Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 25  October, 2006






Monday - Friday

9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm

Last Box Collection

4.30 pm



Mondays 9th and

23rd  October

St. Richards Rd.,

St. Francis Close

St. Edmund’s  Road

Weds.  4th and  18th








Diary Dates             1



St. Martin’s  Church

and          Christian Centre    2


Village Reports      3


Highways                4


Organizations and Clubs             4




We would be grateful to receive any items for the November edition before the 20th OctobeAr, 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


Horticultural Society Wednesday, 4th October at 7.30 pm—Autumn Show.

Harvest Supper and Quiz  Saturday, 7th October at 6.30 pm for 7 pm start. All profits to Madagascar link.  Tables of eight if possible—£5 per person including supper. Come as a party or on your own and make up a team when you arrive. Please bring your own drinks.  Tel. Peter on 364457 to let us know if you are coming in order that we  know numbers for catering.

Parish Hall Committee Meeting Wednesday, 11th October at 8 pm.

St. Martin’s W.I.  Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, 12th October at 7.30 pm. Hands on Craft with Tricia for the social time.

Great Mongeham Christian Centre, Mongeham Road You are invited to a Village Breakfast on Sunday, 15th October at 10.30 am.  This is a friendly, relaxed get together. For more details ring Paul on

Deal 372297.

Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 19th October at 7.30 pm—Hellfire Corner—John Grimwood.  Visitors welcome.

Bingo Thursday, 26th October at 7.15 pm

Three Horseshoes Saturday, 28th October—12 Noon    Pumpkin Weigh In.  6 pm Carved Pumpkin Competition—prizes for best child and adult.  8 pm Charity Halloween Race Night.  For further information ring Martin or Wendy on 375812.



Fifteenth Annual Art Exhibition will be held in Great Mongeham Parish Hall on Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th November from 11 am to 4 pm.  In aid of The Friends of Saint Martin’s Church.






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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,   1st October             Morning Praise                                                              10.00 am

Sunday,  8th October              Harvest Festival                                                             10.00 am  

Sunday,  15th October            Family Service                                                               10.00  am   

                                                Evensong                                                                         6.00 pm                                

Sunday,  22nd October           Holy Communion                                                          10.00 am

Sunday,  29th October            Holy Communion                                                          10.00 am

FLOWER ROTA  Sunday,   1st October    Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

                                Sunday,    8th October   Diana Knight

                                Sunday,  15th October   Mary Hopper

                                Sunday,  22nd October  Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence

                                Sunday,  29th October   Rosemarie Middleton

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

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


The Wedding took place at St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham on Saturday, 23rd September of Luke Baker of Sevenoaks and Emma Solley of Great Mongeham.   Emma was attended by three bridesmaid’s, who were all educated with her at Sir Roger Manwood’s, Sandwich. The Bridal Party left the service via the Kissing Gate to a reception held in her parent’s garden.  Mr. and Mrs. Baker will be living in Sevenoaks, and villagers send them every good wish for their future happiness.


St. Martin’s Church was packed to capacity for the funeral of Alan Flynn on 25th August, 2006. Although a sad occasion, there were smiles of happiness as we heard of Alan’s exploits in the short eulogy of his life.

He was born in Tunbridge Wells and brought up in Clapham.  Jobs from an office boy to lorry driving, then tin mining in Australia were among his achievements.  One of his highlights was to drive a Land Rover from Singapore to England with a stop over in India for a job as a film extra.  He will be remembered locally as the friendly face behind the bar at the Leather Bottle.  Alan was a fun loving man who will be much missed in the community.


CLUB, SOCIETY AND VILLAGE REPORTS Horticultural Society At the August meeting, members were pleased to welcome Mrs. Burns from the Brogdale Horticultural Trust, home of the National Fruit Collection, who gave a most interesting and informative talk illustrated by slides and answered many questions.




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It was also as Chairman, Peter Aplin said “pat ourselves on the back” time.  This year about a dozen members entered individual classes at the Kent County Show achieving first, second and third prizes, a great result.

