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The local boxing club with its very own Rocky

#Girls 0 - Planes 2 We meet the heroes at the opening of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new building

#Cocktails We learn how to mix it up with a Googies Cocktail lesson

#Home & Away Helping Nepal, how Folkestone came together

Issue Four - May 2015



8 What makes a good Cocktail? WHAT’S ON

Our Heroes



Helping Nepal


The results

Our photographer Freddie Lee Thompson



More than meets the eye

Letter from Ed A

s the summer starts, so does the events season and with so much going on it has been difficult to choose the highlights. There have also been some extra events thrown into the mix, all of which are to raise vital funds for organisations that are helping to ease the suffering in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes, first towards the end of April and again in May. It has however been heart warming to see how Folkestone can come together as one in times of crisis, showing solidarity with our Nepalese neighbours who were all affected in some way by the humanitarian disaster in their country. We will of course keep you updated with events, aid relief and news at As a taste for the summer, I had the very fortunate, and slightly wobbly experience of cocktail making with local restaurant Googies. Despite their speciality for burgers there was not a brioche bun or Dexter cow in sight when I arrived for an after-hours lesson, but by the time I left, I can’t be too sure. One of my personal highlights of the year so far has been the Royal opening of the new wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial. Although catching a glimpse of the Queen was special, it was meeting the veterans that made it unforgettable. I was given a piece of advice by Mr Wilkinson, a Battle of Britain pilot who told me: “you can’t trust politicians – they’re not interested in anything else but their own boats.” And on that note we have given you a guide to who your new councillors are in Folkestone. Enjoy!

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Fresh Wings… Striking new building ensures the Battle of Britain is not forgotten

After an official opening by Her Majesty the Queen, the new Wing building at the National Memorial to the Few is open to the public. Perched on top of the hill at Capel Le Ferne, with stunning views over the coast, The Wing building has opened following years of fundraising. Shaped and to scale as a Spitfire Wing, the new education centre aims to educate visitors about the Battle of Britain and those who fought in it. Alongside the dignitaries at the official opening, were the veterans who are part of the story that the Memorial Trust hopes will be kept alive. We took some Folkestone Academy students to meet some of the retired pilots who flew during those crucial months in 1940, and were named ‘The Few’ by Winston Churchill in regard to the odds they faced against the mighty Luftwaffe. 96-year-old Ken Wilkinson said the Wing was an important contribution: “What I have seen tells me that it’s going to do a

remarkably important job. It seems to me that although it’s so far away from any centres of a population, it’s going to tell something very important for future generations.” Visitors are welcomed by a spacious and bright reception, where there is a plaque which was unveiled by The Queen. In one of the wings the new ‘Scramble Experience’ has state of the art technology to create an interactive experience for people seeking out a slice of our wartime history. Having an opportunity to meet a retired pilot who was one of ‘The Few’, was a real honour and the new memorial is a fitting tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the men who took part in the Battle of Britain. Mr Wilkinson explained that school children need to be taught what happened: “Things were very very dodgy in 1940, it could have gone either way and luckily it went our way. And what Churchill called the finest hour must be kept in front of school children from now on. That’s what I think.”


Joining up, Ken was 21-years-old, but felt far from a young adult: “I was quite old, because I was 21 when the war broke out and others were only 18, but I was older than they were.” I asked what the worst thing was that he saw during his time in the War, he said: “No-one has asked me that before. I suppose the very first time you see that great big gaggle of German aircraft, the whole crowd of bombers and whole crowd of fighters.” The sacrifices our men made are well documented, but less so is the affect on the men’s romantic lives: “Before the War, the young lady that I was escorting didn't appreciate that I felt it was my duty to fly. She thought it was my duty to take her out so I didn't take her out, I carried on flying and it was then Girls 0 - Aeroplanes 2.” Mr Wilkinson did go onto marry, at the end of 1943 he met his wife at a dance hall: “We went dancing and the fifth time we met, we got married. Well that’s it, I turned round and there was Josephine and I loved her the moment I saw her - immediately.” Opening in March, during the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the new building is a fitting tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the men who took part. Also on site is the well known memorial - a statue of a pilot looking out to sea - and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall that lists the names of all those who took part in the Battle, along with full-scale replicas of a Spitfire and Hurricane. The cost of the new build and fit out came to a total of

£3.5 million, and the Trust which relies on charitable donations, will continue to fundraise for the ongoing costs and maintenance for the building. “The Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne costs around £70,000 a year to run and we also need to make sure we have sufficient funds to maintain The Wing, which houses our exciting new Scramble Experience visitor centre” said spokesman Malcolm Triggs.

