Tim Prater

May 2021 Foodbin

May 2021 Foodbin

There is a Food Bin drop off point for donations to the Folkestone Rainbow Centre Foodbank in Sandgate Library.

The call on the Foodbank, and their need for donations is greater at this time than ever. They really do need any help and donations you can offer: simply bring them to Sandgate library and drop off in the foodbin.

Waitrose in Hythe, Asda & Tesco in Folkestone, and Sainsbury’s also all have drop off points, and all dried or tinned food donations would make a big difference.

At this moment, there is particular need for long life UHT milk, tinned meat, instant mash, long life orange juice and toothpaste.

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Thank you.

Posted by Tim Prater in Foodbank

Sandgate Community Garden: Update 2 May 2021

The great thing about writing a weekly newsletter is that we can look back at what was happening this time last year and begin to make comparisons.  Last year we were contemplating removing the fleece covers, but this year there is no plan to do so just yet, with further cold nights on the horizon.  The promises of rain in the weather reports fizzle away and deliver nothing – the rainfall for April was 10.8mm which is a surprise as there is no recollection as to when that small amount happened as it must have sneaked in when nobody was paying attention.  We continue to water all the new plantings until they are established, or unless the rain does it for us.

All the jobs on the list for this week got tackled, from persuading the hops to climb in an orderly fashion up the hairy twine, to recovering rogue potatoes sprouting in the potato patch from last year, sowing chard, re-potting the squash and courgette plants and celebrating the first pick of the lettuces.  Just one small patch gave us 3.06kg of lettuce and the plants should keep producing more leaves for the next ten weeks until the next sowings are mature enough to take over the supply.  The first pick takes the longest as we are encouraging the lettuce plants to give up their eldest leaves and produce lots of new leaves on a central long stem which will proceed to grow upwards.  There is a knack to picking the leaves properly to discourage slugs and keep the plants clean and fresh.

As always when we ask for a little help, Sandgate comes to our assistance, either donating cash in exchange for plants or some of our produce, to bringing plants for us to use or exchange.   Richard came up to the garden with rooted cuttings of his grape vine, and Jill brought two boxes of hostas and house plants – thank you!  Really exciting is an invite from the Head gardener of Godinton House, (an amazing stately house and gardens near Ashford) to come and see the gardens next week with a hint that we might be taking home some plants and seeds too!  Just the chance to see the gardens in such good company and with any luck, the hub of the garden where the propagation takes place will be beyond comparison for a gardening anorak – deep joy!  

What’s next?

  • Next lettuce picking Wednesday session
  • Finish repotting the squashes and courgettes
  • Pot up the cucumbers and tree spinach
  • Continue to move the woodchips from the far end
  • Continue to monitor the water situation and rainfall
  • Differentiate between unwanted and wanted weeds
  • Spread compost on small empty bed

Posted by Tim Prater in Sandgate Community Garden
Dog Owners Reminded of Responsibilities Ahead of Summer

Dog Owners Reminded of Responsibilities Ahead of Summer

From Saturday 1 May the annual seasonal dog restrictions will come into force and dogs will be banned from certain beaches across the district until 30 September. Ahead of this, Folkestone & Hythe District Council is urging dog owners to be responsible this summer and enjoy beaches considerately.

Nine stretches of beach have a summer beach ban however, with 26 miles of coastline there are plenty of other areas available for dogs and owners to enjoy. Dog-free signs are in place along the promenade to remind dog owners of the restrictions.

The beaches where a dog beach ban is in place are:

  • Folkestone – Sunny Sands.
  • Folkestone – Mermaids Beach (in front of Lower Leas Coastal Park).
  • ·Sandgate/Seabrook – Sandgate Castle to BP Garage.
  • Hythe – Twiss Road to St Leonard’s Road.
  • St Mary’s Bay – The Fairway to river outfall.
  • Littlestone – Water tower at Madeira Road to Clark Road.
  • Greatstone – Jolly Fisherman carpark through to17 the Parade.

Unfortunately, Dog mess becomes a greater issue over the summer. The majority of dog owners clean up after their pets, but there is a minority who ignore the rules causing problems to other people and animals.

Dog mess can transmit the disease Toxocara Canis to humans and although the disease is rare, it can cause disability including blindness with children being particularly vulnerable.

Bins and dog bins are available along our promenades so please don’t hang dog waste bags on trees or bushes. This encourages others to do the same and is still considered littering. So remember – bag it, tie it, bin it. Failure to clean up after your dog will result in a fine upwards of £100.

A council spokesperson said, “These seasonal restrictions mean that we can keep these popular beach areas dog free for the busy summer months. We ask owners to respect these seasonal measures by enjoying other parts of the district.

“Any bin will do for dog poo so there’s really no excuse. In addition to posing a health risk, dog mess just isn’t very nice for other residents or visitors to have to experience.

“Dog mess can also affect our sea water quality too – something we all want to avoid as our family or friends enjoy the beach during the summer.”

