Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 10  June, 2005






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 6th

Monday, 20th

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s  Road

Wednesdays 1st, 15th, 29th 





Diary Dates             1

Welcome                 2                       

St. Martin’s            2

St. George’s Day

Celebrations           2

Baptist Church      2

Club and Society                              

Reports                  3

Village Design                           

Statement              3

Parish Council

AGM                      4

Organisations and                           

Clubs                     4                                

 Welcome to the Great Mongeham Newsletter— if you have any news items that you would like included in the next issue, we would be grateful to receive these before the 20th June, 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




 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY—In the Parish Hall

Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 1st June at 7.30 pm Potato Weigh In followed by a BBQ.

St. Martin’s W.I.  —Thursday, 9th June at 7.30 pm Bryan Webb, a member of the Association of Wood Turners of Great Britain,  will be talking on ‘Wood and Wood Turning’.  Gentlemen will be welcome to join the ladies for the evening.

Great Mongeham Society— Thursday, 16th June at 7.30 pm the meeting will be at The Three Horseshoes for an evening of Bat and Trap followed by a BBQ.  Tickets are now available for the visit to Barnsole Vineyard on 21st July, 2005.

Village Walk—Join us on Sunday, 26th June for the second of our monthly walks.  Our subject this time will be ‘Mongeham at War’, when Peter Hambrook will lead us on a tour describing the village as it was during the Second World War. So if you want to know where the guns were or where they built the dummy tanks to mislead during the build up to D Day, meet us at 2.00 pm outside the Parish Hall.  Our walk covers around three miles and should take about two and a half hours.                                                                                   HN

Village Barn Dance—Saturday, 2nd July, 2005 from 8—11.30pm in Solley’s Potato Barn.

Village Fun Day/Rose and Sweet Pea Show– Saturday, 9th July in the Parish Hall and on the Village Green.

Village Songs of Praise—Sunday, 10th July with teas in the Marquee and on the Village Green.

Gt. Mongeham Parish Hall—Annual General Meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, 28th July, 2005.

Three Horseshoes June 11th at 3.30pm Pool Competition—Children versus Parents. Entrance £2 per head.  Half to go as prizes and half to Cancer Nurses. Starting June—BBQs every Saturday evening. Bat and Trap Thursday evenings—depending on the weather.






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 Welcome to Emi Strathdee who was born in The William Harvey Hospital on Tuesday, 10th May weighing 8lb. 3ozs. Emi is the first child for parents Kazumi and Stuart who live in St. Richard’s Road.



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         June              Family Service                                                                 10.00 am

Sunday,  12th June              Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am                                                                        

Sunday,  19th June              Family Service                                                                10.00  am

                                            Evensong                                                                           6.00  pm

Sunday, 26th June               Holy Communion                                                           10.00  am




April 17th, 2005                  Abigail Parker


St. George’s Day Celebrations

As reported in last month’s Newsletter, the day organised to celebrate our patron saint went well from the raising of the flag at 8 am to the lowering approximately 12 hours later.

A good number sat down and enjoyed  a cooked breakfast.—regrettably we ran out of ploughman’s lunches.  Children made dragons, the bells were rung, there was music played for visitors to listen, or sing along to on the organ.   The electronic keyboard played away unattended all day long in the upper room, where there was a magnificent display of craftwork, paintings and photographs by local people.  A group of walkers dropped in by chance for tea and cake mid afternoon, then we all sat down to a first class evening meal. What was a spur of the moment idea turned out to be a very enjoyable day meeting friends, old and new.  Many thanks to all who helped make it so, least of all the person who had the idea in the first place.  Mark it down in your diaries, it will happen again next year.  Simple things are always the best.   PH



5th June, 2005              Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

12th June, 2005            Diana Knight     

19th June, 2005            Mary Hopper

26th June, 2005            Janet Lawrence and Judy Hambrook



 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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 Society and Club Reports

