Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 6  February, 2005





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection 4.30 pm



Monday, 14th

Monday, 28th

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Close

Wednesday 9th and  23rd 





Diary Dates              1

Welcome                  1                     


Get Well                  1


St. Martin’s             2

Baptist Church       2


Corners                   3

Village Fun Day     3                     

Village Design                         Statement               3


 Clubs and

Organisations        4    

We have now come to the end of our six month trial period of the Great Mongeham Newsletter and we are grateful to the Parish Council for sponsoring us.  We thank all those who kindly took the trouble to contact us with words of encouragement to ‘keep it going’. We have therefore decided to carry on  and hope you will all enjoy the forthcoming issues.  If you have any news items that you would like included in the next copy,  we would be grateful to receive these before the 20th  February, 2005 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.



 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY  In the Parish Hall

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 2nd February at 7.30pmOnions and Allotments—Steven Pitcher.


Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 17th February at 7.30pm

The Regeneration of the former Coalfield Betteshanger

 Speaker Steve Manion.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 24th February at 7.30 pm

Buffet and Quiz—£3.50 per person, tables of  8 or come and make up a table. Bring your own drink, book in advance Tel. 361427 or 364769. Everyone Welcome.


Lent Supper Quiz in Aid of Madagascar 26th February starting sharp at 7.00 pm—Doors open at 6.30. £5 per person includes supper  (soups  by  Judy with all the trimmings).  Tables of eight come as a team or on your own and make up a table with others. Please book early to avoid disappointment — Phone Peter Hambrook on  364457.



 WELCOME to the Curwen family moving into the Rectory—we wish them every happiness in their new home.



Joan Flynn of the Leather Bottle Public House who was taken into hospital at the beginning of the month having suffered a heart attack.  We hope she is well on the way to a speedy recovery by the time she reads this Newsletter.



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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,   6th February         Family Service                                                                 10.00 am

Sunday,  13th February        Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am                                                                       

Sunday,  20th February        Family Service                                                                10.00  am

                                              Evensong                                                                           6.00  pm

Sunday, 27th February         Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am



The funeral of Sharon Pond, nee Twyman of St. Edmund’s Road, was held in St. Martin’s Church on 20th December, 2004, followed by burial in Deal Cemetary.  Our deepest sympathy goes to her remaining family.




Sunday, 6th February        Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

No Flowers during Lent



St. Martin’s Church is looking for a new voluntary Cleaner.   The job consists of cleaning the Church on a rota basis once a month, either working alone or with a partner.  If you can spare an hour or two please contact Peter , Tel. 364457, who will put you in touch with the rest of the team.

On behalf of St. Martin’s Church and through the media of the Village Newsletter, I should like to thank Deidre Jull, who has filled this post for longer than anyone, including herself, can remember.  She now feels that the time has come to retire at an age well past the official date.  Well done Deidre, your efforts have been thoroughly appreciated.



 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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CORNERS  We have hardly had Christmas and Easter is creeping up on us.  As you are probably aware, this year it falls on 27th March.  We are again joining with our friends at Eastry and Northbourne and running a one day play school for children, between the ages of five and eleven, when we look at the true meaning of Easter.  We also have a lot of fun with games and fellowship.  It is held in Northbourne Village Hall where there is plenty of room for fun and laughter and dare I say noise!  We call the event, which runs along the lines of a beach mission, ‘Corners’ and no doubt some of you will have heard the name or even attended.  We run it three times a year, the main thrust being a week during the school summer holidays, and with two single days one in Advent, just before Christmas, and the other in Lent, the run up to Easter.  It is run, led by qualified personnel, with a large team of helpers.  This years summer date is 1st August—5th August. Anyone interested please contact Peter for more information.                                                                                                                                                




VILLAGE FUN DAY on the Village Green—Saturday, 9th July, 2005

John Bowsher is acting as convener for the event; a convener gathers all available information about it and passes that information on to all those concerned.  In this way, we hope to ensure that everyone who wants to run an event will have the necessary space etc.  If you have any suggestions for a suitable event, or are proposing to run one yourself, John may be contacted by phone on 369405, or, preferably, by e-mail on

The Barn Dance will be held on the evening of Saturday, 2nd July.  Further details obtainable from Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.



Great Mongeham is not just a collection of buildings – it is a community.  So before the steering group can consult you all on how you would like the village to develop in the future, we first need to find out a little more about who lives in the village.


A questionnaire will be delivered to every house in the village along with the next edition of this newsletter.  It will seek information on the age-structure of the community, where and how you travel to work, Internet access etc.  Please do take the trouble to fill it in.  Volunteers will then call a few days later to collect the completed forms.


The second consultation phase will involve meeting people face to face to ask how they feel about different aspects of the village and what they would like to see preserved or changed as the village inevitably develops.  It is intended that an open day will be held in the Parish Hall in mid May, and we will also visit every club, group and society which meets in the village around that time.  Following this a draft Design Statement will be produced for consultation in the autumn.


If anyone would like to take part in the work of the group you will be made very welcome, please contact Bob Kersey on 373299.




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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      Daisy  Ovenden  Tel.371688


 Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society  1st Weds. 7.30pm      Parish Hall     Joyce Blee         Tel. 372413

                                                 (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. 362815


Great Mongeham Society           3rd Thurs. 7.30 pm              Parish Hall    John Bowsher      Tel. 369405

                                         (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


Wednesday Art Group        Weds. 1.30—3.30 pm                 Parish Hall    Petronella Dale     Tel. 373084


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