Well done Peter...24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 24, 2002 - 02:08 PM

I am sure I speak for many people who have children at the Churchill School when I say how much the efforts of Hawkinge

Cllr. Peter Smith is appreciated for his crossing the road with children at school in and out times during the recent traffic diversion as a road safety measure.

Drivers could see him but perhaps, not the smaller pedistrations. We expect Mr Smith to represent us but he works non stop on behalf of the village in many respects.

Peter Hogben


Serial rape case suspect faces new charges....24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 24, 2002 - 07:21 AM

A 48-year-old rail worker accused of raping women and girls across the South-East of England has appeared in court charged with further sex offences.

Antoni Imiela from Appledore is accused of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.

The new charges relate to an alleged incident in Birmingham on November 21 this year.

Imiela appeared before Greenwich magistrates and was remanded back into custody.

The case was sent for a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on December 30.

Imiela appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on December 16 and faced nine charges of rape relating to alleged incidents in Kent, Berkshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire and south-west London.


Drug courier teddy bears for Demelza House...24 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 23, 2002 - 06:51 PM

Hundreds of teddy bears used as drugs couriers are to become Christmas presents for sick children.

The 500 bears had been stuffed with 80 kilos of cocaine worth almost £500,000 but were intercepted by customs officers.

They removed every trace of the narcotic and are handing them over to a children's hospice, says the Medway News.

A spokesman for the Demelza House children's hospice, near Sittingbourne, Kent, said: "We are so thrilled to be getting these bears at this time of year.

"We know about their drugs history, but that is now in the past. At least some good is to come from all this, especially at Christmas time."

The cargo of bears started its journey in Switzerland in the back of a lorry. But the final address, in Strood, Kent, simply didn't exist and he drugs were found.

A customs and excise spokesman said: "We do not have anyone to charge in this crime, so it made sense we did something with the bears that would create the most benefit."


Wishing you politically correct greetings....23 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 23, 2002 - 03:33 AM

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, celebration of the winter/summer solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of your choice, or secular practice of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all AND a fiscally-successful, personally-fulfilled and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar for 2003, but not without due respect for the calendars of your choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our society great (not to imply that our society is necessarily greater than any other society) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for himself or others and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting (whichever comes first) and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Robin Fosdall


Track Santa's journey around the world....23 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 22, 2002 - 07:53 PM

Click to track Santa

The US/Canadian military use their missile tracking system to track Santas progress.

NORAD The North American Aerospace Defense Command) have run this service every year and each time it gets more elaborate with little animations and maps which follow Santa's progress.

This years test has been completed and they are now all prepared for the festive season - we reckon it's well worth checking out


Broadband reply....21 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 21, 2002 - 01:47 PM

I read with interest your comments on broadband and BT,

I registered my interest a while ago now and have been ' pestering' BT for some answers,

I have been led to believe that Hawkinge will not get this service or ADSL but there is a 128k service that ' might ' be provided if the demand is high enough.

On the subject of internet, if you have slow connections via 56.6 modem you need to contact BT and tell them you have a noisey line and slow connection and they can speed things up (albeit not a lot).

Just like to say also , I belong to a lot of forums on the net and have only just found the Hawkinge site,

It appears that a lot of good work has gone into building this site and it looks good but surely there must be more people in Hawkinge who surf the net and dont realise that this site exists, I for one will spread the word,

Keep up the good work.



Thanks for your kind words...we appreciate your support and any publicity you give to us Ed

Please sign up for Broadband....21 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 21, 2002 - 07:53 AM

Dear Ed.

Compliments of the Season etc.

Couple of things...spoke to BT this morning....we need apparently 84 more people to register their interest in Broadband, with BT, before they consider enabling the local change, so far only 116 have registered or expressed interest.

They will start to take notice when 200 people express interest.

I think that this will take a long time to achieve..

I note that our local "One Stop" shop ( ex Dillons) has now been taken over ( well the chain of One Stops) by Tesco.

Word has it only One Stops that have a certain amount of "takings" per week will be transformed (in due course) into "Mini Tescos".

Our One Stop turns over more than the required minimum amout, so expect to see changes soon. I don't know if they will retain the Post Office within, I should hope and expect so.

Nice to see the old Chapel in The Street being renovated, sympathetically I must add. Adrian, the new owner of the same seems to be doing a grand job.

Once again many thanks for the site, it really is a great one of it's genre.

Regards etc

Lou Bolechala


New look for health suite....20 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 20, 2002 - 05:30 PM

If you are looking forward to a healthy start to 2003, Dover Leisure Centre has got good news for you – with the announcement of plans for a major new look for the new year at the Centre’s popular Health Suite.

Dover District Council has allocated £ 50,000 to carry out a major face lift of the Health Suite facilities at the Dover site. The new look facilities will include a new sauna and steam room, new showers and a special relaxation area, and the suite is planned to be up and running in Spring of the new year.

John Holmes, Chairman of Vista Leisure, who manage the Centre for the Council, said: “We are delighted that the Health Suite will be receiving a major facelift and look forward to inviting all our customers to come and enjoy some peaceful relaxation.�

Cllr Peter Wells, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We remain committed to helping the district provide the best in health and leisure facilities, and are delighted to provide this level of investment for the area.�


Don't get smashed this Christmas....19 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 19, 2002 - 06:09 PM

On 2 December Kent County Council, Kent Police and Medway Council launched their Christmas 2002 Drink Drive Campaign – ‘Don’t Get Smashed This Christmas.’ and since the launch, 502 people have been breath tested after crashes of which 22 tested positive.

2,140 drivers have been breath tested involving other incidents and 119 of those tested positive. On the roads so far this December, 6 people have lost their lives.

You do not have to be drunk to be dangerous: even small amounts of alcohol that are within the legal limit will impair your driving – it will affect your reaction time, your eyesight and your judgement of speed. It also gives you a false sense of security leading to overconfidence and increased risk taking.

Vice-Chairman of KCC’s Highways Advisory Board, Paulina Stockell, said: “This partnership cannot stress enough the dangers of drinking and driving. Not only could you kill yourself, you may kill an innocent driver who has not been drinking. Enjoy the festivities but please think about your driving and be responsible – don’t mix drinking and driving. It is simple enough to call a taxi which is surely better than suffering the consequences of a drink drive crash.�


Happy Christmas from Toronto Canada.... 19 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 18, 2002 - 07:25 PM


I lived in the Folkestone area for 3 years and in Hawkinge for a year. I lived at 22 Haskard Close.

I would love to send Xmas greetings to anyone who knew me in the Folkestone area and in particular my ex neighbours in Hawkinge.

I moved to Toronto in Canada about 18 months ago but still log onto the Hawkinge Gazette every week.


Peter Wetton