Government has moved the goal posts says Cllr Tearle...31 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 31, 2002 - 03:17 PM

Cllr Colin Tearle is disappointed with the outcome of the Public Local Inquiry held in August after the Secretary of State refused planning permission for the construction of the northern section of the Hawkinge Bypass and the associated residential development.

"He said: "We believe it is important for residents of Hawkinge to know the reasons behind the decision .

"The Secretary of State has accepted the report of his Inspector and has refused the application because the housing proposals are not in the 1996-2001 Local Plan but the bypass is. It is important to note that both the housing proposals and the amended relief road are included in the revised Local Plan which was recently agreed unanimously by Councillors at Shepway District Council and which is currently out to public consultation.

"Government policy has recently changed with regard to new housing which means that the Government wants to almost double the number of houses proposed. In other words, the Government has moved the goal posts about housing density and then used this as a reason to refuse the development. Also, the Inspector considers that adequate provision for landscaping has not been made.

"The Inspector comments “In conjunction with the residential expansion an increase in the build-up of village facilities is gathering pace.� This has been entirely as a result of the policy introduced by Shepway District Council when the Conservatives took control in 1999 that no new development would be approved until the completion of the relief road and the provision of an adequate infrastructure, a situation that was sadly neglected between 1991 and 1999.

"It is clear from his report that the Inspector believes that residential development on the two sites is acceptable and that the completion of the relief road is essential. He says that, whilst the proposals do not make the best use of the land and the landscaping scheme is not acceptable, he “does not consider that there are any convincing objections to the scheme or that it would be premature to grant planning permission for an appropriate scheme here before the emerging local plan is adopted.�

"He states “the need for the relief road needs to be considered in the historical context of the development of the village. The concept of the growth at Hawkinge (and its acceptance by the local community) was grounded in the understanding that the A260 was to be bypassed. Development of the former airfield was to be served by a link to that new road and through traffic removed from the old village core.

"He continues “The County, District and Parish Councils have clearly recounted their progressive sense of frustration as Central Government policy towards public funding of the A260 bypasses (or any part of them) has changed and commitments to the promised Government funding have been progressively withdrawn or, as some see it reneged upon, while at the same time the Councils have been honouring their commitment to growth.

"In his opinion “the position at the outset of development of Hawkinge was a clear one and despite changes in Government policy is necessary to secure completion of the new road before development within the settlement area is completed�

"He does not consider it “in the interests of residents, bus operators or local businesses to leave Hawkinge with a half-completed relief road when local understanding throughout the period of the expansion of the village has been that it should be completed and the village core relieved�

"The Inspector has no doubt “that if a similar project were being planned today without public funding a master plan and development agreement drawn up by a landowner or a consortium of developers would provide for all phases of the development to make appropriate contributions to any infrastructure requirements, including any relief road�

"The Inspector’s report completely vindicates the policy of the Conservative administration at Shepway District Council, which is supported by both Hawkinge and Swingfield Parish Councils, to insist on the completion of the relief road before any further development takes place."


(If you would like a full copy of the Secretary of States decision letter, it is available for Inspection from Councillor Colin Tearle (892621) and both he and Roger Curd (892022) would be more that happy to discuss this matter further with any concerned local residents.)

Sir Sandy and OBE for tax reformer John....31 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 31, 2002 - 02:42 PM

The Leader of Kent County Council, Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, has been awarded a knighthood for services to Local Government in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

The Council’s Deputy Leader, Sarah Hohler said: “We are all absolutely delighted. Everyone who knows or works with Sandy is impressed at his vision, and at the sheer amount of time and commitment he brings to improving public services in Kent. He has been an inspirational leader to us all and has worked tirelessly not just for the good of Kent but for the country as a whole.

“Not only is this a great personal honour for him, but a huge acknowledgement of the work of the people responsible for providing increasingly complex public services.�

Mr Bruce-Lockhart was elected to the County Council in 1989. He has been Leader of the Conservative Group since 1993 and became Leader of Kent County Council in May 1997.

Born in 1942, he farmed in Zimbabwe before settling in Kent. He has farmed at Headcorn, Pluckley and Egerton for 35 years, concentrating on fruit and fruit packing. He has been married to Tess for 35 years and has three children.

Mr Bruce-Lockhart is Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, and a Member and Executive Member of South East England Regional Assembly.

Also honoured with an OBE was chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group John Andrews from Hythe

The group which was set up in April 1998 help and inform those least able in the community to afford tax advice and to help them understand taxation whilst working to make the tax system more friendly to people's needs.


Rail worker remanded in custody....30 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 30, 2002 - 09:36 AM

A Kent rail worker has today appeared in court accused of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Antoni Imiela, 48, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court this morning for a preliminary hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 18 February for plea and directions.

