News Archive: July to December 2005
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DOVER COUNCIL HOLIDAY TIMES
The main council offices at Whitfield will be closed
from 5pm (cash office 4.30pm) on Friday, 23 December to 9am
on Tuesday, 3 January. There is an emergency line over this
The Dover, Deal and Sandwich area offices will close
at 4.30pm on Friday, 23 December, and reopen at 9am on Tuesday
All refuse and recycling collection days are "as normal"
Refuse: Monday 26th December (no collection - next
collection Monday, 2 January 2006).
Black Box Recycling: Monday, 26 December (no collection
- next collection Monday, 9 January 2006).
Green Waste Recycling: No collections Monday, 26 December
2005 to Friday, 6 January 2006. Collections restart Monday,
Deal Pier opening times vary over the holiday period
and the Pier will be closed all day on 25 and 26 December
and 1 January 2006.
For full details, see the Dover District Council website.
(December 19, 2005)
SPORTS CENTRE HOLIDAY TIMES
If you are thinking of a trip to one of the local leisure
centres run by Vista Leisure for Dover District Council
over the holidays, you could find these details of opening
CHRISTMAS WEEK: Closed from 12 noon on Saturday 24 December
- Tuesday 27 December inclusive. Open normal times on Wednesday
28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December; and between 8am-6pm
on Saturday 31 December.
NEW YEAR: Closed Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January. Reopening
at normal times on Tuesday 3 January.
ADDITIONALLY: The Sports Halls will be closed for floor maintenance.
At Tides in Deal: Monday 19 December - Wednesday 28 December.
At Dover Leisure Centre: Wednesday 21 December - Wednesday
28 December. (December 15, 2005)
A BETTER "FORUM"
The WalmerWeb "Forum" bulletin board has moved
to new web servers. This means it should be a bit faster to
use, more reliable and free from irritating adverts.
For visitors to the local Walmer website it provides a quick
way to raise and discuss local issues, advertise "sales
and wants", promote local events or seek local
advice and information. What's more, it's free to use
and messages appear on-line within seconds of you posting
them. For more information, CLICK
HERE. (December 13, 2005)
VISTA LEISURE SEEKS TRUSTEES
Vista Leisure - the charitable trust which runs the local
Tides Leisure Centre and Walmer Paddling Pool - is looking
for people willing to join its board of voluntary trustees.
The "not for profit" company has around 180 employees
and is also responsible for Dover Leisure Centre and the district-wide
children's playscheme. A separate trading subsidiary, Consult
Vista Ltd, provides leisure consultancy and catering services.
The trustees normally hold eight meetings
a year, attend special events and have informal contact with
the staff. Over the next three years, Vista has ambitious
plans to expand the company and its services. Those who agree
to serve as trustees will play an important part in this.
Applications from people with expertise in such areas as human
resources, finance, law, marketing or general management will
be especially welcome, although Vista says this is not essential.
For an information pack and application
form please either call
, e-mail by
or write to Kevin Fordham, Chief Executive, Vista Leisure,
The Limes Business Centre, 6 Broad Street, Deal, Kent CT14
6ER. (December 13, 2005)
CHANNEL HELP FOR AFRICA
UP A SUCCESS: (from
left to right) South Foreland Rotary PRO Gerry Costa
and president David Benton and Calais Risban Rotary president
Francis Casteleyn and Jean Claude Cossart celebrate their
successful international weekend with a Tricolor and Union
Flag at Deal seafront.
MEAL: Calais Risban and South Foreland Rotarians
serve their guests at St Margarets village hall.
on both sides of the Channel raised over £1,150
for African aid during an international weekend
on 19 and 20 November.