“It’s going to tell something very important for future generations.” The new Scramble Experience takes up half of the new Spitfire wing building, and uses high-tech interactive exhibits to tell the story of the Battle of Britain. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes to go around, and at the end of the exhibition a film shows some of the action of a day in the Battle of Britain. Although visiting the site is free, there will be a cost to visit this part, which is packed with information that is both educational, emotional and fun. The Academy students that visited all wanted to return. The other half of The Wing, houses a first floor café with superb views across the Channel to France, and on the ground floor there is an educational and learning centre named after Geoffrey Page, the original founder of the memorial.


“I was quite old, because I was 21 when the world broke out and others were only 18” Here there will be facilities for school groups along with a retail area. Malcolm is keen for the schools to be involved: “We hope lots of classes will come and learn about the Battle of Britain.” “The project was first proposed in 2010, the fundraising didn’t really get under way until 2012.”

Malcolm says the new addition will add something to the already special site: “It’s an incredibly new experience, it raises the memorial to a whole new level. “The site will still be a very emotional , a very poignant place to visit, so it will upset nothing but it just adds a whole new a dimension to learning about the battle and understanding it.” I asked Mr Wilkinson if we as a country have learnt anything from this part of our history and if future generations will also learn from the mistakes of the past: “Now that is a difficult question to answer because you bought politicians into it and you can’t trust politicians.

Malcolm explains the importance of the site: “It’s important for the people of the country as a whole, not just Folkestone, because the Battle of Britain was probably the most important battle, probably in the whole of the last century.

“They’re not interested in anything else but their own boats, but take away the politicians and keeping history alive then yes, it will do that. It has to.”

“If we lost the Battle of Britain, Hitler would have invaded, we would have lost the war, there’s no doubt about that.”

Opening hours from June to September - 10am to 6pm (Last entry to the Scramble Experience and cafe is at 5.30pm)

It’s remarkable to think that fewer than three thousand men won the Battle of Britain and here at the National Memorial to the Few,

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The Googie Mix Summer has started and we can’t quite help imagining sitting alfresco, sipping cocktails and taking in some of the incredible views Folkestone has to offer. We went along to Googies - one of the few places in town that offer a cocktail menu - and met their mixologist Steve to find out what makes a good cocktail and sample some of their offerings. And all this on a school night.... Available all the time, as expected the cocktails are more of a popular evening choice and with three fully trained mixologists and other staff on their way, there will always be someone around to get you started and help you choose.

With Sarah Hagues

Elderflower Martini 40ml of Gin Equal measure of Elderflower liqueur Bar spoonful of Martini Extra Dry Around 15 cubes of Ice Twist of lemon (Lemon skin - remove pith) Add together and stir vigorously for one minute and pour into an ice cold glass using a julep strainer. As a garnish to cut through the sweetness, squeeze the oils from your lemon twist into the drink then drop into the glass.

Big Makers Mac Steve who says being a mixologist is like being a chef with liquid, enjoys the process of helping customers decide: “My favourite part is tailoring the cocktail to the customer, finding out what they like, finding out what their favourite spirit is, whether they like sweet, sour, sharp or fruity. “Some people are undecided so I will work through their tastes with them and try and tailor them a cocktail they will enjoy and normally they always order another one.” I on the other hand think I will like them all so we decide on three very different cocktails, some of which use completely different equipment to the Boston shaker we are used to seeing. And that’s where we start, an Elderflower Martini that uses a Japanese mixing glass so that you can stir the mix a lot quicker, as despite what James Bond tells you, a martini is always stirred according to Steve, so that oxygen does not get into the liquid and create a mist in what should be a crystal clear drink. This is gorgeous and really refreshing but it does taste strong, especially when there is no fruit juice to disguise the booze. Definitely one for the grown-ups: “Because we’ve got such good quality spirits, the idea of the menu is to let the spirits come through, they are the main focus of the drink rather than the flavours of juice” said Steve.

