Hawkinge writer shortlisted...12 August 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 07:15 AM

Hawkinge writer Debbie Carbin was shortlisted in the 2002 Marsh Ink Short Story Competition.

The competition received over 150 entries from around the world.

Winner in this, the 4th year of the competition was Sue Johnson from Southhampton, with third place going to Greatstone writer Barbara McLaren


Hawkinge Action Group - 6 months on

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 07:14 AM

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More clubs and societies

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 07:11 AM

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 
Debbie Smith 01303 243030
Janet Curtis 01303 253691

Brownies and Rainbows 

Tuesdays Brownies 6.00pm Rainbows 4.45pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge 
Barbara Taylor 01303 277154(Rainbows)
Craft Club 7.30pm St Luke's Hall Hawkinge 1st & 3rd Tuesday 
Hilary Clark 01303 844657 

Cubs and Scouts 

The Scout Hut 
Vivienne Adams 01303 245287 (after 6.30 weekdays)

Scouts/Explorers (Temporary)
Gerry Barr 01303 243905

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 


Wednesdays 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 Anne Beaney, 01303 892520. 
Hawkinge Parish Council Parish Council Village Hall, Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month Clerk to the Council 266647 


Hawkinge Flyers Twirling and Pom Pom Team.

We train every Saturday between 10am and 1pm at The Churchill School in Haven Drive, Hawkinge. Visit our Website is

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.

Men's Group 

Meets at the New Inn, Etchinghill on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.00pm. Contact Harry Preston 01303 892464

Mother's Union 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month in St Luke's Church at 2.00pm

Radio Controlled car club

Capel-le-Ferne Radio Controlled Car Club has a membership of approximately 20 members and meets every Friday at 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Hall, Lancaster Avenue.
We race 10" Scale Electric Saloon Cars on carpet, running a full race programme each evening. The racing is controlled by a computer programme with fully automatic lap counting. New members are always welcome.Contact Derek Jeffrey 01303 259842 or Mark Jeffrey 01303 220811 for further details, or see our website 

Under 5's Playgroup 

Weekdays St Luke's Hall Christine McGuinness 01303 893469 


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


Cash boost for staff....25 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:20 PM

STAFF at Hawkinge Primary School are celebrating after being awarded £7,500 by the Department of Education.

The cash bonus, which will be distributed among all staff, is in recognition of their hard work in raising standards at the school following a less than favourable Ofsted report three years ago.

Then the school was identified as having "serious weaknesses", but in last year’s visit inspectors reported there were definite signs of improvement.

Head teacher Jacqui Watson said: "This is a reward to all staff in recognition of their hard work improving standards throughout the school."

Pupils return to fire damaged school....30 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:17 PM

Pupils at the Channel School in Park Farm Road Folkestone return to school on Wednesday (1/5/02) after fire damaged six classrooms last Thursday.

No one was hurt in the incident

A serious fire at the school in January badly damaged Shakespeare Block.


Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:17 PM


Ayling ordered to pay £256,000....12 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:14 PM

Local GP Clifford Ayling has been ordered to pay his patients over a quarter of a million pounds after a series of indecent assaults on women.

Seventy-year-old Ayling who practised at Cheriton near Folkestone was jailed for four years in December 2000

At the hearing in Canterbury County Court the judge ruled that 16 women are to receive a total of £256,000.

Individually the awards will range from £11,000 to £33,000.

Head attacks " vociferous minority seeking to divide this community"....27 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:13 PM

Head teacher at the Churchill School Jennie Carter has made a scathing attack on a minority of villagers present at the Annual Parish Council meeting on Wednesday.

Writing in the school newsletter the Churchill Times she said:

" Those of us present were appalled by the vociferous minority seeking to divide this community.Â

"If anything, the scare mongering about the two schools not working together has served to bring Jacquie Watson, Head of Hawkinge School, and I even closer together.Â

We are determined that the children of this village shall not grow up to adopt this “half-empty� view of life. Nor shall they learn spiteful talk that breeds a culture of suspicion and animosity".

Dungeness nuclear train crashes into lorry....11 June 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 03:11 PM

 A goods train bound for the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station has crashed into a lorry at the Brookland level crossing on Romney Marsh

The train was carrying an empty nuclear flask and the area has been sealed off whilst experts assess the damage.

The collision on the A259 happened shortly after 8.30am today (11/6/02). The train was not derailed and no one was injured.

Nuclear Flasks weigh 50 tons and are tested rigorously. They are constructed to withstand the impact of a high speed train accident.

It is understood that the collision was at low speed and there was only superficial damage to the locomotive and the lorry

Churchill parents demand answers....25 April 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 06, 2002 - 02:49 PM

ANGRY parents have demanded to know when the contaminants will be cleared from land near the Churchill School and when the permanent building will be finished.

At Wednesday night’s annual parish meeting in the village hall, parents said that they were fed up with the endless delays.

Kent County Councillor John Palmer, who is also chairman of the Board of Governors, agreed that the delays were frustrating but explained that every contract had to be put out to tender as part of the council’s "best practice" policy.

The tenders for the main building were still being considered, he said, but KCC was "hopeful" that the new school building would be open in about a year’s time.

This did not satisfy many parents who were concerned that their children were missing out on vital parts of the National Curriculum, in particular sporting activities.

One parent said: "We are fed up with it. The staff are breaking their necks to make it work but the children have nowhere to play, no seats, no shade, nothing.

"They are getting nothing because you can’t build a school when you say you will." Cllr Palmer insisted: "There will be a school here and it will be open by 2003."

He also agreed to arrange a meeting between parents and representatives from KCC in a bid to address their concerns more thoroughly.

Details of the meeting will be published in the school newsletter.