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POLITICS ruin the CATCH? Local fishermen fear for their industry
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Are we there yet? We get a sneak preview of the harbour arm
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Issue Three - February 2015
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The Harbour Arm… Are we there yet?
An American’s supper club in Folkestone
Folkestone fishermen speak out
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ood, festivals, fishing and film, this should be called the f-issue, but many of the features this month are about missed opportunities, and how to avoid them. If we were to lose our fishing industry, would we regret not buying enough local fish, fresh, from our local fisherman? It was only after reporting at a public meeting did I realise how much our fisherman are worried. The meeting in question got some publicity because it was organised by UKIP, but politics aside it is an issue that needs to be discussed. For me in particular, coming from a family of fisherman, the current situation has touched my heart as I’m sure it will yours when you read their plight. There are so many things that could be taken for granted in our town, the sea, the gorgeous parks and I know I’m guilty of not visiting what we have right on our doorsteps as often as I could. Feel the same? Check out our guide of great places to visit in the district and it won’t be too long before we can add the harbour arm to the list, the views alone are amazing. And don’t miss the opportunity to find out more about the supper club, a new food occasion hosted by normal people. Having hosted a few of these evenings with Skylarks, we too will be planning more this year. Put the kettle on, have a sit down and enjoy our latest issue of the Folkestone Status.
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Food & Drink
UNDERGROUND DINING There’s a new way to eat out. Commonly known as the supper club and becoming popular all over the country, we find out about the private diner parties that are happening in Folkestone ……..
Food & Drink
The supper club is a private dinner party, often with people that have never met and thanks to an American, it’s now popped up in Folkestone. Pami Hoggatt is a food blogger who moved to Folkestone in 2007 after meeting her local husband at the University of Kent. Her blog, A Crust Eaten, started 2 years ago and includes local places to eat out with reviews in other areas in Kent, London and the States. It also features recipes for a variety of dishes.
“Thanksgiving is about putting on your fat pants.” The first supper club launched last year at the suggestion of Amy, from the cafe and furniture shop Follies, and it will return to the Sandgate Road family business for the next one on 22 March. With a few in between, including at the Firkin Ale House, Pami was surprised how social it was from the start: “I was in the kitchen amazed. Everyone was chatting, the whole table chatted together.” At the moment this is a hobby: “It’s fantastic fun and hard work. I would love to do it full-time.” With a menu that is decided beforehand, dishes at the different clubs have included: Lamb belly fritters with pickled shallots, pumpkin soup with bacon and pecan cream, cobnut crumble , brisket chili and pear and ginger upside down cake.
Just because it’s not a formal restaurant, does not mean the food is any less delicious. “I’m not a chef” said Pami, who in her working life is a sub editor. “My whole thing is about being seasonal and using local ingredients as much as possible.” As for Folkestone: “It’s very community orientated and when the sun shines, Folkestone is one of the most beautiful places.”
There has also been a thanksgiving supper club: “It was Amy’s idea as she really likes corn bread. Thanksgiving is about putting on your fat pants.” The difference with eaten out a supper club and a restaurant, is that you may not know who you are sitting with and the chef will usually be serving the customers as well.
