Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.
Issue 12 August, 2005
Monday - Friday
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IN THIS ISSUE
Diary Dates 1
Future Events 1
St. Martin’s 2
Christian Centre 2
Club, Society and 3
Parish Council 4
Organisations and Clubs 4
This is our 12th edition—we do hope you are enjoying the Great Mongeham Newsletter - if you have any news items that you would like included in the September issue, we would be grateful to receive these before the 20th August, 2005 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Sue.Solley@farmline.com 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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY In the Parish Hall
Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 3rd August at 7.30 pm—Preparing Cookery and Craft for Shows.
St. Martin’s W.I. Monday, 8th August at 7 pm—Treasure Trail from the Parish Hall along Mongeham Road to finish with a BBQ at Ian and Denise Sapsford. Thursday, 11th August at 7.30pm - Helen Carter on Vegetarian Cookery.
Parish Hall Committee Annual General Meeting was cancelled on 28th July and rescheduled for Thursday, 18th August at 7.30 pm.
August Flower Show and Boot Fair Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August. Pitches still available contact Peter Hambrook –Tel. 364457.
Corners Week Monday, 1st August—Friday, 5th August inclusive from 10.00 am—3 pm in Northbourne Parish Hall and on the Recreation Ground—a five day summer mission for local children. Contact Peter Hambrook—Tel. 364457.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS in the Parish Hall
Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 15th September at 7.30pm —The Restoration of Ripple Mill—Keith Atkinson.
Harvest Supper—Saturday, 1st October at 6.30pm Contact Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.
14th Great Mongeham Art Show Saturday 19th November and Sunday, 20th November 11 am—4 pm Brian Knight Tel. 375420
MANY THANKS to all the well wishers who kindly phoned or came round to ask how Hugh was progressing. I am delighted to say that he is doing well and every day brings a new achievement. Your kind thoughts were much appreciated by us all. Yvonne Norton
LOST AND FOUND a child’s navy blue hooded sweatshirt near the Side Shows at the Village Fun Day held on the Green, the afternoon of Saturday, 9th July. Contact Diana Knight Tel. 375420.
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ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH
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
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday, 7th August Family Service 10.00 am
Sunday, 14th August Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 21st August Family Service 10.00 am
Evensong 6.00 pm
Sunday, 28th August Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 2nd October Harvest Festival 10.00 am
FLOWER ROTA Sunday, 7th August Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton
Sunday, 14th August Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence
Sunday, 21st August Mary Hopper
Sunday, 28th August Diana Knight
Paul Kavanagh Tel: 372297 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760
AUGUST SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings
A change of name but not a change of faith At the beginning of this year we felt God was challenging us about people’s attitudes towards “Church” with a particular question, “What’s in a name?” When talking to people about Church, questions about denominations often arise. What do Baptists do? What is the difference between Baptists, Church of England, Methodists etc? Whilst these issues can provoke interesting conversations it is important to say that you will find no denominations in the Bible only the Christian faith which is what we now display on the front of our building.
However, when you mention Church it opens a whole can of worms and reveals just how negative an attitude people can have towards it. Church is alright for Christenings, Weddings and Funerals also as a place to seek solace when horrors such as Thursday 7th shake our lives. But for everyday life opinions of Church are generally pretty grim, cold buildings, hard seats, old songs, dreary music and boring sermons and if that isn’t bad enough the collection plate will be passed round at every opportunity so you can be parted from your money.
At this point, it is important to say that not all Church’s are like this but if you can’t get people through the door then you can’t change their opinions. Also, the word “Church” has now come to mean a particular building (I’m going to Church) where as it originally referred to a group of believers who shared the Christian faith and met in each others houses.
As a Christian Centre we are saying that we are the centre of the Christian faith, that place belongs solely to Jesus, so in a way it can best be described like this, if you go to Manston Golf
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Centre then you would expect to find people who can answer your questions about golf and to equip you to play the game. We aim to fulfil the same role in the Christian faith, to answer’s people’s questions about our faith and to offer resources to people who want to know more.