50ml of Makers Mark 25ml Gherkin Brine 25ml Sugar Syrup (50% water - 50% caster sugar) Half a fresh lemon & skin Gherkin to garnish (We used Googies own grown) Ice Add all the ingredients minus the gherkin to a Boston Shaker and shake for ten seconds. Strain into a glass and serve. Garnish with the gherkin.

Inside Out Cosmo 40ml of Marmalade Vodka 20ml Limoncello 50ml Cranberry Juice Quarter of a lime, squeezed An orange skin to garnish (remove pith) Ice Add all the ingredient minus the orange to a mixing glass, bang a Boston shaker base onto the glass with your fist. Shake for 10-15 seconds, then using the palm of your hand bang the thinnest part of the Boston shaker by the glass to remove. Strain into an ice cold glass and set light to your orange twist over the drink then pop in to garnish.


“James Bond is Martini should be stirred, not shaken”

“Unfortunately we are still treated wrong, differently than the rest of the world” a

It can be frustrating at cocktail o’clock when the time a bartender takes to make your drink can in some bars feel like it lasts a lifetime, but Steve believes the ingredients are the key - by not having too many you can save on the waiting time.

Apparantly a cocktail isn’t about throwing a load of ingredients into the mix, it’s far more precise. Like baking. “It’s about balance - the definition is three ingredients and here we try to keep it simple at the same time as being really tasty.”

That along with more than one mixer to hand: “It will take me about five minutes to make four different cocktails at once.”

It’s not just about the flavour though, mixing these drinks takes not only skill but strength, as I found out when attempting to shake the boston and glass for the Inside Out Cosmo. After about four seconds the muscles in my arm had given up. This cocktail may end up more stirred than shaken.

It’s difficult to choose which of the cocktails we made was my favourite as they are all so different, so I asked Steve the question instead. It take a while for him to make his mind up: “One of my personal favourites is the Espresso Martini because it combines two of my favourite things.”

Along with taking up weight lifting I can safely say that I will remain a much better cocktail drinker than maker, and after a night in Googies sampling theirs, that sounds good to me.


More than meets the eye Folkestone Amateur Boxing Club, where there’s more than just gloves. Running in the local community for 45 years, the Folkestone Amateur Boxing Club not only provide a form of exercise, the work they do with young people in the town also provides discipline, respect and concentration. The club which has five coaches, all of whom volunteer their time for free, has come a long way since it was formed in a hut in Canterbury Road in 1970. After spending many years in Dawson Road the club can now be found on Dover Road. Visiting them, not for the first time, takes a bit of negotiation as the club runs in the Dover Road Social Club, but the entrance to the boxing club is at the back, off a residential road, through a small car park and up a flight of stairs that would give an arachnophobic nightmares for years. When I first came to the club it was in 2013 to see them awarded Clubmark accreditation, only the second club in Kent to receive the award and then, like now, the club is bursting at the seams. Walking past older members who get ready, they wait patiently for the youngsters to finish before they can take their space. As per the Clubmark award, the club offers the highest standard of safety for children and with the juniors starting at 10-years-old, it’s an important part of the clubs status, but for the kids, it’s the boxing that keeps them coming. Rocky, yes that’s his real name, quit Karate for the call of the ring: “When I got my black belt I wanted to try something new so I went to boxing and I liked it so much that I quit Karate. In Karate you don’t do as much exercise as you do in boxing, which is five times a week, plus they are great coaches. It’s also a good opportunity for young people, if you mess around in the gym you have to do press-ups.”


