Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Church, Sat 24 July at 3pm

St Paul’s Church would like to invite you to a special service on Saturday 24th July. Visitors will be asked to write down the names of those who are no longer with us including the many who have died during the pandemic, and to give thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to keep our community safe. (Paper ‘leaves’ will be provided at the church).  These will be read out during the service and after which they will be planted under the roots of a white cherry tree in the grounds of St Paul’s as an everlasting reminder.

All are most welcome.

If you cannot attend but would like those people remembered please email:

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Shorncliffe Trust 2021 Heritage Walking Tour programme

The Shorncliffe Trust are pleased to announce new dates in our 2021 Heritage Walking Tour programme. Find out more about history on your doorstep by joining us for a 90 minute guided tour of the former military training land and learn more about its hidden heritage assets. Shorncliffe; birthplace of the modern British Army under Sir John Moore.

Tours Commence at 10.30 and 1pm and the starting point is at the gates of Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. Dates are as follows:


  • 4th & 18th July
  • 1st & 15th August
  • 26th September

SATURDAY: 28th August


Select your preferred date and time and book via Eventbrite (Adults £5 – Children Free)

Funds raised contribute to the aspirations of the Trust to create a Heritage and Education Centre at Shorncliffe. Please download and share details with friends and family.

Meet at the Gates of Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, West Road, Folkestone CT20 3HL. IMPORTANT: The ground is uneven and can be steep in some places. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothes for the weather conditions required, children under 14 must be accompanied. Please note, there are no welfare facilities on the site, nearest WC’s are at Tesco, Cheriton

Can you help to support the work of the Shorncliffe Trust to Make History, Save History?

The Trust are looking to strengthen their expertise at a vital time as we look to secure a building in which to create a Heritage and Education Centre from which to tell the significant story of Shorncliffe Garrison. The Trust seeks experienced people in the field of fundraising and bid writing; marketing and PR. The position of Treasurer is also available and tour Stewards are also sought.

If you are able to offer your time and expertise to our Heritage and Education Charity then please email our Secretary, Sue Law outlining your interest. Email:

The Shorncliffe Trust ‘”Make History – Save History”

Registered Charity Number 1152185

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Folkestone graffiti tagger jailed for one year

A Folkestone graffiti tagger who cost his victims a total of £51,000 in damages has been jailed for a year.

On Wednesday 3 June 2020 at around 7.30am, Jordan Piper sprayed graffiti on two fence panels belonging to a guest house in Cheriton Road. CCTV captured the incident and it was shared on social media. A member of the public said he had seen the same style of graffiti in other areas of Folkestone and the matter was reported to Kent Police to investigate.

At around 12pm the same day Piper was also caught on camera spraying graffiti on the wall of a residential property in The Parade, whilst it was later identified that two vans parked in Brockman Road on 3 and 4 June had also suffered similar damage.

On Friday 12 June, outside Sainsbury’s on the Park Farm Industrial Estate, Piper was caught on camera spray-painting the same symbol on a brick wall around the back of the store. He was seen walking away before getting into a vehicle and leaving the area. The tag left on the wall was identical to the damage caused at the guest house.

It transpired that the same spray-painted design had been left in various other places across the Folkestone area, however not everyone had reported the damage to the police. As enquiries continued, other local homeowners and businesses did come forward including a number situated in Castle Hill Avenue, Middleburg Square and Sandgate Road.

Piper, 31, was identified and arrested at his home in Clifton Road, Folkestone, on Wednesday 24 June 2020. Subsequent searches of his property resulted in the discovery and seizure of a spray can along with clothing, sketch books, paint pens and artwork.

Following his guilty plea to twenty counts of criminal damage, he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 18 June 2021.

Kent Police’s investigating officer, PC Chloe West, said: ‘Piper deliberately went out to deface property for his own enjoyment with no concept of the time it would take to remove it and the costs involved. Kent Police works closely with the local authority to deal with graffiti, which is classed as criminal damage and is therefore a crime. It can cause misery to people living and working in our communities and I hope Piper’s prison sentence acts as a warning to anyone who thinks this is acceptable.

‘I would encourage members of the public to report graffiti to us and to the local council so we can continue to take action against offenders.’

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Sandgate Parish Council Annual Return 2020-21

Sandgate Parish Council is defined as a “smaller authority” for the purposes of publication of its annual accounts and statements.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require that:

1. The accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested, during a period of 30 working days set by the smaller authority and including the first 10 working days of July.

2. The period referred to in paragraph (1) starts with the day on which the period for the exercise of public rights is treated as having been commenced i.e. the day following the day on which all of the obligations in paragraph (3) below have been fulfilled.

