Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 13  September, 2005






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 12th

Monday, 26th

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s  Road

Wednesdays 7th & 21st 






Diary Dates             1

Forthcoming Events                              


St. Martin’s            2

Parish Records       2       

Christian Centre    2

Personal Messages 2


Village Reports      3                             

Corners                   3                                


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 September, 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

St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 8th September at 7.30 pm will have a representative from UNESCO  talking on Child Exploitation Today.

Parish Hall Committee Meeting –Wed. 14th September at 7.30 pm.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 15th September at 7.30pm—The Restoration of Ripple Mill—Keith Atkinson.

On the Village Green and in the Parish Hall

The Great Mon-Jam 2005—Saturday, 10th September from 12.30—5.30 pm featuring  the Deal Junior Wind Ensemble, Big Fish Street Band and Theatre Group, perennial favourites Maambena and Brew-Ha-Ha! and a new group of barbershop singers.

There will be rhythm workshops, hot and cold food and plenty of exciting stalls.  To offer help on the day or book a stall at £15 please

contact Jonathan Russell on 01304 362143.            

Friends of Kent Churches Sponsored Cycle Ride—Saturday, 10th September 10 am—6 pm.  Help is appreciated from both people to man the church as well as from riders or walkers,  not to mention the contributions from supporters. Money raised from the event goes to  churches in need across Kent. If you would like to help in some way then please contact Steve Manion on 07968 972 746.

61st East Kent Ploughing Match—Wednesday, 28th September at Quex Park Estate, Birchington.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS  in the Parish Hall

Harvest Supper and Quiz in aid of  Madagascar on Saturday, 1st October at 6.30 pm—Contact Peter Hambrook Tel. 364457.

Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society Autumn Show—5th October.

14th Great Mongeham Art Show  Saturday 19th  and Sunday 20th November 11 am – 4 pm  - Contact Brian Knight Tel. 375420.

The Three Horseshoes—Quiz Night—1st October.  Halloween Fancy Dress Party—29th October—Proceeds to local Age Concern.


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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,  4th September      Family Service                                                                 10.00 am

Sunday,  11th September    Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am                                                                       

Sunday,  18th September    Family Service                                                                10.00  am

                                            Evensong                                                                           6.00  pm

Sunday,  25th September    Holy Communion                                                            10.00 am


Sunday, 2nd October          Harvest Festival                                                                 10.00 am



Baptism Sunday, 7th August, 2005  Victoria Louise Boughton of 31 Pilot’s Avenue, Deal.



Sunday, 4th September      Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton    

Sunday, 11th September    Diana Knight

Sunday, 18th September    Mary Hopper

Sunday, 25th September    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                            


WELCOME HOME Hugh Norton, after spending eight weeks in QEQM  Hospital at Margate, following a stroke.

WELL DONE  to Mary-Anne Norton on gaining excellent A level grades and securing a place at Norwich University—good luck with your degree in Geography.


GET WELL WISHES are sent  to Denise Sapsford who has very kindly been helping with the Church flowers.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mick Godden, his family and friends, who staged a fund-raising afternoon at The Three Horseshoes—the whole day was a resounding success with well over £3,100 being raised for the Royal Marsden Hospital .   

We are delighted to hear of the safe arrival of Joseph David, born on 19th August in Exeter Hospital to  Shaun and Paul, a sister for Sophie.  Paul is the son of Jim and Janet Gosling—about three years ago, Jim was a house for duty priest for the Beacon Ministries.  He will be preaching at the Evening Service at  St. Martin’s on Sunday, 18th September.                               



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Club, Society and Village Reports

Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society On August 3rd, 52 members enjoyed a demonstration and talk on preparing craft and cookery items for showing.  With the Summer Show on August 29th and the Members Autumn Show on 5th October this was particularly interesting and Mrs. Valack was happy to answer our many questions.                                                                JB

At the monthly meeting in August, St. Martin’s W.I. had a very interesting talk on vegetarian cookery and what is suitable in the store cupboard for your vegetarian guests.   


The Parish Hall Trustees held their Annual General Meeting on 18th August.  Chairman, Nick Windsor, reported that the Hall was in a financially stable position and in general good repair.  He reported that this year several projects had been completed  - new background heating, interior decoration, new lighting and new curtain poles.

 He thanked all the present Trustees for their support throughout the year and asked for new Trustees to come forward to enable the facility to continue to develop properly.  Meetings are only held every three months or so and with the present policy of paying for work to be professionally carried out, there is no commitment to any other voluntary work, such as fund raising or work parties.  There is nothing truer than the old saying “many hands make light work” and if more people gave back just a little bit to the community they so enjoy being involved in, it would make it much easier for everyone.  Please don’t just rely on the same few, to maintain this valuable village community facility.

The existing Trustees were re-elected en bloc and as Nick Windsor is standing down after a stint of three years, a new chairperson will be elected at their first meeting in September.

Many thanks to Nick who has been a good Chairman.                                                         PH


The first week in August saw the twelfth Corners event being held in our neighbouring village of Northbourne.  We had eighty children on the books, with a daily attendance of seventy, from all over the local area, with several coming from Great Mongeham.  The week consists of fun for the children with an element of Christian teaching and love.  A large team of local volunteers, come together annually to run this event.  Some of the helpers are graduates from ‘Corners’ who started at the first one 12 years ago and now come and help with the children.

The average day starts at ten o’clock with registration, then parachute games etc. for the first quarter of an hour, then a time of singing and learning until ten forty five when it’s team games and drinks time around eleven.  By ten past eleven we are all seated in the marquee ready for the story of the day.  This year it was parables and miracles.  After the story, we usually have a quiz with questions ranging from general knowledge to questions on the day’s story interspersed with still more singing.  By now its lunch time and the children have their lunch and are supervised as they play and have free time until one o’clock.

The afternoon is largely taken up with Sports and Craftwork, but for two of the afternoons some of the children were taken on a nature ramble.  This year our special surprise was a visit from Pip the Clown, who entertained for Wednesday afternoon.

By the end of the five days, there are about twenty very worn out helpers and eighty highly excited and happy children longing for the next ‘Corners’.  Sorry they will have to wait until next year.  We do put on two one-day events  - one just before Christmas and the other just before Easter.  Many thanks to all who helped in any way to make this an event that our children will always remember.                                                                                                                   PH



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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