Open Monday to Friday for Juniors, Seniors and Ladies nights which Barry Pluck, a coach at the club tells me are hugely popular, I feel sure it can’t be long until the clubs popularity will drive them to bigger premises, but the cost of where they currently live means that the fee for the kids is incredibly low. Barry said: “We want kids off the street really, to come and get involved with sport and do something active rather than just staying in playing on their computers all night or perhaps going out and hanging around on street corners. “We want to get them involved with something and that’s why especially for the kids, we charge £1 to train. It’s great value for money and it just gives them the incentive to get down and do something positive.” Mark Robertson, whose son has been in the juniors for nearly three years said it has also been a good form of discipline: “It keeps him off the streets and it’s good to see him doing something. It’s also good discipline down here for them, the coaches don’t let them mess about which I think is the main thing for me and why I brought him down here in the first place.” Mark said the training has shown real results in other areas of his son’s life: “He’s always active and I’d say it’s made a difference to his behaviour at home and at school, he burns a lot of energy here at the club.” Lennon joined because he wanted to box and get fit and he has been coming for two-and-a-half-years. He started coming to the club on his own: “I didn’t know anyone else here when I joined but I have also made new friends here. “I think it’s Important to have a club like this in Folkestone.”

Opening/Training times Juniors: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 6pm - 7pm Seniors: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 7pm - 8.30pm Ladies Night: Tuesday, Thursday - 7pm - 8pm

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It’s all change …. Although the MP kept his seat, locally there were changes after the election. Here’s your guide to who your new point of contact is … In a General Election result that no-one predicted, locally the reelected MP for Folkestone & Hythe Damian Collins, proved once again that this constituency is a safe conservative seat after securing a majority of 13,797 votes. The result was also reflected in both the District and Town results. Speaking to us just after the results came in Damian said he was very humbled by the support: “It’s a great honour to represent the people of Folkestone & Hythe in Parliament and with an increased majority tonight, it was a very proud moment.” “I felt that we were getting a lot of good support throughout the campaign and I think that’s been reflected in the result.” Speaking about local issues Damian said: “In Folkestone in particular, people really want to see the seafront regeneration scheme get to the next stage and quickly and for our local services, we’ve seen some good improvements in creating a better local NHS with GP out of hours services in Folkestone. I want to see that continued across the district and more investment in community health care facilities.” Despite polling well in the campaign, UKIP lost heavily to the conservatives after a campaign marred by the removal of Janice Atkinson in an expenses scandal. She was replaced by Harriet Yeo with only five weeks left of the campaign, who said she was disappointed with the result: “Obviously it’s not as good as we wanted. But next best - we’re in a good strong second ready to build on it and take it next time.” UKIP did succeed in taking numerous seats locally, across both SDC and Folkestone Town Council but failed to keep the Romney Marsh seat for Kent County Council in the by-election that followed David Baker’s resignation. Carole Waters was re-elected after losing to David by 20 votes in the 2013 KCC election.

Nationally the Green Party failed to win anymore seats in the General Election, but did keep their MP in Brighton. Despite a low vote result locally, candidate Martin Whybrow gained more than two thousand votes than in both the 2010 and 2000 General Elections. They also gained a seat on Hythe Town Council, where Martin became the first Kent County Councillor for the Greens in 2013. The Labour Party’s Claire Jeffrey, although defeated, successfully came ahead of the Liberal Democrats for the first time since the 1950’s. She also proved that she has local support after winning seats on both the Town and District Council. Previously in Folkestone & Hythe the Liberal Democrats have had strong support but in this election their defeat devastated the party, reflecting the national trend. Local candidate Lynne Beaumont, who also lost her council seat said: “Historically in any coalition, the smaller party always takes a beating. We have taken a lot more than a beating, we have been devastated by it tonight but we will come back.“


Shepway District Council Results (Showing Folkestone results)

Folkestone Town Council Results Broadmead Ward Ann Berry – The Conservative Party Richard Wallace – The Conservative Party

Broadmead Ward Ann Berry – The Conservative Party

Central Ward Emily Arnold – The Conservative Party Danny Brook – The Conservative Party David Monk – The Conservative Party Richard Theobald – The Conservative Party