Next Supper Club @ Follies March 22 To book a place email: firstname.lastname@example.org To check out the blog: www.acrusteaten.com
EU threatens future of industry say local fishermen….. Fish Facts In History In the year 1066 Folkestone was occupied by a community of fishermen and farm workers. Folkestone Trawlers was established in 1982 and are approaching their 33rd year of fishmongery service. In numbers Fishermen in the UK 1938 - 47,824 1995 - 19,986 2012 - 12,445 (5,877 are full-time fisherman in England & Wales) Accidents 2002 – 2012 3,326 accidents 678 - injuries 102 - fatalities* *UK Sea Fisheries Annual Statistics 2012
Local fishermen are worried that their industry is dying. With EU quotas dictating what can and can’t be fished, there is not enough work for a new generation of fishermen and the job has become even more dangerous… For local fishermen, politics is now part of the job and will decide the fate of their industry. With quotas for catch set by the EU, fishermen are struggling, lone working in a recognised dangerous job and concerned the industry will die out. At a public meeting, fisherman from Folkestone and other parts of Kent and Essex voiced their concerns about the UK’s membership in the European Union and how large amounts of fish are being dumped either back into the sea or into landfill. The quota system was started in Scotland as overfishing became a problem. That same system now threatens to end fishing in local waters. Terry Noakes from Folkestone Trawlers and Secretary of the Folkestone Fishermen's Association said: “It's already declined since we got into this Common Fisheries Policy and got into Europe, the fleet is now down by 75%.” Also at the meeting was John Nicols, chairman of the Thanet Fishermen's
Association: “We are where we are today because of the quota system. 2030 years ago the quota system was put in place for the large vessels of Scotland. “These were vessels going out and catching 500 tonnes of a single species at any one time. Over fishing was going to become a problem, so it was decided to put in place a quota system to take care of that. It worked perfectly well. “From that they decided to roll it out to mixed fisheries. We can go out and catch as many as 10 different species on any one day but we might only have quota or be able to target one or two of those species therefore we produce discards. There is not a single fisherman in the country that supports discards. It's a complete and absolute waste.” Following years of negotiation, a new Common Fisheries Policy was agreed by the EU Parliament and came in to force at the beginning of January, putting a blanket ban on discards, where dead fish are being thrown back in the sea. ->
â€œWe can't get any youngsters to come back into the industry because there's no future for them. We are not allowed to catch enough fish to pay their wages.â€?
Above: The last generation of Fisherman from Folkestone; Crew of the FE20 FAIR CHANCE (left to right) Val Noakes, David Sharp, Stan (Pommie) Heath. Terry Noakes from Folkestone Trawlers and Secretary of the Folkestone Fishermen's Association thinks leaving the EU is the only way to stop an already declining industry: “If things don't change, the industry is going to go down hill faster.
“Give it another Ten years, there won't be an industry.”
“The only way I can see this stopping is to get out of Europe, get our own fishing rights back, get our 12 mile limit and govern what's inside that 12 mile limit and govern it ourselves. It's the only way the fishing industry will survive in the south east. The small under 10 meter boats don't need all the rules and regulations ,they don't work.”
Terry Noakes explains the finances: “If you add up the total of what we are allowed to catch, £3990, out of that £1000 is fuel half of what's left is running costs and that leaves, £1495 pounds for two crew to live on for a month. That's pre tax so that leaves less than £200 per week for each crew member.”
Because of the limits, local fisherman are now working, dangerously, on their own in order to make their work financially viable. “They're working single handed for the simple reason, there is not enough money out there to actually sustain a vessel and two crew.” said John Nicols. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have previously stated that fishing and seafaring are by far the most dangerous jobs in Britain and research carried out by Oxford University found that fisherman were five times more likely to die while working compared to those in other jobs. The job is also under financial strain, with the current regulations, two fisherman working together earn less than £800 per month each.
Not only are the regulations having a devastating affect on local fisherman, it also means that new blood is not moving into what was a lifelong career in the industry. Young people are not becoming fisherman, resulting in a crew that are getting older without a new generation to take over. There has been a demise of 50% of the trawler fleet across the Kent coast over the past 20 years: “We can't get any youngsters to come back into the industry because there's no future for them. We are not allowed to catch enough fish to pay their wages so crews are going single-handed in smaller boats.” said Terry. You can support your local fisherman by buying your fish direct. Pop down to the harbour where you can also get advice on what do with it.
A new project recognising disability in film has been launched in Folkestone. We speak to the project leader and volunteers involved……… A new project in film and animation has launched, working with disabled adults in the local area, to make short films about themes and ideas that are important to them in the local community. Mind the Gaps' is run by ARRCC and Screen South who received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run the project for six months using industry standard equipment. “Adults with disabilities are quite poorly represented in the film industry and thus don’t have a stronger voice within the community. This is a great medium to get across ‘yes I’ve got a disability, but I’ve got something to say” said project leader Dominic Pillai. A volunteer at ARRCC for nearly three years, Steve thinks both the charity and their new project is exactly what is needed: “I was quite a normal able bodied person, walking about.
