BANDSTAND CAROL CONCERT
Walmer residents gathered at
the Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green on the evening
of Saturday, 11 December for the annual carol concert.
(13 December 2004)
photos by: Gerry Costa
DOVER COUNCIL SERVICES OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Dover Council has published its arrangements for the Christmas
and New Year holiday period.
Refuse collections are on usual days, except
for Monday, 27 December when there is NO collection and two
weeks refuse will be taken on Monday, 3 January.
Black Box recycling collections are on usual days,
except for Monday, 27 and Tuesday 28 December. The
next collections for these households are on Monday, 10 and
Tuesday, 11 January respectively.
Council offices: The main offices at Whitfield are
closed from 5pm (cash office 4.30pm) on Friday, 24 December
to 9am on Tuesday, 4 January. Area offices, including Deal,
close 4.30pm on Friday, 24 December to 9am on Tuesday, 4 January.
Out-of-hours emergencies: phone 01304 821199.
Deal Pier and Tides Leisure Centre: closed on 25 and
26 December and 1 January. Opening times on other days over
the holidays may vary. (07 December
MOBILE LIBRARY AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
Kent County Council's mobile libraries
will all be taking a break for the Christmas and New Year
holiday period - from 24 December to 3 January inclusive.
So, for Walmer, there will be no visits to Station Road, Hillcrest
Gardens or Cowdray Square on Mondays 27 December and 3 January.
The service resumes on Monday, 10 January.
ROTARIANS MEAL RAISES £1,000 FOR CHARITY
Thanks to members of South Foreland Rotary
Club taking on the role of cooks and waiters for a charity
fundraising meal, the Parkinson Disease Society is to
receive close on £1,000. About 70 Rotarians and their
guests supported the event at St Margaret's Hall, St Margaret's
at Cliffe on Saturday, 20 November.
The members of the club, prepared, cooked
and served the meal to their guests, who were entertained
during the three courses by Walmer singer and music student
Rachel Eberlein. A former Dover College pupil, Rachel is going
to Kent University in Canterbury to study music and tourism.
She was accompanied at the piano by Rod Spencer, director
of music at Dover College.
FIREWORKS AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
Residents need to know they could be in trouble if they
don't abide by the new fireworks legislation - now in force.
On most nights - including Christmas - it is an offence for
anyone to let off fireworks after 11pm and before 7am. The
only exceptions are New Year's Eve, Diwali and the Chinese
New Year when fireworks are allowed up to 1am and on 5 November
up to 12midnight .
For full details see the Department
of Trade and Industry's fact sheet.
(13 December 2004)
PLANS FOR LITTER BINS
Following further consultation and discussion, Walmer parish
councillors have agreed that two new litter bins are
to be located near the Parochial School and a dog waste
bin at the end of the alley from The Strand to Gladstone
Road. Dover Council has agreed to provide a litter bin at
the bus stop opposite the Thompson's Bell pub in Dover Road.
A proposal for a dog bin at The Shrubbery won't go ahead.
Instead, it is intended to install dog fouling notices and
request greater surveillance by the dog warden.
(9 November 2004)
WALMER PARISH HALL
There may be a bit of confusion over
who runs Walmer Parish Hall in Dover Road. In fact, it is
owned by Walmer Parochial Church Council - NOT the Parish
Council. For information and bookings, contact Mrs Christine
Orridge on 01304 360598.
DISTRICT COUNCIL TARGETS YOBS
Dover District Council says it is making
reduction of anti-social behaviour one of its top priorities.
A new anti-social behaviour unit has been created to
improve and extend the council's ability to deal with the
The council has introduced closer working
arrangements with the police and other agencies. South East
Kent Police have also seconded a police officer to work in
the new unit.
The types of anti-social behaviour the new
unit will tackle include: criminal damage and vandalism, threatening
behaviour, harassment, abandoned vehicles, neighbour problems,
noise, dog fouling and fly tipping.
Residents can report problems to
the new unit by: using a form on the council's
website, phoning 01304 872220, faxing 01304 872168 or
writing to The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Dover District
Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover CT16 3PJ.
NEW POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER
Mr Justin Marriott has been appointed as the new Police
Community Support Officer for Walmer. Justin, who lives
locally, took up his new post on 4 October and, following
a period of training, should start patrolling the area in
will be based at Deal Police Station.