Cheriton Ward John Collier – The Conservative Party Peter Gane – The Conservative Party Damon Robinson – UK Independence Party (UKIP) East Folkestone Ward Claire Jeffrey – Labour Party Francis McKenna – UK Independence Party (UKIP) Carol Sacre – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Cheriton Ward John Collier – The Conservative Party Peter Gane – The Conservative Party Patricia West – The Conservative Party Roger West – The Conservative Party

Folkestone Central Ward David Monk – The Conservative Party Richard Pascoe – The Conservative Party Rodica Wheeler – The Conservative Party

East Folkestone Ward Brian Copping – People First (Your Local Independent Team) Claire Jeffrey – Labour Party Paul Marsh – People First (Your Local Independent Team) Carol Sacre – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Folkestone Harbour Ward Mary Lawes – UK Independence Party (UKIP) Susan Wallace – The Conservative Party

Despite the Conservatives remaining in overall control, there were major changes to this years election. After a review of electoral arrangements by the Local Government Boundary Commission, Shepway’s Wards dropped from 22 to 13 with the number of Councillors reduced to 30 from what had previously been 46.

Harbour Town Mary Lawes UK Independence Party (UKIP) Susan Wallace – The Conservative Party Harvey West Ward Rodica Wheeler – The Conservative Party North East Folkestone Martin Salmon – The Conservative Party

Who’s Who in the Cabinet ?

Cabinet Member for Finance

Leader David Monk

Deputy Leader

Cabinet Member for Housing

Cabinet Member for Special Projects

Cabinet Member for Customs & Digital Delivery

David Godfrey

Rory Love

Alan Ewart-James

Cabinet Member for Communities

Susan Carey

Jenny Hollingsbee

Cabinet Member for the District Economy

Cabinet Member for Transport & Commercial

John Collier

Malcolm Dearden

Cabinet Member for Property Management & Environmental Health

Cabinet Member for the Environment

Philip Martin

Stuart Peall


Folkestone helps Nepal After the news broke that Nepal had been affected by an earthquake, Folkestone came together, alongside our Nepalese community to help in what ever way they could. And the help keeps coming. On April 25 a 7.8 Magnitude quake hit Nepal, resulting in devastation for families and communities across the area and less than three weeks later a 7.3 magnitude earthquake further damaged the area. An estimated 8,500 people died as a result and 5.6 million people have been affected.

Ray said the response had been overwhelming: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many people in Shepway who have donated money and goods. Unfortunately due to shipping logistics, we are unable to take any more.” There is still an urgent need for funds in the area and donations can be made through Independent Insurance Services or Folkestone Rotary Club. The funds raised will go to Maiti Nepal.

According to Al Jazerra, it is estimated that 60% of Kathmandu’s buildings were destroyed, along with 30% in the outer reaches of the valley. This is all in an area where in a few months time, the monsoon season will hit. We spoke to Mike Thiedke, Plan UK’s Director of Public Engagement who was in Nepal when the first Earthquake hit, 500km outside of Kathmandu and on the fourth floor of a building. “We all ran out onto the roof deck where the building was swaying from left to right. It is the most intense physical fear I have ever felt in my life.” One of the drivers for Plan lost a child in the Earthquake. Locally in Folkestone, the community held a service at Cheriton Sports Ground, where hundreds of people came together to show their support and solidarity for the country that has such strong ties to our town. Dipakkumar Kaucha, Chairman of the Folkestone Nepalese Community said: “It is beyond the imagination of anyone and this has been the darkest day for my country Nepal. "It’s time for us to come together, come together as one and fight this disaster." As people wondered how they could help, local company, Independent Insurance Services whose director is also the spokesman for the Folkestone Rotary Club, coordinated donated goods including sleeping bags, long lasting food stuffs, camping equipment, children’s clothes and torches, resulting in over six tons of goods which will be flown out to Nepal. The Rotary Club’s international committee also authorised the dispatch of a vital ShelterBox which includes a tent, water purification kits, blankets and other essential supplies.

