Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 24  September, 2006

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST POST OFFICE OPENING TIMES Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm Last Box Collection 4.30 pm  


RECYCLE DAYS Mondays 11th and 25th September St. Richards Rd., St. Francis Close St. Edmund’s Road Weds. 6th and 20th September    



Diary Dates 1 St. Martin’s Church and   Christian Centre 2   Village Reports 3   Great Mongeham Past 4   Organizations and Clubs 4    

We would be grateful to receive any items for the October edition before the 20th September, 2006  by  telephone on 01304 375560 or E Mail:  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



St. Martin’s W.I.  Thursday, 14th September  - Paul Harris, Radio Kent will talk on Theatrical Landladies and Digs.  The competition will be ‘a banana dish and recipe’ -  Paul’s favourite fruit.

W.I. Head Office will be at the Picnic on the Green on Sunday, 3rd September—12 Noon to 5 pm with information of W.I. Meetings and other events.


Great Mongeham Society meet on Thursday 21st September at 7.30 pm—Gillian Rickards will be speaking on ‘Using Settlement Records  to trace Local and Social History in Kent’.


Parish Hall Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, 27th September at 8 pm in the Hall.  Grateful thanks go to Brian Knight for his hard work re-varnishing the hall floor.


Bingo—Thursday, 28th September at 7 pm in the Parish Hall.





Saturday, 7th October—Harvest Supper Quiz in the Parish Hall -

Details ring 364457.


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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: Bob Osbourne, 27 St. Radigunds Road, Dover, Kent.              Tel. 330200

                             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,   3rd September         Morning Praise                                                             10.00 am

Sunday,  10th September        Holy Communion                                                         10.00 am  

Sunday,  17th September        Family Service                                                              10.00  am   

                                                Evensong                                                                        6.00 pm                                

Sunday,  24th September       Holy Communion                                                          10.00 am

Sunday,    8th October           Harvest Festival                                                             10.00 am

FLOWER ROTA  Sunday,   3rd September  Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

                                Sunday,  10th September  Diana Knight

                                Sunday,  17th September  Mary Hopper

                                Sunday,  24th September  Wedding Flowers



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

SEPTEMBER SERVICES   10.30 am Every Sunday     6.30 pm 3rd Sunday Evening


Thoughts about Joan  My dear old friend Joan Wakeham, nee Solley, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday,11th August aged 95 in Carlton Lodge Residential Home, Walmer where she had been for the past 3 years.

Joan was my first visitor when I moved to the village, to live at Orchard House in Cherry Lane with my family in 1969 and she quickly became “grandmother” to my three young daughters.  They loved to picnic with her and were amused because she insisted on taking a china cup for her tea.

She introduced me to Mongeham and Ripple W.I., of which she was a founder member.  She was often a member of the committee and held the office of president, secretary and press  correspondent.  She learnt many skills and tried to pass on crochet to me without much success.  Her patchwork quilt was a true masterpiece and adorned her bed until the end.

My one sadness is that I didn’t meet her husband Frank.  He died at an early age just before we moved to Great Mongeham.  She loved him dearly and I have heard many a tale about him.  They built Country Ways in Willow Road where they brought up their two sons.  After Frank’s death Joan moved to Walnut Tree Cottage in Ripple Road and then to a smaller cottage in Sandwich.  It was after a fall in Sandwich that she was unable to look after herself and she moved to Walmer where I visited her regularly.  She often came to Mundels for lunch and was with my husband and I on the Sunday before she died.

I miss you already my dear old friend.                                                               Diana Knight



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The Newsletter team would like to offer their condolences to Joan Flynn and her family at the sad loss of Alan who passed away on Friday, 11th August, 2006.  The funeral will be held at St. Martin’s Church followed by burial in the churchyard on Friday, 25th August at 1 pm.


