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  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    To help with the plans for the local history museum at the Town Hall Folkestone Town Council need your memories and stories of the Town Hall and the Folkestone Museum collections.

    Do you remember when the Town Hall had court rooms and prison cells? Did you ever perform on stage where the cinema now is? Do you have any special stories or memories of visiting the old Folkestone museum and the collections? Do you remember the Anglo Saxon skeleton, stuffed birds or the Victorian dress?

  • WW1 motor buses
    Article: Aug 18, 2014

    The London Transport Museum will be bringing a genuine WW1 battle bus to Folkestone Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone on 18th September. The bus will be parked outside the Town Hall for the morning.

    General public will be able to get on board between 10.00-10.30 and 12.40-14.00 and speak to museum staff. No bookings needed. No charge.

  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Aug 15, 2014
    By Tim Prater

    I've brought together "claimant count" statistics for Folkestone & Hythe and Dover constituencies for 2014, 2013 & 2012 in the chart below.

    [Update 15 August 2014] To the end of 2013, I'd used the BBC website economy tracker at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117 but that source now seems to have disappeared. I have therefore changed to using the raw statistics from the ONS website monthly "Regional Labour Market: JSA01 - Claimant Count for Local and Unitary Authorities" releases. There were some marginal differences in figures (mainly percentage claimant counts rather than the number) between that and the BBC figures. For consistency I have updated the chart below to show the ONS figures for both Shepway and Dover back to the start of 2012.

  • War of the Words HG Wells exhibion logo
    Article: Jul 30, 2014
    By Amanda Oates, Sandgate Parish Clerk in Email update

    Sandgate Parish Council and Sandgate Community Trust that the H G Wells' exhibition at 82 Sandgate High Street will open on Friday 1st August. Funding for this has kindly been granted by Shepway District Council via its High Street Innovation Fund.

    We are looking for volunteers to work in the exhibition. Training will be given although a knowledge of computer usage would be desirable. The most important thing is to be welcoming and prepared to take an active interest in HG Wells. We will be selling books, postcards, notelets and prints etc.

  • Sandgate Sea Festival 2014 poster
    Article: Jul 28, 2014
    By Monthly Events Update from www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk

    August 2014 Events

    • Friday 1st - Last Night of the Proms, St Mary the Virgin, St. Mary in the Marsh
    • Until Sunday 3rd - Billy Smart's Circus, Radnor Park, Folkestone
    • Sunday 3rd - Sittingbourne Paper Band, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Monday 4th - unveiling of Step Short Arch by HRH Prince Henry & Parade, The Leas, Folkestone
    • Monday 4th - Keep the Home Fires Burning concert, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
    • Monday 4th - Folkestone Town Council Torch-lit procession, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Monday 4th - Light in the Darkest Hour, commemoration, Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Sandgate
    • Saturday 9th - Wine tasting & quiz, The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone
    • Sunday 10th - Kent Invicta Concert Band, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Sat 16th/ Sun 17th - Harbour Festival & Powerboat racing, Folkestone Harbour
    • Sunday 17th - Aveley & Newham Brass Band, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Sunday 17th - Deaf Havana in concert, Quarterhouse, Folkestone
    • Thursday 14th - WW1 family walk, Library, Grace Hill, Folkestone
    • Saturday 16th - Talent Show, Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone
    • Sat 23rd/Sun 24th - Sandgate Sea & Food Festival, Granville Parade, Sandgate
    • Sunday 24th - Northfleet Brass Band, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Saturday 30th - Folkestone Triennial 2014 commences, until 2nd November
    • Sunday 31st - Summer Fayre, Sports Club, Swan Lane, Sellindge
    • Sunday 31st - Kent Police Band, The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
    • Events are subject to change without notice.
  • Sandgate Family Fun Day Poster
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Military Road Recreation Ground, Sunday 27th July, 11.00 to 5.00.

    Bring a picmic and relax. Boules competition. Children's fun fair. Local bands. Sandgate's Got Talent showcase. Refreshments. Falcons Flying demo. Fun Dog competition. Face Painting. Mickey Mouse and friends. Circus Skills. Dancy Demos. Inflatables. Fancy Dress Competition and more.

  • Lantern
    Article: Jul 18, 2014
    By The Shorncliffe Trust - http://www.shorncliffe-trust.org.uk

    100th Anniversary of WW1 - 11.00pm August 4th 2014

    "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time"

    Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary on the eve of the First World War.

    This August 4th across the country, lights will be turned out to signify the start of the 100th anniversary of WW1.

  • Charivari 2014 Poster
    Article: Jul 10, 2014
    In Strange Cargo July Newsletter - www.strangecargo.org.uk

    Saturday 12th July is the date of the wonderful Day carnival in Folkestone. This year the hundreds of dazzling costumes celebrate our beautiful local coastline, landscape and wildlife. They will be parading from The Stade fishmarket to the Leas Bandstand from 2pm, accompanied by a fabulous line up of raucous drumming bands.

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