He last appeared at Greenwich Magistrates' Court on 24 December in connection with the charges, which relate to an alleged incident in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham on 21 November.

Imiela, of Heathside, Appledore, is also accused of a series of nine rapes of women and girls across the south east of England.

He is also due to appear at Maidstone on those charges in February


Looking back.........30 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 30, 2002 - 09:20 AM

If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's, looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Our cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cupboards, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No mobile phones. Unthinkable!

We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate sugary sweets, bread and butter, and drank cordial, but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games, 250 satellite channels on TV, DVD movies, surround sound, personal mobile phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends.

We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian - how did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Footy and netball had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those

who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.....

Some students weren\'t as smart as others and failed exams so they were held back a year. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law - imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them. Congratulations!

If you feel inclined pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives....... for our own good of course......

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Lou Bolechala

Well said Lou!

Hawkinge & District Garden Society

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 05:56 PM

Hawkinge and District Gardener's Society

As the A.G.M. in January was cancelled it will go ahead on Wednesday February 2nd, 7.30pm in the village hall. 

We are also having a social evening afterwards, so come along and find out what is happening this year. 

Lots of interesting speakers, you can choose outings. 

Look forward to seeing you all then, any problems contact 
The Chairman 01303 892011 or
The Secretary on 01303 893858

February 2nd 
AGM and Cheese & Wine
March 2nd 
Janine Doulton "Daffodils for Showing"
April 3rd 

Inter-Society Spring Show (with Newington) 2.30pm Hawkinge village hall
April 6th 
Mr Manser "Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes"
May 4th 
Mr Lush "Vegetable Culture"
May 7th 
Plant Sale 10.00 Hawkinge village hall
June 1st 
No meeting- evening visit
July 6th 
Mr & Mrs Orsbourne " A stroll around our Garden"
July 24th 
Summer Show 2.00pm Hawkinge village hall
August 3rd 
Mr Wilks "Butterflies & Orchids of Kent"
September 7th 

Mr Moorhouse "What can I, and should I grow?"
September 25th 
Autumn Show 2.00pm Hawkinge village hall
October 5th 
Mr Robinson (Henry Doubleday) "Organic Gardening"
November 2nd
Mr Newcombe "Mushrooms and Toadstools"
December 7th 
Dr Peter Brandham (Kew Gardens) "Namaqualand Spring" Kirstenbosch Gardens" South Africa
December 10th  Christmas Social 7.00pm Hawkinge village hall

Hawkinge Childminding Group

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 04:19 PM

Hawkinge Childminding Group is an established group dedicated to the professional care of your children.

We are all registered with Kent County Council and fully insured. Please feel free to contact any of the childminders below for further information.

Denise Gulum - 01303 891083
Claire Morson - 01303 893349
Karen Simpson - 01303 893979
Louisa Spain - 01303 894726
Lucy Taylor - 01303 894815
Paula Taylor - 01303 891087

Hawkinge is situated on the A260 Canterbury Road, 3 miles north of Folkestone, with easy access to Dover, Ashford, Canterbury and the surrounding areas.

Folkestone and District Round Table

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 03:49 PM

The Folkestone and District Round Table (Area 269) is a small group and are actively seeking people who may be interested in joining. 

What do we do? 

Activities for the group can vary throughout the year. There are two main aspects to the Round Table movement. 

Firstly there is friendship and having fun with a group of friends but secondly there is the opportunity to help the local community. 

The meetings we hold normally involve a bit of drinking and a meal, but the format can vary and include speakers, wine tastings and debates with other Round Table groups through the country. 

Some of the meetings are a little more formal than others as they are the main time that we can spend discussing some of the forthcoming charitable events that we also undertake as a group. 

These events have included Christmas collections for hampers, helping out at a local woman’s refuge, charity golf days and Children in Need activities, which include collecting at the mainline stations in London. 

Money raised by us is either put towards the Round Table's Children's Wish? appeal, a charity to help wishes come true for children with life threatening illnesses, or towards local charities or requests which have included the purchase of a special car seat to enable a severely disabled child to be easily transported by his parents. 

Other events have included ten-pin bowling, bat and trap, progressive suppers, London outings, clay pigeon shooting, foreign exchange trips with European Round Table groups and summer balls.

Where and when do we meet? 

Our group meets regularly at least every fortnight at the Clifton Hotel, Folkestone and other venues depending o­n the function. 

Who can join? 

Round Table is a non political and a non-sectarian organisation open to any male between the ages of 18 and 45. 

For women there is the Inner Circle movement, but unfortunately we do not have a formal group running in Folkestone at present due to lack of numbers. 

There is a monthly fee that covers the meals at the Clifton and the majority of other events.

