Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 4  December, 2004






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 6th December

Monday, 3rd January

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Close

Wednesday 1st and 29th December





Diary Dates             1

Bequests                  1

Congratulations     1                                 


St. Martin’s            2

Baptist Church      2


Obituaries               3

Art Exhibition        3

Village Design        3


District Council    4


 Organisations         4

  and Clubs                                   


 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:  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.






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.




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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, 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                            



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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.



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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



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 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