News Archive: July to December 2006
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"THUMBS DOWN" FOR BORROW PIT "PARK
by a Deal town councillor to use the Borrow Pit parking
area on Kingsdown Road, Walmer, for a "park and ride"
scheme to Deal town centre has received a "thumbs down"
from Walmer parish councillors. At a full meeting of the parish
council on Wednesday 6 December, they agreed with local residents
that the suggested site was unsuitable for a variety of reasons.
They decided that a letter should be sent to the Joint Transportation
Group recording the parish council's opposition to any such
OLD AND NEW LOCAL SCENES ON DISPLAY
A regular contributor of news and photos to WalmerWeb, local
resident Gerry Costa now has a display of his extensive collection
of old picture postcards matched with current views
at a new artists' gallery in Deal.
Set up by photographer Elisabeth Sephton, The Studio at 4
St George's Passage, off the High Street, will be open from
10am until 5pm every Saturday before Christmas. Work can also
be viewed most weekdays but visitors need to ring the bell
downstairs or call
01304 371111. (December
DON'T BE A "SAT NAV" VICTIM
Kent Police have launched a campaign to combat an increasing
number of thefts of satellite navigation systems from cars.
They are advising motorists to remove all valuables - including
sat nav systems - when leaving their vehicle, even if only
for a few minutes. The police suggest cleaning "telltale"
suction marks from the windscreen if you have a portable sat
nav and not hiding valuables in the vehicle. The boot or glove
compartment are the first places thieves look.
People can also help if someone tries to sell them a second-hand
sat nav system in unusual circumstances. Either by reporting
what has happened with a call to a local police station or
Police HQ on
01622 690 690 or to Kent Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111. The Kent Police website at www.kent.police.uk
has more crime prevention information and details of local
police stations. (December
A round-up of local services over the Christmas
and New Year period....
The main council offices at Whitfield will be closed
from 5pm on Friday 22 December to 9am on Tuesday 2 January.
The Deal and Sandwich area offices will close at 4.30pm
on Friday 22 December, and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January.
There is an emergency line over this period on
All refuse and recycling collection days are "as normal"
Refuse and Black Box Recycling: No collections
on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December. (The two weeks' refuse
and black box items will be taken on Monday 1 and Tuesday
2 January respectively.)
Green Waste Recycling: There will be no collections
between Saturday 23 December and Sunday 7 January inclusive.
Collections restart Monday 8 January. Collection times may
vary so please ensure waste is out for collection by 7am.
Deal Pier will be closed all day on Monday 25 and
Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January.
Other opening times over the holiday period are:
Saturday 23; Friday 29; and Saturday 30 December: 8am-12midnight;
Sundays 24 and 31 December: 8am-4pm;
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 December: 8am-10pm; and
Tuesday 2 January: 8am-10pm.
For more details, see the Dover District Council website.
The Dover and Tides leisure centres, run by Vista
Leisure for Dover District Council, will operate as follows:
Sunday 24; Monday 25; Tuesday 26 and Sunday 31 December -
Wednesday 27; Thursday 28; and Friday 29 December - open 8am-10pm;
Saturday 30 December - open 8am-12noon;
Monday 1 January - closed; and Tuesday 2 January - normal
The Parish Office will be closed from 2.30pm on Friday
22 December to 9am on Tuesday 2 January.
There are no services by local bus operator, Stagecoach,
on Monday 25 December (Christmas Day); Tuesday 26 December
(Boxing Day); and - except for routes 10, 22A and 25A - on
Monday 1 January (New Years Day).
Saturdays 23 and 30 December: normal Saturday service.
Sundays 24 and 31 December: normal Sunday service except for
some changes to late services with all buses finishing by
Wednesday 27; Thursday 28; and Friday 29 December: normal
Tuesday 2 January: normal school holiday service.
Wednesday 3 January: normal school term timetable resumes.