If you do not attend all the time you are given a refund at the end of the year. It is hoped that members can attend 60% of the events during the year so there is some commitment involved. 

Prospective members are always given a taste of what is involved before joining the movement.

This includes attending some of the events and meetings that we hold, and if during this time you are still interested in becoming a member we can easily arrange that! 

How do I find out more? 

There are two web-sites you can visit to find out more information. 

The national movement site is and there is the Kent area site 
Alternatively you could give me (Matt Nixon) a call on (01303) 893300.

Army Cadets

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 03:13 PM




Spitfire Hall Aerodrome Road Hawkinge

Local groups

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 02:22 PM

Age Concern, Elham

Volunteers are needed to help staff the reception desk, spend time with clients at the day centre, assist with exercise sessions and drive the mini bus. If you can help then please call Sheila Woods o­n 01303 862364


The Scout Hut
Margaret Belson (Robin) 892760

Bridge Builders

7.30pm Wednesday St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
Gillian Philcox 01303 892480

Brownies and Rainbows

Tuesdays Brownies 6.00pm Rainbows 4.45pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
BarbaraTaylor 01303 277154 (Rainbows)Mandy Smith 01303 893285 (Brownies)

Craft Club

7.30pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge 1st and 3rd Tuesday Hilary Clark 01303 844657

Cubs and Scouts

The Scout Hut
Ann Roberts (Rama) 844236

Elham Bell-Ringers

Every Friday 7.30 pm Bell-ringing practice at St. Mary the Virgin, Elham.
Contact Matt Nixon 01303 893300 for more details.

Garden Society

Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall o­n the first Wednesday of each month
Chairman Peter Linkin - 01303 892011
01303 894232
Secretary Wendy Bell


6.00pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge Tina Snape 01303 221553

Hawkinge,Acrise and Paddlesworth WI

Meetings are held in Hawkinge village hall at 2pm o­n the first Tuesday of every month.
New members are always welcome. Contact Margaret Charlton 01303 892721.

Hawkinge Parish Council

Parish Council Village Hall, Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month
Clerk to the Council 266647

Hawkinge Walking Group

New members always welcome, wear sensible walking shoes, as terrain can be rough sometimes. Walk is usually 2 hours, with refreshments in between( either pub
stop or bring own).
Contact Wendy Bell 01303 893858 for more details.

Keep Fit

Keep fit sessions are held at St Luke’s Church Hall o­n Wednesday evenings from
8.15pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. Classes last approximately an hour and cost £2.50.

Keep Fit in the Village Hall

Mondays at the Village Hall 01303 892309

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets at the Three Bells, Swingfield o­n Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Harry Preston 01303 892464

Mother's Union

2.00pm every 2nd Wednesday St Luke's Hall Hawkinge
Phyl Dale 01303 892354

Under 5's Playgroup

Weekdays St Luke's Hall
Christine McGuinness 01303 893469

Women's Fellowship

2.30pmThursdays St Luke's Hall
Grace Dewell 01303 892264


We do serious research and investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena
throughout the Shepway area of Kent. All reports are dealt with confidentially
23 Brabner Close, FOLKESTONE, Kent CT19 6LW
Tel:07968 583435
24 Hour Information line: 07091 020078mailto:

Youth Group

Fridays 6.30pm St Luke's Hall
Liz Moore 01303 893440

E-Bay auction sells town for £1.1m....28 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 28, 2002 - 05:49 AM

A Northern California town of Bridgeville has been sold for nearly £1.1m on an internet auction site.

If the deal goes through 82 acres of Bridgeville will go to the unidentified buyer who put in a bid for $1,777,877 (£1.1 million) just seconds before the Internet auction closed on Friday.

Joe Lapple, who has owned Bridgeville with his wife Elizabeth since 1985, said he hopes the new owner will fix up the town, which dates back to the 19th century.

Bridgeville is the first town to be sold on the website, said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. Almost 250 bids were cast during the town's month on the electronic auction block.

The town comes complete with a post office, a mile and a half of river bank, a cemetery and more than a dozen cabins and houses. "Your own zip code will now be 95526," the eBay description reads.

Bidding went well beyond the asking price of $775,000. It started on November 27 at $5,000.

After conventional means of selling proved unsuccessful, the Lapples decided to try their luck on eBay. They say they put the town up for auction because they couldn't afford the estimated cost of renovating it - about $200,000.

Denise Stuart, the real estate agent who placed the listing, said she's received calls from people around the world since bidding closed. Some have offered to buy the property for $2 million.

But the Lapples will stick with the eBay bidder, someone from out of the area who wanted to let the purchase "sink in" before coming forward publicly, Stuart said. She expects the deal to be completed within 60 days.