News Archive: January to June 2006
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ANDREW IS NEW PRESIDENT
Walmer resident Andrew Eberlein
has been elected as the president of the South Foreland
Rotary Club for the next 12 months.
Andrew has lived and worked
in the area since 1978 when he joined Megger Limited
(formerly AVO) where he is site manager. He married
a local teacher Shirley in 1982, and they have one son
and two daughters.
Andrew is committed to service to
the community and has been the Chair of Governors of
Warden House primary school in Deal for many years.
He is also a trustee and director of St Martins
Emmaus, which is based in the Archcliffe Fort on Dover's
Western Heights. Andrew joined South Foreland Rotary
in 2002. (June
IT'S "ALL CHANGE" ON LOCAL BUSES
Major changes to local bus services come into effect on Sunday,
16 July. Operators Stagecoach say that a combination of
more modern "easy-access" buses and new routes and
timetables should produce an improved and, on some routes,
faster service for passengers.
New timetables will be available on the buses or from Stagecoach
offices in Dover, Canterbury and Folkestone. They can also
be seen at www.stagecoachbus.com;
08702 433711. (June
LOCAL ROTARY AID FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
Gerry Costa of the South Foreland Rotary
Club has sent an update on the news item we published on 21
May. He says: "Further to the report about Shelter Boxes
at the Fun Day, we did not know we were going to need them
On Monday (29 May), 400 Shelter Boxes were
despatched by local Rotary to the affected area of Indonesia.
They should arrive within a few days. Also one Rotary contact
from the town of Yogyakarte has been in touch with the UK
and says that, on the ground, Rotary is heavily involved in
distributing food, canned milk, medicines and blood supplies.
They have also volunteered to support health needs and running
And here's our earlier news item about
those Shelter Boxes and the 11 June event where you can learn
more about them....
DISASTER RELIEF PACKS ON SHOW AT FUN DAY
Members of local Rotary are helping with a Family Fun
Day to be organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kent and East
Sussex at the Kent County Showground at Detling, near Maidstone,
on Sunday, 11 June. South Foreland Rotary member Pauline Goldsack
will arranging a display of 'Shelter Box' and 'Aquabox' emergency
supplies, thousands of which have, in the past year or so,
been sent to areas hit by the tsunami disaster and south east
South Foreland Rotary's PRO Gerry Costa says the public,
who have been so generous with donations, and many Rotarians
have probably never had the opportunity to see the contents
of the relief boxes. He anticipated they would find them fascinating.
Proceeds from the fun day will go to the Kent Air Ambulance
Trust and local hospices. (May
21, 2006; updated May 31, 2006)
TWO YEARS OLD
WalmerWeb has just celebrated its second year as Walmer's
community website. Started in May 2004, it is run on an
entirely voluntary basis. The main aim is to provide a useful
source of local information for local residents and anyone
interested in the parish of Walmer.
Webmaster Harold Wyld says: "Quite a lot of the content
is the result of excellent support and interest by local people.
However, any community website only succeeds by being reliably
up-to-date and offering useful and interesting information.
That's where everyone can help by offering text or photos
to fill any gaps and checking their club, event, business
or whatever is featured on WalmerWeb." (May
LOCAL ARTISTS OPEN THEIR STUDIOS
Walmer, Deal and the surrounding area are strongly represented
among the skilled artists and craftspeople from Kent, Sussex,
Surrey and south London who will be opening their studios
and workshops to the public on a number of days in June. Local
participants in the 10th annual South East Open Studios
Melony Walton, 8 Mill Road, Deal (
01304 366798) who works in oil paint and collage. Her open
days are: Saturday 10 June (10am-5pm and 7pm-9pm),
Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June (10am-5pm).
Helen Hanson, 13 Admiralty Mews, The Strand, Walmer
01304 370250) who specialises in landscape etchings. Opening:
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June; Saturday 17 and Sunday 18
June and Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June (10am-5pm each
Terrance Gilbert, Foxes Leigh, Church Street, Walmer
01304 367220) who specialises in original quilting and patchwork.