For more information:
08702 433711 or see the company's website: www.stagecoachbus.com
South Eastern Trains have no services on Monday 25 December
(Christmas Day) and will operate modified services from Saturday
23 December to Monday 1 January inclusive. To check times,
see the rail timetable website
For parish church services at Christmas, see December's coming
Recommended final posting dates for Christmas:
UK 2nd class: Saturday 16 December
UK 1st class: Tuesday 19 December
UK parcels: Wednesday 13 December
Airmail for Western Europe: Wednesday 13 December
Airmail for USA and Canada: Monday 11 December
Airmail for rest of world: Friday 8 December.
(December 4, 2006)
GRANTS HELP LOCAL GOOD CAUSES
Several local organisations have received a boost to their
funds through the latest round of grants awarded by Walmer
Parish Council. Blades Fencing Club get £100 to
help with staging fencing sessions in Walmer. Local Scouts
will receive £200 towards the costs of their next District
Camp and new activities. Dover District Carers' Support Scheme
have £100 towards new gardening tools and there's £300
for Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade to help with the cost
of staging this year's Christmas Lights displays.
The next round of grants by the parish council is in February
and local clubs and voluntary groups requiring details should
contact the Parish
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMPETITION
Parish councillors will be on the look-out for the best
festive displays by Walmer householders between 11 and
18 December. Lights and decorations need to be easily seen
from the street and to make sure they are included in the
judging process residents should contact the Parish
Office right away. (December
CONCERN AT BORROW PIT "PARK AND RIDE"
Revived proposals by a Deal town councillor to develop
a "park and ride" scheme between the Borrow Pit
parking area on Kingsdown Road, Walmer, and Deal town centre
have angered a number of residents near the seafront car park.
They fear the extra traffic would seriously affect their quality
of life. Walmer Parish Council - which has firmly opposed
previous proposals for a scheme based on the Borrow Pit -
is to discuss the matter at its meeting in the
Sea Scout Hut (next to the Paddling Pool), Marine Road, Walmer
on Wednesday 6 December at 7pm. The meeting is open to the
|PANTO STARS LIGHT UP DEAL
Two of the stars of Jack and the Beanstalk, this
year's panto at The Marlow in Canterbury, came to Deal
to switch on the Christmas Lights on Thursday (23 November).
Shown here in Gerry Costa's photos of the ceremony, outside
St George's Church in Deal High Street, are Amanda Barrie
(from ITV's Coronation Street) and John Altman
(from BBC-tv's Eastenders) together with Deal mayor
Cllr Jim Cronk, and Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade president
Cllr Pat Heath. (November
AT THE BANDSTAND
Members of the Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust are busy preparing
for their fourth "Carols on the Bandstand" which
takes place on Saturday 9 December. This year accompaniment
will be provided by local former Royal Marines Band musicians
and a choir of 50 children from Sandown Primary School. Hosted
by the Vicar of Walmer, the Reverend Seth Cooper, and organised
in conjunction with Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Regatta Association,
carols will be sung from 5.15pm to 6pm. Everyone is welcome
for the free event and the organisers recommend bringing a
torch for the free songsheets they will be providing.
The community carols are immediately followed by a Christmas
Parade including visiting floats from East Kent beauty
queens. Route of the procession is The Strand, Sondes Road,
Beach Street, King Street, High Street and finishing at the
car parks by the Landmark Centre. (November
DOVER ON THE TELLY
Two local Rotary Club members - former president Robin Dodridge
and treasurer Simon Ovenden - had "starring roles"
on BBC television's "Countryfile" on Sunday
12 November. Some pictures from the programme, which strongly
featured Dover, can be seen on the South Foreland Rotary website
(scroll down to ROTARIANS IN THE NEWS). (November
|ROTARY COMINGS AND GOINGS
South Foreland Rotary Club members have just said farewell
to one of their founder members, Jack Boyle,
and welcomed new member Alaistair Lyons from
Jack, who is moving to Wales, was for 30 years with
the Merseyside Police and then Chief Officer of the
Dover Port Police, until his retirement. Local community
involvements include working with Dover Citizens Advice,
managing the district census in 2000 and supporting
several local charities.
