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Issue 7  March, 2005






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Mondays 14th and

28th March

St. Richards Rd..

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s  Road

Weds. 9th and 23rd





Diary Dates             1

Get Well Soon        1                          

Well Done               1


Congratulations     1

Thank You             1


New Arrivals         2


St. Martin’s           2

Baptist Church      2


Society and Club   3


Village Design       3



Organisations and

Clubs                      4


Welcome to the Great Mongeham Newsletter— if you have any news items that you would like included in the April issue, we would be grateful to receive these before the 20th March, 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.  Please Tel. 364457.



Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 2nd March

at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall  - Mr. Outred will give a talk on fuchias.

Three Horseshoes— The menu for Mother’s Day on 6th March

is now available.  Bookings are being taken on 01304 375812.

Saint Martin’s W.I.— Thursday, 10th March at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Dr. Reuter will speak on the Origins of Nursery Rhymes—Visitors and New Members are always welcome.

Gt. Mongeham Society—Thursday, 17th March at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall  - Speaker - David Webb, Senior Officer in Customs.

Bible Study—Friday, 18th March at 7.30pm at The Old Malt House, 224 Mongeham Road.  Further details Tel. 364457.

Corners—Saturday, 19th March from 10.00 am—3.00pm in Northbourne Village Hall— Children 5—11 years all welcome.

Further details Tel. Peter Hambrook on 364457.

Three Horseshoes Race Night—Saturday, 2nd April at 8.30 pm

in aid of the ‘Wish upon a Dream Trust’ which helps with the needs of very poorly children.





 GET WELL SOON  We are delighted to know that Joan Flynn at the Leather Bottle is now home and making good progress.


WELL DONE to the lads of the Leather Bottle football team, who have just won their first match since forming two years ago.


CONGRATULATIONS to Anna and Kevin of the Leather Bottle who have just announced their engagement.


THANK YOU from Martin and Wendy, of the Three Horseshoes

to everyone who kindly donated clothes, pencils etc. for the Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Goa, where they visited while on holiday.

The gifts were much appreciated by the nuns who run the orphanage and they send their thanks to all concerned.




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THANK YOU from Sue Kemp and Judy Hambrook to all those who kindly supported the Coffee Morning in aid of World Leprosy week, held in Gt. Mongeham Parish Hall on 29th January.  It raised £115.00 which has been passed on to the Charity.  Its aims are to support those who suffer with this crippling disease.


NEW ARRIVALS Welcome to Jane and Bryan Smart who have recently moved into Northfield, Church Path, also to Tina Friar who is in the process of moving into 146 Mongeham Road. We hope you soon settle into the village and enjoy some of its amenities.



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, Ellen's 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 March              Mothering Sunday                                                           10.00 am

Sunday, 13th March            Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am                                                                       

Sunday, 20th March            Palm Sunday                                                                    10.00 am

                                            Evensong                                                                            6.00 pm

Good Friday, 25th March   Compline with dramatised readings of the Passion           7.00 pm

Easter Day, 27th March      Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am

Monday, 28th March Easter Youth Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.  Youth between 8 –80 very welcome—interested parties please ring Peter on 364457.



Frederick William Lawrence  Funeral 1st February at St. Martin’s followed by Cremation at Barham.

Many of our readers will have known Fred, so we have printed a full copy of his eulogy with this Newsletter.


 Why not come along and learn Bell Ringing?  Meet at St. Martin’s Church on Tuesdays at 1.30 pm.  Further details Tel. 364457.




All Flower Arrangers please meet at St. Martin’s Church on the 26th March from 10.00 am.



There are still vacancies for voluntary cleaners at St. Martin’s Church.  Can you spare an hour a month , either working alone or with a partner?  Please Tel. 364457 for further details.



 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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Great Mongeham Horticultural Society The first meeting of the year began on a sad note as members observed a minutes silence led by the Rev. Peter Hambrook in memory of Fred Lawrence, long standing member and dear friend of the club.

The theme of the evening was ‘onions and allotments’ and 65 people including 8 new members enjoyed some lively discussion led by Steven Pitcher.  


Saint Martin’s W.I.  In January, Les Lush spoke on ‘Gardening can be Fun’ with plenty of  new ideas.  Trisha  told members in February how she  started her business, The Haberdashery in Victoria Road, Deal.  She encouraged fingers to use material and pins to transform polystyrene shapes into decorative hangings. The Quiz and Buffet evening was a successful social with other W.I’s and friends coming along to the event.

The Supper club is organized for 2005 and plans are in hand for a local walk and BBQ in June. ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is the choice of the March outing.


Great Mongeham Society held their first meeting of 2005 on 20th January, when Andy Roberts from Dover Coastguards gave a very informative and at times humorous illustrated talk  on all aspects of his job.

On 17th February, Cllr. Steve Manion talked about the Regeneration of the former coalfields at Betteshanger.  He showed slides of the work in progress with the Business Park, Cycle Track, Sculpture area etc.  Completion should be in 2006.


The Parish Hall Committee held their first meeting of 2005. Many good comments have been received with regards to the hall decorations and condition the hall is left in after events. The help of the hirers in tidying up after their bookings contribute a great deal.


Meetings are usually arranged every 3 months unless an emergency meeting is called. If you would like to come onto the Committee please contact the Administrator on  01304 380032 or E Mail   After three years as Chairperson, Nick Windsor will step down at the AGM in June.  The hall is a very well booked hall and interest in running it, is welcomed by everyone.                                                                                                                         PSB                                                                   



The Village design statement working group has now entered the phase where it needs to consult widely in the village.  As a first step a questionnaire has been distributed with this newsletter.  The purpose is to gain factual information such as the type of house people live in, the age-structure of the village, whether people work in or outside the village, how they travel to work, whether they have internet access etc.  The results of this survey will build up an invaluable and fascinating picture of the demography of the village.


The second consultation phase will involve meeting with people face to face in various settings, to ask them how they feel about different aspects of the village and what they would like to see conserved or changed, as the village inevitably develops in the future.  That next stage will take place in the spring of this year, and we hope that as many people as possible will take part in the consultation.  This will be essential if the final village design statement is to represent the views of everyone in the village.

We would encourage everyone in the village to complete the enclosed questionnaire.  Members of the Steering Committee and other volunteers will call within the next week to collect the completed forms. 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. 1.45-3.45pm Term Time    Parish Hall    Dorothy Sharpe    Tel 372339


Wednesday Art Group       Weds.  1.30 –3.30pm                   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