Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 3  November, 2004






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 8th November

Monday, 22nd November

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Close

Wednesday 3rd and 17th November





Diary Dates               1


Vote of Thanks         1

Congratulations       1


St. Martin’s             2


 Baptist Church      2


St. Martin’s News   3

Parish Council         3

Village Design          3


 Organisations         4

  and Clubs                                   

Welcome to the third issue of the Great Mongeham Newsletter—we hope that you have all received the first two copies and  if you have any news items that you would like included in the December issue, we would be grateful to receive these before the 20th November, 2004 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail:  Anyone wishing to advertise in subsequent issues, should produce 350 copies on an A5 flyer—these will then be delivered for £10 to every house and given to friends of Great Mongeham.



Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society AGM on Wednesday. 3rd November at 7.30 pm.

The Parish Hall was adorned with 150 entries in the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show—from vegetables, fruit, plants, flowers, cookery and floral art—a tremendous effort by everyone.  Special prizes were won by Barbara O Dell, Jan Aplin and Toni Watkins.  The John Catherick Apple Cup was won by Brian Knight and the winner with the most points in the show was Alan Ford.

Gt. Mongeham Society AGM on Thursday, 18th November at 7.30 pm—Everyone Welcome - Elect your new committee—

Followed by Great Mongeham Quiz and Cheese and Wine.

Three Horseshoes Saturday, 13th November—Open Pool Competition evening.    Christmas Dinners from 8th Dec. Booking advisable.



VOTE OF THANKS My special thanks to Peter Hambrook for his continued support and to the following  who kindly deliver your Newsletter - Ken Friend, Patricia Scott-Bradford, Jenny Windsor, Diana Knight, Wendy Madgwick and John Bowsher.


CONGRATULATIONS Ian Lawrence for receiving a Long Service Award at the East Kent Ploughing Match for 28 years continuous employment  with Solley’s Farms.

Joan Flyn, who has been at the Leather Bottle for 18 years, celebrated her 65th Birthday on 9th October, 2004. The evening raffle raised £150 for Bandaid for Beslan.

The quiz night held  at the Three Horseshoes on 2nd October raised £346 towards the Aspen Unit at Whitfield.


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Benefice Priest in Charge: David Kendrew                                                            Tel. 374076

Ordained Local Minister: Rev. Peter Hambrook, 4 Brewery Cottages,

Northbourne Road, Great Mongeham.  Contact for Weddings and Baptisms       Tel. 364457

Church Wardens: Hugh Norton, Hillside House, Ellens Road, Gt. Mongeham    Tel. 368278

                             Judy Hambrook, 4 Brewery Cottages, Great Mongeham          Tel. 364457

Secretary:  Dr. Wendy Madgwick, Glendower, Mongeham Church Close, Great

Mongeham.                                                                                                             Tel. 239143

Treasurer: Mr. N. Pitchford, 141 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham.                Tel.  362202




Sunday, 7th November       Family Service                                                                 10.00 am

Sunday, 14th November     Remembrance and Confirmation  Service                       10.00 am                                                                            

Sunday, 21st  November     Family Service                                                                10.00  am

                                            Evensong                                                                           6.00 pm

Sunday, 28th November     Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am


Christmas Eve                     Christingle Service                                                           5.00 pm

                                             Midnight  Mass                                                              11.15 pm

Christmas Day                     Holy  Communion                                                         10.00 am                                                                   



We welcome the Bell Ringers from St. Mary’s  Church, Walmer who have come to ring and share at St. Martin’s Church on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8 pm.  Anyone interested  in coming along please ring Fred Lawrence on Deal 369654.                                    PH




  7th November, 2004        Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick                                                                                         

14th November, 2004        Mary Hopper                                 

21st November, 2004        Janet Lawrence

28th November, 2004       Diana Knight




 Paul Kavanagh   Tel: 372297   Mick Godden     Tel:  239801 Mobile 07713274760




10.30 am Every Sunday     6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings                            



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Many people in our village will know that we at St. Martin’s Church and therefore the village of Gt. Mongeham have had  a ten year link with a village in Madagascar, which has proved fruitful to both ends of the link..  Three years ago, we sponsored in part, the local priest, Georges Ranavio’s visit to England to give us first hand information about conditions and life in his country.  Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world and we have also supported Georges and his parishioners in several projects in his villages and the surrounding area. I should like to thank all those who supported this year’s Harvest Supper and Quiz, held in the Parish Hall,  which raised in excess of £500 for Georges latest projects in Madagascar.

