was walking with her sister not far from the aerodrome in Hawkinge.

It was around tea-time when they observed a big, black Labrador sized cat with a very long tail, it was about two-hundred yards away but clearly was not a dog or domestic cat.

It was pouncing in the field, and the women went no further. They went home and told their mother who was not surprised, she had seen one, possibly the same individual, seven years previous near the same area.

These cats have existed in Britain for over a century and more so since the '60s and '70s when people kept them as exotic pets but let them go when the 1976 Dangerous Wild Animals Act was introduced which meant that anyone who kept a Leopard or other large cat had to pay huge license fees or give their cats up.

A number of people let them go into the countryside instead.

These cats live for around fifteen years in the wild, they are breeding and feeding off rabbits, chickens, pigeons, small cats and dogs, ducks, rodents etc, etc, and are only dangerous if cornered, injured or provoked. They must be protected.

My research can be found at folklore site www.roadghosts.com and if anyone would like to get in touch then email me at: neilthemod@blueyonder.co.uk

Neil Arnold


Cannabis plants seized in Folkestone....28 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:40 AM

Following an investigation by the South East Kent police teams, a search was carried out at an address in Folkestone, where officers discovered a hydroponics factory.

Two van loads of cannabis, and associated paraphernalia were seized in the operation. The picture, at right, shows a number of cannabis plants seized in the early stages of growth.

Sgt Sean Pryor of the Tactical Team said: "There is a misconception that cannabis is legal now, but this is not the case. SE Kent Police is taking positive action to reduce the supply of controlled drugs, of whatever class, in this area."

A 34-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B controlled drug and cultivating cannabis.

After being questioned at Folkestone Police Station, he was released on police bail, pending further enquiries. He is due to return to the police station in November.

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How big is this Rule Book?...27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:40 AM

Dear Ed.,

Somewhat alarmed & confused to read, in your august organ, that by “threatening to throw a rule book� at someone has been construed to constitute an offence of “threatening behaviour�

Surely this is phrase is a metaphor in every day & accepted parlance for asking someone to abide by the rules or else to have said rules enforced on them that ain’t abiding by said rules.

The offence of Threatening Behaviour, in law ( the criminal law at that) requires the “victim� or “victims� be placed in certain fear & no doubt a little bit of dread, that the threat be actually carried out by the perpetrator of the threat & that the supposed perpetrator be in a fit & able enough condition to so place them in said state of fear.

How big is this rule book ? I think we should be told. Is it the size of a, shall we say, standard issue Church Bible, you know the sort, that graces every pulpit in the land ?

Some may say that that is God’s Rule Book. If this is the case, well, it would certainly strike fear & dread into me!

Somehow, I don’t think the dreaded Rule Book that John Heasman, may have his hands on is that big, or is it? How far back from his victims is he going to stand, whilst he takes aim? Will he use just the one Rule Book, or will he have another copy ready to hand? Will Messer’s Smith & Trice be standing still or running about? Will it be open to the public? Will they be putting stocks up in the Village Hall Car Park will villagers have to hold on to Smith & Trice whilst Heasman takes aim? Which hat will Smith be wearing ? Parish or Town hat…has Trice got a hat ? Should he have one? I think we should be told!

Now if someone threatened, let’s say, to punch, kick, bite, stab, shoot or do any physical harm, or indeed do anything that these days would cause mental stress , to someone. Then we would have a classic case of threatening behaviour & lets have him up before the Beak, as quick as a flash & bang him up for a suitable period of time.

But can we really believe that to threaten someone with a rule book now constitutes threatening behaviour!!!!!!??????

It surely is most laughable & lamentable to say the very least!

I finkle go & stock up on rule books now, you never know when you will need one, will you.

Yours in amazement

Finkle


Behaviour threatens chairman’s position….27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:39 AM

John Heasman, chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council, is under investigation by the Standards Board of England following an allegation of “threatening behaviour�.

If the complaint is upheld and considered to be a severe breach of the Board’s code of conduct, Cllr Heasman could be suspended or even banned from holding office for up to five years.

The allegation arose out of a heated exchange between members at July’s meeting of the parish council which resulted in Cllr Bill Regan storming out and later resigning.

It is alleged that, following that meeting, Cllr Heasman confronted Cllrs Cyril Trice and Peter Smith and warned them that if he lost any councillors or his clerk as a result of the row which had taken place he would “throw the rule book� at them.

The matter is now in the hands of the Board’s Ethical Standards Officer who has up to five months to complete his investigation.

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