Results of Sandgate Lockdown Photographic Competition 2020

As published by the Sandgate Society:

Back in May the Sandgate Society announced a Lockdown photographic competition 2020 to record for posterity the village through these strange times.

The criteria for photographs was simple and could include; rainbows in windows, deserted streets, closed shops, social distance street parties, people singing from balconies, Thursday night applause for NHS works or any other subject which captures the moment.

The photographs are in, the village has judged and thers are three magnificent winners.

1st place goes to Joe Bleach – rainbow through bars

2nd place goes to Lindsay Satchell – a lone cyclist

3rd place goes to Annie Bamford – keep smiling Sandgate

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KCC Director of Public Health response to national media reports re Ashford and Folkestone

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark statement:

The PHE dashboard, which can be found here on, has changed so that daily reporting includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes, and the wider community. A technical summary is available here. This also includes case rates per 100,000 resident population and data at lower tier local authority level.

As part of our outbreak plans, we work closely with Public Health England to monitor the figures across Kent – the seven day rolling average for Ashford and Folkestone continues to decline from the peak seen in April/May, so this PHE report does not mean there is a current need for any local lockdowns.

While the figure for cumulative confirmed cases will always appear high for these areas, there is no comparison to be made between the rates of new cases currently occurring in Ashford and Folkestone, and areas such as Leicester.

We have seen a number of infections in care settings and these are being effectively managed but we have not seen any evidence of any widespread community transmission of COVID-19 and there are currently no plans to introduce any lockdowns specifically in these areas. Should, however, the need arise, we will not hesitate to take further steps should it be necessary.

Ashford and Folkestone have seen higher rates than other areas and is a combination of higher testing rates earlier in the pandemic, a large NHS Trust, and many care homes in the area plus the London commuter effect.

We have known Ashford has experienced high numbers for a while and as a result, we have deployed mobile testing sites to this area to increase the amount of people who are tested to allow us to better understand how and why this is happening.

As a result, we are finding more positive results because we know that some people can be infected with Covid-19, but not exhibit symptoms (asymptomatic cases).

The public should be reassured that the levels of testing across the whole of Kent have also been ramped up and we would expect to see a rise in the number of cumulative confirmed cases.

We have increased our testing capacity so that we are able to identify and confirm cases in our community and support the NHS Test and Trace programme. We appeal to residents to follow the guidance should they be contacted by NHS test and trace. This will help us control the spread of the virus.

The NHS in the region has also been working hard making sure that there are sufficient testing resources for their patients and staff to get the testing that they need to support their safety and treatment.

The Government has also set up a home-testing service where kits can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house.

The message to residents remains clear – to follow national guidance on social distancing, use thorough and regular handwashing, and follow advice if contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system. For more information, go to


For more information of the addition of pillar two testing to daily figures at a local authority level, go to

We appreciate many residents will have questions regarding how this is affecting Kent County Council services and we will try and answer as many of those as possible, please read our your questions answered page. For the very latest information on our services, be sure to check our service updates page.

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Why Recycling Is Essential

20 Tips And Tricks

This item covers why recycling is essential (incl. the benefits of it) as well as 20 tips and tricks which can help you to make a difference.

Recycling has become one of the most critical home and office practices in modern societies today. Fifty to sixty years ago, we were all thinking about the next big thing to make life easier, from plastic bottles, disposable plates, spoons, and cups, to larger items like home appliances.

To find out more – click on the link below:

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The Folkestone Haven

A free, face to face mental health crisis service for adult residents from across Folkestone and Hythe District.

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Sandgate Walking Tours

On Saturday 18th July Tony Quarrington will be bringing his award winning walking tours to Sandgate for the first time.

Tony developed the Sandgate Walking tour programme after discussions with Sandgate Parish Council earlier this year. The Parish Council are supporting the programme with promotion and a small grant.

Tony will be delivering a minimum of ten tours between mid July and late October. All tours will start at the Chichester Memorial Hall at 11am on a Saturday and last approximately two hours. It had been hoped that the majority of the tours would coincide with the fortnightly Farmer’s Market, but that might have to wait a little while longer.