South Foreland and Calais Risban groups joined forces
to help Operation Sunshine S.O.S. Africa, an
East Kent registered charity whose main aim is to "feed
the hungry and clothe the naked". So far
this year, the charity has sent five containers of clothing
and other items to needy parts of Africa. Much of the
weekend's fundraising centred on a dinner dance at St
Margarets village hall where the Ladies of St
Margarets cooked the meal and Rotary members acted
as table waiters and a Sunday lunch party hosted by
a South Foreland Rotarian from Deal. (November
FREE PRE-CHRISTMAS PARKING
Dover District Council is allowing free parking for shoppers
in its Deal carparks from 10am on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, December 15, 16 and 17. (November
CHANCE TO INSPECT LATEST BARRACKS PLANS
Walmer Parish Council is providing an opportunity for residents
to see revised plans by developers for the remaining
site on the former Royal Marines Barracks off Canada Road.
The new proposals will be on show at the Parish Council office,
10 Victoria Road, Deal on Tuesday, 29 November (9.30am-2pm
and 6.30pm-8.30pm) and Wednesday, 30 November (9.30am-2pm).
Any comments on the new scheme will then need to be submitted
to the parish council and Dover District Council planners
without delay. (November
FOR AVIATORS' MEMORIAL
Local residents are helping Walmer Parish Council to
clean up, replant and repaint the memorial to the airmen
who flew from the old Walmer aerodrome - now Hawkshill
Freedown - during the First World War.
Keen to lavish a bit of care and attention in time
for this year's Remembrance Day, the volunteers seen
here are (from left to right) Chris Harbridge, Diana
and Mel Mishkin, Gerry Costa and Keith Playforth. Chris,
Gerry and Keith are all members of the South Foreland
Rotary Club. (November 7,
POLICE FORCE MERGER?
The public is being invited to comment on Government proposals
for a national restructuring of police forces in England
and Wales. It is considered that smaller forces should combine
to create "more effective" authorities employing
more than 4,000 police officers or 6,000 total staff. Currently,
Kent Police has 3,630 officers and 2,508 support staff, possibly
making it a "borderline" case.
Kent's Chief Constable Michael Fuller and members of the
Police Authority believe that the size and strategic location
of the county and the force's good performance, particularly
in dealing with major crime, warrant it remaining a "stand-alone"
organisation. They say building on existing collaboration
with other forces is preferable to merger.
The Government's report can be downloaded at: http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/docs/docs/closinggap.pdf
and Kent Police's response can be seen on the Kent
Police website. Comments on these can be e-mailed to Kent
Police Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(November 7, 2005)
Walmer has two new parish councillors. They are retired
chartered land surveyor Mr Clive Grant and former local police
sergeant Mrs Susan Le Chevalier. Mr Grant moved in to the
area last year, having previously served as a member of Chevening
Parish Council. Mrs Le Chevalier has lived in Walmer for seven
years and is an active member of the Deal Parochial School's
parent teacher association. They were formally co-opted to
the parish council at its October meeting, following the resignations
of Peter Faulkner and Les Alton. (October
DRILL FIELD FIREWORKS
Deal and Walmer Rugby Sports and Social Club (formerly Deal
Wanderers) is holding a public fireworks display at
the Drill Field (off Canada Road, Walmer) on Friday, 4 November
from 6.30pm. Tickets are £2.50 in advance from a number
of local shops or £3 on the night. (October
FREE GUIDE TO LOCAL SERVICES FOR ELDERLY
A free guide to services for older people and carers in the
Deal, Dover and Sandwich areas has just been published. A
200-page booklet, "The Coastal Guide" offers
helpful advice and contacts for a wide range of services including
health, housing, sports and leisure activities, personal and
home security, pensions and managing money, places of worship,
transport, help around the home, residential and nursing care,
recycling and consumerism.
Produced by the local NHS Primary Care Trust, Social Services,
Dover District Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Kent Police
and White Cliffs Housing Association, copies are available,
free of charge, from a number of outlets including local doctors'
surgeries. Alternatively, contact Hannah Price on
01304 222310 or Sue Carr on
01304 872322. Large print copies and CD ROM versions are also
Footnote: WalmerWeb webmaster Harold Wyld picked up
a copy and says: "It's crammed with information that
older folk (including me!) really need to know about. Free
as well - so it's probably this year's best bargain!"