The prestigious Kent Count Agricultural Society Trophy, awarded to the top horticultural society had been won by ourselves.  This news was received with great applause leaving us all determined to make the Autumn Show another good event.

The Summer Show held on August Bank Holiday Monday was a great success, a good number of visitors admired the displays.  The Boot Fair was also successful but rain brought proceedings to an early end.                                                                                                               JB   


Giggles A new service designed for pre-school children comes to Gt. Mongeham this Autumn.

Giggles aims to entertain and stretch young children through activities loosely based on drama, movement and music.

The sessions include storytelling, action and rhyming songs, party games, movement and singing.  By alternating energetic and quiet activities and ringing the changes every few minutes, all children whether confident or shy can join in and have fun.  Parents and grandparents are encouraged to ‘play’ if they wish.  Babies and toddlers can benefit too and are very welcome.

Giggles is led by Jodie Kilty who moved to the area with her family this summer.  Jodie is a drama specialist with experience in college and schools.  She is also an enthusiastic performer in amateur musicals and operetta.

Jodie believes that skills essential to school success such as listening, following instructions and gaining control over body and voice can be practiced through drama and music.  Traditional drama exercises using face, gesture and space respond to the needs of others.  Other benefits of drama play include improved self confidence and a chance to make friends.

Jodie holds a CRB disclosure.

Giggles sessions are at Great Mongeham Parish Hall on Fridays from 9.15 –10.45 am during term time. Cost £4.00 per family (family defined as adult and up to two children under five.) Contact Jodie on 07717 650744.                                                                                   

Harry Virtue Aged 10, Black Belt Karate (1st Dan) July 15th, 2006

Quote from Harry—I first joined Great Mongeham Shotokan Karate Club in January, 2003 because my dad made me!  When I saw the other students at my first training session wearing their white suits, I felt quite scared.  I was nearly seven when I joined, but I soon started to enjoy it and quickly wanted to reach a high level like a lot of the other students. It is a good feeling to be good at a sport, although I did not expect to achieve a black belt by the age of ten.  I would like to thank Dave and Jan Easton for all their help and hard work in helping me to a black belt.

Quote from Jan– When we first met Harry he seemed very quiet and shy but eager to learn, and has grown with confidence over the years.  He is a first class student, and has rarely missed a training session.  He is focused and has steadily worked his way through the grades.  Harry should be very proud, we are of him.  He is a credit to himself, his family and the club.

Congratulations and Well Done.

The Three Horseshoes Fun Day was a resounding success with £1,470 raised for the St. John’s Ambulance, Deal Division.  All  who attended, both young and old alike had a memorable day. 



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St. Martin’s W.I. At the last meeting,, members enjoyed a very amusing talk about Theatrical Landladies by Paul Harris of Radio Kent.  He will be invited for a return visit.             PSB

Many thanks for the interest shown in the village articles on Great Mongeham of yesteryear.  These are my memories and of others who lived in and around the village at the time of 1940 plus.  I have already received several corrections and additions that will be written up as and when space in the Newsletter is available.                                                                         PH

Highways The Parish Council have received several comments about hedges and gardens encroaching onto the village highways.  Roads in the village are not wide and this makes it more difficult for vehicles to pass each other and  probably impossible for emergency vehicles to access some parts of the village. Councillors have also commented that several street lights

around the village are now hidden within trees.

KCC can write to residents asking them to maintain their boundaries onto the public footpath or highway*.  If this is not done, Kent Highways Services can do the work and forward the cost to the householder.  Great Mongeham Parish Council usually try to contact the owners first to make them aware of the problem before KCC becomes involved.  As there are several roads in the village where this is happening, we decided to put this short note in the Parish Newsletter.

Please check your boundaries onto the public highway/footpath, and any vegetation around any street lights near your property, and we will ask KCC highway office to advise us on our roads.  *Under the terms of the Highways Act 1980 Section 154 it is landowners’ responsibility to ensure vegetation does not obstruct the highway.                                                        PS


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

Giggles                 Fridays 9.15-10.45 am    Term Time        Parish Hall     Jodie Kilty  Tel 07717 650744