Alaistair (seen here - on the right - with local Rotary
president Andrew Eberlein) has been farming in St Margaret's
for many years. (November
DAVID COPPERFIELD IN DEAL
East Kent Theatre Productions latest production - "David
Copperfield" adapted by Ian Mullins from the novel
by Charles Dickens - comes to the Astor Theatre, Stanhope
Road, Deal on Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 November.
Performances are 7.15pm nightly with tickets available
£8 in advance from Soundhouse, High Street, Deal
01304 381134) or the theatres Balcony Restaurant;
or £9 at the door. Concession for parties of eight
and school groups: £6.
Nathan Sewell of the East Kent Theatre group says Dickens
was especially fond of the Copperfield novel, probably
because the story is partly autobiographical. Ian Mullins
adaptation draws in the story's unforgettable characters
like the warm-hearted Peggottys, the eccentric Mr Micawber
(forever hopeful that something will turn up)
and the conniving, sinister, "umble"
Uriah Heep. For more information, call
01304 361712 or
07852 295 367. (November
Nicholls stars asDavid Copperfield in East Kent Theatre
Productions' latest venture.
FREE FESTIVE PARKING
There is free parking in Dover Council's carparks and on-street
parking bays in Deal for three days in the run up to Christmas.
Shoppers will be able park for nothing after 10am on Wednesday
20, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December.
(November 7, 2006)
DEAL LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
The official lighting up ceremony for Deal's Christmas lights
is on Thursday, 23 November. Stars from this year's
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre pantomime will switch on the town
centre illuminations at 7.30pm. (November
YOUTH DISCOS BACK AGAIN
Friday evening Discos for 11 to 14 year olds return
to the Quarterdeck in Beach Street, Deal, starting on 17 November.
Organised by the police and local authorities, the sessions
are 7pm-10pm every Friday up to Christmas. Tickets are £3,
available from Soundhose music shop in Deal High Street or
on the door. (November
LOCAL ROTARY SUPPORTS LIFEBOAT APPEAL
A joint fundraising effort by the Rotary Clubs of Calais
Risban and South Foreland has raised £185 for
the current Walmer Lifeboat 150th Anniversary Appeal.
During a recent social weekend, held locally, the two
clubs organised a raffle for Lifeboat funds and a tombola
for one of their International projects.
The cheque will be presented to the local RNLI chairman
during an open day at Walmer Lifeboat Station on Saturday,
21 October. (October
of Calais Risban and South
Foreland get together
(photo: Gerry Costa)
£30 TOWARDS WATER SAVING
Walmer allotment holders who install guttering and
waterbuts on their sheds will qualify for £30 off their
tenancy fee for the coming year (2007). The parish council
agreed to contribute towards the cost of the water saving
measure at their September meeting. Contact the parish office
for details. (October
PUBLIC URGED TO REPORT CRIME
Parish councillors have issued a reminder that it is important
for local residents to report all incidents of crime
to the police and obtain an incident number. This should then
ensure that the statistics accurately reflect the level of
crime in the area. (October
Dover District Council is now offering to help owners
remove any graffiti that is daubed on boundary walls of
their property. Until recently, the council has only dealt
with public properties. To report problems, call
01304 872428 (option 4) or e-mail: email@example.com.
ROYAL MARINES RETURN TO MARGATE
The Royal Marines Band and Corps of Drums from Britannia
Royal Naval College at Dartmouth are presenting a special
concert in the Winter Gardens, Margate, on Sunday, 5 November.
The programme will have a traditional start with quick and
slow marches featuring the Corps of Drums, followed by solo
items from the musicians plus a balanced mixture of traditional
and modern pieces.
This will be the third appearance of this band at the Winter
Gardens. Their previous concert in 2004 was received with
great acclaim by their many regular supporters. It will also
be the 44th such concert presented by local company Cinque
Port Music, founded in 1984 by two retiring Royal Marines
Warrant Officer Bandmasters.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale
at £12, £13 and £14 and are available from
Cinque Port Music by telephoning
01304 362181 and at the door on the night. However, the organiser
warn that they expect not many seats will be left by 5 November
as these concerts are always heavily subscribed. (October
NEW HEALTH BODY FOR EAST KENT
A new organisation responsible for overseeing local health
services comes into operation on Sunday, 1 October 2006.
The Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust will be created
by merging five existing primary care trusts (PCTs): Ashford
PCT, Canterbury and Coastal PCT, East Kent Coastal Teaching
PCT, Shepway PCT and Swale PCT. For more details, see the
Kent and Medway Health website.
CONCERN AT HOLIDAY PARK PLANS
Chalet owners at Kingsdown Holiday Village are expressing
fears at plans by the site owners, Colonial Homes (Europe)
Ltd, to redevelop the holiday park. The company has submitted
a planning application to Dover District Council to
extend permitted use of the site from the current 37 weeks
a year to 48 weeks.
The present users see this a first step in a major changes
on the site in which their Scandinavian-style chalets would
be replaced by brick-built apartments, townhouses and penthouses
with a gymnasium, health spa, restaurant and 30/40 room hotel.
Brief details of the company's proposals are featured on its
website at www.colonialhomes.co.uk/.
The chalet users say the site should remain remain unchanged,
providing "a quiet and unspoilt family holiday park"
and are asking Kingsdown villagers to support them in objecting
to the current planning application. More can be seen on the
chalet users' own website at www.kingsdownpark.plus.com
and their web log (blog) at http://colonialhomeskingsdown.blogspot.com/.
Comments to Dover Council planners (referring to application
no: DOV/06/01042) need to be with them by Friday, 13 October;
in writing or by commenting on line at www.dover.gov.uk.
25, 2006 - updated September 28, 2006)
LONGER LIBRARY HOURS
New opening times at Deal Library come into operation
on Monday, 25 September. The library in Broad Street will
now open 9am-6pm Mondays-Fridays, 9am-5pm Saturdays and 9am-4pm
Members of the South Foreland
Rotary Club are supporting an international drive to
provide wheelchairs for the disabled. Thanks
to a barbecue in one of the rotarian's gardens in Hawksdown,
Walmer, they have raised enough for the purchase of
four wheelchairs through the Wheelchair Foundation UK.
The charity supplies disabled people worldwide with
new wheelchairs suitable for their environment.
The wheelchairs cost £100
and, for every £50 raised by rotarians, the Foundation
contributes a matching sum. When the chairs arrive at
their destination, rotarians or non-governmental-organisations
ensure that the distribution is free and only to those
in need. (August 20,
Andrew Eberlein presents a cheque to
Rotary district governor Norman Jones.
"OLD COMRADES" BAND BACK BY POPULAR
Following their hugely succesful "debut" last year,
40 former Royal Marines bandsmen will gather at the Memorial
Bandstand on Walmer Green on Sunday, 27 August to present
a second Old Comrades concert under the direction of former
Corps Bandmaster Phil Hughes. It is completely free and starts
The concert is the brainchild of the bandstands PRO,
Stephen Misson, also a retired bandmaster. He says: "There
is a huge amount of musical talent in Deal, much of it inherited
from the Royal Marines during their 132 years in the town.
It seemed only natural to put this talent to good use.
The Old Comrades musicians play entirely without rehearsals
which Stephen reckons will "prove that we can still perform
as the Royal Marines trained us".
The Royal Naval School of Music moved to Deal in 1950, becoming
the Royal Marines School of Music, and many musicians settled
locally upon retirement. The bandstand was built as a memorial
to eleven Royal Marines musicians who were killed by an IRA
bomb in 1989.
Stephen added: Last years concert was supposed
to be a one-off event but the sheer amount of people that
attended convinced us that this must become an annual event.
We received many congratulatory telephone calls from the public
which is almost in itself a unique happening. It is the anticipation
of the unexpected not knowing if it is all going to
work that creates an electric atmosphere with both
the band and the audience. This will be amply demonstrated
by our final item - Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture."