Opening: Sunday 11 June; Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday
18 June and Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June (11am-9pm
Valerie Thoresby, 6 Granville Road, Walmer (
01304 372475) paints in mixed media. Opening: Friday 9,
Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June
(10am-5pm each day).
John Blezard, 18 North Road, Kingsdown, near Deal
01304 373579) a land- and seascape artist working mainly
in watercolours and pen and wash. Opening: Thursday 15,
Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June and Thursday 22,
Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June (11am-6pm each
day, plus 7pm-9pm on 24 and 25 June).
Joan Weston, White Cliff Bungalow, The Front, St
Margaret's Bay (
01304 851867) for vibrant paintings, quilting and wallhangings.
Opening: Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June; Friday
16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June and Friday 23, Saturday
24 and Sunday 25 June (4pm-6pm on 9, 16 and 23 June and
11am-6pm on the other days).
Admission to all venues is free with some work available
for sale but no pressure on visitors to buy. Many of the studios
will open at other times by prior appointment. Full details
of all the 253 studios taking part are given in a free full-colour
booklet available from libraries, council offices and tourist
information centres. (May
CHOSEN FOR DEAL PIER
Plans for a new café bar on Deal Pier have
take a step forward with selection of a winning design in
a competition organised by the Royal Institute of British
Architects on behalf of Dover District Council. Created by
Niall McLaughlin Architects, the new end-of-the-pier structure
features timber frames and glass walls, designed to give stunning
views of the seafront and Channel shipping.
Dover Council anticipates a planning application could be
submitted at the end of June and, if successful, work on the
new café might begin in October. The improvements to
Deal Pier will help boost the pier's Golden Jubilee in 2007.
More details are on the Council's website at: www.dover.gov.uk/pr/template.asp?search=585
(May 21, 2006)
Local musicians The Railway Swing Band have helped to raise
£2,000 for street children in India through a
concert held in the Dover Harbour cruise terminal. Arranged
by local Rotary clubs, the event was supported by over 250
people. The money will go to the Koshish School in New Delhi
which provides basic education for needy children. Impressed
by the UK support, the Delhi Rotary Club is hoping to match
this amount with a further £2,000.
This summer, The Railway Swing Band will be giving two free
concerts at Deal Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green. The dates
are: Wednesday, 5 July for an "Evening of Swing"
starting at 7.30pm and Sunday, 3 September from 12noon
to 2pm as part of Walmer's annual community picnic event.
(May 8, 2006)
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Walmer residents have an opportunity to hear what their parish
council is doing and learn about local initiatives on tackling
crime, the current water drought and the new Fowlmead country
park at the annual parish meeting on Wednesday, 31 May.
Speakers at the meeting include Paul Wootton, project manager
for Southern Water, Anne Denne of the Betteshanger Coalfield
Regeneration Team and Justin Marriott, Walmer's police community
support officer. People will also be able to air ideas and
local concerns for parish councillors to consider. The meeting
is in the Sea Scout Hut, Marine Road, Walmer and starts at
ROYAL VICTORIAN VISIT FOR CASTLE
Families are being invited to join "Queen Victoria"
and "Prince Albert" when they make a two-day
royal visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens over the Spring Bank
Holiday weekend (Sunday, 28 and Monday, 29 May). In a celebration
of the Victorian era, children can enjoy a flower fairy hunt
while adults can hear a talk on Victorian gardens and the
language of flowers, play croquet and indulge in a cream tea.