(10 October 2004/updated 8 November 2004)
BRITISH LEGION BRANCH CELEBRATES 80TH YEAR
Deal, Walmer and District Branch of the Royal British Legion
celebrates its 80th anniversary on Sunday, 28 November
with a parade and service at St Andrew's Church. The parade,
headed by the band of Deal Air Training Corps, is from the
Union Road car park, along Union Road to the church, arriving
for the service at 12noon.
(9 November 2004)
"THUMBS UP" FOR WEBSITE
Walmer parish councillors have welcomed
the development of this WalmerWeb website. At a recent
Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting they agreed
to promote it where possible and add a link from the parish
council's own website.
(9 November 2004)
REPORT ON COUNCIL'S ACCOUNTS
Walmer Parish Council's accounts for
the year ended 31 March 2004 have been independently audited
and the official report on this (the annual return) is now
available for inspection. Any local government elector in
Walmer is entitled to see the documents and purchase copies.
To make an appointment, contact the Parish
Clerk at the Parish Office, 10 Victoria Road, Deal (
01304 381506). The office is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am-2.30pm
(excluding public holidays).
CRUISE ADVISOR'S ACHIEVEMENT
Local travel advisor John Watson, who specialises in cruising
holidays, is claiming a unique achievement. He says:
"I have just been awarded Cruise Agent Accreditation
from PSARA - the Passenger Shipping Association. I am the
only agent in the local area that has earned this recognition."
To gain accreditation, John had to attend cruise line training
sessions, make numerous ship visits, complete self study packs
and finally put on a public cruise travel exhibition. All
the hard work now means that John can use the PSARA logo,
an added reassurance for his customers that he is able to
offer detailed and accurate advice on cruising holidays.
There's more information on PSARA at http://www.psa-psara.org/
and John may be contacted by
or by phoning 01304 379250. He's also on the web at www.cruise-dover.co.uk.
(28 October 2004)
"SEA BRITAIN" MARITIME FESTIVAL
and tourism bodies in our area are currently considering how
they might take part in SeaBritain 2005, a major national
maritime celebration being planned for next year. At
the centre of the events is the 200th anniversary of the Battle
of Trafalgar and the death in action of Admiral Lord Nelson
with a special Trafalgar Weekend on 2123 October 2005.
The year is also seen as an opportunity
to celebrate Britain's rich maritime heritage and its many
links with the sea. Details of SeaBritain and how people can
become involved are on the official website at http://www.seabritain2005.com
FIREWORKS - TOUGHER LAWS
Kent Police have issued a guidance on the use of fireworks.
New legislation - now in force - makes it an offence for:
- anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks
in a public place;
- letting off fireworks in the street;
- un-licensed people to possess "professional
use only" fireworks; and
- anyone to let off fireworks between 11pm and 7am*.
*The only exceptions for the overnight curfew are extensions
to 12midnight on 5 November, and up to 1am on New Years Eve,
Diwali (12 November 2004) and the Chinese New Year (9-11 February
Regulations on the retail sale of fireworks are also much
tougher. Penalties for offenders include on-the-spot fines
of £80 with serious breaches carrying penalties of up
to £5,000 and/or six months' jail.
For fuller details see the Department
of Trade and Industry's fact sheet.
(18 October 2004)
LOCAL ROTARY PREPARES FOR CENTENARY YEAR
Walmer resident Mr Gerry Costa has contacted WalmerWeb to
draw attention to the South Foreland Rotary Club which
draws members from an area covering Sandwich to Dover. Gerry
says many of its members live in Walmer, including the current
year's President, immediate Past President, the Secretary
and Gerry himself who acts as the club's Public Relations
The club meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Blue Birds
Rest in Dover. Gerry says:"We belong to Rotary International,
which celebrates its centenary in February 2005. As our local
branch took the name of the National Trust lighthouse, we
are commemorating our centenary by presenting them with a
bench to be placed outside the lighthouse." Overlooking
the Channel, it will be for the use of the local walkers and
ramblers. A handing over ceremony is being planned for 25
For more information about Rotary and the South Foreland
Rotary Club, contact Gerry on
01304 361574 or e-mail him
. (23 October
CONCERN AT UNFAIR ALLOWANCES
Walmer Parish Council has written to the Government to express
concern at the present muddled legislation on payment of allowances
to elected and co-opted councillors. Elected members are
entitled to receive the payments, co-opted members are not.