Enbrook Park, the Castle, High Street, seafront, Old Fire Station, library, parish church and former primary school are just some of the attractions that Tony will focus on along the walk.
In addition to the history, culture and architecture of the village, he will also explain the role of many of the prominent personalities, such as H.G. Wells, Sir John Moore, William Wilberforce and Hattie Jacques, that have shaped and illuminated Sandgate over the centuries. 

Tony, who lives in Folkestone, has been conducting walking tours in the town for the past three years, focusing on The Leas, harbour and seafront, Creative Quarter and the East Cliff. He is excited to be venturing further afield and sharing his passion for the village with his guests.

Sandgate Parish Council Chairman Tim Prater welcomed the launch of the programme. Tim said: “When I started the conversation with Tony about bringing his walking tours to Sandgate we hoped we would offer something new and different for the village and our visitors. We hope that this summer as many people as possible enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced tour with Tony and learn more about our village, its history and the people that lived (and live!) here. It would be great to see this become a regular feature in Sandgate for years to come, and we look forward to working, and walking, with Tony”.

Dates of tours
Sat  18th July
Sat  1st August
Sat  15th August
Sat  29th August
Sat  5th September

£5 per person per 2 hour tourMaximum 8 guests

Booking is essential
Tel : Tony  07738 624522 or Email:

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District Play Areas are Open Again

The news a lot of you have been waiting for… our play areas are reopening today.👏

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to the majority of people who have respected the closures. 💜

We completely understand how frustrating the wait has been but public safety will always be our number one priority.🧼

Our officers will be cleaning play equipment across the district regularly. We have also had to remove some facilities to ensure social distancing can be followed more easily.👉

We’ve put up signage which looks very similar to the image below.

You can do your bit to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 peaks.🤸 Please adhere to the guidelines – they are simple to follow and will ensure everyone can have fun while staying safe.

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Inspection Covers – Who Installed the Sanitation?

Dear Fellow Sandgate Society Members and Residents

I was taking my daily walk earlier in the month through Sandgate when I noticed an inspection cover which was impressed with the name N O Baker, builder, Sandgate.  That’s interesting I thought and took a picture, carried on my walk but then started to look at other air tight inspection covers.  After several walks I have found 3 different Sandgate builders’ drain covers and others with Folkestone and Hythe builder’s names.  I have started to find some information about these builders such as where their premises were located, how long they were in business, etc.

This is where you come in please  –  many drain covers are on private property which I cannot see from the path so please would you look at your drain cover and see if it has a local name on it.  If it has, please photograph it and send it with the location, to email:

This will give us an idea who built some of the houses in Sandgate or if you have an older property, who installed the sanitation.

These photos will be collated and will be put into the archives along with a potted history of the builders themselves. Many of the drain covers have been changed over the years because of corrosion, damage or changing driveway material, which means many of these have disappeared over the years  – so please look and send your photos in.


Annie Bamford

The Sandgate Society Archive Team

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A new addition to the range of activities that Sandgate offers.

We work with all things natural including the weather, yoga movement, food provided for guests who can stay 1 night or 1 month and the workshops introduce Ayurveda (a sister practise to yoga from India )

All activities are for health, fun, healing, restoration, well-being and growth. There are yoga sessions for all. Monday to Friday 9.30am for 1 hour, further info and costs on website. Meditation hour Mondays 8-9pm, by donation only for all and Worriers Yoga on Fridays 8-9pm. Booking essential as limited spaces.

Workshops and accommodation for up to 8 guests. I am Kate Pierre at Sandgate Yoga Lodge, 104a Sandgate High St, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3BY. 07889495526. Website: 

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Latest Covid19 information from Government

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

What you can and can’t do until 4th July (FAQ’s):

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Sandgate Park: Playground and Adult Play Equipment Remain CLOSED under Government Rules

Sandgate Parish Council have followed the Government’s Coranavirus advice throughout, and kept Sandgate Park open to give people space to exercise.

When the rules changed a little last week, we quickly changed the rules around the Tennis courts and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) from do not use to please only use in pairs, and maintain social distancing. They are free to use, but ONLY if those rules are followed. NO large groups.