“Unfortunately we are still treated differently than the rest of the world”
“I had a very strange rare illness which meant I had to have my legs off. I suddenly went from being 5 ft 10 to about 3 ft 8. Somewhere like ARRCC is exactly what I need. This is a new string in my bow really film making. I haven’t done anything like that before. “Unfortunately we are still treated differently than the rest of the world and the more we explain ourselves, how we are just the same, nobody’s any different, a film is a good way to open this door.” Already signed up to the project is Jemima, who has cerebral palsy and talks with an electronic communication aid: “I want to learn more about film making, I want to get better at filming and editing and learn about computer animation.” You can find out more about Mind the Gaps on the ARRCC Folkestone facebook page. For more information about Screen South and their projects, visit their website: www.screensouth.org
Destination Local It’s easy to forget what’s right on our doorstep, so while the weather may not rival the Middle East and the nightlife has gone to sleep, why not choose a local destination for a trip out and remind yourself how gorgeous Folkestone is. There are plenty of places to take a walk with the kids or the furry animals and one of our favourites is still gorgeous and more peaceful when the weather is not at its warmest. The award winning Lower Leas Coastal Park is not only a great walk, but also a cycle route and has various play areas along the way. What is especially rare about the Coastal Park is that they welcome BBQ’s. Special stands have been installed to pop your barb-e on and special bins are provided for you to throw them away when you are finished. Take a blanket, a flask and look out to the coast while taking some partial shelter among the planting and if you’re feeling brave, pack some sausages and warm your hands round a BBQ before the season kicks in, and you find yourself fighting for space with all the visitors. For something with a opportunity for reflection, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust at Capel-Le-Ferne feels like you are on top of the world. You can watch the new ‘Wing’ building take shape which will open to the public in the spring. It’s open daily and free, the Visitor Centre and car park is open on weekends during February and daily from March. www.battleofbritainmemorial.org Explore the district’s coastline with the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (www.rhdr.org.uk). Open during the winter this is a great day out for all the family with regular events and a Bug Club for young railway enthusiasts. The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is also open out of season, from Thursday – Sunday and has a Gold Award in Green Tourism Business Scheme - the first such award for a visitor attraction in Kent. You can even take your pooches along for the trip. www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
Did you know that the Nuclear Power Station is open to the public? It's in the middle of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, one of the most spectacular locations in Kent. Find out how it all works at their visitor centre which has an interactive exhibition and touch screen computers to help explain it all. You can also take part in a station tour - although this will require pre-booking. Email: email@example.com For more walks take a stroll through the Warren, one of Britain’s most important nature reserves, and a chance to do some bug spotting with the kids. Families can collect fossils from the low cliff at the Warren/East Wear Bay end. A great chance for the kids or grown-ups to practice their photography or take some pencils and paper and draw what you see - the younger ones can do rubbings of the fossils. May be wise to wrap-up warm and go at low tide to the Warren. Be aware that rocks may be slippy. To get there from Wear Bay Rd, go down to the Martello Tower where there is a car park further on to the side of the railway. While it’s not the season for boating just yet, take a stroll or get on your bike and enjoy the Royal Military Canal in Hythe, which in its entirety, is 28 miles long! You can in some parts, with a day permit, do some fishing. Visit the home of the laughing frogs, emperor dragonflies, kingfishers and the majestic mute swan. We recommend starting in West Hythe at the bottom of Lympne Hill where you can walk past the ruins of the Roman Fort at Port Lemanis.
The Warren is one of Britain’s most important nature reserves
The Lower Leas Coastal Park has the largest free play area in the south east
The Royal Military canal in Hythe is the 3rd longest defensive monument in the British Isles
For the Kids
Back in Time
The award-winning Lower Leas Coastal Park is perfect for kids of ages. Play zones, a cycle path, stunning views and somewhere to BBQ them sausages. FREE.
There are guided walks all over the district. Find out local history as you stroll with a guide or learn about the local fauna and wildlife. You can find details of different walks and their grading depending on your ability by visiting www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk.
If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, head to the Town Hall and check out the National Army Museum exhibition before it leaves. Best to go in half term if you are taking the kids. There is also a free half day workshop at the town hall on 28 February. Find out how to care for your families Military Treasures; 10-1pm.
Plan a walk through the Warren, spot bugs and head to the low-cliff for some real life fossil collecting. FREE. Seapoint Canoe and Kayak Centre in Folkestone operates during the colder months. Get them kids in the water and learning how to canoe.