Until the matter is resolved, Walmer councillors have agreed
to defer receiving any payments.
(10 October 2004)
The cost of Metered on-street parking in parts of
Deal went up on Monday, 4 October. In King Street,
Prince of Wales Terrace and Victoria Road it is now 40p for
30 minutes, 60p for one hour and £1 for two hours. In
Beach Street, one hour's parking is 60p; two hours £1;
five hours £2 and nine hours £3.50. Charges at
meters in parts of Dover and Sandwich have also increased.
NEW BUS SERVICE
East Kent Heritage Buses introduced a new bus service
serving Walmer and Deal on Monday, 13 September. The no:85
runs hourly Mondays to Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. Details
of the route - which includes Deal town centre, The Strand,
Dover Road, Station Road, Upper Walmer and Liverpool Road
- are given in the September edition of "Walmer Residents
Handbook". (September 2004)
USED STAMPS HELP ANIMALS
Walmer residents can help an animal charity, the Royal
Veterinary College Animal Care Trust, by donating used postage
stamps and empty printer cartridges. These are sold to raise
funds for the Trust's welfare work. Stamps and cartridges
should be left for the attention of Mr John Howard at Watchbell
House, Hawksdown Road, Walmer. (September
PLASTICS BOTTLES RECYCLING
There's no need to put plastics bottles and containers
out with the rubbish any more! Kent County Council has introduced
collecting skips at its Household Waste Sites in Deal
and Dover. So, at last, they can be recycled - instead of
taking up dwindling space in landfill sites. (September
ADVICE ON CRUISES FROM DOVER
Local travel consultant John Watson has developed a new
website to promote cruises that depart from Dover. It
also has information regarding the ships, style and suitability.
He says: "I have been fortunate to visit most of the
ships listed on the site and can offer a personal view hard
to find in a glossy brochure." You can see John's site
CYCLE EVENT FOR 2005?
Members of Walmer Parish Council's Amenities and Environment
Committee would like to see the successful Cycle Promotion
event, held in June this year, staged again in 2005. If
there is sufficient support, they hope Deal Town Council will
take the lead. (10 October 2004)
LITTER IN WALMER
Walmer Parish Council wants residents' ideas
for sites for new litter or dog bins in the area. Phone
the Parish Office on 01304 381506 with any suggestions. To
report a current problem with litter in a road, contact Dover
District Council. They operate on a system where they respond
to complaints or inspections rather than undertake regular
cleaning of many areas. Contact the Councils Wasteline
on 01304 872428 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with details of the location.
(Originally published: August 2004)
COMPOSTING SCHEME - HELPERS NEEDED
The organisers of a new scheme to collect householders
garden waste and turn it into compost are looking for
volunteers to help with promotion and administration. The
project is expected to cover Walmer, Kingsdown and parts of
Upper Deal and start next Spring. For more information about
helping, contact Cllr Paul Dawkins on 01304 381901 or 07837
515594 or by
. (September 2004)
OIL CARE CAMPAIGN
Walmer Parish Council has drawn attention
to the problems caused by careless disposal of engine oil
from do-it-yourself car maintenance. For example the oil from
one engine change can contaminate a four-acre lake and disposing
of oil down the drain is much the same as pouring it in the
nearest river. Alarmingly, each year almost 13 million litres
of oil from diy oil changes is not collected!
For more about oil pollution and how to
prevent it see www.environment-agency.gov.uk/oilcare.
Old oil can be safely disposed of - free of charge - at a
number of places; for details of the nearest
0800 663366 or see www.oilbankline.org.uk.
(Originally published: August
NEW LICENSING LAWS - YOUR VIEWS NEEDED
Dover District Council has invited local organisations and
members of the public to have their say on setting up a new
system for licensing the sale of alcohol, public entertainment,
theatres, cinemas and late-night refreshment (including take-aways).
Under the Licensing Act 2003, Dover Council takes
over full responsibility for these licences in 2005. Until
now, some have been dealt with by Magistrates. Before the
new scheme comes into force, the Council has to prepare a
Policy stating how it will administer the Act.
