Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 16  December, 2005





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 -2.00 pm

last Box Collection

4.30 pm


RECYCLE DAYS Mondays 5th and / 9th


St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund's Road

Weds. 14th and 28th


WEBSITE great mongeham

IN THIS ISSUE Diary Dates            1

St. Martin's           2

Reordering            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. 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.



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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 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



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



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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


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.



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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



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