(October 21, 2005)
DEAL'S BRADERIE PULLS THE CROWDS
Deal's annual Braderie on Sunday, 18 September, once
again proved a popular event with locals and visitors. Stalls
selling antiques, memorabilia, novelties and bric-a-brac lined
the High Street. To see photos of
the event, go to the Deal
photo album. (September
20, 2005; modified October 21, 2005)
AUDITIONS FOR NEW PRODUCTION
East Kent Theatre Productions is inviting anyone with an
interest in any aspect of the theatre - backstage, directing,
front of house, as well as performers - to drop in to their
next auditions. These will be held on October 29 and 30
at the Astor Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, any time between
12 noon and 4.30pm on either day.
The amateur theatrical group recently staged an acclaimed
production of "The Crucible" in Deal and their coming
production is "My Fair Lady" which will be performed
in March/April 2006. Organiser Nathan Sewell says his group
welcomes participation by all the East Kent community including
older people, children and learning disabled. For more information,
call Nathan on
01304 239998 or (mobile) 07745 499 760, or
. (October 18, 2005)
FOR ASIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
South Foreland Rotary Club members are supporting the relief
effort for victims of the East Asian earthquake. On the advice
of Rotary International Britain and Ireland they are concentrating
on helping to provide relief aid supplies in the form of Aquaboxes,
Emergency boxes and Shelter boxes.
Just as the names suggest, the boxes offer a means of purifying
water, essential supplies and temporary shelter. Four hundred
aquaboxes have already gone to Pakistan and 400 shelter boxes
to the effected area of Kashmir. And 300 filled emergency
boxes are ready for despatch. Keeping up the flow of boxes
now depends on public support.
South Foreland Rotary president Mr David Benton says his
club is willing to process any donations people in the Dover
District wish to make. Contact the club's International Committee
Chairman Mr Gerry Costa on
0771 292 9524 or
. (October 13, 2005)
MOVES TO CATCH SPEEDING DRIVERS
Speeding motorists could be heading for trouble following
a decision by Walmer Parish Council to buy into the recently
launched "Speed Watch" scheme. Officially
recognised and supported by Kent Police, the project involves
setting up a mobile radar-operated speed warning sign at known
trouble spots. The equipment is then manned by volunteers
who pass details of offending motorists to the police for
them to take further action. (September
MEMORIAL ALDER FOR FIRST CHAIRMAN
The work of the late Mrs Doreen Beach, who encouraged
the formation of Walmer Parish Council and became its first
Chairman in 1996-1997, is being commemorated by a memorial
tree at Marke Wood recreation ground. The tree is one of 12
memorial Alders planted by Dover Council. (September
BID TO "MAKE IT LOCAL"
Concerns at declining local services and local jobs
and the extra traffic and pollution caused by having to travel
further for these have prompted Walmer parish councillors
to endorse moves to introduce new "sustainable communities"
legislation. At their September meeting, councillors agreed
to back "Local Works", a national campaigning group
behind the Sustainable Communities Bill, and ask local
MP Gwyn Prosser to support it by signing an Early Day Motion
to help speed it through Parliament.
The new Bill suggests a number of initiatives to support
local economies, protect the environment and encourage more
involvement in local democracy. It it becomes law, it would
give local councils and local people a bigger say in promoting
sustainability in their own area. The Bill also looks for
stronger support from central government. (September
Police community support officer Justin Marriott is compiling
a list of grafitti in Walmer. Residents are being asked
to let him have details of any they've noticed. Phone him
on (mobile) 07969 584207. Folk who spot anyone in the act
of "tagging" - the common term for what is, in effect,
criminal damage - should phone the police on
01304 240055. (September
COUNCIL ACTS TO END TEENAGE NUISANCE
Walmer parish councillors have responded to a plea from householders
in Harvey Avenue, Walmer, to close a toddlers' play area
on the Drill Field, immediately behind their houses. The
small enclosure with its seating and a picnic table had become
a meeting place by rowdy teenagers and was not used by the
mothers and toddlers it was provided for. Late night noise,
litter and excessive swearing were proving very stressful.