Visitors will also see the Queen being dressed in full evening
regalia - from corset to coronet - and hear top tips for ladylike
The special event is 10am-5pm each day and costs £7.20
for adults, £5.40 for concessions, £3.60 for children
or £18 for a family ticket; free for English Heritage
members. For more information, call
01304 364288. (April
MAKE FRIENDS ON NEW WEB FORUM
Concern at a lack of opportunities for some people in the
Walmer and Deal area to meet and socialise has prompted
one local resident to set up a new website. Linda who is 42
and single moved to Deal with her retired parents four years
ago. She told WalmerWeb: "Although I like the local area
immensely, I have found it very difficult to meet and socialise
with people of my own age group."
Failing to find anything suitable, Linda has turned to the
Internet. She explained: "I have created a forum for
Deal and Walmer people who, like myself, want to make and
meet local friends. It is not a dating agency, but is strictly
a forum where locals can make friends online. I am sure that
there are many!" You can see Linda's new forum at http://groups.msn.com/dealwalmerkent.
(April 23, 2006)
CUT PHONE COSTS... AND MORE
Fed up with those expensive "national rate" 0870
phone lines that seem to be the only way of contacting many
companies and organisations? The "Say No to 0870"
website at www.saynoto0870.co.uk
could offer a solution - by providing alternative less publicised
(and cheaper) local or national numbers.
Links to other useful services - like BT's (free) on-line
phone directory, a currency converter, weather forecasts and
tide times, national newspapers and the current time locally
and worldwide - are also available on WalmerWeb. Check out
Links page. (April
MARINES BAND COMING TO MARGATE
Local fans of the Royal Marines Band may well be interested
in their forthcoming concert at the Winter Gardens, Margate
on Friday, 5 May. Full details are on the WalmerWeb
Forum (see the Coming Events section). Don't forget the
Forum provides an excellent (and free!) means of publicising
any events or activities you are involved in. (April
With the encouragement of members of the South Foreland
Rotary Club, around 300 shoppers in Dover town centre
were persuaded to have a free blood pressure checkup
on Saturday, 8 April.
Thanks to the annual project by Rotary, several people
discovered that they had higher than average readings
and were recommended to consult their GP. (April
to encourage shoppers: Andrew Eberlein of Walmer
(South Foreland Rotary president elect) and David Benton
from St Margaret's (the current Rotary president).)
YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEW SOUGHT
Young people between 11 and 18 years of age are being
invited to have their say on the services they use and would
like to see in a district-wide survey. Forms for the first
annual Dover District Youth Survey will be distributed
through local schools, youth clubs and leisure centres. It's
also possible to take part on-line by visiting the www.dover.gov.uk/youth
NEW PROPOSALS FOR CAMPBELLS SITE
Revised plans for the redevelopment of the Campbells
Garage site on the approach to Kingsdown village have been
submitted to Dover Council planners. Anticipating strong interest
by local residents, Walmer Parish Council's planning committee
scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday, 18 April is moving (from
the Parish Office) to the larger venue of Elizabeth House,
St Mary's Road, Walmer. According to local protest group WAKEUP,
individual comments on the plans need to be submitted to Dover
planners by 14 April. (April
BLOOMS HIT BY DROUGHT
Walmer parish councillors have reluctantly decided to scrap
plans for their lampost flower basket displays for
the coming summer. The current drought and severe restrictions
on the use of water seem certain to mean that they cannot
be satisfactorily maintained. The Council's much larger roadside
planters will be planted up with drought resistant plants
and, as far as possible, kept going with the aid of "recycled"
Another casualty of the water shortage will be the "Walmer
in Bloom" competition. The annual challenge to find
the best floral displays by local householders and businesses
has been cancelled for 2006. (April
EGG HUNT AT CASTLE
Children can celebrate in traditional style by taking part
in a popular Easter Egg Trail at Walmer Castle and Gardens
over the Easter weekend. Clues will be hidden around the grounds
and every child who finds them and cracks the Easter Egg Trail
code will win a chocolate prize. There will be trails for
two age groups: six-years-and-under and over-sevens.
Adults can enjoy a spring afternoon stroll around the herbaceous
borders, the woodland walk and admire the working kitchen
garden. A moat, grassed over since the 19th century is abundant
with flowers of all kinds; and the Queen Mothers Garden
has a tranquil pool, clipped hedges and roses.
