Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.
Issue 16 December, 2005
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IN THIS ISSUE Diary Dates 1
St. Martin's 2
Christian Centre 2
Village Reports 3 Baby Monsters 3
District Councillors Report 4
Organizations and Clubs 4
Peter and I take this opportunity to send Season's Greetings to all our readers and thank everyone for their support throughout 2005. We would be grateful to receive any items before the 18th December, 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. Please Tel. 364457.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall
Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society Members Christmas Party on
Wednesday, 7th December at 7.30 pm.
St. Martin's W.I. Thursday, 8th December at 7.30 pm—Christmas
Meeting when a buffet will be arranged with dishes from the members. An exchange gift of £1.00 with everyone taking part.
Gt. Mongeham Society No December Meeting. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19th January, 2006 when Graham Smith from the East Kent Mercury will talk about local Newspapers.
Mongeham School Nativity Play by the Key Stage One children will be in the School Hall on Monday, 12th December at 2.00 pm. The Key Stage Two will have their end of term performance in St. Leonard's Church on Thursday, 15th at 10.30 am. Please come along and support the wonderful work and effort that both staff and pupils put into these occasions.
After last year's success, there will again be an evening of Carols by Candlelight hi the Three Horseshoes at 8 pm on 23rd December. There almost seems something rather appropriate about this, was not the first Christmas something to do with an overcrowded inn and the inn keeper telling one of his guests, that they could stay the night in one of his out buildings. Wendy will be serving mince pies for all who come and join in the singing.
Wendy and Martin are sad to say that Rosie, the Golden Labrador, their much loved and faithful friend, is no longer part of the threesome that you are likely to meet when calling in on the 'Three Horseshoes', for a chat and a friendly drink. They would like to thank all who expressed kind words to them on losing a well-loved pet. Rosie was much loved by the customers and is much missed by all.
Page 2 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2005
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, 4th December Family Service 10.00 am
Sunday, 11th December Holy Communion 10.00 am
Sunday, 18th December Crib Service •••.. 10.00am
Carol Service . 6.00 pm
Christmas Eve Christingle 5.00pm
Midnight Mass 11.15 pm
Christmas Day Christmas Communion 10.00 am
PARISH RECORDS WEDDINGS
On Friday, 11th November, 2005 the Revd. Peter Hambrook conducted the marriage service at the Parish Church of St. John's, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex between Matthew Solley and Georgina Roberts of Hawstead, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Matthew grew up in Ripple and Great Mongeham and is now employed as a Farm Manager in Essex. St. Martin's Church Reordering It was heartening to see a good number attend the meeting, and to receive apologies from those who could not, to listen to the proposals for the reordering of St. Martin's Church. The draft plans were on display and there was much interest shown and suggestions made. On the whole, there seemed to be a general view that we must do something to retain our church building in the village. The alternative would be to close it and no one seemed to want that. Several views were expressed and will be taken into account as the parochial church council draw up the final plan. The biggest problem that seemed to worry most people was the lack of car parking.
It costs us £268 per week to just keep a fully manned church building in our parish and funds are as always diminishing, along with attendees, so we have to do something to ensure its future for the generations to come. We will keep you posted on any developments through the Newsletter. PH
FLOWER ROTA No flowers hi Church during Advent. All arrangers for Christmas— Thursday, 22nd December (afternoon).
PaulKavanagh Tel: 372297 MickGodden Tel; 239801 Mobile 07713274760 DECEMBER SERVICES 10.30 am Every Sunday 6.30 pm 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings
Page 3 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2005
CLUB, SOCIETY AND VILLAGE REPORTS
Gt, Mongeham Horticultural Society The A.G.M. took place on 2nd November. Marlene Walker retired as Chairman after 6 years and was thanked by the club for her hard work and dedication. Audrey and Maurice Churchward also stood down from the committee after years of much appreciated service.
The new Committee is Chairman Peter Aplin, Secretary Joyce Blee, Show Secretary Carol Whittaker, Treasurer Keith Atkinson. Committee members Jan Aplin, Stella Chambers, Mike Beer, Alan Ford and Steve Pitcher. JB
Gt. Mongeham Society held the election for their 2006 committee at the Annual Meeting held on Thursday, 17th November. Brian Knight was voted in as Chairman, and the various jobs will be allocated at the first Committee Meeting of the Society. It is hoped to co-opt at least one other member onto the committee.
Peter Hambrook ran a very imaginative quiz with much heckling from the members. A cheese and wine table was well received.
The Friends of St. Martin's ran the Annual Art Exhibition in the Parish Hall over the weekend of 19th and 20th November. Although the two Brian's, Brian Knight and Brian Laverick-Smith, were happy to have raised £268.00 for the Friends of St. Martin's, they were disappointed with the poor attendance of village people, with just over a hundred visiting the exhibition during the two days. This was well down on last year. There were 37 artists who exhibited 151 pictures, of which 21 were sold. Grateful thanks to all who helped in any way. PH
The Village Hall Trustees have a big decision to make at their next committee meeting to be
held at the end of November.
The Hall Trustees have been extremely fortunate, to be awarded a substantial grant from the
Coalboard Regeneration Trust monies, towards replacing the heating system in the hall. The
existing electrical heating is very old and breakdowns do occur from time to time.
There is a shortfall to be found and the Trustees must decide if there are sufficient funds to
complete the project. More news next month. M.B. Treasurer
And now Baby Monsters......As well as Messy Monsters art and craft sessions for 2-5 year
olds^there is a Baby Monsters session on Friday mornings between 11.15 am and 12 Noon. The sessions are in the Parish Hall and are for babies of 6 months plus. They are designed to encourage the children to explore colour and texture, by creating as much mess as they like—and they do—and having fun! To find out more contact Caroline on 01304 381354,07773 295953 or have a look at the website at www.messymonsters.co.uk.
On the 28th October when Whole Hog Art visited Great Mongeham for the afternoon, there were busy fingers cutting and sticking, along with squeals of delight, making 'Green Man' masks all having fun. Alas, this changed after the photo was taken outside, when four children, also the photographer returned with dog poo on foot wear.
A very enjoyable afternoon spoiled, by some dog owners not doing their part to keep the village green clean, for everyone to use. C.M.T.
Page 4 Great Mongeham Newsletter December, 2005
The Parish Hall Committee send the Season's Greetings to every one reading the Village Newsletter.
A Christmas Message from your District Councillors
2005 has been a busy year with the two of us being promoted to the Cabinet at the Council.
This has not stopped us from our ward work in the village. We regularly attend the meetings
of the parish council and are happy to pass on any concerns to the district council. We have
also used our contacts to help with other matters, ranging from road sweeping to concerns
over the Local Development framework proposals.
We wish all of our residents a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Best Wishes Nick and Steve
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.3 75420
Sarah Wells Tel.614320
Sunday School (3 yrs.& over) St. Martin's Sylvia Griffiths Tel.367124
Bell Ringers Tues. 7.30pm St. Martin's Ken Gatland Tel.611283
IstGt. 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 JanEaston 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 8pm Term Time Parish Hall Margaret Bowden Tel 375836
Country and Western Dancing Fridays 7.30pm Parish Hall PamCane Tel 373841
Drop hi 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—10pm Parish Hall Janet Dean Tel 613927
Messy Monsters Fridays 10-11 am Parish Hall Caroline Chambers Tel. 381354
Baby Monsters Fridays 11.15 am—12 Noon Term Time 07773295953