Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 17   January, 2006





Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm


Mondays 2nd and 16th


St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s Road

Weds. 11th and 25th





Diary Dates                    1

Forthcoming Events

St. Martin’s                     2

Christian Centre           2

Village Reports               3   

Organizations and

Clubs                                4

Peter and I wish all our readers a Happy New Year. We apologize that there will be no Newsletter in February. We would be grateful to receive any items for the March edition before the 20th February, 2005 by telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail: Anyone wishing to advertise in subse-quent issues, should produce 350 copies on an A5 flyer—these will then be delivered for £10 to every


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY in the Parish Hall


Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society No meeting in January.

The Drop In that has been held in the Parish Hall on a Thursday for many years, will be reopened on January 5th at 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome, not just villagers. Chat, refreshments, sales table, book and jigsaw library and good company for an hour or so.

St. Martin’s W.I. meet at 7.30 pm on 12th January—Steve Manion will speak about Betteshanger Country Park and the facilities that will be available when it opens in the Spring. Visitors and new members welcome.

Gt. Mongeham Society Thursday, 19th January, 2006 when Gra-ham Smith from the East Kent Mercury will talk about local News-papers.



Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society—Wednesday, 1st February at 7.30 pm—Tips on how to grow vegetables and flowers given by one of the regular judges.

Bingo Sessions in aid of St. Martin’s Church starting 7.30 sharp on 23rd March then every 4th Thursday of the month.

The Three Horse Shoes will be holding a pool knockout evening on

February 11th at 8 pm. All entries must be over 18 years of age.



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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, 1st January Family Service 10.00 am

Sunday, 8th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 15th January Family Service 10.00 am

Evensong 6.00 pm

Sunday, 22nd January Holy Communion 10.00 am

Sunday, 29th January Holy Communion 10.00 am

We were sad to hear that Eric Colgate passed away on the 7th December, 2005 while sitting at home watching television. He was 71 years of age and died on his Birthday. Although living just outside the official boundaries of Great Mongeham, he along with his wife Jean were great supporters of many functions that go on in the village.

Eric leaves Jean his wife and their son Howard and two grand children Florence and Alex.

All who knew him will sadly miss him and we send our condolences to his remaining family.



Sunday, 1st January Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

Sunday, 8th January Diana Knight

Sunday, 15th January Mary Hopper

Sunday, 22nd January Janet Lawrence

Sunday, 29th January Rosemarie Middleton



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


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



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Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society held their Christmas Party in the Parish Hall. It was a jolly occasion, the Hall had been beautifully decorated for Christmas, and members excelled themselves by bringing along plenty of home made goodies so there was lots to eat and drink. A light hearted quiz was enjoyed by everyone. JB

The Parish Hall committee were very pleased to be awarded a Grant from the Coalfields Re-generation Trust. This has gone towards the renewal and update of the hall ceiling heaters. The committee thank all the groups who sent letters to support the application for the Grant. The ’Bridging the Gap’ offices at Whitfield were very helpful in our application. It is hoped all users of the hall, appreciate the benefits of the heaters in the next cold months. You will see the Coalfield’s Regeneration Trust Logo at the hall.

Grateful thanks go to Nick Windsor for repairing the notice board, outside the hall that had been vandalized a few weeks before. All notices must be sanctioned by the Parish Hall committee before going onto the board. PSB



Our daughter, Frances Morgan is nearing the end of her 3 year B.A. Archaeology Degree, and she recently practised her Presentation talk to a small group of friends and relatives, in prepara-tion for her exam in December. Frances would very much like to thank everyone who attended and to let them know that she achieved an outstanding mark of 75%. The Monumental Brass Society has asked her for a copy of her correlated dissertation for their Archives—a very great honour!

Well done Frances—Sue, Simon and family



It was the end of a very eventful period for Hayden McCarthy of Cherry Lane, Gt. Mongeham. He had saved a young girl’s life, by giving her the ‘kiss of life’ at Tides Swimming Pool and this was followed by him receiving his Higher National Diploma at the ‘Cap and Gown Ceremony’, at Canterbury Cathedral. Good luck Hayden for your Degree. Derrick Long




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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 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

Baby Monsters Fridays 11.15 am—12 Noon Term Time 07773 295953