Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.
Issue 4 December, 2004
Monday - Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm
Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm
Last Box Collection
Monday, 6th December
Monday, 3rd January
St. Richards Rd.,
St. Francis Close
St. Edmund’s Close
Wednesday 1st and 29th December
IN THIS ISSUE
Diary Dates 1
St. Martin’s 2
Baptist Church 2
Art Exhibition 3
Village Design 3
District Council 4
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Great Mongeham Newsletter— if you have any news items that you would like included in the Januaryissue, we would be grateful to receive these before the 15th December, 2004 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Sue.Solley@farmline.com 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. We wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 1st December at 7.30 pm Christmas Party and Quiz in the Parish Hall.
Three Horseshoes Christmas Dinners from 8th Dec. Booking advisable. Carols by Candle light—18th December, 2004 at 7.30 pm.
Leather Bottle Grand Christmas Raffle in aid of Deal Hospital.
Tickets on sale now at £1.00 per strip. Prizes include DVD player and Christmas fare—to be drawn at the OAP Christmas Party on 12th December from 2.00 pm. Carol Singing from 4.00 pm.
New Year’s Eve Party in the Parish Hall from 8.00 pm.
Details Tel: 364457.
BEQUESTS St. Martin’s Church has been fortunate to receive two bequests in the last few months and we would like to publicly say a thank you to the family of Dorothy Hoskins, who left £15,000 to be invested and the interest to be used towards the upkeep of the Church Yard. Also, for the bequest from the estate of Lora Thearens who left £300 to be used for the upkeep of the Church building. You may have noticed that the Church has been given a good going over before the winter sets in. There is still plenty of work for the much-appreciated volunteers to do, who we also thank for their unending task keeping the whole place in reasonable order. PH
CONGRATULATIONS Georges Ranavio in Madagascar, who has received an honorary distinction called Chevalier de l’Ordre National, from the President of his Republic, for his service to public health and his help to the Malagsy people, over the last 30 years. This is an honour for a civil or military hero who has done good and great work for the Nation.
Page 2 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2004
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH
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
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday, 5th December Family Service 10.00 am
Sunday, 12th December Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 19th December Family Service 10.00 am
Carol Service 6.00 pm
Christmas Eve Christingle Service 5.00 pm
Midnight Mass 11.15 pm
Christmas Day Holy Communion 10.00 am
Baptisms Sunday, 14th November, 2004
Toni Traynor Chantel Thompson
Confirmations Sunday, 14th November, 2004
Alice Manion, Toni Traynor, Sam Traynor, Jessica Deveson, Beki Lawrence,
Gavin Lawrence, Graham Lawrence
Funeral Wednesday, 3rd November, 2004
Burial Leslie Henry Holmans
Thursday, 21st October, 2004 Kenneth George Alderton
Wednesday, 3rd November, 2004 Cyril Leslie
5th December, 2004 Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton
12th December, 2004 Mary Hopper
19th December, 2004 Judy Hambrook
26th December, 2004 Janet Lawrence
Paul Kavanagh Tel: 372297 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760
10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings
Page 3 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2004
Les Holmans was born on 16th February, 1923 at Griffin Street, Deal. In 1937, he joined Thompson’s Brewery in Walmer, which in subsequent years was merged with Charringtons and then Bass, and was employed as a cooper, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. In 1941 he was enlisted to the 96th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery and served in both India and Burma. He was promoted to the rank of bombardier and was also the regiment boxer. Upon his return to the brewery he renewed his acquaintance with Joyce, love flourished and they married in St. Martin’s Church on 16th April, 1949. Their three sons were all born in Great Mongeham before the family moved to Canterbury in 1973 due to relocation of the brewery. At this time Les became a supervisor before retiring in 1982 with 45 years service. His retirement let him pursue his love of gardening and DIY and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He will be a much-missed husband, father and grandfather.
Kenneth George Alderton was born of 20th October, 1924 at Walmer, Deal. His parents at the time of his birth were living in a school house as his father was a maths teacher. He was educated at Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich. He joined the Royal Navy for a short while during the war and subsequently found opportunities to travel. He moved back to Deal with his mother in 1955 and lived at 121 Mongeham Road. Kenneth had two main recreational interests—rugby both on the pitch and as a linesman and navigation. He spent many hours making notional calculations of the position in which a ship would be at any given time. His home contained a large number of books on navigation, as well as a whole series of notebooks full of algebraic calculations and trigonometry. He had longed to become a naval officer, but sadly this did not happen but he retained an interest in navigation probably inherited from his father, the maths teacher. Timothy Warren
THE FRIENDS OF ST. MARTIN’S—ART EXHIBITION The 13th Art Exhibition held in the Parish Hall, Great Mongeham, on Saturday, 30th and Sunday, 31st October, 2004 attracted 38 artists who displayed a very high standard of art work but, sadly it was not well supported by the public. Sales were down 50% on last year. Joint co-ordinators of the Friends of St. Martin’s Church, Brian Laverick-Smith and Brian Knight, again organised the event to raise money for the church. In previous years money has been needed for the refurbishment of the windows but this work has now been carried out. Fundraising is now under way to provide a new heating system. After the exhibition Brian Knight said, “I would like to thank all those who gave their support especially the artists, many of whom have been coming for the past 13 years. I am very disappointed for them that their work did not sell as well as last year. However, we are not deterred and plan to stage the exhibition next year on Saturday and Sunday, 19th/20th November.”
VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT The steering group held their second meeting on November 11th. Each of the subgroups reported on the work they had been doing since the last meeting. Several draft sections of the design statement were tabled at the meeting and it was agreed that members of the steering group would review them and feed comments back to the authors. It was also agreed that a simple questionnaire was needed to investigate the demographics of the village. Simple facts such as the age and gender breakdown would be sought, as well as finding out how many people go outside the village to work versus the number working at home. A copy of the questionnaire will be delivered to every household in the village with a future edition of this newsletter. Next meeting—December 9th, 2004.
Page 4 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2004
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM YOUR DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
2004 has been a busy year for us as we faced a number of challenges.
The council tax increase was the first hurdle, as we endeavoured to ensure the increase was as small as possible while still meeting the need to deliver a balanced budget, so the council could provide the required services.
Throughout the year, we tried to make ourselves accessible so that we could ensure that your needs were being met—to this end we attended as many parish meetings as possible. We still believe that effective representation is based upon good dialogue with the parish councils and making sure that their views are acknowledged at the district council.
We are still lobbying on roads and waste disposal as we know that these two issues are of concern to many of our residents. The speed of traffic through the villages is an ongoing problem and we are looking at options with the highways agency. Of course, funding is a significant factor so we realize the delays which will arise before we get action. Waste disposal is another area, as there remains a double taxation effect, where rural residents are in effect subsidizing urban residents. We have made it our job to highlight this inequity and to find ways of minimising this.
We both hope that you and your families have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Nick Kenton and Steve Manion
ORGANISATIONS AND CLUBS IN THE PARISH
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
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 and December)
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