With fundraisers ranging from film days, exercise classes and food nights, Folkestone keeps on giving. Local promoters Blueskypie will be raising money for the Mountain Trust in Nepal: ● Music @ Quarterhouse 25 July ● Comedy @ Southcliff Hotel 21 June Keep checking our events page on our website to stay up to date:

Top: Photo from Plan UK Above: Photo from Mountain Trust Below: Service at Cheriton Ground

What’s On

Join in with the worlds biggest picnic… In an Eden project that travels the globe, Folkestone is joining in, to what is called The Big Lunch - a giant picnic.

everyone because we really want to get the community to use it.”

The lunch ties in with the start of Quarterhouse’s ‘Outlands Festival’ Started by The Eden Project, the idea was launched so that as many which runs until 16 August where there will be a lot of things people as possible across the UK will have lunch with their happening in the park. neighbours. Held annually on the first Sunday in June, it’s a simple act During the Big Lunch, there are also plans for more than just food: of community, friendship and fun. “We might be have some music playing, some games to play so that This year the Folkestone Quarterhouse will be hosting the free event it’s a lively fun event for everyone.“ on Sunday 7 June and it’s hoped that anyone who lives in Folkestone The event is free and there is no need to book but f you can, please and Shepway will come along, bring a dish and get to know their contact Georgia at: or by neighbours. sending a message to the QH facebook page, so that they know chair Georgia McElhone, marketing intern for the Quarterhouse said the and soft drink amounts. idea was worldwide: “It’s a really good event to get everyone out having fun, relaxing with each other and maybe making some new You can also help with organising events on the day or decorations. Please contact Georgia if you are able to help in anyway. friends and bringing the community together. “There is a lot of people that feel quite isolated in the community, don’t really know anybody and it’s just a really fun day out for everyone for all ages.” Think street party minus the Royal Wedding. Held in Payers Park, QH will provide tables and chairs along with soft drinks so all you have to do is rock up with a dish of your choice to share and join in the party. It also means that because of the location, QH have a wet weather plan….. inside the theatre. “We’re setting our Big Lunch in Payers Park so there will be a lot of green area to throw down a rug. A lot of things happen in the area but never really in the park so we want to make that a focal point for

Sunday 7 June 12pm @ Payers Park FREE

What’s On

What’s On? The highlights….. Family The Multi-Cultural Festival is back and still FREE. In the Town Centre, with three days of entertainment from around the globe and this year there will also be a Land Train, linking to other parts of the town. As part of the festival there will also be a ‘Spanish Day’. Friday June 19 - Sunday June 21. Pop-up Flash Back, a family show at the Quarterhouse is an imaginative world of memories and is played out through popup books and poetry. The Half Moon & Word Pepper Production is suitable for ages 5+. Saturday June 13 @ 2.30pm. With a performance by the students @ Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, this concert will have great singing, strong acting and fantastic dancing, and one for all the family. ‘Hear My Song’ is on Saturday June 13, in aid of FHODS Radio Mic Fund. How funny are your kids? The Quarterhouse are holding a Comedy Club 4 kids in June. Suitable for ages 6+

Dates for your diary 14 June - William Harvey Sunday @ William Harvey Statue with Folkestone Town Council 21 June - Step Short Boot Fair @ Radnor Park 27 June - Armed Forces Day @ The Leas with Folkestone Town Council 28 June - Blessing of the Fisheries @ St Peter’s Church/The Stade 11 July - Charivari @ The Stade/The Leas With Strange Cargo 27 July - War and Peace Revival @ Westenhanger

Film The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson’s multiple Oscar winning film about the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge. Showing @ Quarterhouse & starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, Owen Wilson & Bill Murray 18 June @ 7.30pm - Cert 15 Into the Woods with Meryl Streep and James Corden is showing @ Silver Screen Cinema with the Folkestone Classic Film Club. 4 June @11am - Cert PG.

Entertainment The UK’s Numer One Latin & Salsa Jazz combination Headssouth will be performing at @ The Tower Theatre with Steve Waterman. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8.30pm. After three consecutive top 5 albums, The Overtones will be in concert @ Leas Cliff Hall on Wednesday 10 June. The Indie/Folk Duo from London, the Worrydolls will be @ The Chambers from 9pm. Free Entry. Thursday 11 June.

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