The Council said it was disappointed at the lack of concern
for others by people using the site and agreed it should be
removed. (September 28,
CALL TO REMOVE TEEN SHELTER
Walmer Parish Council is looking into concerns about misuse
of the Teen Shelter at Marke Wood recreation ground. Police
community support officer Justin Marriott has suggested it
should be removed. The matter will be discussed at the council's
meeting on Wednesday, 5 October. (September
SUPPORT FOR 40MPH SPEED LIMIT
Walmer Parish Council is to support residents on Kingsdown
Road, Walmer, who want a uniform 40mph speed limit for
the length of their road. Much of it is already 40mph, but
the section between Hawkshill Road and Campbell's Garage is
60mph. With housing along one side, a recent increase in young
families living there and no pavements, the residents are
concerned for their safety and want Kent Highways to designate
all the road to 40mph or less. Parish councillors also agreed
that a proper footpath along the road would ensure better
pedestrian safety. (September
NEW LOOK FOR PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
Walmer Parish Council's website has a new look. It
is now linked to a network of websites for parish and town
councils across Kent sponsored by Kent County Council. To
take a look, go to: www.walmercouncil.co.uk.
CROWDS FLOCK TO VICTORY COMMEMORATION
Bright sunshine, music by the Railway Swing
Band and displays of World War 2 memorabilia tempted hundreds
of people to turn out at Walmer Green on Sunday, 4 September.
Organised by Walmer Parish Council, the event celebrated the
60th anniversary of the end of the 1939-1945 conflicts. To
see photos of the event, see the "events"
(September 6, 2005)
RESIDENTS DEMAND AN END TO TEENAGE NUISANCE
Householders in Harvey Avenue, Walmer, are pressing the parish
council to close a toddlers' play area on the Drill Field,
immediately behind their houses. They say that the small enclosure
with its seating and a picnic table is being used as a meeting
place by rowdy teenagers and never by the mothers and toddlers
it was provided for. Noise, litter and excessive swearing
- sometimes after midnight - are, say the residents, driving
them out of their own gardens during the daytime and, some
nights, keeping them awake. The problem is to be discussed
by the parish council when it meets on Wednesday, 7 September.
(September 2, 2005)
CALL FOR UNIFORM SPEED LIMIT
Residents on Kingsdown Road, Walmer, want Walmer parish
councillors to support them in a bid to introduce a uniform
40mph speed limit for the length of their road. Whilst much
of the road has a 40mph limit, the section between Hawkshill
Road and Campbell's Garage is 60mph. With housing along one
side, a recent increase in young families living there and
no pavements, the residents say they a concerned for their
safety and want Kent Highways to designate all the road to
40mph or less. The matter is to be considered by the parish
council when it meets on Wednesday, 7 September.
(September 2, 2005)
ANYONE LOST TWO COCKATIELS?
Walmer resident Mr Bill Howie says two cockatiels have
been sighted in Hawkshill Road. One was in poor health
and needed to be taken to a vet in Dover. On Wednesday, 31
August, the other bird was still loose, flying in the Hawkshill
Road/ Walmer Castle area. Anyone needing more details can
contact Mr Howie by e-mail by
. (September 2, 2005)
|VISTA LEISURE SEEKS NEW
Vista Leisure, the charitable trust
which runs the local Tides Leisure Centre and Walmer
Paddling Pool, is looking for people willing to "give
something back to the community" by joining
its board of voluntary trustees. The "not for profit"
company has around 180 employees and is also responsible
for Dover Leisure Centre and the district-wide children's
playscheme. A separate trading subsidiary, Consult Vista
Ltd, provides leisure consultancy and catering services.
The enterprise is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
They normally hold eight meetings a year, attend special
events and have informal contact with the staff. Over
the next three years, Vista has ambitious plans to improve
services and expand the company. Those who agree to
serve as Trustees will play an important part in this.
Applications from people with expertise in such areas
as human resources, finance, law, marketing or general
management will be especially welcome, although Vista
says this is not essential.