Although the huge majority of users have been respectful of the rules and making use of Sandgate Park perfectly reasonably at this time, some people seem to feel the need to stretch the point.

The playground and adult exercise equipment remain closed currently and are taped off. That because the Government’s rules – which have NOT been altered on that – say they should be. “As with before, you cannot use an outdoor gym or playground”

More from:

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Coronavirus – Your Questions Answered

Here are the answers to your questions about how coronavirus is affecting our services across the county of Kent.

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New Sandgate Design Statement (2020)

More details and to see the design statement check out:

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Creating Heritage

Dear Sandgate Society Members

Now we are allowed a bit more freedom, we wonder if you were able to help us?

These may be very difficult times, but we are living through history –the history of Sandgate.

The Committee and Archives Team feel it is important that this period is recorded for posterity with as many photographs as possible to record our village during this time.

Would you like to contribute to our effort and send in some photographs – rainbows in windows, deserted streets, closed shops, social distance street parties, people singing from balconies, Thursday night clapping for the NHS – whatever you can find?

So we can share them, we will publish them on our website and will have a People’s Vote on the best one.  The winning photograph could be enlarged onto canvas and hung in a public place – maybe the Chichester Hall, the Library or the Old Fire Station.

And if we had enough photos, we could even consider a calendar, maybe notelets – who knows where this may lead?

Please let us know if you would like to join our effort to record history for future Sandgate generations, and have a bit of fun at the same time?

Please send them in jpeg format to   We will aim to put 1 or 2 photos on the Photo Gallery from each contributor; if you wish to send in more, feel free, but we may need to use our editing rights to publish a limited number depending on the number received.

So, please get snapping and we look forward to Creating the Heritage of Sandgate together.

Best wishes

The Events Team

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Sandgate Quiz

Dear Sandgate Society Members,

Our events and website teams are hard at work during this time of enforced downtime, and we would like to invite you to make a cup of coffee, put on your thinking caps and enjoy a quiz!  

For the questions follow this link:

And you don’t need to be knowledgeable – all the answers can be found somewhere on our new website.

Please post back your answers via the website ‘contact us’ link, or email if that is easier for you.

This is just for fun – no prizes – but your name will appear on the website as a VILLAGE MASTERMIND if you get all twenty answers right, unless you would prefer to remain anonymous!

The closing date is Monday 1st June.

Good luck & keep safe.

The Brain Teasers

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Household Waste & Recycling Centres to open

From next Friday (May 15), Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use.

On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

People can book a slot either online or by phone for the opening on Friday, May 15 – details on how to book will be released next week.

For more information about Booking and Arriving On Site – click HERE

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Sandgate Society – We Want To Support Local Businesses

Dear Sandgate Society Members

We have heard how helpful you found the Hythe list, and although we are a smaller community, let’s pull together to keep our village trading.

Does any member have a business in Sandgate which is still trading?

Would you like us to promote you within our membership and on our Facebook page?

Please come back to us with any details you would like to promote, so our community can see you are still trading during these difficult times.

Do keep safe during the extended lockdown – one day we WILL meet again!

Best wishes

Sal Kenward




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Helping new businesses to grow for the future

In the latest rounds of calls opened for applications, there’s also a chance to create an enterprise hub to encourage local entrepreneurs for years to come.

These opportunities are available through the fifth and sixth phase of the FCW programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and interested parties are being encouraged to get in touch with their ideas.

Cllr David Wimble, F&HDC Cabinet Member for the District Economy, said: “This is a brilliant platform to nurture an innovative idea into something which is successful and also supports the local community.

“Our programme management team is on hand to help applicants in making the process as simple as possible. We want projects to succeed just as much as those behind the exciting proposals we’re looking forward to receive.”

Further details of the opportunities can be found here:

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Release The Pressure – Mental Health Support

Mental health support

Life can get really tough sometimes, but talking can help. We have a highly trained and experienced team available 24/7 to provide expert support no matter what you are going through.

Don’t suffer in silence: text the word Kent to 85258 or call the number below

Speak to someone

Text the word Kent to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.