Club, Society and Village Reports
The Barn Dance held on Saturday, 2nd July in the grain store at Solley’s Farm was a resounding success. Over 130 people attended and participated in the “dancing.” It was run to raise funds for St. Martin’s Church, with profit exceeding £550. Many thanks to David Solley for the use of the venue and to all who helped in any way to prepare for and run the evening.
Village Fun Day Many thanks to all who helped make the fun day a great event. There was a good attendance and plenty of entertainment to suit all tastes. Top of the bill must have been the tug-of-war between three local pubs with The Yew Tree winning the trophy. Several village organizations profited from the event that was sponsored by our Parish Council and the Parish Hall Trustees. PH
The stall for the Riding for the Disabled raised a magnificent £40—thank you to all those who donated plants and supported us in any way. Val Rees
Village Walks On two occasions there have been walks around the village organised by Hugh Norton who unfortunately is still in QEQM Hospital after suffering a stroke, (he is making good progress and we wish him well.) In the event of his absence the walks were led by other folk. About a dozen people attended each time and in spite of the nettles all had fun! PH
Great Mongeham Horticultural Society On 6th July, the Society met first to hear about the Betteshanger Regeneration Project and afterwards to participate in our Annual Horticultural Quiz organized by Brian Knight. We may be keen gardeners but our knowledge of technical and Latin words was woefully low, judging by the marks. The winner was Millie Forster.
On Saturday, 9th July, in conjunction with the Village Fun Day, the Rose and Sweet Pea Show was held. The Parish Hall glowed with the colours and scent of flowers, fruit and vegetables which were admired by many visitors during the afternoon. A week later, the Club entered two exhibits in the Kent County Show and were awarded one second and one third prize. This was the first time the Club had entered a major show and it was a great achievement. Congratulations to those who won individual prizes— 15 in total. Well done Gt. Mongeham. JB
St. Martin’s W.I. members enjoyed Lyn Baines talk on Dolls and Doll’s Houses through the ages. The W.I. Top Team Quiz was won by St. Margarets, Gt. Mongeham and Ripple tying for 3rd place, Ashley with Studdal and St. Martin’s coming in 4th—a very good evening.
The Stall at the Village Fun afternoon had many visitors and plenty of people taking part in the Guess the weight of the cake—winning weight was 885 gm. PSB
Great Mongeham Society On the 21st July, it was the ideal summer evening, warm, dry with cool wine to sample. Members were fascinated to learn about grape growing, from the type of earth and plants required to the picking and making of the wine. There are three and a half acres of well tended vines at Barnsole, Staple—one of the 330 British Vineyards and the growers have just received a Silver Medal for their red wine. PSB
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The Parish Council have received a request to move the litter bin situated next to the bench at the junction of Cherry Lane and Northbourne Road. This bin was paid for by the Parish Council following a request at the 1999 Annual Parish Meeting. The problem at the time was that people using the bench were leaving rubbish on the path.
It seems now that this bin is being used for large amounts of dog mess, not just from those cleaning up whilst walking their dogs but also by people cleaning up dog mess from their gardens.
The Parish Council will request that DDC empty the bin more often but would also ask that large amounts of dog waste are not put in this bin. There is a dog waste bin situated at the end of Church Path. If you are cleaning up your garden please put the waste in your own dustbin or in the dog waste bin.
The Parish Council do not wish to remove this bin as the original problem of rubbish on the path will reoccur, it will cost £75 to move the bin further along the path away from residential properties. This £75 will come out of the Parish Precept—your rate money.
Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Sarah Wells—Clerk to the Parish Council
The Newsletter team reserve the right to print interesting excerpts from the monthly Great Mongeham Parish Council Minutes. Full copies of the Minutes and Accounts are available on the Council website and on the Parish Hall Notice-board.
ORGANISATIONS AND CLUBS IN THE PARISH
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
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