If you haven’t managed to check out previous Triennials, there are still permanent artworks in the town from the festivals. Stroll through Folkestone with folkestoneartworks.co.uk.
With the Folkestone & District Local History Society you can learn something new each month with their programme of events.
At Arms Length…. Work on the harbour arm continues while speculation about who owns what, the timescale, and what will be on the finished arm continues. We visit the building site in Folkestone with the best view……. Walking over to the site office in the newly made car park, it’s not obvious what work has been completed on the harbour arm, or when they will be finished.
as the part of the harbour that is still leased by Network Rail remains in an unsightly state, much as the whole arm was before the renovation work was started.
Originally intended for the tail end of the overall seafront development, the company in charge of the development brought forward plans for the harbour arm to coincide with the First World War Commemorations.
Peter Bettley, of the Folkestone Harbour Company said of the fenced off area of the former station: “They still own that piece of land technically, and they will probably return that to Folkestone Harbour Company sometime this year or perhaps next. There’s a huge amount of things to disconnect, to unravel, all the work is quite expensive so we obviously need to make sure that they leave that in a state that’s safe and fit to be handed over.
“We’re doing it now because this is an important part of the public domain, it’s part of people enjoying living in Folkestone and we think it will be an attraction that people will come to.” Said Trevor Minter, from the Folkestone Harbour Company. It is clear from my last visit in 2014 that a lot of work has been happening on the arm. Street lights are in place at the far end where the lighthouse is situated and the ironworks have almost all been renovated. These are the renovation works that are easily spotted,
“Part of the conditions of their lease is that they clear up after themselves, but our aspiration is to extend the work that has been done in restoring the heritage elements of the railway platforms and the railway line stretch that’s on the harbour arm itself, a little bit further into the area which they will ultimately vacate so the same standards of work can be kept up.”
Some of the original joinery where there were once rooms, has also been salvaged and restored and what couldn’t be has been replicated. Ben Boyce, Contract Administrator said: “Some of the windows were blocked up, with breeze block and rendered over so those have been opened up. New sash windows that copy an existing sash that was found on the site have been installed in all the openings to allow future use of all the rooms and all of the timber and steelwork, other than small areas, have been shot blast to bare metal, repaired and painted.“ The original Harbour Canteen or Mole Cafe, run by the Jeffery sisters was here, it is believed in one of the rooms that are now being restored, although no-one can agree exactly where. It is likely that there would however have been waiting rooms for people here on the harbour platform, which runs along the arm leading up to the lighthouse. It was here that after signing the Jeffery Sister’s books, the troops would leave for the Western Front, some of whom would never return.
“As far as the bulk of the works done, we are probably 80% there”
Feature The colours on site will be in different tones of blue, to compliment what was uncovered on site: “There’s no real evidence of what the original colours were. When we took over the site there were different tones of blue and we are basically restoring it with that with heritage colours, with maybe slightly a modern twist“ said Ben.
The date for opening the site to the public is not yet available but it is planned for this year: “We haven’t got a date, it is likely to be sometime in the middle of the year but it really depends on having a good run with continued good weather and also not uncovering any more un-expected things underneath the surfaces“ said Peter.
When the arm is open to the public, the views alone will be enough of a reason to visit, but eventually there will be plans for the rooms that are being restored.
“The people who built the harbour arm in the past, they did have a habit of pouring concrete on top of problems and we can’t do that.“
“The idea is that it will be free to access whenever the weather is good enough for people to walk down there and that ultimately, perhaps next year, there will be things like shops and pop-up restaurants or cafes and things like that there“ said Peter. Alongside the restoration work, new systems have been put in place, electricity, Internet systems and a proper foul system have had to be installed. The old Victorian way of putting a hole in the wall and the sewage going straight out to sea, is now, obviously, no longer acceptable. Even the lighthouse currently runs on a generator and needs re-fueling every day. “We will make sure it’s fit for the future” said Peter.
Weather, despite being mild during the winter, has also hindered some work and due to the harbour arm’s exposed location, the weather will also affect when it opens as rough tides mean the sea comes right over the top of the harbour arm, also at times bringing with is pebbles and stones: “When the harbour arm opens, it does mean that we will be restricted sometimes as to the times the pier can open.” Despite the progress in the renovation work, Peter said the plans for any shops or eateries will have to wait for the time being: “We haven’t got plans for those quite yet because they need fitting out and so on, so this year it will all be about going down there when the weather ‘s reasonably good and enjoying the walk and the bracing sea air and some fabulous view of Folkestone and the coast.”