Times are: 10am-5pm daily, from Good Friday (14 April) to
Bank Holiday Monday (17 April). Entry to the Easter Trail
also allows admission to the castle. Admission is £6.20
for adults, £4.70 for concessions, £3.10 for children
and a family ticket available at £15.50. English
Heritage members admitted free. For further information,
HELP OTHERS WHEN SPRING CLEANING
With the onset of the annual ritual of spring cleaning,
there's a timely reminder that unwanted clutter needn't end
up at the waste tip. It's very likely that many serviceable
items are just what someone else wants! Something that over
270 local people have already discovered by signing up for
the Dover area "Freecycle" website.
Organiser Paul Dawkins said the completely free service helps
people to advertise items they wish to give away or ask for
things they want. He explained: "There have been 60 new
members since Christmas and a good flow of messages about
items offered or sought. I reckon around eight out of ten
'unwanted' goods find new homes." There is certainly
plenty of variety with offers and requests for everything
from plant pots and compost bins to cars and computer parts!
The Freecycle idea started in America but has spread to many
other countries including the UK where there are now dozens
of voluntarily-run groups. It all relies on Internet bulletin
boards covering specific areas - such as Dover, Deal, Walmer
and the surrounding villages. People asking for the free service
receive regular e-mails listing details of all new messages
added to the bulletin board. And they can, of course, post
their own messages for anything they'd like to offer or they
Paul says: "It's a good system for finding out 'who
wants what'. And it certainly helps the environment by diverting
tonnes of perfectly useable items away from dwindling landfill
sites." To check out the local scheme, go to: Dover
Freecycle Website. (March
EASTER BEACH CLEAN-UP
Deal Area "Churches Together" are holding a "Dealing
with Rubbish" clean-up on Deal beach on Saturday,
15 April (not Sunday, 16 April as previously advised).
People can meet at the Baptist Church, Victoria Road, Deal
at 9.30am or join in near the Pier. It is expected to take
two-and-a-half hours but volunteers can give as much or little
time as suits them. Bags, gloves and litter picking tongs
will be provided.
Dover Council and their contractors SITA will supply two
men to get under the Pier and handle any dangerous items.
SITA will also arrange to collect the filled bags at the end
of the morning. The Baptist Church is arranging post-event
food (soup, rolls and beverages) at the Church at 12.20pm.
For more information, contact John Wakeman on
01304 380763 or 07968 436462 or by
15, 2006, updated March 23, 2006)
BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR CLUBS AT WALMER GREEN
Walmer Parish Council is planning a second local community
picnic on Walmer Green on Sunday, 3 September. Last
year's event was hugely popular and this year's could be an
even bigger draw with a concert featuring the Railway Swing
Band on the Memorial Bandstand.
Local clubs and community groups are invited to join in and
put on promotional displays in marquees provided by the council.
It's a great opportunity to give out information about when
and where they meet, what services or activities they provide
and, not least, attract support and new members.
For details, contact the Parish Clerk on
01304 381506 or
Places are limited, so apply now. (March
|LOCAL ROTARY GIFT BOOSTS
Rotary President David Benton and his
members present their £1,100 cheque to Mrs Sheila
hand made quilt, showing
the Operation Sunshine activities.
A joint fund-raising effort by South
Foreland Rotary Club and colleagues in the French Calais
Risban Rotary has swelled the coffers of Folkestone-based
charity Operation Sunshine by £1,100.
Sunshine chairman Mrs Sheila Lloyd,
MBE, met Rotary members and spoke of the charity's work
at a recently held cheque presentation. Sheila explained
that Operation Sunshine is supported by churches all
over Kent, Devon, France and Andorra as well as many
other groups and individuals. It sends vital clothing,
food, medical equipment, tools, sewing machines, blankets,
soaps, toiletries and other necessities to Africa for
those in need. As Sheila said, "the poorest of
the poor; people who have nothing".