Wedding Congratulations The wedding of Lisa Jane Faulkner and Matthew James Vick, took place at St. Martin’s Church on Saturday, 5th August, 2006 at 2.00 pm.  The bride and groom travelled in a vintage Rolls Royce to the Reception held at the Bell Hotel, Sandwich.  The guests arrived in a less luxurious mode of transport—a classic double-decker bus driven by local enthusiast, Adrian Lead.  Mr. and Mrs. Vick will be living at Walmer.       



Great Mongeham Design Statement Group

The Group has been extremely busy through the summer, describing and writing up the seven ‘character areas’ of the village from data gathered during the past eighteen months.  These include descriptions of the types of houses which fit well in these areas and other factors which determine the character of our village. Photographs which illustrate the descriptions have been selected from a stack of 400 images, and comments from villagers who attended the Group’s Consultation Day in May 2005 have been incorporated.

The next stage will be to incorporate everything into one draft document.  A planning consultant will then tie this in to the Adopted Local Plan, prior to further consultation and submission to the District Councils planners, so that it can become a Supplementary Planning Guidance.

If you would like to take part in the work of the group you will be made very welcome, please contact Bob Kersey on 373299.                                                                                                 SB


Corners took place during the first week in August  with all the usual gusto and fun that these events generate.  We had a good number of helpers and 60 plus children on the books  and all had an enjoyable, but tiring week.  Many thanks to all who helped in any way.  We are looking for people to help on the administration side of running the event next year, as some of the front runners are getting a bit long in the tooth!  Dates for the next events are Saturday, 2nd December for one day, Saturday, 31st March 2007 for one day and Monday, 30th July, 2007 for five days.                                                                                                                                        PH


Tuesday, 22nd August was a sad day for some in the village, as it was the day the Norton family moved to Nonington.  Hugh and Yvonne have lived at Hillside House, Ellens Road for several years and have been a valued part of the community of Great Mongeham.  Hugh at one time was a Church Warden, Tree Warden, Footpath Officer and Parish Hall Trustee to name but a few of his voluntary jobs in the village, as well as always helping out  at numerous village events.  Yvonne was also a very willing helper and supporter of many village functions together with running a very highly acclaimed Cattery.  Yvonne, Hugh and their family will be much missed around the village, but will have plenty of friends to pop back and see in Great Mongeham and we look forward to visiting them in their new home.  We wish them all good luck as they begin a new chapter in their lives.                                                                                    PH




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Great Mongeham Past Last month took us down as far as the Chalk Bungalows in our look around our Village.  This month we cross over the road to the thatched cottage on the opposite side, which used to be a small holding run by a Mr. and Mrs. Court.  Mr. Court kept a number of animals including pigs.  At one time he owned a prize boar, which he used to hire out to other pig keepers in the locality.  He would often walk him to wherever the business was to  be done and I can remember him remarking to my father, “It was no trouble taking him to the destination but he was always reluctant to come home.”

The cottage at one time was the home of the nanny of a Poet Laureate, but when I am not sure.  Somewhere, I have a postcard stating this but at the moment cannot lay my hands on it!  He wrote a special poem to her memory which is displayed in St. Martin’s Church.

Next door we have the Baptist Church, known to most locals at the time as the Chapel.  It was erected using mainly local and volunteer labour, during the early part of the last century, under the supervision of the local master builder and village undertaker, Mr. Percy Philips.  It has been recently renamed The Christian Centre.

 We now come down the road a little further, past the two houses that were built between the chapel and the now redundant dairy site.  This used to be one of the Village forges.  I can remember watching with great interest, the blacksmith, Mr. Fred Roxbury who had a language all of his own when shoeing a horse that would not stand still!  We, the village lads of the time learnt a lot from him but you dared not use it in front of your parents.  I think the forge became Hutton’s dairy during the early 1950s  -  perhaps someone can let me know if they have more accurate information.                                                                                                              PH                                                                                                             


Organisation or Club                  Meetings                 Location                      Contact

Gt. Mongeham Parish Council    1st Thurs. 7.15 pm             Parish Hall      Penny Swales     Tel.362398

                                                                                                                        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     Barbara Spence   Tel.375786

 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     Jim Rees              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

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

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