A draft version of the proposed Policy and a form to help
people to comment are available on the Dover Council website
For more information, contact Mr Mike Ross on 01304
872281 or e-mail email@example.com.
Comments need to be submitted by 30 September 2004.
(Originally published: September 2004)
CHANGE OF VENUE FOR PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Walmer Parish Council's Meeting
on Wednesday, 8 September is in Deal
Wanderers' Clubhouse, The Drill Field, off Canada Road, Walmer
7pm - and not in the Sea Scout Hut, Marine Road as
previously advertised. Call 01304 381506 for details.
(Published: September 2004)
LOCAL TALENT SOUGHT FOR "THE BOY FRIEND"
Local actors, dancers and musicians are
being sought for an ambitious production of the Sandy
Wilson musical "The Boy Friend", to be staged in
the Rivals Nightclub, Queen Street, Deal in November. Producers
Nathan Sewell and sister Justine of recently formed amateur
theatricals company East Kent Theatre Productions, are looking
for performers of all ages - from children to senior citizens.
Call Nathan on 01304 239998 or Justine on 07766 207939; or
e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Originally published: July 2004)
SCULPTURES AT WORTH
Walmer resident Dot Hardy has drawn attention
to the "Artists in Residence" event at Worth
Garden Centre on 25-31 August when sculptors from the
local area will be working on pieces on site throughout the
week. Their final exhibition is 28, 29 and 30 August. Worth
Garden Centre is in Jubilee Road, Worth - just off the A258
Deal-Sandwich road. (Published: August
WALMER IN BLOOM - JULY JUDGING
During July, the Parish Council's
Walmer in Bloom Committee will be looking out for the
best floral displays in the Parish and making awards. Judges
will be leaving Commended certificates at some premises and
the very best gardens will go through to a second round of
judging to receive either a Highly Commended award
or a Certificate of Excellence.
Judging of all residential categories
will take place from Monday, 5 July with second round judging
commencing on Monday, 19 July. Businesses will be judged
during the second week of July.
New for 2004 is introduction of a "sustainable
garden" category. This places less emphasis on flowers
and more on remaining visually interesting throughout the
year. An example might be a combination of hard landscaping
with natural materials and planting/foliage and grasses. Folk
who think this description fits their front garden are asked
to call the Parish Office to make sure they are included in
the judging. Only gardens visible from the public highway
can be considered.
For more information, call Christine at
the Parish Office on 01304 381506. (Published:
July 15 2004)
IMPROVEMENTS FOR WALMER SCHOOL
Walmer School is set to see a £3.9-million
investment scheme turn into reality this summer. County
councillor Mike Eddy has welcomed news that the current "tatty
mobiles" will be replaced by an L-shaped block of science
and art rooms, a library and a new hall. He anticipated that
some of these facilities would be available to residents in
Cllr Eddy said: "At its last Ofsted
inspection, the school was rightly praised for the high standards
of its teaching and educational achievements but the inspectors
described the school as 'poor' in terms of the quality of
the buildings - and that was after the eight-classroom Compass
Block was built!" He explained that the new works were
the result of "the highest ever grant of capital funding
from Government to Kent County Council".
He added: "I hope the building programme
goes smoothly but at the end of it we will not only have high
quality school buildings for our children to learn in, we
will also have extra facilities out of school hours."
(Published: June 2004)
Deal East county councillor Mike Eddy says
staff at the Dover Highways Unit are looking at proposals
to improve safety at two junctions on the Dover Road in Upper
Walmer - at Church Street and also by the Q8 garage.
Work is also due to start on a pedestrian
refuge in Dover Road roughly opposite the end of Walmer
Castle Road. Cllr Eddy anticipated this would "make life
easier and safer for kids crossing to get to the Downs Primary
School and Walmer School". (June
FUNDS FOR LOCAL GROUPS
Community groups are being urged to take
advantage of Kent County Council's new arrangements for cash
help with projects. This year, each county councillor
has £10,000 to spend in his or her division.
For Walmer, contact Deal East county
councillor Mike Eddy for details and an application form by
e-mailing him at email@example.com,
phoning 01622 694427 during working hours or writing c/o Labour
Group Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14
1XQ. (June 2004)