The Folkestone branch was started
in 1984 by Sheila and, this season, has seen the 218th
container despatched to Africa. At present they buy
used containers which, once unpacked at their destination,
are converted into medical training rooms for the local
communities. For more information,
see their web-site: www.operation-sunshine.org. (March
MUM LIKE A QUEEN
English Heritage and Walmer Castle have come up with
a novel idea for making mum a "Queen for a day"
for Mothers Day on Sunday, 26 March. They suggest
a day out at Walmer Castle and Gardens (once home of Walmers
most famous "mum", the Queen Mother) could be right
They are putting on special Queen Mother afternoon teas in
the Lord Wardens Tea Rooms with homemade Dundee cake
and shortbread on the menu in special recognition of her strong
Scottish roots. Cost is £2.95 per head and the tea room
is open until 3.30pm.
A beloved mother and grandmother, the Queen Mother stayed
at Walmer Castle each year in her capacity as Lord Warden
of the Cinque Ports. The castle's reception rooms, used by
the Queen Mother, will be on display just as she used them.
Outside, the gardens feature a woodland walk, working kitchen
garden and The Queen Mothers Garden with spring flowers
and its 95-foot long lily pond.
Walmer Castle is open 10am-4pm. Admission is £5.95
adults, £4.50 concessions, £3 children, £14.90
family ticket. For more information, call
01304 364288 or see the English
Heritage website. (March
FREE BUS TRAVEL
Users of Dover Council's concessionary bus passes
will be able to travel free of charge on off-peak buses throughout
Kent from Saturday, 1 April. Currently the passes provide
half-price fares. Existing passes will qualify for the new
free travel and only need to be changed when they reach their
expiry date. (March
WalmerWeb would like to enlist the help of local historians
in updating its information on Walmer's history. A recent
addition to the history
page is a list of significant dates. We are sure it
can be improved! To provide information, please
. (March 5, 2006)
DESIGN STATEMENT - NOW AVAILABLE
Walmer Parish Council has published its Design Statement
for Walmer. The 40-page illustrated document outlines the
historical development of the parish and the buildings and
natural features that contribute to its character and even
make it special. The report was adopted by Dover District
Council in December and will be used as part of the process
of deciding future local planning applications.
Copies of the Design Statement are available from the Walmer
Parish Council office at 10 Victoria Road (1st floor), Deal,
price £4.95 (or £6 by post). It is also on sale
at: Deal Library; the Visitor Information Office in the Landmark
Centre, High Street, Deal; Walmer News, The Strand, Walmer;
Gillivers newsagents, Dover Road, Upper Walmer; and Walmer
Post Office, Dover Road, Upper Walmer. It can also be seen
online by clicking here.
(The file may take several minutes to load into your web
browser, so please be patient.) (February
Deal and Walmer Handelian Society and the Becker Ensemble
will be performing G.F Handel's "Messiah"
at St George's Church, Deal, on Friday 10 March at 7.30pm.
Soloists are soprano Angela Giddins, alto Leoni Saint, bass
Jolyon Dodgson and international tenor Nigel Rogers. Tickets
are £8 (concessions £5); available at Biggs' Opticians,
Deal, or on the door. (February
NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR PROSTATE CANCER VICTIMS
Men living with prostate cancer - and those who love and
care for them - could find a newly formed branch of the
Prostate Cancer Support Association, based in Canterbury,
a valuable source of information and fellowship. An inaugural
meeting took place at the end of January. Future meetings
will be on the last Wednesday of each month. The next one
is at 10.15am-12.15pm on 22 February in Conference Room 1+2
of the Canterbury Centre for Health and Clinical Sciences,
Kent and Canterbury Hospital. For details, call Graham on
364873 or Gerry on
01304 361574. Alternatively, just turn up at the meeting.
