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  • Kids school meal
    Article: Oct 16, 2014
    By Keith Abbott, Director, School Resources, Kent County Council

    As a School Governor, I received a useful briefing this morning from Kent County Council about the funding that Kent schools receive as either a maintained school or academy.

    Very often, an argument that is made for converting a school to Academy status is the additional funding it brings: as this briefing now shows, that is increasingly not the case.

  • Folkestone Banksy.. and Tim Prater
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    "I think we both agree, Shepway District Council have done a pretty good job of cleaning the graffiti off this plinth..."

    How about a competition to come up with exhibits that should be on the Folkestone Banksy plinth. what should our audio-guided visitor be looking at?

    Earlier this week, the artwork was defaced with one suggestion - a large picture of a cock (sorry chicken fans - not that sort). Massive congratulations to that graffiti artist - that's cutting edge humour right there. And has been for about 40 years.

  • Folkestone Banksy (From a Folkestone artwork by Banksy www.banksy.co.uk)
    Article: Sep 30, 2014
    By Monthly Events Update from www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk
    • until November 2nd - Folkestone Triennial, various locations
    • until May 8th 2015 - Your Country Calls exhibition, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street
    • Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th - Model Railway Exhibition, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas
    • Saturday 4th - THE BLACK MARKET III. (from USA) live at The Chambers, Cheriton Place
    • Saturday 4th - Out of Town DJ's at Googies, Rendezvous Street
    • Saturday 4th - Sandgate Farmers Market, Chichester Hall Sandgate High Street, Sandgate
    • Tuesday 7th - Supper Club, Follies, Sandgate Road
    • Sunday 12th - Folkestone Farmers, Food & Craft Market, Sandgate Road Shopping Precinct
    • Sunday 12th - One Sky, One World Kite Festival, Radnor Park
    • Sunday 12th - Autumn Wedding Fayre, Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade
    • Wednesday 15th - Lonestar Comedy Club, Rocksalt, The Stade
    • Thursday 16th - Kirk Fletcher in concert, The Chambers, Cheriton Place
    • Friday 17th - Vienna Festival Ballet perform The Nutcracker, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas
    • Saturday 18th - Wildlife Photography Workshop, Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
    • Saturday 18th - Sandgate Farmers Market, Chichester Hall Sandgate High Street, Sandgate
    • Saturday 25th - Murder Mystery Evening, The Grand, The Leas
    • Sunday 26th - Lucky Jackson in concert, Kipps Alehouse, Old High Street
    • Tuesday 28th - An Evening of Clairvoyance, Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade
    • Wednesday 29th - Wishbone Ash in concert, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Thursday 30th - Big Time American Wrestling, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas
    • Friday 31st - Halloween Disco with Papa Kweg, Kepples Bar, The Grand, The Leas
  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Sep 18, 2014
    By Tim Prater

    I've brought together "claimant count" statistics for Shepway and Dover Local Authorities for 2014, 2013 & 2012 in the chart below.

    [Update 18 September 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.

  • Bus Rally at Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Poster
    Article: Sep 1, 2014
    By Monthly Events Update from www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk
    • until November 2nd - Folkestone Triennial, various locations
    • until May 8th 2015 - Your Country Calls exhibition, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street
    • Wednesday 3rd - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Saturday 6th - Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Leas Cliff Hall
    • Sunday 7th - Bus Rally Day, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
    • Wednesday 10th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Wednesday 10th-Saturday 13th - Sailor Beware! Tower Theatre, North Road
    • Thursday 11th - Jazz night with The Andy Mclean Band, The Grand, The Leas
    • Friday 12th - The Great Misto Victorian Magic Show, The Grand, The Leas
    • Saturday 13th - The Big Sleep Out, St Mary's Primary School
    • Monday 15th - Battle of Britain Day, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne
    • Wednesday 17th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Thursday 18th - WW1 Battle Bus on display, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street
    • Wednesday 24th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Friday 26th - ARTMART, Sandgate Road Precinct
    • Saturday 27th - Comedy night, Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel
    • Saturday 27th - Military Wives Showtime Spectacular, Leas Cliff Hall
    • Sunday 28th - Wedding Show, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe
    • Sunday 28th - Folkestone Rotary Half-Marathon, The Grand, The Leas
  • Clean Up Folkestone
    Article: Sep 1, 2014

    Do you think Shepway District Council are keeping Folkestone clean?

    No? We agree.

    Join the Clean-Up Folkestone campaign today at http://shep.lib.dm/cleanupfolkestone

  • 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.

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