For an information pack and application
form please either call
, e-mail by
or write to Kevin Fordham, Chief Executive, Vista Leisure,
The Limes Business Centre, 6 Broad Street, Deal, Kent
CT14 6ER. Closing date for receipt of completed applications
is Friday, 30 September. (August
BAND SCORES A SUCCESS
The idea of bringing together 43 ex
Royal Marines Band musicians who still live in Deal
for an unrehearsed concert at the Deal Memorial
Bandstand on Sunday, 21 August has proved a resounding
Organised by former warrant officer
bandmaster Steve Misson from Walmer, their performance
attracted an audience of around 2,500 people. Steve
explained: "Finding the time and place to rehearse
was difficult. So the obvious answer was to make this
an extra special event by playing entirely without rehearsal,
because, after all, we had all been well trained by
the Royal Marines for some, a long time ago!
Under the baton of former corps bandmaster Phil Hughes,
the band - average age 62 years - delighted everyone
with a complex programme culminating in the enormously
difficult Festive Overture by Shostakovitch.
Steve Misson says he's sure the Old Comrades Band will
be back next year. He said: "No way can the Deal
Memorial Bandstand Trust allow this band to dissolve
into obscurity; it must surely become one of the most
anticipated events in the Deal calendar to run alongside
the annual visit of the Royal Marines Band."
(August 23, 2005)
ROYAL MARINES ANNUAL VISIT DRAWS 4,000
On Sunday, 7 August, the Royal Marines Band kept its pledge
to return to Walmer and Deal for an annual concert. A crowd,
estimated at 4,000 people, thronged Walmer Green to hear them
play at the Memorial Bandstand.
The names of the 11 Royal Marines who died in the IRA bombing
in 1989 were recalled during a re-dedication service, held
as part of a memorable afternoon. For photos of
the event by Gerry Costa, see the "events"
photo album. (August
COUNCIL'S NEW "GREEN" COLLECTION
Parts of Walmer will be included in a new fortnightly collection
scheme for green garden waste. Due to be launched on Monday,
15 August, the Dover Council initiative will be rolled out
over the coming 12 months so that over 20,000 houses in Walmer,
Deal and Sandwich are included. Householders' unwanted clippings
and trimmings will be turned into valuable compost - rather
than filling dwindling landfill sites. For fuller information,
01304 872428. (August 13, 2005)
Photos by Gerry Costa of Deal Carnival
on Thursday, 28 July 2005 can now be seen in the "events"
Walmer householders and businesses are included in a ban
on unattended hosepipes and the use of sprinklers which
came into force on Saturday, 30 July. Southern Water said
it had been forced to introduce the water restrictions because
of the drought conditions from the past dry winter and spring.
Inclusion of the Kent and Hastings supply areas in the hosepipe
and sprinkler ban on 30 July followed measures already in
place in the water companys Sussex supply area. For
details, see Southern Water's website.
(July 30, 2005 - updated August 13,
NEW WEBSITE TARGETS ROGUE TRADERS
Kevin Anderson of GetClued.com has drawn attention to his
recently launched website aimed at helping people avoid
rip-off tradesmen. It is a free service which allows people
to write reviews of tradesmen they have hired and read about
others. There's also useful advice on hiring and resolving
disputes with businesses.
Kevin says the recently launched site now has over 1,000
registered members who have submitted reviews of hundreds
of businesses. Users benefit by being able to find out from
actual customers the service standards of tradesmen in their
local area and the prices they charge.
To use the service, people need to register and submit some
details of good or bad service they've experienced. To see
the GetClued website, go to: www.getclued.com.
(July 20, 2005)
PLAN TO REMOVE LOCAL PHONE BOX
British Telecom is proposing the removal of the public
payphone at Kelvedon Road, Walmer. The company says it
is little used, probably as a result of a huge increase in
mobile phone ownership. Before it can remove a public phone
box, BT has to consult the public. Walmer Parish Council will
be discussing BT's plan at its full meeting in the Sea Scout
Hut, Marine Road on Wednesday, 13 July, starting at 7pm.
There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for
residents to express views on this or any other matters of
local concern. Otherwise, any comments on the phone box removal
need to refer to "payphone 01304 374580" and be
submitted to BT Payphones, PP06A21, Delta Point, 35 Wellesley
Road, Croydon CR9 2YZ by 6 September 2005 latest.