(February 2, 2006)
BACK DOOR THIEVES
Police have warned householders to keep external doors secure
following a series of "walk in" robberies
from homes in the Deal area. Despite the properties being
occupied at the time, the thieves took advantage of unlocked
back doors to make off with a variety of goods and valuables.
(January 28, 2006)
LOCAL HOUSING THREAT?
Early work by Dover District Council planners on a Local
Development Framework has sparked fears that close on
3,700 new homes might be built in the Walmer, Deal
and Sandwich areas over the next 20 years. Proposals to consider
greenfield sites on the southern edges of Walmer and Deal
could have a serious impact on Walmer - with significant extra
traffic needing to use the A258 Dover Road and new demands
on local health and other public services.
Local planners have stressed that the Local Development
Framework - a more comprehensive forward planning document
that will supersede the current Local Plan - is at
a very early stage. They say they hope to present options
for the public to consider in March. This should enable the
Framework proposals to be refined and open to further public
consultation in January 2007.
For more information see www.dover.gov.uk/localplanreview/
on Dover Council's website. (January
NEW LOOK CAFE FOR PIER
Architects are being invited to submit ideas for a £480,000
facelift to the cafe at the end of Deal Pier. Details
of a design competition, organised by the Royal Institute
of British Architects for pier owners Dover Council, are available
from the Institute on
0113 234 1335 or its website at www.ribacompetitions.com.
Initial applications have to be in by 4pm on Wednesday,
15 February and the most promising entrants will be invited
to draw up more detailed plans. It is hoped work on the new
cafe will start in October. (January
DELAYS LIKELY ON A258 AT SWINGATE
Current major roadworks, started on Monday, 23 January,
will mean delays and detours for drivers wanting to use the
one-mile stretch of the A258 Dover-Deal road from the A2/Jubilee
Way (Duke of York's) roundabout, past the Swingate Inn to
the B2058 St Margaret's turnoff. Kent Highways say the works
to repair and resurface the road are essential and are scheduled
to take about six weeks.
Much of the work will be carried out at night on Mondays
to Thursdays between 9pm and 6am when the road will be closed
to traffic. Then, the main diversion route will be via the
A2, A256 Dover-Sandwich road and A258 Sandwich-Deal road.
It is anticipated local drivers may choose to use shorter
routes through country lanes off the A258. During the daytime,
traffic through the roadworks is likely to be subject to temporary
traffic lights and severe speed restrictions. For more details,
call Kent Highways on
0845 824 7800 (local rate).
(updated January 28, 2006)
SEEKING HELP FOR HAWKSHILL COMMON
The team of volunteers who regularly help conserve the public
open space at Walmer's Hawkshill Common are looking for more
people to help - mainly with scrub clearance. They meet at
10.30am in the car parking area on Liverpool Road (opposite
Grams Road) on the first Sunday of each month throughout
the year. Tools are provided but helpers need to provide their
own refreshments and wear suitable clothing and stout shoes
or boots. Call Stan Stockley on
01304 373304 for more details.
(updated January 15, 2006)
GRANTS FOR LOCAL GROUPS
Walmer Parish Council is offering cash grants to local
voluntary groups and organisations keen to offer new services,
facilities or events. Up to 25% of the total cost can be given
(with a maximum grant of £400). Applications MUST be
received before the project has commenced. The next deadline
for applications is Wednesday, 1 February 2006. For details
of this and an alternative fund for larger capital projects
of over £5000, contact the Parish Council Office on
381506. (January 6, 2006)
CHANCE TO COMMENT ON GARAGE PLANS
There's an opportunity for residents
to see and comment on revised plans for redeveloping the
Campbells Garage site at Kingsdown when Walmer Parish
Council's planning committee meets on Tuesday, 10 January.
The meeting in Elizabeth House, St Mary's Road, Walmer starts
at 7pm. Having considered local views, the parish council
will then submit its formal comments to Dover District Council