You can find a detailed map of dog banned beaches and report dog mess by following the link – https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/environmental-protection/dogs-on-beaches

Posted by Tim Prater in News

Check Your Waste Calendar for Changes

Some residents may experience a change to their bin day and/or week from Monday 10 May – while all residents could have their waste collected at a different time of day.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Veolia are working together to make collections more streamlined and reliable. This includes adjusting some of the routes that the waste vehicles use to make them more efficient.

These new route amendments – the first significant change to the service in a decade – will mean the service is smarter and greener.

Residents will be able to check how the changes will affect them in the waste calendar that will arrive in the post by Friday 7 May. There will be no changes to containers, or the materials that can be collected in each container.

For a reminder of what materials can be put in your recycling, waste and food bins please visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/recycling

Bins can be collected any time between 7am and 5pm on your collection day. So please make sure you’ve got your waste out for collection before 7am.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “A more efficient and sustainable service is what we’re aiming for and these route changes will help us get there. 

 “We want to try and make this switch as smooth as possible, that’s why we’ve sent out both a letter and a calendar to remind people about the changes.

“We appreciate that for some people potentially changing their bin collection time, day or week is a significant change and we want to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.”

You can also use the council’s MyAccount service to check your bin collection days. This system will show the amended collection days from 12pm on Friday 7 May. MyAccount is a free and easy-to-use service that shows council information tailored to you in one place. Find out more and sign up at www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/myaccountinfo

All costs associated with the change and the communications are being funded by Veolia. The collection changes will take affect from Monday 10 May.

More information is available online at folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/wastechanges

Posted by Tim Prater in News
Planning Agenda 4-05-2021

Planning Agenda 4-05-2021

Sandgate Parish Council will broadcast this meeting as a video on Facebook live at the time of the meeting itself on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/sandgatepc/ Comments made on the Facebook video during the meeting will not be monitored and are not a way of feeding back to the Council.

Members of the public can ask representations regarding an application. Any comments sent to clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk will be sent to all Councillors prior to the meeting and acknowledged by the meeting. If a member of the public would prefer to speak to the application (for up to three minutes) themselves, they can do so by emailing clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk at least 2 working days before the meeting asking to speak to Planning committee, specifying on which application. Members of the public joining a Council meeting to make a representation will be asked to follow the protocol at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/public-speaking-at-online-meetings-of-sandgate-parish-council-protocol/

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Posted by Tim Prater in Agenda, Planning

In Memory of Zoe Varian

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Zoe Varian passed away on Sunday 25th April. It was her wish to be in her own bedroom and surrounded by her family and for her it was a peaceful end with Nick at her side after a short but courageous fight. After her diagnosis and treatment we were all hopeful she would beat it, she had some good months through the summer and was able to enjoy special times with her family and close friends. She remained so positive throughout.

Zoe will be so missed by the Sandgate Community, she had such a bright, and vibrant personality, she was always so welcoming and a kind and generous person.

She had been a Parish Councillor in the past, was pioneer behind the Sandgate Farmers Market, and a stallholder, we will all remember her beautiful displays of flowers and plants displayed in vintage china. She was Chairman of the Sandgate Heritage Trust, until very recently, working tirelessly to maintain this important Heritage Building.

Zoe was a member of the Sandgate Society for many years, always very active and filled the hall to capacity when she gave the ‘Greenwall Lecture’ in 2019. As a very keen historian and member of the Folkestone History Research Group, her lecture was entitled ‘The History of Romney Marsh Churches’

Zoe has so many friends not only here but from all around the world, and there will be a time, in the near future, for all who knew her to remember her at a service, a Celebration of her Life. Hopefully in the summer, Nick says, “when the sun will be on the seaside here to remind us of our beautiful missing light”

Our thoughts are with Nick, Ben, Abbi & Harry and her sister Miranda and her husband Wayne.

At peace now. Remembering you Zoe.

Melanie Chalk: Friend, Neighbour and fellow Trustee of the Sandgate Heritage Trust

Posted by Tim Prater in News
A Vital Lifeline for Local Residents

A Vital Lifeline for Local Residents

An emergency scheme run by Folkestone & Hythe District Council to help those on their own and those who are vulnerable has again been recognised for providing the highest standards of customer service.

Lifeline365, which provides a range of services for use in the home and also for those working outdoors or enjoying sporting activities alone, has retained its Telecare Services Association (TSA) accreditation for the 12th year running.

The sought-after designation is only awarded to services that meet strict standards around reliability, including swift response times and 24-hour coverage.

Lifeline365 is operated for residents across the Folkestone & Hythe district as well those living in other areas of Kent and offers the service every day and night of the year. During the last 12 months, the Lifeline365 emergency team has dealt with 77,786 calls for help or assistance.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “The team has worked hard to achieve this accreditation. The TSA process is very thorough and looks at all areas of the Lifeline365 service.

“Those using this service and their families can feel reassured that the Lifeline365 team is standing by to offer urgent help and support when it is needed.”

