Archived Great Mongeham Newletters.






Issue 26  November, 2006

Monday - Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm
Closed 1.00 –2.00 pm
Last Box Collection
4.30 pm
Mondays 6th and
20th November
St. Richards Rd.,
St. Francis Close
St. Edmund’s Road
Weds. 1st, 15th and
29th November

Diary Dates 1

St. Martin’s Church
and Christian Centre 2
Village Reports 3
Organizations and Clubs 4


We would be grateful to receive any items for the December edition before the 20th November, 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, 1st November at 7.30 pm—Annual General Meeting.
St. Martin’s W.I. Thursday, 9th November at 7.30 pm—John Pearse telling the story of ‘The Missing Nurse’.
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. For further details please contact Diana Knight Tel. 375420.
Great Mongeham Society Thursday, 16th November at 7.30 pm -
Annual General Meeting. Cheese and Wine will be served after a short talk by Frances Morgan .
Bingo Thursday, 23rd November at 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm.


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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,   5th November         Morning Praise                                                              10.00 am

Sunday,   12th November       Remembrance Sunday Communion                              10.00 am 

Sunday,   19th November       No Family Service                                                             

                                                Evensong                                                                         6.00 pm                                

Sunday,  26th November        Holy Communion                                                          10.00 am


FLOWER ROTA  Sunday,   5th November     Rosemarie Middleton and Wendy Madgwick

                                Sunday,   12th November    Diana Knight

                                Sunday,    19th November   Mary Hopper

                                Sunday,    26th November   Judy Hambrook and Janet Lawrence



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

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


BAPTISM Richard Douglas Pickering, son of Johnathon and Michelle Pickering of 162 Mill Road, Deal took place on 1st October, 2006 at St. Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham.





St. Martin’s Church The harvest festival weekend went well with good attendance at both the Harvest Supper and Harvest  Festival service on Sunday.  It was a pleasure to welcome Reverend Timothy and Annie Ravinder,  two guests from Germany, to our weekend celebrations.  They are Indian missionaries working in Germany for five years and on a trip to England to see how we do church in England.  The money raised at the Harvest Supper was in excess of £520, which along with other monies was sent to our link in Madagascar.  Many thanks to all who supported and helped to make this weekend enjoyable.

Sunday, 15th October was a fun event at St. Martin’s when we were visited by Pip and Pop, two Christian clowns.  Well over sixty children under the age of ninety attended and worshiped and were entertained in a lively, fun filled service.  Pip is a professional children’s entertainer, and Pop is a church musician.  They entertain at Children’s parties and other occasions.  They come from Herne Bay and can be contacted on 01227 37558.                                               PH



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The Great Mongeham Society was well attended to hear John Grimwood speak on Hell Fire Corner  from Dungeness to Manston, showing slides of defence emplacements, railway lines and listening posts and more, that over the centuries have helped keep England safe.


St. Martin’s W.I. held their A.G.M. and a new President and committee were elected for the coming year.  Tina of Deal had members and visitors crafting Christmas cards. The large cake competition was won by Sandra Pettet and the Server Award was handed to her by  Kirsti Scott-Smith in memory of her late mother Donna, who was also a member of this W.I.     


Parish Hall Meeting At the meeting held on Wednesday, 11th October, the trustees heard that with the approval of family members, action has been put in place for the removal of the Hodgkinson bench beside the Hall.  The Christmas decorations and the tree will be ready for the December meetings.

Apologies were given to those who were unable to use the hall car park for their meetings at the beginning of October.  This was owing to people trying to get off the road to make way for the road works.                                                                                                                             PSB


Great Mongeham Horticultural Society A colourful display of fruit, flowers and vegetables impressed judges at the Autumn Show.

Show Secretary, Carol Whittaker was delighted with the amount of entries, in particular all the flower arrangements.  The show was well attended with 182 entries from 29 entrants.

The Catherick Apple Cup went to Brian Knight and Eileen Pitcher won most points in show. JB


Joan Flynn has retired from the Leather Bottle Public House after almost 20 years as Landlady.  During this time, she has raised many thousands of pounds for local charities, least of all St. Martin’s Church.  On her final evening, she organised a raffle in aid of the Church and arranged that tickets would be sold from the Three Horse Shoes, as well as around the village.  The grand total of £420 was raised and presented to ‘The Friends of St. Martin’s’,  for which we are truly grateful to Joan and to all those who sold tickets.  This money will be set-aside for the fabric of the building.

Right from the start, Joan became associated with village life always supporting local events.  She will be missed by her many friends and we take this opportunity to wish her well in her retirement and hope that she will continue to be part of the Great Mongeham scene.             

A warm welcome to the new Landlord of the Leather Bottle, Dan Warwick who took over from Joan on Monday, 16th October.                                                                                                PH


I have received several comments about our history corner, both adding to and correcting some of my memories.  This is exactly what it is all about!  The ancient history of our village is fairly well documented and indeed can be looked up in quite a few places.  What we are trying to do is collect memories, before we all ‘fall off the perch’, of events  of the last 100 years.  I have been given photographs of the old forge that was in the village on the old dairy site.  Also names of people who worked, lived in, and ran the laundry, in the laundry cottages.  I am grateful for any comments, names, and especially old pictures that people would like to share with me.  I will copy them and return them to you.




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This week we remember the meadow, know locally as, ’Jam Pots Meadow’, that was used for village events opposite The Three Horseshoes.  Mr. Terry used to graze his horse in it—he was a local market gardener come green grocer and had a round, around the village every week, selling his own, and local produce door to door from his horse and cart. The cart was kept in the yard adjoining the Pub.  There was an annual visit of Penfolds Fun Fair, complete with Swinging Boats, Dodgems, a Merry-go-Round of galloping horses, Steam Organ and all the Sideshows.  The village Flower Show was also held there, again with Side shows.  There would also be an enormous bonfire for the Guy Fawkes celebrations.  This all came to an end when  Bowzells, the company who put the main drainage into the village, had the meadow as a base from which to work and put the local pumping station in this field.  Why was it called ‘Jam Pots Meadow I hear you ask?  Well the owners of the pub owned the meadow and the then landlady was a Mrs. Jamson.                                                                                     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

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