Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.
Issue 15 November, 2005
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IN THIS ISSUE
Diary Dates 1
St. Martin’s 2
Christian Centre 2
Village Reports 3
Ploughing Match 3
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall
Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society Wednesday, 2nd November at 7.30 pm - Annual General Meeting.
Gt. MongehamParish Council Meeting—Thursday, 3rd November at 7.15 pm.
St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 10th November when Swanstitch of Deal give a demonstration. Visitors and new members welcome for a 7.30 pm start.
Gt. Mongeham Society– Annual General Meeting and Quiz, Thursday, 17th November at 7.30 pm.
14th Great Mongeham Art Show Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th November 11 am—4 pm. Contact Brian Knight Tel. 375420
BON VOYAGE Gavin Lawrence as he goes to New Zealand playing cricket for Lower Hutt.
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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, 6th November Family Service 10.00 am
Sunday, 13th November Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 20th November Family Service 10.00 am
Evensong 6.00 pm
Sunday, 27th November Holy Communion 10.00 am
BIBLE STUDY evening at 7.30 pm on Friday, 11th November—Enquiries Tel. 364457.
Saturday, 24th September, 2005 By Special Licence
Andrew Kirk and Julie Murphy of Eltham, London
On Sunday, 20th November at 7.00 pm there will be a meeting held in St. Martin’s Church, to which all parishioners are invited to come along and look at the proposals for the reordering of the interior of the parish church. St. Martin’s, like a number of other rural churches, is slowly running into financial difficulties, and within a short while we shall not be able to maintain the
building that we all love. We have to find ways of using the Church for the whole community and thus make it more viable to maintain. At the moment, it is almost unheated and falls way short of all the needs and requirements of a public building, so the PCC have been looking into ways that will ensure that we still have a church building in Great Mongeham for future generations. PH
FLOWER ROTA Sunday, 6th November Wendy Madgwick and Rosemarie Middleton
Sunday, 13th November Diana Knight
Sunday, 20th November Mary Hopper
Sunday, 27th November Janet Lawrence and Judy Hambrook
Paul Kavanagh Tel: 372297 Mick Godden Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760
NOVEMBER SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings
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CLUB, SOCIETY AND VILLAGE REPORTS Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society The Autumn Show on October 5th was very successful and the judges complimented the club on the standard and number of exhibits. It certainly was a lovely display. The Christmas party on December 7th was discussed and it was decided to repeat last year’s very enjoyable format of a ’bring and share’ supper, with drinks provided by the committee and a light-hearted quiz. All members were urged to think seriously about standing for committee at the A.G.M. JB
Saint Martin’s W.I. At the Meeting held on Thursday, 13th October, members voted for Mrs. Denise Sapsford as their new President, with a committee of six to assist her. Mrs. Diana Terry, out going President, welcomed her to the position and presented her with a President’s badge to wear for her term in office. A quiz was held during the refreshment break while the new committee allocated the various jobs. PSB
On behalf of the Parish Hall Committee, I should like to thank the groups who have sent letters of support, for replacement of the hall ceiling heaters. The letters will be put before the Grant Commission and we hope to receive help with the funding of the heaters in the near future. P.M. Scott-Bradford
A fun evening was had by all who attended the Harvest Supper in the Parish Hall on the 1st October. A good profit of over £300 was raised and with other donations and gifts we were able to send £400 to Father Georges Ranavio in Madagascar. Grateful thanks to all who helped to make this a great celebration of harvest festival. PH
Gt. Mongeham Society It was certainly the ‘Fascinating Life of Bats’ - Shirley Thompson gave a talk that enthralled members and visitors alike. With pictures, she showed us their habitats, shapes and size and so much more. From a few bat droppings she was able to confirm a species, around Great Mongeham that she hopes to record. Shirley brought along a furry friend, who will never fly again but is very happy to stay with her. Bats live many years, as some, who have been ringed have proved. A few myths were proved old wives tales and made sure in the next season members will be out Bat spotting. PSB
The Ploughing Match …… A Ploughman’s view
I have competed at the East Kent Ploughing Match many times over the past 26 years with varying degrees of success. It was with great pleasure that I got the chance to plough again after a break of 6 years. This year’s match was held at Quex Park, Birchington. To be in the field ready to draw lots at 9.00 am, a 7.30 am start from our yard was in order.
Having arrived in good time there was the usual chat with the other ploughmen, some more familiar than others, however it is amazing how you strike up a conversation with a stranger when we all have one thing in common, a love of ploughing. It is a task that can be very frustrating when things aren’t going right, yet very satisfying when you do a good job.
On the arrival of the class steward, we draw lots to decide which plot each ploughman will be allocated. There is always a little apprehension, as the soil can change many times across a field, if you draw a good plot you are halfway there! Average ploughing on a good plot can look good, whereas average ploughing on a bad plot is best viewed from a distance, ideally a couple of miles!
Once we have our plots or “cants” as we tend to call them, we open them up, which is to draw the first furrows out. They need to be straight and to a specified depth. Once done, it is time to get the flask out and wait for the judges. When they have finished we can plough the rest of the cant. This should take no more than 75 minutes, the time soon flies past and thoughts such as:
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Am I going to finish in time? Do the furrows match? Are the ends tidy? Have I buried all the rubbish? Is it straight? Don’t do anything stupid there are too many people watching!
All these and many more occupy your mind as you head towards the all important “finish”. The object is to end up straight and parallel with the adjacent cant, which is easier said than done!
Job finished, I go to friends and family and head towards the showground for some refreshment at some of the trade stands. It always seems to take ages to walk a couple of hundred yards as you continuously meet up with old friends and chat. At 1.00 pm the results are posted. It is very close, only 4 points cover the top 4 in our class and sadly I’m 4th. It’s then when the “if onlys” start. Never mind, that means more time to socialize in the afternoon, and not compete in the plough off. After a couple of hours walking, taking, eating and drinking (coffee only) we all gather for the prize giving and then think of heading home.
By now people are starting to tell me that I don’t look too well, I had been hobbling all day following a knock to my knee the previous day. When I got home I was persuaded to visit A and E. The next thing I knew, I had been admitted and put on a drip and where did I end up? Quex ward at the QEQM Hospital. Very apt! There is a moral to this somewhere, but I have yet to work it out.
Illnesses aside, I very much enjoyed the 61st East Kent Ploughing Match and long may it continue. Ian Lawrence
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 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 Margaret Musson Tel 374010
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
Wednesday Art Group Weds. 1.30 –3.30 pm Parish Hall Petronella Dale Tel 373084
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