Lifeline365 has a range of alarms and detectors connecting users to a live chat service with the control room in case of emergency. The most popular is the emergency button worn as a pendant or on a wrist band which gives peace of mind for the user and their family. If the button is pressed, for example following a fall, a control room operator is able to talk to the person and then alert emergency services, a GP or a family member depending on the circumstances.

Other products include Footprint, a device that works anywhere with a mobile phone signal. It pinpoints a user’s location and is aimed at lone workers and sports people such as walkers, horse riders or runners. But it can also be linked to a geographical boundary and will alert the monitoring centre if the wearer moves outside that area.

For more information, visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/lifeline 

Posted by Tim Prater in News
Annual Parish Meeting Agenda 04-05-2021

Annual Parish Meeting Agenda 04-05-2021

Sandgate Parish Council will broadcast this meeting as a video on Facebook live at the time of the meeting itself on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/sandgatepc/ Comments made on the Facebook video during the meeting will not be monitored and are not a way of feeding back to the Council.

This Annual Parish Meeting will be the first held on Zoom rather than in person.

Members of the public can ask questions and make suggestions in the Public Participation section of the Annual Parish Meeting.

Any questions (deemed to be reasonable) sent to clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk will be read and answered at the meeting.

If a member of the public would prefer to speak / ask their question themselves, they can do so by emailing clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk at least 2 working days before the meeting asking to put a question to the meeting. they will then be given details of how to join the Zoom meeting itself (rather than watch via the Facebook page) so they can ask their question / raise their point directly in the Public Participation agenda item.

Members of the public joining the meeting to make a representation will be asked to follow the protocol at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/public-speaking-at-online-meetings-of-sandgate-parish-council-protocol/

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Posted by Tim Prater in Agenda, Council
Parish Annual Council Meeting Agenda 04-05-2021

Parish Annual Council Meeting Agenda 04-05-2021

Sandgate Parish Council will broadcast this meeting as a video on Facebook live at the time of the meeting itself on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/sandgatepc/ Comments made on the Facebook video during the meeting will not be monitored and are not a way of feeding back to the Council.

Members of the public can ask a question at a Full Council meeting. Any questions (deemed to be reasonable) sent to clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk will be read and answered at the meeting.

If a member of the public would prefer to ask their question themselves, they can do so by emailing clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk at least 2 working days before the meeting asking to put a question to Full Council.

Members of the public joining a Council meeting to make a representation will be asked to follow the protocol at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/public-speaking-at-online-meetings-of-sandgate-parish-council-protocol/

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Posted by Tim Prater in Agenda, Council

Sandgate Community Garden: Update 25 April 2021

It is difficult to believe that it will be May next week, so many of the plants are behind, all those we are bringing on and tender,  are bursting out of their pots but no way will they get planted until it warms up and that cold wind has gone, the fleeces are staying on!  More sessions spent peeling back the covers, watering and rolling them back on again – it will be worth it.  We read about the French government pledging 1 billion euros of aid to their farmers because of damage to crops from frosts, it has been the same here.  Now the lack of rain is adding to the situation, and we spend most of the time watering when it used to be the April showers doing that job.

The bee keepers seem to have been particularly busy of late and having to choose an appropriate time when the temperature is warm enough to be able to open the hives and have a look inside.  Below is a picture of one of our beekeepers, Ray, doing just that and wearing all his protective clothing.

It was sunny enough for many of you to visit us at Enbrook Park and take home some of our spare tomato plants for a small donation.  We managed to raise £94.05 which is brilliant for just a few tomato plants, and enough to buy more seeds for next year.  The squashes and courgettes are now starting to romp away and we are bound to have too many for us to keep so drop us a message via email or through our Instagram or Facebook page if you are interested in taking some of them home too.

There was a little spare time between the watering to plant more spring onions, the Charlotte potatoes, and sow the cucumbers as well as the sunflower seeds given to us by Morrison’s as part of their ‘Seeds of Hope’  campaign to ‘plant hope for a brighter future as lockdown restrictions start to ease’.  Our contribution of 120 sunflower plants in and around Sandgate is a small part of the 25 million seeds being distributed, but they will be most welcome, and supplement the flowers we are growing for Kent’s Plan Bee.  These are dwarf varieties which is just as well considering our giant sunflowers last year and the year before got blasted when a couple of summer storms charged through!

If you want to help make a difference in your community and would like to support the Community Gardens and Incredible Edible, we are looking for volunteers to help water the planters and small garden spaces, but if you cannot spare the time or would find the activity of watering too strenuous, we depend on donations to be able to buy more planters and all the things it takes to fill them with everything edible for humans as well as bees.  Come up to the Enbrook garden Wednesday or Saturday morning, or message us via our Instagram or Facebook page.  If everybody did just a little bit our neighbourhood could be more than simply fabulous.

What’s next?

  • Start re-potting the squash and courgette plants
  • Keep on watering – no rain in sight
  • Make sure we are not watering the weeds
  • Sow chard
  • Pull up rogue potatoes from last year!
  • First picking of lettuces?
  • Encourage the hops to wind clockwise around the twine
Posted by Tim Prater in Sandgate Community Garden