3. The responsible financial officer for a relevant authority must, on behalf of that authority, publish (which must include publication on the authority’s website):

(a) the Accounting Statements (i.e. Section 2 of the Annual Return), accompanied by:

(i) a declaration, signed by that officer to the effect that the status of the Accounting Statements are unaudited and that the Accounting Statements as published may be subject to change;

(ii) the Annual Governance Statement (i.e. Section 1 of the Annual Return); and

(b) a statement that sets out—

(i) the period for the exercise of public rights;

(ii) details of the manner in which notice should be given of an intention to inspect the accounting records and other documents;

(iii) the name and address of the local auditor;

(iv) the provisions contained in section 26 (inspection of documents etc.) and section 27 (right to make objections at audit) of the Act, as they have effect in relation to the authority in question.

All the required accounting statements, declarations, annual governance statement and additional statements are available in this 2021 Full Annual Return of Sandgate Parish Council. The declared period for the exercise of Public Rights is 21 June – 6 August 2021, but in practice it was published on the Sandgate Parish Council website on 19 June 2021.


Scanned pdf documents do not comply with the Accessibility Regulations but the above documents can be provided in an alternative format or on alternative media, on request.

There is a National Audit Office guide Local Authority Accounts: A guide to your rights.

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Urgent Road Closure – Military Road, Sandgate – 21st May 2021

Urgent Road Closure – Military Road, Sandgate – 21st May 2021

It will be necessary to close Military Road, Sandgate from 21st May 2021 for up to 1 day.

The road will be closed at the junctions of Sandgate High Street and Enbrook Road.

The alternative route is via B2063 Military Road, B2063 North Road, B2063 West Road, Hospital Hill, A259 Seabrook Road, A259 Sandgate Esplanade and A259 Sandgate High Street.

This is to enable emergency jetting works to be carried out by Southern Water.

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Sandgate Beach Gets Seaside Award for NINTH Year Running

Sandgate Beach Gets Seaside Award for NINTH Year Running

Sandgate beach has been named as one of country’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy – for the NINTH year running!

Sandgate’s award places it amongst the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Tim Prater, Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council, said:

“Just 132 beaches in England have won the Seaside Award this year, no other beaches in Folkestone & Hythe, and Sandgate is the only Parish Council in the country on the winners list. We have so many reasons to be proud that Sandgate Beach has won the Seaside Award for the NINTH year running.

“It’s totally a team effort. Fom the residents and businesses that play their part in keeping the beach tidy, the facilities provided by and signposted by the Parish Council and others, Councillors like Nabin Siwa and non-Councillors working as a team to apply year after year, and the support of F&HDC and Veolia for their work in collecting waste and emptying bins. it just wouldn’t happen without all of them, and it is something we should celebrate together.”

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2021. 132 beaches in England have received a Seaside Award, and 76 have acheived Blue Flag status.

The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.

“Whether it’s camping in Cornwall, renting a cottage in North Yorkshire or simply having a day out at the seaside in Sussex, a fantastic beach is an essential part of a holiday for so many of us.

“Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy.

“From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.

“As we all plan our 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday at a destination with an award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”


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Virtual Meeting to Question Home Office on Continued Use of Napier Barracks

Another virtual community engagement meeting is being held to answer residents’ questions regarding the Home Office’s use of Napier Barracks to house temporarily those seeking asylum in the UK.

The Home Office continues to use Napier Barracks as an asylum centre despite opposition from Folkestone & Hythe District Council, local residents and asylum support groups.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) is organising the online event, which will be streamed live on YouTube on Thursday 27 May at 3.30pm.

The meeting will be chaired by F&HDC Leader, Cllr David Monk. Folkestone & Hythe MP Damian Collins will be on the panel for the meeting and the leader of Kent County Council, Cllr Roger Gough. Representatives from the Home Office, Kent Police, Migrant Help and KCC Public Health have also been invited to attend.

Questions are requested ahead of the meeting and should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 20 May via the council website or can be sent in writing to Committee Services, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, CT20 2QY.

A council spokesperson said:

“We understand that our residents may still have questions about the continued use of the barracks in Folkestone and we want to bring together the Home Office and those involved in providing support services to provide the answers to those questions.

“It may not be possible to answer every question individually so our intention is that themes raised by residents will be discussed by the panel.

“We hope that the event will reassure our residents that despite not being involved in the decision to use Napier Barracks we are prepared to organise and lead this virtual meeting to ensure that our communities are provided with the answers they are seeking.”

Enquiries may be rejected – as is standard council practice – if they are considered to be defamatory, frivolous or offensive.

Members of the public will be able to watch the meeting by visiting

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Sandgate Parish Council Signs The Armed Forces Covenant

Sandgate Parish Council Signs The Armed Forces Covenant

At the 2021 Annual Parish Council Meeting it was unanimously agreed that Sandgate Parish Council should sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

Sandgate Parish Council Chairman Tim Prater was delighted to sign the Covenant on behalf of the Parish on 15th May 2021.


For more about the Covenant and what it means, visit

Have you been disadvantaged because of your service? Contact your Service Families Federation or email the Ministry of Defence Covenant Team at

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