Festival Season? It’s all year at the Quarterhouse Alongside a busy schedule of theatre, film, music and comedy, the Quarterhouse will now be hosting festivals throughout the year. By introducing the new additions, Quarterhouse Director, Allegra Galvin, wants to have a broader programme, with each one co-curated with a local artist and the Folkestone Fringe working alongside each one: “Building the programme around a series of festivals is something I have wanted to do since arriving at Quarterhouse.
“It feels like a good time to be getting involved.”
“The festivals allow us to include more unusual genres and formats that wouldn’t work on their own and connects us with people in the area that I might not have met, and who are creative but whose work doesn’t fit into the traditional presenting format.” The first festival is WOW, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Although the Women of the World event is about women, it’s aimed at everyone: “There are already over forty women and a few men contributing to the programme, and over half of them live in the area.” From Monday to Friday, the festival is designed so people can drop in on a free event during their lunch break. With talks covering subjects such as women in incarceration, how women are affected by austerity and women and domestic violence. The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Josie Long will launch WOW on March 3 with the main day on Saturday. Workshops and discussions will cover subjects like parenting, creativity, feminism through the ages and porn. Running alongside the Southbank Centre’s WOW festival, Allegra approached them to ask if they would support a satellite festival in
Folkestone: “It turns out we aren’t the only ones! The Southbank Centre have future plans to create greater exchange between the WOW festivals happening across the UK and internationally, so it feels like a good time to be getting involved.” Other festivals planned for 2015 are Election, which is a series of events running up to the general election which will also host a live debate with Academy FM, featuring five local candidates for the local election. In May, the Quarterhouse will then host Normal? Festival of the Brain: “The focus of the festival is on mental and neurological disorders, and whether there is such a thing as normal.“ You can find a full programme of events for the WOW and other festivals on the Quarterhouse website: www.quarterhouse.co.uk.
What’s On? The highlights….. Entertainment Prepare for a night old-fashioned Hollywood glamour with ‘Sinatra sequins & Swing’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall. Celebrating over 30 huge hits during Sinatra’s ‘Capitol Records’ years. March 13. Performing some Broadway & West-End Musical favourites, Some Enchanted Evening will be @ Tower Theatre for a night of musical revue. March 6 The Beat @ Quarterhouse is one of the biggest bands of the 2 Tone movement. A fusion of Ska, Reggae, pop, punk and rock. March 13. Age 14+
Family A theatre production of Puss in Boots at the Quarterhouse is for ages 4+. Take the kids along and find out if they would trust a talking cat. Sunday March 29 @ 2.30pm. Wresting is back @ Hawkinge Community Centre with Wrestival 2015, a night of entertainment for all the family. Kids go Free but check the conditions. 01303 894857. March 21. The family show, The Government Inspector is at the Quarterhouse and suitable for ages 10 - 100! The Streets haven’t been swept for months and there are chickens in the courthouse in this play about a mayor in small-town Russia. March 16.
Workshops Film Wadjda is a film about a young girl in Saudi Arabia. who is determined to become the owner of a green bicycle. @ Quarterhouse, 5 March. PG. Northern Soul, the story of two young friends from up north who encounter the black American soul music scene. @ Silver Screen Cinema 19 & 26 March. Cert 15. Mr. Turner, an exploration of the last quarter of the great British Painter’s life. Folkestone Classic Film Club. 12 & 19 March @ 11am. 12A.
Join the Young Women’s Improv group sharing with the actress Jessica Hynes. @ Quarterhouse as part of the WOW festival. March 6 @ 6.30pm. Kick Ass Activism @ Quarterhouse with this ‘How To’ guide to campaigning. From the team behind the No More Page £3! This workshop is part of the WOW Festival. March 7 @ 11am. Harbour Crochet & Purl Queens are collaborating on a Wild Wool yarnbombing project. Help create a meadow of woolly wildflowers or bugs and bees for their panel. Wild Wool Project Night @ Harbour Cafe. March 10 @ 7.30pm