(8 July 2005)
PUBLIC CAN HELP THWART TERRORISTS
Following the bombings in London on Thursday, 7 July, Kent
Police have asked members of all Kent Neighbourhood Watch
and County Eye schemes to keep an eye out for suspicious
They say that, although there is no specific threat in relation
to Kent, the police would be grateful if everyone remained
vigilant. If folk see anything suspicious, they should contact
local police or, where potentially life-threatening, dial
It helps to write down descriptions of people, their clothing,
or vehicle details and registration numbers. Any detail, no
matter how small, could help the police ascertain if the suspicious
activity is legitimate, or whether further investigation is
There are concerns that a small number of people may use
the bombings as an excuse to 'retaliate' against minority
communities. People from different cultures or communities
may feel very vulnerable at this time. Also offensive 'anti-Muslim'
graffiti may appear. In these cases, people are urged to contact
the local police station and ask to speak to the Community
Other useful contacts include:
0800 555 111, to report potential criminal activity without
giving your name.
Police anti-terrorist branch
0800 789321, to report any potential terrorist matters or
behaviour. (19 July
Parents keen to keep their youngsters amused during the school
holiday period may be interested in the programme of events
being organised by the Vista Leisure arm of Dover Council.
Activities include playschemes, special courses for sports
and leisure pursuits and coach trips. Leaflets giving details
are being distributed through local schools. For more information
call Martyn Cassell at Vista Leisure on
01304 201145 or
. (11 July 2005)
Walmer Parish Council is looking for two local residents
willing to serve as councillors. The first vacancy follows
the resignation of long-serving councillor Les Alton. The
second stems from the resignation of councillor Peter Faulkner
due to poor health. An information pack, explaining what is
involved, is available from the Parish Clerk on
01304 381506 or by
. The closing date for applications is Friday, 19 August.
(8 July 2005
- updated 30 July 2005)
END OF POLICE SURGERIES
The monthly "surgeries" to enable Walmer residents
to meet with Walmer's Police Community Support Officer
Justin Marriott have had so little use that the parish council
has abandoned the idea. At their June meeting, councillors
agreed that it would be better if people contacted Justin
by phone. His mobile number is:
07969 584207. (8
CONCERNS OVER NORTH BARRACKS PLANS
Walmer parish councillors are unhappy with latest proposals
for re-development at the North Barracks. Plans for
the site include: 107 new homes, a doctor's surgery and pharmacy,
two two-storey buildings, new roads and parking and re-routing
a public right-of-way.
The parish councillors feel that there is too little provision
for car parking, access onto Ardent Avenue would cause serious
problems for road users, a proposed three-storey block would
obscure views of significant features of the site and the
former Concert Hall should be redeveloped as a meeting venue
for the local community. Councillors concerns have been passed
to Dover Council planners who are considering the developers'
plans. (8 July
DESIGN STATEMENT IN SPOTLIGHT
Dover Council's cabinet, the district council's decision-making
body, will be considering a vital planning document for Walmer
on Monday, 18 July. They are being asked to agree that the
Walmer Design Statement, a detailed look at
the existing characteristics and environment of the parish
and how they should be protected and enhanced, should receive
a six-week public consultation period. Once the public's views
have been considered, it is expected the final document will
be used by Dover Council when deciding new developments in
The lengthy task of producing the Design Statement
has been carried out by a working group set up by the parish
council and involving a number of local residents. It is the
first of this new type of planning guidance document to be
created in the Dover district area. (8
Members of the Kent Bat Group and Walmer Parish Council
are organising a Bat Walk around Hawkshill Freedown
on Saturday, 9 July. Open to all members of the public, it
provides an opportunity to learn about this little known or
understood species. Meet at 8.30pm in the car park on Kingsdown
Road opposite Walmer Castle entrance (NOT the car parking
area, Liverpool Road as previousy published). Children
need to be accompanied by an adult. The organisers advise
bringing a torch and suitable clothing and footwear for countryside
01304 381506 for more details. (1