The Mongeham Art Group meets at the Parish Hall every Tuesday afternoon during term time for 2 hours of education, fun and therapy!  Our tutor,  Julie White leads us through the pleasures and  pains of different topics, styles and mediums, and an exhibition of our work on the display board  at the hall,  hopefully shows our progress and varied interests.  On half term Tuesdays, we invite a visiting tutor for an Art Day and anyone wishing to add their name to our waiting list for membership should contact Dorothy Sharpe on 01304 372339.                  DS


Mr. Dennis Vickers was the Speaker at the Great Mongeham Horticultural Society’s May Meeting.  The Club much appreciated his demonstration of how to plant up hanging baskets and how to achieve colour and variety with different plant combinations, also his helpfulness in answering questions.                                                                                                              JB


St. Martin’s W.I. had a good birthday meeting in April, when Dr. Reuter explained  the gruesome details of what nursery rhymes mean from the past.  May’s meeting had members discussing and voting on, the two resolutions to go to the Albert Hall meeting in June.  To round off the evening, a game of Fox and Geese was held—maybe the game was devised for children but it is not as simple as you think! 


Gt. Mongeham Society  Peter Hambrook kindly stepped in as Speaker at the April meeting  and gave a fascinating talk on ‘Childhood memories of wartime Gt. Mongeham’.


Gt. Mongeham Parish Hall committee met in May, and plans were made for a working party to paint the field rail and build a ramp at the back door of the kitchen.  It is hoped that representative’s from all groups using the Hall, will come along to the A.G.M  on Thursday, 28th July at 7.30 pm.  Nick Windsor, who has done an excellent job as Chairman, over the last three years, will be standing down but will stay on the Committee.                                            PSB                                                                                          


Great Mongeham Village Design Statement

Thank you to everyone who made the Open Day on 15th May such a success.  The steering group members were kept very busy making notes of the views expressed by the large number of residents who came along.  Attendance was even more than we had hoped for, with sixty-three people signing the attendance sheet.  Although nearly all who attended live in the village already, we did have one couple turn up who had driven down from Twickenham! They would like to move to the area and had heard about the open day from friends who already live here, so came along to find out what is happening.  As well as opinions gathered on the day,  the steering group have also been busy interviewing people, who were not able to be there that day.  The work of collating all the views is now taking place.

Another job to be done, during the summer, will be to produce plans of the village showing what is known as “Townscape and Urban Character Notation”.  This will be a record of special views, historic buildings and other features in the village.  Once this is done we will be able to prepare the first draft of the Village Design Statement.  We hope to complete the whole task by the end of the year, we are well on the way, but not finished yet!

My thanks to all who came along to the open day, to the steering group for all their hard work, to Julie and Barbara for making countless cups of tea and coffee, and special thanks to John Bowsher for all the printing of photographs, maps and signs which made such a  difference to the open day.  If you would like to take part in the work of the group you will be made very welcome, please contact Bob Kersey on 373299.                                                                  BK




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Parish Council Annual General Meeting took place on 28th April in the Parish Hall when a good  number of the public attended.  After apologies for absence the minutes of last year were agreed and signed.  Matters arising from them were discussed and it was proclaimed that the Parish Council had set aside £1000 from last year’s budget, for the purpose of traffic calming in the village and further funds had been budgeted for this year.  The speed watch camera that was talked about last year had been put on hold due to technical reasons.

The Chairman gave his report and said he was impressed with the progress being made by the working party on the Village Design Statement.  He also expressed his support for the Village Newsletter and commended the Village Fun Day, both of which are sponsored by the Parish Council.  There was a short report from Barbara Spence from the Good Companions and the weekly Drop In that is held in the Parish Hall.  There followed an update on the Village Design Statement and Village Fun Day.

AOB It was mentioned by a member of the public that a mobile home seemed to be permanently parked on the highway in St.Edmund’s Road, making access difficult.

Recycling was discussed and it was pointed out that some houses, in the collecting area of Northbourne Road, had never received collecting boxes.  Both these matters will receive the attention of your local council.

The meeting came to a close with refreshments and socialising.                                         PH



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

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    Pam  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

Lets Dance                           Monday 8—10 pm                   Parish Hall     Janet Dean            Tel 613927