Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 21  May, 2006






Monday • Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00-2.00pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm

RECYCLE DAYS Mondays 8th and 22nd


St. Richards Rd.,

St. Franca Close

St. Edmund's Road

Weds. 3rd, /7th and


WEBSITE great_mongeham


Diary Dates            1

Forthcoming Events

St. Martin's Church Christian Centre 2 Corners                 2

Village Reports     3 Memories of Gt. Mongeham           3

Organizations and Clubs                  4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the June edition before the 20th May, 2006 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 Wednesday, 3rd May at 7.30

pm— Speakers Collin and Dennis Vickers—Preparing for Shows.


St, Martin's W.I. Thursday, 11th May at 7.30 pm—discussions on

the Resolutions to be forwarded to the AGM Cardiff on 7th June.

Saturday, 20th May—St. Martin's W.I. will be at the Undercroft,

Deal with sales tables.


Gt. Mongeham Society Thursday, 18th May at 7.30 pm—Andrew

Oxford—Experiences of a Lifeboatman.


Bingo—Thursday, 25th May at 7.15 pm in aid of St. Martin's



Monday, 29th May—Spring Bank Holiday on the Village Green

Boot Fair in aid of St. Martin's Church. Pitches £7.00 booked in ad­vance for full details telephone Peter on 364457.



Barn Dance- Saturday, 1st July at 7.30 pm—11.30 pm in Solley's Grain Store.


Village Fun Day- Saturday, 8th July at 2.30 pm on the Village Green to include Flower Show, Art Show, Stalls, Beer Tent, Children's Races.


WELCOME HOME to Gavin Lawrence who has just spent a fruit­ful Winter in New Zealand playing cricket for the Lower Hutt Cricket Club. He worked his way up in the team to become their full time wicket keeper and by the end of the season, opening batsman, scoring 105 for his team, in their final game of the season. Gavin, and his brothers Simon and Graham are all avid cricket play­ers and play for the Sandwich Cricket Club. Lower Hutt is a city situated in the Hutt Valley, which takes its name from the Hutt River, which flows into Wellington Harbour and is one of New Zealand's more populated areas.                                                               PH



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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, 7th May                  Morning Praise                                                       10.00am

Sunday, 14th May                Holy Communion                                                    10.00am

Sunday, 21st May                 Family Service                                                        10.00 am

Evensong                                                                6.00 pm

Sunday, 28th May                Holy Communion                                                    10.00 am We are currently seeking a few kind volunteers to help clean St. Martin's Church. If you have a free hour once a month please contact Peter on 364457.



Sunday, 7th May         Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick Sunday, 14th May        Diana Knight Sunday, 21 st May         Mary Hopper Sunday, 28th May        Janet Lawrence and Judy Hambrook



PaulKavanagh  Tel: 372297  MickGodden    Tel: 239801 Mobile 07713274760


MAY SERVICES   10.30 am Every Sunday    6.30 pm 3rd Sunday Evening There was a good attendance of children for the Easter Corners held hi Northbourne Hall on Saturday, 8th April. The day consisted of some teaching on the Easter story with plenty of singing and games all on the same theme. There was also an afternoon of craftwork and fun for all. When the sun came out, during the lunch hour, the children were able to let off steam on the playing field. There were a few very tired helpers at the end, as the children lined up for their Minnie eggs and a cheery goodbye as their parents came to collect them. Corners is a Church run play-learning event run by local rural Churches for children under twelve years old, three times a year. The next event will be our Summer Corners, held in the School Summer Holidays from the 31st July until the 4th August inclusive. Tel. 364457 Many thanks to The Friends', and all who helped to run the successful stalls at the Town Hall Undercroft on the 1st April, in aid of the Friends of St. Martin's Church, enabling the sum of £225.00 to be added to their funds.                                                                                  PH


The Sun set and The Last Post was played on the trumpet by Rev. Richard Higginbottom, from the tower of St. Martin's Church. The flag was lowered, as St. George's Day drew to a close, on a very happy day of events. After Morning Service Coffee, ploughman's lunches, afternoon teas and a three course supper were served by The Friends of the Church and children's activi­ties culminated in the arrival of St. George, Rev. Adrian Fallows in disguise. A fuller account next month.                                                                                                                 DK


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Gt. Mongeham Horticultural Society The Member's Spring Show was held on April 5th, de­spite fears that the late Spring would mean very few entries. However, although plants like tu­lips and some vegetables were a bit sparse, 154 entries were produced and there was a stunning display of daffodils.

Judge Roger Austin said he found it very hard to choose one above the other, in some cases. Eventually, the Daffodil Cup was awarded to Alan Ford, and the Cup for most points in Show was won by Peter Aplin.                                                                                              JB


St. Martin's W.I. had a very good 33rd Birthday. 'Fudge' was the talk and competition of the meeting, with eight different flavours to taste and guess. Daniel from Jim Garrahy's, Canter­bury told members and visitors about the origins and making of fudge. Do any of you know of a Punch and Judy person? If so please contact 01304 364769.    PSB


Gt Mongeham Society Lt. Col. Paul Neville gave a very interesting talk, starting when he was 14 years old, on entering into the service of the Royal Marines. Brief glimpses into his service life, up to his retirement and then into other directions in music, to this day the Big Band and various concerts, play a great part in his life.                                                                 PSB


The first Bingo session held in the Parish Hall, gave away over £100 hi prizes. £50 was given to St. Martin's Church fund, as well as money set aside for running costs and hire of the hall.


Memories of Great Mongeham

Many of our older inhabitants spent their youth in this village and must have a fund of local knowledge, which will be lost forever, if we don't attempt to put on record their memories of the past. Some of the things we would like to know are, for example: (1) what were the sur­rounding fields called hi their day; (2) what names were the road and paths known by (for in­stance, part of Northbourne Road was once called Love Lane or Clark's Hill; (3) former house names (for instance, Memories was once called Palmerston Villas); (4) who lived where and what was their occupation.

If you have old maps or documents describing the village, we would be grateful if you could think about (a) lending them to the Great Mongeham Society for its archive, or (b) if you want to keep them yourself, telling the Society's archivist about them so he can make a list of what documents there are in the village.

Whatever your memories, please get in touch with John Bowsher (369405), the Great Monge­ham Archivist, and let him know about them. In this way, the recent history of the village will be preserved for future generations.


SPECIAL THANKS to the following people who make it possible for you to receive your monthly Newsletter—Carol Greener who kindly proofreads, Ken Friend, Patricia Scott-Bradford, Jenny Windsor, Diana Knight, Wendy Madgwick and John Bowsher who do the monthly deliveries.




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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

Ist Gt. Mongeham Brownies  Weds. 5.30-7pm Term Time Baptist Hall   Julie Caldwell    Tei.372493

Good Companions                    Thurs. 2.30-4.15pm           Parish Hall     Daisy Ovenden   Tet.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    JimRees             Tel.373307

(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. 1.30-3.30pm                 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 8 pm     Term Time Parish Hall    Margaret Bowden Tel 375836

Country and Western Dancing      Fridays 7.30pm              Parish Hall     PamCane           Tel 373841

Drop In                              Thursdays 10.00 am                Parish Hall   Barbara Spence    Tel 375786

Lets Dance                        Monday 8—10pm                  Parish Hall    Janet Dean           Tel 613927

Messy Monsters            Fridays 10 -1 lam      Parish Hall Caroline Chambers   Tel. 381354

Baby Monsters              Fridays 11.15 am—12 Noon     Term Time               07773295953