(August 17, 2006)
£2.5MILLION TO HELP KENT CHURCHES
The Trustees of the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust are
inviting applications from churches in Kent for grants
to help with repairs and maintenance. A total of £2.5million
is available and will be split into a number of major awards
ranging from £150,000 to £750,000.
The Trust has a long record of grant-giving in Kent with
£6.8million awarded to churches and charities in the
county over the past 10 years. The aim is to protect the heritage
of Kents churches and help overcome the problem that
few parishes can raise enough money to meet the cost of major
repairs. Any Christian church, listed or un-listed, may apply,
so long as it is formally constituted and located in Kent.
Schemes must include a detailed project plan and be supported
by a registered architect or chartered building surveyor.
The types of works that could qualify include repairs to
foundations, walls, roofs, rainwater goods, drainage, internal
surfaces, floors, stairs, landings, lightning conductors,
doors and windows. Schemes that will NOT be considered are
for new facilities, general redecoration, adaptations to toilets
or kitchens and car parks.
Applications need to be submitted between 1 September and
30 November 2006 using the Trust website www.cfct.org.uk.
Successful winners are due to be announced in March 2007.
For more details, contact Jacqueline Rae by
020 8288 9101. (August
Regular WalmerWeb contributor Gerry Costa went
along to the Deal Memorial Hospital fete on Saturday,
5 August and let us have the two photos below. He reports
that it was a very busy with plenty of interesting stalls
plus lots of visitors and entertainment. BBC Radio Kent
presenter Pat Marsh opened the event. Money raised on
the afternoon will help purchase new beds for patients.
attendance: The busy scene at the Deal
Hospital Fete on Saturday, 5 August.
display: Deal Marine
Cadets entertain visitors to the fete.
NEW HEAD FOR WALMER COLLEGE
Walmer Science College in Salisbury Road, Walmer has a new
head teacher. He is Simon Heaton (42) who takes
up the appointment following the retirement of Roger Cross,
the school's head for the past 27 years. Mr Heaton is a graduate
of the University of London, has taught in Brighton, Basildon
and Margate and will be leaving his current role as head of
Senacre Technology College in Maidstone to come to Walmer.
(August 6, 2006)
ROYAL MARINES HONOUR THEIR PROMISE
Nine years after the gates of the Royal Marines School of
Music in Deal closed ending a relationship which had lasted
137 years, the Royal Marines Band are once again honouring
their promise to return every year to present a concert at
the Deal Memorial Bandstand.
The concert this year is on Sunday, 6 August at 2pm
and is completely free. It will be conducted by the principal
director of music Lt Col Chris Davis and Major John Kelly
who lives in Walmer. The afternoon also includes a re-dedication
service conducted by the bandstands chaplain the Reverend
Frank Kent, a former warrant officer bandmaster who is a resident
of Walmer and currently the rector of Eastry. The bandstand,
which stands upon an ancient capstan mound on Walmer Green,
was built as a memorial to 11 young musicians killed by an
IRA bomb detonated in their locker rooms on 22 September 1989.
The annual Marines concert regularly attracts an audience
in excess of 4,500. Seating is limited and people are being
encouraged to bring their own. Parking on Walmer Green will
be restricted to disabled drivers. For further information,
call Stephen Misson on
01304 362181. (July
Members of The Guild Players have sent us some photos
of rehearsals for their forthcoming comedy"The Farndale
Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society
production of The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining
Nook at Farndale Castle" by David McGillivray and
Walter Zerlin Jr. It opens at The Kilshawe Theatre, St George's
Hall, High Street, Deal on Thursday, 24 August, playing nightly
at 7.30pm until Saturday the 26th. Tickets are £7 and
you can call
0870 7700311 for advance booking. (July
SWINGING AT THE PINES
Musicians from Deal's local Railway
Swing Band recently staged an evening concert at
the Pines Gardens in St Margaret's.
Walmer resident Rob Riddle went along
with his camera and let WalmerWeb see the results, one
of which is featured here. (July