Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 14  October, 2005






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Monday, 10th  October

Monday, 24th October

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s  Road

Wednesdays  5th and

19th October





Diary Dates             1

St. Martin’s            2

Christian Centre    2

Messy Monsters     2

Village Reports      3                                                        

District Council     3


Village Design

Statement              4 

Organizations and

Clubs                     4                            

 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 October, 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

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

Great Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 5th October at 7.30 pm—Autumn Show.

Parish Council Meeting Thursday, 6th October at 7.30 pm.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 20th October at 7.30 pm —Fascinating World of Bats—Shirley Thompson.


The Three Horseshoes—Quiz Night—Saturday, 1st October.

Halloween Fancy Dress Party—29th October—proceeds to local Age Concern.



 FORTHCOMING EVENTS in the Parish Hall

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


THANKS to the Parish Council for sponsoring our Newsletter for a further six months.  We now have a bank account and cheques should be made payable to the Great Mongeham Newsletter.

THANKS to all those who kindly deliver your Newsletter every month and to our proof reader Carol—without these people you would not receive your monthly village updates.

WELL DONE to the Three Horseshoes, who raised £1,450 for the Deal Hospital Hospice Unit at their Fun Day over the August  Bank Holiday weekend.

GOOD LUCK to Graham Lawrence as he commences his course at Christchurch, Canterbury.

CONGRATULATIONS Gavin Lawrence for attaining 9 GCSE passes, as he leaves School and goes off to New Zealand to play cricket for the Lower Hutt district Cricket Club.




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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,  2nd October             Harvest Festival                                                          10.00 am

Sunday,  9th October              Holy Communion                                                        10.00 am                                                                       

Sunday,  16th October            Family Service                                                            10.00  am

                                                Evensong                                                                      6.00  pm

Sunday, 23rd October             Holy Communion                                                       10.00 am

Sunday, 30th October             Joint Service with St. Nicholas, Sholden                    10.00 am


BIBLE STUDY  evenings have now commenced for the Winter season at 7.30 pm on the following Fridays:  14th October at 4 Brewery Cottages, the home of Peter and Judy Hambrook.

28th October and 11th November—Venues to be arranged Enquiries Tel. 364457.            PH


WEDDINGS A very happy occasion was had by all who attended the marriage of Steven Greener, son of Carol and Maurice Greener of Northbourne Road, to Christine Harvey, on Saturday, September 3rd.  Steven spent his teenage years in Great Mongeham.  The couple now live near Northampton.  The Rev. Peter Hambrook conducted a Wedding Blessing after the civil ceremony, which helped to make the day more memorable.

It was a splendid occasion when Phillip Hambrook married Christina Harris at Canterbury Register Office on Saturday, 3rd September, 2005. The Reception was held at the Chequer Inn in Ash. Phillip and Christina are now living at Ash and will be spending their honeymoon touring in New Zealand.  Congratulations to them from Mum and Dad—Judy and Peter.


FLOWER ROTA  Sunday, 2nd October       Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton

                                Sunday, 9th October        Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence

                                Sunday, 16th October      Mary Hopper

                                Sunday, 23rd October     Diana Knight

                                Sunday, 30th October     Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton



 Paul Kavanagh   Tel: 372297   Mick Godden     Tel:  239801 Mobile 07713274760


OCTOBER SERVICES   10.30 am Every Sunday     6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings


Messy Monsters Art Club for the under fives, will be having its first session in Great Mongeham Parish Hall on Friday, 4th November between 10 am—11 am.  The sessions are for accompanied children and all equipment, ideas and materials are provided.  You just need to turn up—not in your best clothes!  Sessions can take up to 15 children and will be held every week during term time.  The cost per session is £4 per child.  To find out more or book a place please contact Caroline on 381354 or 07773 295953, or visit the Messy Monsters website at                           



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Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society The Annual Summer Show held over the August Bank Holiday weekend was a resounding success.  Staging and Judging took place on Sunday, the Parish Hall was open on Monday for the public to admire the magnificent display of horticultural and craft items and later, to cheer the prize winners.  Outside on the green, the glorious weather attracted crowds to the Boot Fair and the tea tent was extremely popular.

A great success made possible only by long hours of very hard work “behind the scenes” so enormous thanks to all those involved—but no slacking off gardeners!!    


Saint Martin’s W.I. heard about the restoration of Higham House and grounds near Canterbury, when the UNESCO speaker had to cancel.  Members found the talk very interesting and look forward to a visit in the near future.


The Parish Hall Committee met with only one apology for absence.  Patricia Scott-Bradford was elected as Chair for the coming year.  Hugh Norton accepted to be Vice-Chairman.


Great Mongeham Society On 15th September, members enjoyed the talk about the restoration of Ripple Mill by Keith Atkinson.       


Friends of Kent Churches Sponsored Bike Ride The 10th September, was a busy day for the village, while the Great Mon-Jam was happening on  the Village Green, thousands of people across the county were cycling or walking around the churches.

Here at St. Martin’s, a loyal group of worshippers put aside their time to greet these travellers and to offer drinks and encouragement.  During the time the church was open some 36 people came to visit from as far away as Sevenoaks.  We also had a small group cycling for the church’s benefit and they managed to visit 10 churches in their brief odyssey.

I would like to thank all those who contributed to this event and look forward to next year’s ride when perhaps more will be motivated to participate.                                       Steve Manion



With the Summer recess over, the work of the District Council returns to normal.  The major news at the moment centres on the roll out of the new recycling project.  The green waste recycling is an exciting new scheme brought in to lift the council’s recycling rates.  The Council sees green waste as an important problem area to tackle, as it benefits the environment by reducing  backyard burning and provides more composted materials.

Clr. Nick Kenton, who is also Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The launch of the new garden waste scheme has been a great success and thousands of households are already using this exciting new service.  The Council is fully committed to developing recycling services for the future and we hope as many people as possible continue to help protect the environment and make the most of the new collections.  We need to emphasise the environmental benefits of recycling and how it is reducing landfill and protecting the environment.  It is not a policy of purely chasing government targets or helping reduce bonfires, but is a positive move for an eco positive caring Council, with 25 tonnes being composted in the first week alone.”  We trust that the residents will continue to support this new initiative.

Elsewhere in the Council, there is renewed vigour to crack down on enforcement.  The cabinet has been considering reports on how to make this area of the Council more efficient and is looking at a range of enforcement actions to do with planning and anti social behaviour.

                                                                                                                               Nick and Steve


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Great Mongeham Village Design Statement


At  the September meeting of the Village Design Statement Working Group,  we had a  visit from two of the members of the group who have produced the Walmer statement.  It has taken them several years to produce it, but the finished result is a very impressive, and professional looking, document.  They were able to give us a lot of very useful information, particularly about the costs of producing the document and the very helpful advice which they received from a local planning consultant.

We are busy preparing the annotated plans, which will accompany the statement, having now agreed with the District Council planners the annotations to be used.  We have done about half of the village and plan to finish this exercise during October, by which time we will also have consolidated all the comments received at the Drop In 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





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  Term Time  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

Messy Monsters             Fridays 10 –11am       Parish Hall  Caroline Chambers    Tel. 381354

                                            Term Time                                                                 07773 295953