Free expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern, including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • money worries
  • relationship troubles
  • stress
  • suicidal thoughts.

Our 24 hour text support service is powered by our trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line.

You can also webchat with Mental Health Matters, an independent charity, who are available 24/7.

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Reminder About Essential Role Of Community Hubs

As the number of calls received by the three community hubs based in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh reached 14,000 a reminder has been issued about their purpose.

Set up in March and funded by Folkestone & Hythe District Council together with charities, the hubs are working to help those who are vulnerable and isolated with no family nearby to support them during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Volunteers have given up their time and potentially put their own health at risk to deliver essentials, such as food and medicines, but the goodwill of the hub teams is being stretched by the potential misuse of their generosity.

Examples of the misuse include a volunteer delivering a prescription who found that the recipient had gone out for a drive. The contents of a food delivery, in another instance, were rejected because the items were not fully organic despite warnings that substitutions may have to be made.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Folkestone & Hythe District Council Cabinet member for Communities said: “It is disappointing to hear about this small minority of instances and we must repeat the advice that the hubs are only for those who really need help.

“What this wonderful team of volunteers is providing is amazing but it must be remembered that it is for those who have no-one else to turn to. Their friends may be elderly or isolating themselves and not able to help and family members may live too far away.

“I have read many of the messages in the thank you notes and cards which have been sent and have been deeply touched that together with the charities and voluntary organisations we have been able to provide a lifeline for so many people.”

The local hubs are open seven days a week. Due to the number of applications received volunteer recruitment is currently paused but this will be continuously reviewed. The hubs cannot be visited but can be contacted on:

  • Hythe Community Support Hub – run by AGE UK.

Contact them on: or 01303 269602

  • Folkestone Community Support Hub – run by Three Hills Sports Centre.

Contact them on: or 01303 316186

  • Romney Marsh Community Support Hub – run by Romney Marsh Day Centre.

Contact them on: or 01797 208590 

The council’s COVID-19 helpline is 01303 761116 (open from 9am to 5pm every day) or via email at . Residents and businesses can find out about help and assistance available to them both locally and get signposted to national support. Residents can also feed back helpful information or concerns about their community or individuals.

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To Sandgate Society Members

Dear Members

Well we are still in lockdown with little hope of an immediate let-up, judging by Boris Johnson’s comments this morning.

At least another month.

We are very lucky to be in this beautiful part of the world and our thoughts go out to those who are confined to flats without even balconies and unable to walk along our shoreline where the views help to soothe our anxieties and help keep us sane (along with the gin, of course).

As you may know from social media, our Treasurer Andrew Lawley has delivered a box of chocolates to all the residents of Homevale in the High Street, and is organising to do the same to the residents and carers of Well House.  We have received many thanks – even small gestures are appreciated in these times.

We gave assistance to The Dog House to set up their hot food delivery service, which was up to 58 lunches the other day; this helps ensure some people are getting one hot meal a day at least.

But we want to do more.    We would ask you again to keep an eye and an ear out for any neighbour or acquaintance who you think may need help but may not feel able to ask for it.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do or anybody we can help.

On our Committee, our Events Team are frozen in time – I am sorry to say our Summer Party will not be taking place this year.   Even if restrictions were lifted to allow such a large gathering, Saga would not be able to offer us the space for some time.

We cannot see as far ahead as December and we will be guided by isolation conditions for the over-70s and vulnerable members, access to a venue and numbers allowed.    We really hope we will be able to celebrate at this time – just watch the news!

Although our fund-raising side is suspended, our Heritage side now has the time to do lots of worthwhile but time consuming jobs which can now rise up the To Do lists.

Our technical wizard, Guy Valentine-Neale and our Conservation and Planning Guru, Rosie Sanders, have been liaising on heritage matters concerning our Grade II listed buildings.  They are working together on this and our website is being re-vamped accordingly – we will give you more details later but do please log on sometime and enjoy the easier way of navigating around our site. 

On behalf of our Committee, we send you our best wishes during this very difficult period, and hope you are staying safe, occupied and healthy.

We all look forward to seeing you “on the other side”.

Best wishes

Sal Kenward


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