The following are extracts from a letter received recently from Georges:                             PH

It was three years ago, just with my empty suitcase, I have left my country to visit you all in England.  That was a great privilege for a person from the Third World, but also an adventure of Faith, thanks to the Grace of God and to your christian help I have had the opportunity to walk over the land of a beautiful and rich country.  That was a miracle!

Thanks to your friendship and help, the great damage caused by the last cyclones are all repaired.  All our children go to school, the sickly friends have some good treatment with medecines.  We can use mobil phone, and can work with a computer.  That is a miraculous progress ……..!

Nowadays, we are on the beginning of the rain season, so our great next target is to produce more food by expanding our fields for planting more rice, potatoes, fruit trees and vegetables.

We will think of having one modeste water pump and some useful tools (wheel barrows, fertilizer….) using for an efficient agricultural technics.

We ask your prayers for this important new vision.  To defeat famine is our urgent needy, and it will be possible. We believe, we will win, we will win…

Thank you to everyone in Gt. Mongeham for all your help. Rev. Georges Ranaivo and family



At the Meeting held on 7th October, 2004, the Clerk confirmed that she had written to Dover District Council highways asking for them to proceed with the last section of the footpath in Mongeham Road. The Chairman—Brian Knight reported that two highways officers had attended a site meeting and seemed happy for the project to proceed.

The Parish Council had kindly agreed to pay a contribution towards the first six months production of the Parish Newsletter.

Next Meeting to take place on Thursday, 4th November at 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall.


VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT  At the meeting held on October 14th, the Great Mongeham village design statement steering group, agreed to form five sub-groups to consider different aspects of the statement.  These were: Landscape and setting; Demographics and economy; The community; Highways and communication; Open spaces, trees and footpaths.  Members of the steering committee will lead the work of these sub-groups which will report back to the steering group regularly.  However, more members of the sub-groups are needed.  If anyone would like to join a sub-group, or indeed help in any way, please contact either Bob Kersey Tel. 373299 who is coordinating the group, or Terry Madgwick Tel. 239143 who is acting as secretary.                                                                                                                                            TM



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Organisation or Club                  Meetings                 Location                      Contact

Gt. Mongeham Parish Council    1st Thurs. 7.15 pm             Parish Hall      Brian Knight      Tel.375420

                                                                                                                        Sarah Wells        Tel.614320


Sunday School (3 yrs.& over)                                                 St. Martin’s    Sylvia Griffiths  Tel.367124


Bell Ringers                      Tues. 8-9pm by arrangement       St. Martin’s     Ken Gatland       Tel.611283


1st Gt. Mongeham Brownies      Weds. 5.30-7pm                  Baptist Hall   Julie Caldwell     Tel.372493

                                                          Term Time


Good Companions                      Thurs. 2.30-4.15pm           Parish Hall     Mrs. D. Ovenden Tel.371688



Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society  1st Weds. 7.30pm      Parish Hall      Mrs. D. Talling    Tel.362390

                                                 (No Meeting Jan. & Sept.)


Mongeham-Ripple W.I.  3rd Weds.2.30pm (Dec.2nd Weds) Parish Hall    Sue Case              Tel.374025


St. Martin’s W.I.                          2nd Thurs. 7.30 pm            Parish Hall     P. Scott-Bradford Tel.364769


Gt. Mongeham Parish Hall Committee Bookings                                          Judy Hambrook  Tel.364457


Great Mongeham Society           3rd Thurs. 7.30 pm              Parish Hall     Sue Solley           Tel.375560

                                                  (No Meeting in August)


T.A.F.-Mulberry Tree      1.30pm Mondays in Term Time    Parish Hall    Wendy Madgwick Tel 239143


Gt. Mongeham Art Group  Tues. 1.30-3.30pm Term Time    Parish Hall    Dorothy Sharpe    Tel 372339


Karate                                  Mons. And Weds. 6.30pm          Parish Hall    Jan Easton            Tel 367001


Friends of St. Martin’s                                                                                  Brian Knight         Tel 375420


Yoga                                       Tuesdays 6.00 pm                   Parish Hall     Audrey Clarke      Tel 368521


Scottish Country Dancing   Weds. 10-11.30am Term Time  Parish Hall     Mary Quinton or

                                             Tuesdays 8 pm      Term Time  Parish Hall     Margaret Bowden Tel 375836


Country and Western Dancing       Fridays 7.30pm               Parish Hall    Dixie Cane            Tel 373841


Drop In                                 Thursdays 10.00 am                  Parish Hall    Barbara Spence     Tel 375786          


Tiny Talk                              Monday 10.30-11.30am           Parish Hall    Trisha McLellan    Tel 813941