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Issue 11  July, 2005






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 4th July

Monday, 18th July

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Close

Weds.13th and  27th





Diary Dates             1


St. Martin’s            2 Baptist Church      2


Club, Society and   3                            

Village Walk Report                               


S. Kent Koi Auction


Thanks and Get Well                   Wishes                     3                         


Organisations and                                      Clubs                      4


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



Village Barn Dance—Saturday, 2nd July from 8—11.30 pm in Solley’s Potato Barn. Tickets £5 each—Tel. Peter on 364457


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 6th July at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall—Horticultural Quiz.


Village Fun Day/Rose and Sweet Pea Show/Art Exhibition

 Saturday, 9th July 2 –4.30 pm on the Village Green and in the Parish Hall.


Village Songs of Praise—Sunday, 10th July at 6.00 pm on the Village Green , in conjunction with the local Baptist Church.


St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 14th July at 7.30 pm with Lynn  Baines talking about ‘ Dolls and Doll’s Houses through the ages.’ All ages welcome.


Village Walk—Sunday, 17th July starting at 2 pm from the Parish Hall—refreshments will be available afterwards.  The walk will be led by Peter Hambrook and is entitled ‘Mongeham Brooks and beyond’, looking at both the natural habitat and some of the history associated with this area of our local landscape. Distance approx. 3 miles—duration 2 hrs. 30 mins. 


Great Mongeham Society—Thursday, 21st July  meet at 6.30 pm at Barnsole Vineyard— Tickets Members £2—Non-Members £3 available prior to the visit  from John Bowsher Tel. 369405.


Parish Hall Committee will hold their AGM in the Parish Hall on Thursday, 28th July at 7.30 pm.  Representatives from groups who meet in the hall, will be welcome.  If they wish to give a brief report, please contact the Administrator—Stella on 01304 380032 so that it can be put on the agenda.  If you would like to serve on the committee, who meet about once every two months, you would be welcome.  There will be a need for a new chairman at this meeting.  Your input into the running  and upkeep of the Parish Hall is important.   PSB



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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,  3rd July                Family Service                                                                10.00 am

Sunday, 10th July               Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am                                                                       

Sunday, 17th July               Family Service                                                                 10.00  am

                                           Evensong                                                                            6.00  pm

Sunday, 24th July              Holy Communion                                                              10.00 am

Sunday, 31st July              Benefice Service with St. Leonard’s,                                10.00 am

                                           St. Nicholas and St. Richard’s

On Monday, 16th May, six bell ringers from all over Kent met at St. Martin’s Church to ring a peal on the bells that hang in the Church tower.  The peal took over two and a half hours to ring and was of mixed minor methods.  It was the first peal to be rung on the bells for several years and was rung to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Kent and Canterbury Association of  Change Ringers.  It was also dedicated to the memory of the late Mr. Fred Lawrence, who was a bell ringer at Great Mongeham for most of his life.

Bell ringing is an art that is largely only practiced in England, but just creeps over the borders into Scotland and Wales, although there are now many towers in what were the British Colonies that ring full circle.  If this short article stirs a little interest in you, why not come along to St. Martin’s one Tuesday evening, between 7.30 and 9 pm and learn a little more about the subject.  You will find several friendly faces there, ranging from twelve years to a lot older.

(It’s not good manners to talk of ages when you reach a certain age, but some of us have been drawing our pension for quite a while.)  On a serious note, why not come and have a look, or even have a go.  You do not have to be musical.  It combines gentle exercise with skill and a sense of timing—it might be just what you are looking for to relieve some of the 21st Century stress.  After all what could be more pleasant than hearing  church bells ringing across the meadows on a beautiful summer’s evening.  We need people to keep this English tradition alive, could it be you?                                                                                                             PH


FLOWER ROTA     Sunday,  3rd July      Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

                                   Sunday, 10th July      Diana Knight and Denise

                                   Sunday. 17th July      Mary Hopper

                                   Sunday, 24th July      Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence

                                   Sunday, 31st July      Rosemarie Middleton



 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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Club, Society and Village Walk Reports

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society—The Barbecue early in June was very enjoyable though the weather could have been kinder.  Huge thanks are due to the brave souls ‘cooking in the rain’ who produced excellent burgers and hot dogs; and also to the team of ‘mudlarks’ who had the job of weighing up our potatoes. Results were 1. Doreen Talling 2. Alan Ford 3. Ena Beer.  Booby prize awarded to Chairman, Marlene Walker.                                                 JB


Great Mongeham Society It was a chilly and windy evening but members enjoyed the Bat and Trap event at the Three Horseshoes Inn on 16th June and the BBQ was appreciated.

The Society will have a book stall at the Village Fun Afternoon on 9th July—donations of books will be gratefully received.  There will also be hand drawn maps of the village with houses shown  - these are mounted on card ready for framing.  DVD and sVCD  of ‘This Green and Pleasant Land?’ which was the W.I.s 1970 competition entry, will also be on sale.     PSB


St. Martin’s W.I. welcomed visitors, including gentlemen, to their June Meeting.  Bryan Webb started his talk with details of wood, showing samples for their grain. Wood turning was a Victorian ladies pastime along with music, sewing and painting. 

President, Diana Terry attended the Albert Hall for the Annual Meeting of W.I.s in her role as East Kent Federation Treasurer.

The Supper club has set a date for their next venue—a day at Chatham Dockyard.  Members will attend the Top Team Quiz to be held at St. Margaret’s on 18th July. They will be having a stall at the Village Fun Afternoon with some of the members, who range from 16 years to ???? upwards.                                                                                                                              PSB


Our first Village Walk, Flora, Fauna and Folklore was well attended and I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves and learnt something new along the way.  My thanks to Jenny Esposito for a most entertaining afternoon.                                                                                             HN


 2005 South Kent Koi Auction was held at Mongeham Parish Hall, as it has been for the last five years, on the first Sunday in June.  Over 160 lots of fish were sold during the day, also plants, dry goods and fish related items.

The main concern was the welfare of the fish, three club members spent most of the day watching over the Koi and other fish entered.  Any stress shown by the fish, during the hours spent in polythene bags, has to be dealt with, by partial water changes and oxygenated water, administered to the fish by an experienced Club Member.  The fish recover very quickly.

Refreshments were provided throughout the day, to keep people “fed and watered” during the proceedings.  All Lots were sold by 4.15 pm, and the paperwork was completed by some of the lady Club Members, ready for buyers and sellers to maker their way home.  The men folk then checked the Lot numbers against the bidders number so all the goods went to the right people.

Finally, the fish were prepared for the journey home.  All fish with distance to travel were re-oxygenated and boxed.  Some buyers had come from as far away as Essex, London and Hastings.  The Koi Club has 38 members and their partners, who come from all over East Kent, so there was plenty of help on a very long, but enjoyable day.  Hope to be back next year!

                                                                    Maurice and Carol Greener (Membership Secretary)

THANKS Judy and Peter would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, cards and flowers during Judy’s recent illness. 


GET WELL WISHES are sent to Hugh Norton of  Hillside House, Ellen’s Road who was taken into hospital after suffering a stroke. Our thoughts are with Yvonne and all the family.




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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. 7.30 pm                    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